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  1. The War Nerd: China, Vietnam, and Naval Nerf Wars

    A classic nationalist frenzy is in progress in Southeast Asia. Chinese-owned factories are burning in Vietnam, and Chinese and Vietnamese warships are playing chicken with each other near island chains nobody ever wanted to inhabit.

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the War desk

  2. The War Nerd: Nigeria's Inevitable Mess

    Editor's note: With Nigeria and Boko Haram back in the headlines, this seemed like an appropriate time to republish Gary Brecher's essay on "Nigeria's Inevitable Mess" which first appeared in NSFWCORP in March 2013, before it was acquired by Pando.

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the War desk

  3. The War Nerd: Who exactly are the Jihadis (and why aren’t there more of them)?

    Last week the feds pulled a guy named Nicholas Teausant, who looks sort of like Napoleon Dynamite would if he was getting chemotherapy, off a bus going to Canada and charged him with planning to join the jihadist group I.S.I.S. in Syria. Nicholas (pictured above) had pretty much made their case for them by writing online comments like...

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the War desk

  4. The War Nerd goes on Huff Post Live

    The War Nerd wrote on Monday that everything you know about Crimea is wrong -- even more so than everything you know about Ukraine as a whole. His post has been one of the most popular on Pando this week, and the War Nerd joined Huff Post Live earlier today to discuss the article and why so much of the Western media's reporting on Crimea is bullocks.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the War desk

  5. The War Nerd: Everything you know about Crimea is wrong(-er)

    Reading the Anglo-American press babble on about Crimea is painful, if you know anything at all about that part of the world.

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the War desk

  6. The War Nerd: Driverless trucks can't mask the US military's problem with insurgent warfare

    There’s an article in Wired’s “Danger Room” enthusing over the US Army’s “Driverless trucks” which, according to the headline, will “keep [the US] Army safe from IEDs.”

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the War desk

  7. The War Nerd: Google’s Big New Dog

    Google has bought eight robotics companies in the past few months, and no one seems to know why.

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the War desk

  8. War Nerd: The long, sleazy history behind a Googler's “Nonviolent Militia”

    Yasha Levine had a great story here on Pando, on the public reaction to Googler Justine Tunney’s plan to crowdfund a “nonviolent militia” to defend Occupy protesters.

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the War desk

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