History 101: Marshal Of France – Hubert Lyautey The French Empire Builder

French Foreign Legion Louis Hubert Gonzalve Lyautey Morocco

One of the best books that I bought in the last Big Bad Wolf Book Sales was called “Our Friends Beneath the Sands: The French Foreign Legion in France’s Colonial Conquests 1870-1935” which focuses on the French Foreign Legion’s participation in Algeria, Vietnam (back then Indochina), Madagascar and Morocco. Image source: Amazon.

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Military 101: The Fuss About Israel’s Iron Dome Air Defence System

iron dome Israel air defence system military missiles

In recent days, the world saw the interesting show of force from Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system against the Hamas’ rockets fired from Gaza. The question is whether this is a new concept or it is an evolution of an old aged air defence system that integrates air radars, fire control station and fast intercepting missile? Image source: India Today

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Indian Cinema 101: Blatant Mockery of Military Tactics in Wild Dog 2021

military uri surgical strike tactics movie hindi

Every movie regardless it is romantic, action, war or comedy, there must be a sense of good storyline and when it comes to action or war, there must be a good use of tactics. If it involves the military, then we expect nothing but the very best when it comes to tactics, skills, strategy and use of specialised weapons.

Just look at the tactics and weapons used in the 2019 blockbuster – Uri: The Surgical Strike. They even got the badges and stripes on the uniform just right. Image source: Bollywood Hungama.

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National Security 2021: Expect More Rohingyas Incursions After Coup in Myanmar

Rohingya Refugee Countries

A couple of news in the last few weeks has been rather unsettling especially in relation to Rohingyas who had always made Malaysia their desired country to run to after leaving the refugee camp in Bangladesh. Infographic source: Anadolu Agency

Now it looks like they have found another place to stop over before making their run to Malaysia where there is a bigger crowd of them making trouble.

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World Mysteries 101: The Ghostly, Strange UVB-76 Radio Station

UVB-76 Russia Radio Station Mystery

(When searching for UVB-76, it is alleged that this is one of the secret radio station emitting a strange buzzing tone to the secret listeners. Image source: Slavorum)

We all love a good mystery (especially if it is paranormal related) and I noticed this mentioned in one of the top 5 strange things happening around the world. Just what is the purpose of the radio station and what is the meaning of the tone send out.

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Military 101: The Agile, Beloved F-5E The Tiger II Fighter

RMAF TUDM F-5E Freedom Fighter

(Small, sleek, agile but seriously packed with a powerful punch, Northrop’s F-5E Tiger II – the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s first supersonic fighter jet and the first that was considered as the most advanced fighter jet in its inventory in the 1970s and 1980s. Image of the F-5F the two-seater variant source: Wikipedia)

I always have the special fondness when it comes to the military especially when it is related Malaysian military. I had always found some similarities between the military and the kind of work I do. Well think about – every time I go out for projects, there is no difference with the military going for a critical mission. Both have specific objectives, timeline and always comprised of trained and specialised team members.

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Project Management 101: Camp Bastion: Deconstructing A Formidable Fortress

camp bastion project management military base afghanistan

For those project managers out there, this is an interesting case study of deconstructing Camp Bastion (now known as Camp Shorabak) which was the key British and American forces base in the province of Helmand, Afghanistan and was constructed in several phases starting from 2005 and was formally handed over to the Afghan forces on 26th October 2014. Image source: BBC

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National Security 2020: Recent Intrusion of Chinese ships in Malaysian Waters

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(The potential flashpoint for the next regional war is in the South China Sea where in recent years, the Chinese Government has been very aggressively building naval bases complete with missile launch silos, gun emplacements, radar stations, communications towers, runways for heavy bombers and helipads. Photo source: The Sun UK)

Recently the Chinese Government sent 8 doctors to assist our Ministry of Health on the war to contain and improve the recovery from COVID-19 infections. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on April 10 said a team of medical professionals from China would be in Malaysia to lend a helping hand and look at the performance of Malaysia’s hospitals in handling the pandemic.

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New Malaysia 2020: League of Parliamentarians for Al-Quds & Palestinian

Palestinian

Palestinian problem is not small or easy to resolve and it will continue to be unresolved unless all parties recognise rights of Israel. The same goes to Israel and its allies namely the USA – they need to recognise the rights of the Palestinian people. Infographic Source: https://mondoweiss.net

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MH370: Time to Reassess the Shortcomings

MH370

(Substitute the chill beer, wine and other liquors on a board with locally made, sugar high cendol and a plane is guaranteed not to crash into the sea – so says a joker in Malaysia. Perhaps he is right but then again this is not the right time and the place to say these things. Some people just don’t get it, do they? Image source: http://www.infoway.co)

The fate of the missing plane has somehow been determined – more or less. We can only say our deepest condolences to the families of the crew and passengers of MH370 and hope they would find some kind of closure and peace over the lost of their loved ones. MH370 will be remembered.

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