March 21, 2014 |
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Yanking aside a tree branch, Jason Watson peered into a waterlogged trench. He pointed out discolored metal drums sunk halfway in the water. "Blister agents, choking agents, blood agents," Watson said, listing the array of chemical weapons inside thousands of metal containers that were buried on this 38,000-acre base after World War II. Watson is part of a team charged with finding, identifying and eventually cleaning up 17 long trenches that snake for six miles, crammed with World War II chemical agents and munitions.
March 18, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry warned Tuesday that the crisis over Ukraine was releasing the kind of “nationalistic fervor” that led Europe to World War II. Condemning Russia's moves toward annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine, Kerry said he saw a “nationalist fervor which could, in fact, infect in ways that could be very, very dangerous. All you have to do is go back and read in history of the lead up to World War II, and the passions that were released with that kind of nationalistic fervor.” Kerry, speaking to college students at the State Department, stopped short of directly accusing either side in Ukraine of acting like the Axis powers before World War II. But he said Russia's desire to take control of Crimea did not justify an annexation that, in his view, violated international law. It “doesn't legitimize just taking what you want because you want it or because you're angry about the end of the Cold War or the end of the Soviet Union or whatever it is,” Kerry said.
March 8, 2014 |
FARMINGTON, N.M. - In World War II he served as a Navajo code talker, one of the Marines who became legendary by using their native tongue to transmit messages the enemy could not decipher. Years later, to express its appreciation, the Navajo Nation built Tom Jones Jr. a house. These days the 89-year-old Jones struggles to keep warm during winter because the only heat inside his house emanates from an antique wood stove in the living room. The electricity doesn't work in his bathroom and the floor has worn away, exposing plywood beneath his feet.
February 27, 2014 |
Though it comes to Los Angeles as a two-part film, "Generation War" began its life as a three-part German TV series (originally called "Our Mothers, Our Fathers") that was a sensation in its home country. Eight years in the making, 4 hours, 39 minutes long (and needing two separate admissions during its weeklong run at Landmark's Nuart), "Generation War" attracted millions of viewers on German TV. Its story will be familiar and unfamiliar to American viewers, which is why it holds our interest even when it is not at its best.
February 27, 2014 |
After a strong Olympic showing, Russia isn't securing Oscar gold with "Stalingrad," which was submitted for the foreign-language film Academy Award but didn't make the final list of nominees. But there's plenty of competitively epic epicness on display nonetheless. If you're making the first Russian film to be released in 3-D and Imax, after all, why not scorch the screen with the blood, fire, ash and emotion swirling around the decisive Eastern Front battle of World War II? Director Fedor Bondarchuk's fervidly realized, effects-laden set pieces include a torturous Volga river crossing, a blazing fuel depot, a plane crash and grueling firefights between German and Russian forces camped out in decimated buildings.
February 24, 2014 |
Guess we're finally going to reap that “peace dividend,” courtesy of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who Monday proposed reducing the Army to its lowest troop level since before World War II. It's all part of the Defense Department's plan to scrape by on about half-a-trillion dollars next year. Here's how Hagel described the $496-billion budget plan : “This is a time for reality. This is a budget that recognizes the reality of the magnitude of our fiscal challenges, the dangerous world we live in, and the American military's unique and indispensable role in the security of this country and in today's volatile world.” And here's how just one of the undoubtedly thousands of critics who are waiting to pounce on this plan reacted . Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas)