The Kurds in Rojava have been one of the most effective fighting forces against ISIS on the ground, and they’re trying to build a truly progressive society. It’s a shame that Turkey keeps harassing them, and that the U.S. keeps letting them do so.

http://progressivestandard.us/turkey-prepares-to-attack-u-s-allies-in-kurdish-syria/


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Two Sandinistas in 1979. Photo via Dora Maria Tellez / Flickr

The Sandinistas recruited women into combat units at high rates

by DARIEN CAVANAUGH

The myth of women serving only in auxiliary capacities or holding down the home front during times of conflict has always been highly questionable. History has shown time and again that women have actively participated in combat, to varying degrees in different cultures, for thousands of years.

The last century saw women fighting for the Republic in the Spanish Civil War, in the Russian Army during World War I and World War II, with the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army in the Vietnam War, among Fidel Castro and Che Guevara’s band of rebels in the Cuban Revolution and in numerous other conflicts. …


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OA-93. Olympic Arms photo

The ugly little gun has its charms

by DARIEN CAVANAUGH

For years the AR-15 pistol had a rough time in the handgun and personal defense weapon markets. Reviews tended to be critical or even dismissive. Some even openly mocked the weapon for its supposed impracticality. The public wasn’t very interested in it other than as a novelty gun.

There was good reason for that.

The pistol version of the popular semi-automatic rifle didn’t offer many advantages over its longer-barrel counterpart, and in fact suffered several disadvantages.

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The shorter barrel meant less accuracy and power, even when firing the same ammunition. …

Darien Cavanaugh

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