Jeremy Pressman on gender and blogging in IR.
Do the protests in Brazil have more in common with Chile than Turkey?
France is exploring purchasing 16 MQ-9 Reaper drones. Via Vikash Yadav, a massive outline of a Reaper drone outside Washington D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery of Art. Relatedly, Mother Jones recently talked to Mahwish Chishty, a Pakistani artist who repurposes drones as folk art canvases.
“If Activision had any courage, Modern Warfare 4 would be about Syrian rebels fighting and dying while waiting for empty promises of Western aid. That’s modern warfare.” Why the massively popular Modern Warfare video game franchise is a “comforting lie” (via Stefan Sasse).
In Egypt, President Morsi has been overthrown in a military coup. Max Strasser reported from Tahrir Square Tuesday: “When I asked people why they were ecstatic about the sight of an Apache [attack helicopter] flying over a protest – rather than alarmed – I was told that the army is ‘our army’ and will protect the Egyptians” (via Ali Gharib). Marc Lynch is “deeply skeptical” about the coup’s potential to be a path towards democracy.
Nervana Mahmoud sees the recent protests as “not a revolution to establish democracy; it is a revolution to defend an identity.”