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Burn After Reading: Pinochet and the Iranians

Some time ago I wrote about a Freedom of Information request I’d made in 2007, https://notesontheamericas.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/a-long-delayed-freedom-of-information-request/ searching for any documents dealing with the Pinochet regime’s arms sales as part of the research for my second Chile book, … 628 more words


THE PLAIN OF JARS: Thanks to The US government, going off the beaten track might kill you

During the Vietnam War, the USA dropped several million tons of cluster bombs over the neutral country of Laos in a massive breach of the 1962 Geneva Convention.. 617 more words


Six years later, Canada joins international treaty to ban deadly cluster bombs

Canada has finally ratified the international treaty to ban cluster bombs, joining 89 other states that have pledged to eliminate the deadly weapons.

The domestic ratification legislation necessary to formally tie Canada to the Convention on Cluster Munitions comes more than six years after this country signed the treaty in Oslo, Norway. 409 more words


Half Century

For the last two weeks, I’ve been in Vietnam reporting on the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The product of this trip will be apparent in the days and weeks to come, but I wanted to mark an important anniversary today. 234 more words

Reporter's Notebook


Second Lebanon War (2006):

[D]uring the final 72 hours of the conflict… Israel engaged in saturation cluster bombing, hitting more than 850 strike sites with millions of submunitions.

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"We Don't Do That Anymore" - A Disarmament Ditty

If there is one cliché that I am tired of hearing in security and arms control circles, it’s “That’s the way the world works.” This is usually accompanied by condescension and/or mansplaining. 82 more words

Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane is the capital, and biggest city, in Laos. There is much to see and do here – such as checking out all the French style architecture (Arc de Triomphe, anyone?) – but what I want to talk about here is one place we visited, the COPE Centre. 393 more words