Kids Again

Very few advertisemens can vlaim a higher purpose than pure sales. Considering that the job which actually pays me – vice my academic love for the study of political violence – involves knowledge of sales and marketing techniques, I understand the mechanisms behind modern commercials.

And yet,  the Save the Children Syria Campaignstrikes me as amazing – it offers an educated glimpse into the toll of warfare on children. And it does more in under three minutes than some books do in 300 pages.

Mind = blown.

If you don’t want to see the ad part, but would love to see how they get the message across, just skip the last ~15 seconds of the clip.

I never imagined myself posting a commercial on this blog, but trust me. It’s worth seeing.

And in Current Events….

For those of you who missed the news this morning:

Ukraine

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/18/ukraine-police-storm-kiev-protest-camp-live-updates

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/18/world/europe/ukraine-protests/

For those of you who read Russian: http://www.newtimes.ru/articles/detail/77630

Syria

http://www.jpost.com/Syria/Analysis-Combat-fatigue-may-finally-spell-the-end-of-Syrian-civil-war-341611

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/18/world/middleeast/russia-is-scolded-as-us-weighs-syria-options.html?hpw&rref=world

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=54253

Bosnia

http://www.kansascity.com/2014/02/18/4832658/in-bosnia-economy-still-struggling.html