Mass Atrocity Response Operations

This came up the other day from the Army’s TRADOC twitter feed…The Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (that’s a mouthfull…) has a page concerned with the title of this post, and the other day they featured the U.S. Army’s new Operating Concept (TRADOC Pam 525-3-1), which specifically addresses an issue which as dogged the US since…well, Rwanda comes to mind.  How to respond to atrocities, genocide, ethnic cleansing, etc., has been a weak point in state and military planning.  And while I would suggest that many problems in the U.S. response to atrocities exist in the civilian administration more than in military organization, actually having a military doctrine for how to resond to such situations is a very positive thing.  And it should hopefully make policy decisions easier for future administrations.  The page also contains a link to the complete Operating Concept handbook.

Surprise! “Essay Mills” aren’t worth the money…

Saw this the other day, I think via a friend’s feed.  No suprise here: all those “buy a ready-made essay” sites are worthless, as they’re horribly written and wouldn’t pass muster even if the prof thought it was your own work…  Having done some recent Google searches on “chivalry bibliographies”, and turned up a surprising number of these horrible little cheating essay sites, I can fully agree with this article.  For example, search for pre-made essays dealing with Lancelot, or even better, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and see if they make sense to you!!!

CIA-directed “army” in Pakistan.

Just saw this via NPR’s Twitter feed.  Interesting…J. J. Sutherland has a small column here on a topic that sparked his interest when he was reading Bob Woodward’s new book…

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/09/22/130041571/3-000-man-cia-army-conducts-operations-in-pakistan?ft=1&f=1001&sc=tw&utm_source

Paleography resources, and a few digital medieval projects

I found this a little while back, and while I already have several good sites for paleography (included here), these look really good as well: Intute’s search results for paleography.  I still say, though, that the best paleography tool for English documents is the tutorial section from the University of Houston’s Anglo-American Legal Tradition page, in the right-hand column.

There are also a few digital projects listed here which deserve special mention (these won’t be new to my English lit friends, but a good project can always use another round of publicity…):  The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, hosted at the University of Virginia, The Vernon Manuscript Project at the University of Birmingham, The Auchinleck Manuscript at the National Library of Scotland (this one isn’t in the Intute list), and finally the University of Lethbridge’s Digital Medievalist project.  All great sites, and definitely worth repeated visits.

Civil Rights Photographer actually an FBI informer…

Interesting article in The New York Times a couple days ago about the late Ernest C. Withers, author of a number of iconic images of the civil rights movement.  The ’60s aren’t really my era (obviously), but you just have to love how the old FBI had its fingers everywhere…Eh, what else is new.  What a number of people are apparently more upset about is that it seems Mr. Withers was paid to keep tabs on meetings and leadership, as opposed to just sitting down with agents to be interviewed on occasion, as apparently many folk did.  Some are saying the story isn’t conclusive.  The full story is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/us/14photographer.html