This week on War News Radio, Obama requested authorization from Congress for a three year period of military action against ISIS, Jordan moved thousands of ground troops to its border with Iraq, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France agreed on a ceasefire, and more.
You’ve heard about escalating violence by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram based in Nigeria. But few have considered how religious groups can become a part of the solution. War News Radio’s Sabrina Merold talks to a group trying to build interfaith dialogue between Muslims and Christians — work especially important ahead of elections later this month.
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This month on War News Radio “Competing Narratives.” First, we present our satirical news segment, “Filibusted.” Next, we hear updates on Boko Haram in Nigeria. Finally, reporter Sara Morell reflects on her three day program in the West Bank. But first, a round-up of this week’s news.
Last week, we brought you an interview on the unexpected intersections of the NFL, the U.S. military, brain injuries, and psychological trauma.
Here’s something else the NFL and the U.S. armed services have in common: a history of problems handling domestic abuse and sexual assault in their ranks.
The NFL has faced a lot of fall-out surrounding its lackluster handling of the Ray Rice scandal. Even now, after airing a well-received anti-domestic violence PSA during the Super Bowl, some folks in the know are questioning if the league actually even has a program against domestic violence.
Likewise, domestic abuse is an issue in the military. One author found that combat veterans commit 21 percent of domestic violence nationwide.
Of all kinds of abuse, it’s sexual assault that has been in the spotlight recently. “It’s widespread in our society. It’s particularly offensive in the military community because the military ethos is one of honor and trust,” President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. defense secretary, Ashton Carter, told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week. The sheer number of sexual assaults in the military and the personal stories behind them are staggering.
Here are some more stats and comparisons.
“The Rate of Domestic Violence Arrests Among NFL Players” – FiveThirtyEight.com
Crime in the United States 2013, Violent Crime, Table 7 – FBI
Crime in the United States 2013, Arrests, Table 42 – FBI
“The Facts on the Military and Violence Against Women” – Futures Without Violence
Statistics – RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
On Sunday, the New England Patriots battle the Seattle SeaHawks in the fight for the Super Bowl XLIX title. If you tune in, you’ll hear a lot of commentary on the game phrased just like that – teams battling in the trenches, players blitzing downfield, the blunt force of a tackle – tried and true football-as-war metaphors.
But the links between the game and the military are more than semantic. Here’s one more thing they have in common: the psychological and physical toll of violence on the human brain.
We talk to Steve Fainaru, an investigative reporter who co-wrote a book about traumatic brain injury in the NFL and won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his series on private military contractors in the Iraq War.
This week on War News Radio, an African Union joint-military force battles Boko Haram, Albanian nationals protest in Kosovo, Argentina announces a plan to dismantle its espionage programs, and more.