Author Archives: By Paul Woodward

Photographing the unseen

Some time ago, I added an Instagram widget to the sidebar here, adding some visual content to the minimalist design of this site. Anyone who’s interested to learn more about my photography and why I include it here, can do so by reading this.

Message to email subscribers – updated

Since starting War in Context and then Attention to the Unseen, everyone who signed up to receive email updates has received these via Feedburner (which was acquired by Google in 2007). Since its acquisition, Feedburner has suffered death by a thousand cuts — the latest of which is that they are about to end their… Read More »

On coups and cowards

By Paul Woodward, June 1, 2021 As often as Trump and his QAnon acolytes might bleat about “cancel culture,” they must also delight in the fact that even after getting kicked off the leading social media platforms, the mainstream media still provides them with a megaphone. It makes little difference how many times the words… Read More »

Updates while relocating

We just sold our house and now I’m about to hit the road in my 22-year-old truck, as I head hundreds of miles west with two cats and a dog to join my wife in our new location — new house yet to be found. During this period of instability, I can’t predict if or… Read More »

Even if Biden wins, he will govern in Trump’s America

Time reports: The car horns blared as Joe Biden took the stage just before 1 a.m.—not to proclaim victory, but to urge his supporters not to lose hope, no matter what President Donald Trump might say. “We believe we are on track to win this election,” the former Vice President told the crowd in Wilmington,… Read More »

On pause — back soon

Due to a family emergency, I won’t be able to update Attention to the Unseen for the next few days. Back soon. PW

As humanity isolates, wild animals start coming out of exile

  The coronavirus pandemic has rightly been compared to wartime. At the same time, it is reminiscent of the First World War armistice as gunfire gave way to birdsong, and offers glimpses of what might happen if we were to end our war against this planet and impose our presence here less harshly, by allowing… Read More »

How Bernie Sanders can become the next president

Michael Warren writes: It might sound strange, but Bernie Sanders right now has a lot in common with Donald Trump from 2016. Like Trump, after coming in a close second in Iowa and winning New Hampshire, Sanders is now his party’s front-runner for the presidential nomination. Like Trump, Sanders carries big momentum into a third… Read More »

Above the law: The Trump Doctrine

The New York Times reports: President Trump on Thursday reversed a decision by the Navy seeking to oust a Navy SEAL, Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, from the elite commando force. Chief Gallagher has been at the center of a high-profile war crimes case and was granted clemency by the president last Friday. He was… Read More »

The end of life on Earth?

Apocalyptic statements always sound crazy and talking about the end of life on Earth at this juncture in its history will, for many people, seem like an overly pessimistic assessment of the perils we face. Temperatures rise, extreme weather events become more frequent, species dwindle or disappear, forests burn, glaciers melt — no doubt the… Read More »

Recent events on and around the Arabian Peninsula

June 23, Meet the Press: WATCH: Trump tells Chuck Todd that he wants to talk with Iran with “no pre-conditions.” #MTP #IfItsSunday pic.twitter.com/kie0I91ZbA — Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 23, 2019 August 28, Mareike Transfeld wrote: Last month, the UAE said it would withdraw its troops from the northern port of Hodeidah. In reassuring the… Read More »

What have the Romans ever done for us?

For the entertainment of many, this video has been making the rounds recently:     For those who don’t follow British politics closely or know much about the history of the British Isles, a little background is in order. The voice here comes from John Cleese in Monty Python’s Life of Brian where he plays… Read More »

Living in space

  By Paul Woodward To see things clearly, we often need to break the patterns of habit. The Earth, physically and metaphorically — the ground of human experience — is the stationary foundation that forms the background of movement: our movement across its surface; the terra firma against which the oceans wash and above which… Read More »