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“Military-Age Males,” a photograph by Tomas van Houtryve from the series Blue Sky Days. For this series, van Houtryve photographed by drone the kinds of gatherings that are habitual targets for U.S. strikes, as well as sites where drones are used to nonlethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields, and the U.S.–Mexico border. This photograph shows civilian cadets assembling in formation at the Citadel Military College in Charleston, South Carolina. When assessing civilian casualties of drone strikes abroad, the U.S. government counts all military-age males within a strike zone as combatants unless there is explicit posthumous proof of their innocence. An exhibition of this work is currently on view at Anastasia Photo, in New York City. A folio of Blue Sky Days was published in the April 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.
More from Tomas van Houtryve:
Percentage of Russians who believe the West is attempting “to weaken Russia with its economic advice”:
Jerry F. Hough, Duke University (Durham, N.C.), Timothy Colton, Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.), and Susan Goodrich Lehmann, Columbia University (N.Y.C.)
African elephants can distinguish the gender, age, and ethnicity of a human speaker from voice alone.
Three bodies were tossed from a low-flying plane in the Sinaloa state of Mexico.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."