UKRAINIAN LINES: A different view of the Pravy Sektor (Part 5)

SERIES INSTALLMENTS:  Part 1 Reconsidering my Life’s choices Part 2 Partizans Part 3 Žana and Yuliya Part 4 Fighting Like it’s 1919 With a truck, the siding now securely placed on and the brakes working (thanks to the handiwork of the Ukrainian Army), we moved on towards Donetsk. It was almost dusk when we linked up with the guys…

UKRAINIAN LINES: Fighting like it’s 1919 (Part 4)

SERIES INSTALLMENTS: Part 1 Reconsidering my Life’s choices Part 2 Partizans Part 3 Žana and Yuliya Part 5 A different view of the Pravy Sektor After the incident in Debaltseve, we spent a couple evenings on a Ukrainian Army Forward Operating Base. The scene was something out of the pre-Normandy invasion of the Band of Brothers series; the rain and…

UKRAINE: Mocking the Minsk Peace Agreement

“On Sunday there will be peace!” we say sarcastically, as the decision of the Minsk Agreement came down after marathon talks between Ukrainian, Russian, French and German presidents. Of course, the echelon of Presidents, and the echelon of soldiers and rebels are stratospheres apart. Where I stand, with my feet on the ground, the peace…

UKRAINIAN LINES: Žana and Yuliya (Part 3)

SERIES INSTALLMENTS: Part 1 Reconsidering my Life’s choices Part 2 Partizans Part 4 Fighting Like it’s 1919 Part 5 A different view of the Pravy Sektor When the great yellow truck finally rolled in, we fell into great applause. Due to the cold (the siding of the truck was still falling off) I was moved to the cabin, squeezed in…

UKRAINIAN LINES: Partizans (part 2)

SERIES INSTALLMENTS: Part 1 Reconsidering my Life’s choices Part 3 Žana and Yuliya Part 4 Fighting Like it’s 1919 Part 5 A different view of the Pravy Sektor When you realize that every bullet does not have your name on it, or that artillery pieces were not sent to a target at the back of your head, you can start…

UKRAINIAN LINES: Reconsidering my Life’s Decisions (part 1)

SERIES INSTALLMENTS: Part 1 Reconsidering my Life’s choices Part 2 Partizans Part 3 Žana and Yuliya Part 4 Fighting Like it’s 1919 Part 5 A different view of the Pravy Sektor I was jostled around in the dark. Only a small gap between the cargo bay doors let in the yellow street light that traveled from top to bottom as we…

OP-ED: A Perspective on Western Feminism

My lack of makeup, my unshaved legs and unplucked eyebrows are not some feminist statement. My short hair, frizzed and in its natural bird’s nest state is not because I am just too fab to care about how I look. It’s because hot water is scarce and my bags are heavy. So I don’t put…

Op-ed: Western Men become Foreign Fighters; Search for Masculinity

Military literature is ripe with examples of self-starting, independent, rebellious adventurers. From T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia) to the characters of Ernest Hemingway, there was this sense of virile masculinity in our male protagonists. This (my) generation have the emotional, brooding Edward Cullen or nerd-culture boys who always end up with the…

TURKEY: Young Doctor Treating Refugees Explains the Crisis caused by Daesh

Suruç, Turkey – The concrete floors were soaking wet. The voices of children echoed through the hallways of what was once a boarding school for 95 students. Now it serves as a government-sponsored refugee camp for 9,000 Syrians. The walls frequently shake from the sound of American bombs in the distance. It was a cold november night,…

GUEST POST: On The Importance Of World Awareness

Tim is a longtime blogger and aspiring novelist who spends his days as corporate trainer. He blogs at That Tiny Website, as well as guest posting on other various platforms. In his spare time, Tim daydreams about becoming an ice cream taste tester, sharing sweet tea and pecan pie with Stephen Colbert, and wondering what…