Hello from Alberta. I'm here giving a few talks with En Camino, a collective I belong to that works principally on Colombia solidarity. I have a series of talks that I've given in over the past few months that might be worth writing out and posting, I may do that as a series here.
Alberta is an interesting place, a very different part of Canada, and one that anyone who is concerned about Canada and what it is doing should study and understand. The city I am in, Calgary, and its University, created and supplies the intellectual basis for the regime that is currently in power in Canada. The ideas and policies, the networks and organizations, are developed here. The deals are made here. The money was made here. And so on. It is certainly something I've been thinking about and have been meaning to study more carefully.
When on the road I do things I don't normally do, like read magazines (my reading is generally from books or online), and I picked up a copy of Harper's on the road from Edmonton to Calgary.
Two articles caught my interest. The first, by Edward Luttwak of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on counterinsurgency, and the other by freelance writer Steve Featherstone, on "the coming robot army".
The counterinsurgency article was more interesting, so I'll deal with it second. Featherstone's piece on robots describes in scary detail the operation of the next generation of remote-control military equipment.