Military http://wunc.org en The State Of Iraq http://wunc.org/post/state-iraq <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Islamic militants are slowly gaining more control of Iraq.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group known as the Islamic State is asserting its will in the northern part of the country. It has made </span>Mosul<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> its de facto capital, and has driven thousands of Christians out of the city. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But&nbsp;the battle is not just sectarian, it is political.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:22:20 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio 39401 at http://wunc.org The State Of Iraq The Ethics of Torture http://wunc.org/post/ethics-torture <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Many have criticized the&nbsp;American government's use of torture since 9/11 including military experts who say it it is ineffective. But for Christian ethicist </span><a href="http://davidpgushee.com/" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">David Gushee</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">, the very question of effectiveness is a degrading one.&nbsp;</span><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3">He believes the usefulness of a behavior does not affect its morality.&nbsp;</font></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Gushee is part of the non-governmental, bipartisan </span><a href="http://detaineetaskforce.org/" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Task Force on Detainee Treatment</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">, convened by the </span><a href="http://www.constitutionproject.org/" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Constitution Project</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Gushee speaks tonight at </span>7pm<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;"> at </span><a href="http://www.pullen.org/" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Pullen Memorial Baptist Church</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;"> in Raleigh. A declassified report on CIA torture is expected to be released by the </span><a href="http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Senate Select Committee on Intelligence</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;"> later this summer.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:25:52 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37831 at http://wunc.org The Ethics of Torture Prisoner Exchange Creates Controversy http://wunc.org/post/prisoner-exchange-creates-controversy <p></p><p>A <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/03/318443849/administration-defends-bowe-bergdahls-release-amid-criticism">deal reached by the White House </a>allowed for the release of American POW Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl this week.</p><p>In exchange, five Taliban prisoners were released from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The decision has prompted reaction from members of the military and Congress.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:30:53 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 36766 at http://wunc.org Prisoner Exchange Creates Controversy Young Woman A Catalyst For UNC Policy Shift On Same-Sex Military Spouses http://wunc.org/post/young-woman-catalyst-unc-policy-shift-same-sex-military-spouses <p></p><p>Jasmine Pollard is an Army reservist. She had just gotten back from a nine-month deployment when she and her now wife decided to marry. The ceremony was in California, a state that allows same-sex marriages.</p><p>Her wife also serves. She's a medic stationed at Fort Bragg. So Jasmine, 20, decided to move back East so they could be together. She'd hoped to go to school, taking advantage of a federal law the says military dependents can receive in-state tuition rates.</p><p>She ran into problems.</p><p>She called Fayetteville State University to ask about the waiver.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Eric Mennel 36404 at http://wunc.org Young Woman A Catalyst For UNC Policy Shift On Same-Sex Military Spouses Burr Vs. Vets: A Battle Of Official Statements http://wunc.org/post/burr-vs-vets-battle-official-statements <p>The official statement might be the most passive aggressive technique in politics. And right now, there's a lot of passive aggression in the world of veterans affairs.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 11:24:04 +0000 Eric Mennel 36257 at http://wunc.org Burr Vs. Vets: A Battle Of Official Statements Your Guide To Memorial Day Events In North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/your-guide-memorial-day-events-north-carolina <p>People will gather across the state for Memorial Day ceremonies honoring men and women who died in service to the US military.</p><p>Governor Pat McCrory and the commander for Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune will gather for a ceremony at the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington.</p><p>During World War II, the battleship participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific, survived a broadside torpedo attack, and earned 15 battle stars.</p><p>Marine Brigadier General Robert Castellvi said the armed forces are facing new issues since the time the North Carolina sailed.</p> Sun, 25 May 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 36043 at http://wunc.org Your Guide To Memorial Day Events In North Carolina Female Marines Volunteer for ‘Historic’ Combat Training http://wunc.org/post/female-marines-volunteer-historic-combat-training <p></p><p>Women are still excluded from certain areas of military service, but the Department of Defense has given branches until 2016 to eliminate "unnecessary gender-based barriers to service". Now, bases are evaluating how women fare during training that was reserved for men.</p><p></p><p>Camp Lejeune is studying enlisted female Marines who have passed their first 29 days of general training and volunteer for another 30 days of specialized training. At the end of it, their male peers can become machine gunners and missile men.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:56:11 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 36036 at http://wunc.org Female Marines Volunteer for ‘Historic’ Combat Training Energy Consumption And Climate Change As National Security Threats http://wunc.org/post/energy-consumption-and-climate-change-national-security-threats <p></p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Climate change and the way we use energy are threats to national security, according to group of U.S. military generals at the nonprofit CNA Corporation. </span></font></p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Their research shows stronger storms will likely divert more troops to humanitarian missions and American dependence on fossil fuels forces convoys to routinely transport fuel through dangerous areas. </span></font></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:11:52 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio 35894 at http://wunc.org Energy Consumption And Climate Change As National Security Threats Fayetteville Police Ready To Silence Sirens For Veterans In Crisis http://wunc.org/post/fayetteville-police-ready-silence-sirens-veterans-crisis <p></p><p>Police and community leaders in Fayetteville are working on a local incarnation of the Silent Siren program to help veterans in an emergency.</p><p></p><p>Fayetteville police responded last week to a call from a woman whose husband, a soldier, was parked outside a Walmart threatening to kill himself. Police approached the stand off without lights, sirens and shouting.&nbsp; They were able get the soldier help.</p><p></p><p>Fayetteville wants to expand that gentle approach for emergencies involving veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or traumatic brain injury.</p><p></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 11:31:02 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 35737 at http://wunc.org Fayetteville Police Ready To Silence Sirens For Veterans In Crisis All Americans: Fort Bragg Honors the 82nd Airborne http://wunc.org/post/all-americans-fort-bragg-honors-82nd-airborne <p></p><p>All American Week gets underway today at Fort Bragg to honor members of the 82nd Airborne Division.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Events begin this morning with a four-mile division run with 20,000 participants.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Wednesday is International Day, where military leaders from US allies will be invited to tour the base and attend a ball in the evening.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Lieutenant Colonel Bob Risdon said the culminating events will be held Thursday when thousands will turn out to see the Division Review.</p><p></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 11:27:19 +0000 Eric Hodge 35736 at http://wunc.org All Americans: Fort Bragg Honors the 82nd Airborne