Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid by Samantha Nutt

By Samantha Nutt

For readers of Christopher Hedges, Robert Fisk, and Christopher Hitchens, a unprecedented humanitarian supplies us a bracing and uncompromising account of her paintings in probably the most devastated corners of the realm -- and a brand new and provocative imaginative and prescient for altering path on our turning out to be militarization.

In 1995, twenty-five-year-old Samantha Nutt, a up to date medical-school graduate and a box volunteer for UNICEF, touched down in Baidoa, Somalia, "the urban of Death." What she observed there -- gangs of younger males roaming the streets armed with rocket launchers; a girl in a hospital line retaining a lifeless child; an reduction company operating in such an dangerous atmosphere that its staff needed to trip with armed escorts excessive on medications -- could spur her directly to a life-time of  passionate advocacy for kids and households in war-torn components around the globe. Damned Nations is the intense distillation of Dr. Nutt's observations over the process fifteen years offering hands-on care in a few of the world's so much violent flashpoints, the entire whereas construction the realm category non-profit conflict baby North the US. Combining unique examine together with her own tale, it's a deeply considerate meditation on conflict because it is being waged world wide opposed to hundreds of thousands of civilians -- basically girls and youngsters. Nutt's boundless strength, commitment, and compassion shine via on each web page as she lays out genuine, lasting recommendations to those difficulties and indicates how you can stream past outmoded notions of charity in the direction of a extra innovative, inclusive, and respectful global view.

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The legions in Spain, Gaul and Britain now swore allegiance to Vespasian, who pondered refining the plan decided on in Berytus by invading the province of Africa and cutting off its shipments of grain to Rome, but his plans were overtaken by events. On 18 December Vespasian’s brother, Titus Flavius Sabinus, the prefect of the urban cohorts at Rome, made a premature bid for power. Rebuffed, he seized the peak of the Capitol with a motley assortment of soldiers, senators, and knights. The Vitellians burnt them out the following day; Sabinus was decapitated and his headless trunk dragged through the streets.

Those rebels who attempted to board the Roman rafts had their hands and arms sliced off. Sword, javelin and arrow cut down the rest as they floundered in the water. No Jews survived the naval engagement. Tens of thousands of those who remained ashore were butchered or sold into slavery. GAMALA News of the fall of Tarichaea brought about the capitulation of all of Galilee, with three notable exceptions: Gischala, Mount Tabor and Gamala. The last named was a strongly held fortress in the Jaulan, smack in the middle of Agrippa II’s territory, about 19km to the east of the lake.

Vespasian sent the commander of legio V Macedonica, Sextus Cerialis, with 3,000 foot and 600 horse, to lay siege to the heights. Tormented by thirst, the Samaritans surrendered their arms; Cerialis slaughtered many thousands to ensure there would be no further unrest from this quarter. While these diversionary actions were taking place, Vespasian ordered the construction of three assault platforms at Jotapata, endowing each one with a fireproof, iron-plated siege tower. His archers, slingers and artillery were now able to bombard the defenders in comparative safety, and at close range, from the battlements of these towers.

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