Girl screams after watching US soldiers shoot her parents in front of her in Tal Afar, Iraq (January 18, 2005) 

US Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division out of Ft. Lewis, opened fire on a car when it failed to stop and came toward soldiers despite warning shots during a dusk patrol in Tal Afar, Iraq.

The car, which held a frightened Iraqi family, was riddled with bullets and the mother and father were killed. Their five children survived in the backseat, one with a non-life threatening flesh wound.

(Photos from “One Night in Tal Afar”, by Chris Hondros / Getty Images)

Cameron Monaghan plays Tom Fairfax and AnnaSophia Robb plays Alice Green, childhood friends now secretly betrothed in PBS’ MERCY STREET. Tom, a Confederate soldier, is a patient at Mansion House who has been traumatized by his experience in battle. Alice, initially frivolous and naïve, is profoundly changed by the circumstances her family and Alexandria face. See their relationship beginning January 17 at 10/9c on PBS. 


183 Palestinian children arrested by army, facing military courts in January alone
March 4, 2014

A new report indicates that as of the end of January, 183 Palestinian children were arrested and detained by Israeli occupation soldiers and occupation police, and imprisoned and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. Of the 183 children, 20 are between the ages of 14 and 15 years old.

Defence for Children International - Palestine section (DCI-PS) added in its detention bulletin that 75 percent of Palestinian children detained during 2013 “endured physical violence during arrest and interrogation.”

DCI-PS documents specific case studies of Palestinian children being detained, arrested and violently abused by Israeli forces. In their bulletin, the rights group highlights the case of 16-year-old Salah S. from Qalqilya in the occupied West Bank:

In January, Israeli soldiers detained Salah S, 16, from Azzun, Qalqilya around 4:30 pm while he was with friends near a road used by Israeli soldiers and settlers. Israeli soldiers held him overnight and transferred him to multiple locations over a 12-hour period, while subjecting him to physical violence and ill-treatment.

Salah was previously arrested in January 2013, then 15 years old, and spent 10 months at Megiddo prison inside Israel.

On January 1, Israeli forces arrested 16 residents from at-Tabaqa village, west of Hebron, in the West Bank, including nine Palestinian children, some as young as 13, on suspicion of stone throwing.

DCI-Palestine research shows that children arrive to Israeli interrogation centers blindfolded, bound and sleep deprived. Unlike their Israeli counterparts, Palestinian children have no right to be accompanied by a parent during an interrogation. In 96 percent of cases documented by DCI-Palestine in 2013, children were questioned alone and rarely informed of their rights, particularly their right against self-incrimination.

Each year approximately 500-700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12 years [old], are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. 
The most common charge is for throwing stones. Currently, 41.5 percent of Palestinian child prisoners are detained inside Israel in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.



U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary force deployed from Okinawa, Japan, participate in the winter military training exercise with South Korean soldiers on January 28, 2016 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. U.S. and South Korean marines participate in the endurance exercise in temperature below minus 20 degrees celsius under a scenario to defend the country from any possible attacks from North Korea.

[Update for January 24, 2016]

Name: Dean Winchester

Date of Birth: January 24, 1979 (37 years old)

Origin: Lawrence, Kansas

Current Location: Lebanon, Kansas

Status: ~Human (Mark of Cain); Recovering Demon (just human ^_^)

Occupation: Hunter; Big Brother; Friend; Hero


Here’s to the man who sacrifices everything and never asks for anything in return but family, freedom, and maybe a slice pie now and again. Here’s to the man who has died to save his brother, died to save the world, but still has trouble saving himself. Here’s to the man who rarely puts stock in prayer, but counts his blessings on one hand when he wakes up every morning. Here’s to the man with a fighter’s spirit and lover’s heart….

Here’s to the man who says “screw destiny” on a weekly basis; the man who’s determined to have his death certificate read “died with a gun in his hand”; here’s to the man who, after saving the world several times, still considers it his mission to “fight the good fight”, with his brother by his side….

Happy Birthday to my soldier, Dean Winchester; there’s a light at the end of this tunnel, baby, and you’re it.  


January 30, 2015

Today was officially declared as the National Day of Mourning for the Philippines. In honour of the fallen 44 Troopers, all flags were raised half-way, to symbolise mourning. These Men and Women fought with their lives at Mindanao tried to target suspected terrorists Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and Basit Usman. However in their dispute, they were killed by the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front), and BIFF (Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters). 

One of the Troopers, knowing that he would die, brought out his mobile phone to look at the photos of his family one last time before he was shot to death.

May these people never be forgotten for their sacrifices.


In July 2013, Marvel released a poster depicting a discolored Captain America shield. The LA Times said, “the image suggests that Cap might see some serious battle in the sequel” while Rolling Stone said, “the image hints at darker themes.” Later that month, Marvel’s head producer, Kevin Feige, directors Joe and Anthony Russo, and cast members Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, and Cobie Smulders held a panel at Comic-Con and presented film footage. In October, Marvel released the first trailer for The Winter Soldier.In January 2014, Disney announced that in honor of the film, Cap would be making appearances at Disneyland starting in the spring. The first televised advertisement was scheduled to air during Super Bowl XLVIII, with Disney paying over four million per thirty-second spot.

The Winter Soldier, by Ryan Meinerding.

“A Soviet machine gun crew crosses a river along the second Baltic front, in January of 1945. The soldier on the left is holding his rifle overhead while his comrades push a floating device with the artillery gun forward, followed by two men with several supply boxes.”


SAUDI ARABIA. East of the country. January 18, 1991. Soldiers, hotel workers and others, some wearing gas masks, kneel for morning prayers in a basement used as a bomb shelter at a hotel. A Scud missile fired by Iraq had reportedly been intercepted and destroyed by a Patriot missile earlier in the day.

Photograph: J. Scott Applewhite/AP