Tagged: war

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Soldier Poet Writes Music with AKAI LPK25 During Afghanistan Deployment

[Kandahar, Afghanistan 38°C] All these songs were written and recorded while deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 using AKAI’s LPK25 mini synth and Logic Pro. The LPK is smaller than a laptop and was something I could fit in my ruck. I basically carried it with me everywhere I went. It was like the best $75 bucks I ever spent. All these tracks were recorded using the LPK , including the drum parts which I tapped out using ultra-beat. The next step is now that I am home (on leave) is to pick up my bass and record the bass parts...

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Soldier Poet Blogs Before Overseas Deployment

I am a soldier on active duty with the Canadian Forces who just happens to be a published poet. Most of the troops I serve with don’t know that I even write. In this blog, I aim to post irregular updates on my progress towards getting my current poetry published, raising a family, and deploying overseas in a combat role. I welcome your input/replies. I use the name/avatar/nom de plume ‘soldierpoet‘ as a means to provide me with some creative freedom IOT (that’s military speakism for ‘in order to’) write what I want in my poetry without having to worry...

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Humanitarian Relief and War Journalism is focus of ‘Ceasefire’, Premiered in Montréal

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 19°C] I just stepped out of historic Cinema Impérial for Montréal World Film Festval‘s world premiere screening of Lancelot von Naso’s first feature film, Waffenstillstand (Ceasefire). The setting for the 104-minute film is Iraq in 2004, months after George W. Bush declared from beneath the “Mission Accomplished” banner aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln that “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.” We all know now, with continued fighting in Iraq more than five years later that the war was nowhere near completion. The film...

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Permanent Court of Arbitration Makes Ruling on Abyei Border

[Montréal, Québec, Canada  20°C] At 8:00 am GMT, the five-member Abyei Arbitration Tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague began ceremonies to render its final decision regarding the delimitation of the Abyei boundaries, which have been a source of tension and conflict between Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party and the Government of Southern Sudan. The arbitration agreement between the Government of Sudan and the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) was received by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on July 11, 2008 with both parties agreeing to a “final and binding” decision by the tribunal. On July...

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Montréal fireworks are not always a pleasure of mine

[MONTRÉAL] I sit in my living room reading David Eggers’ What is the What, a fictionalized biography about Valentino Achak Deng, one of the Lost Boys from Sudan’s 21-year civil war. The war ended tenuously in 2005 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Sudanese army in the north and the south’s Sudan People’s Liberation Army. It is 22h00 on a summer wednesday and the Montréal night is bombarded with firework blasts out of view from my comfortable living room sofa.