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BBC Radio 4 – Crossing Continents, Poland’s Amateur Defenders

Playing war-games in the woods has become an ever-more popular pastime in Poland as thousands of young people join paramilitary groups to defend their country against possible invasion. Others – so-called “preppers” – are building bunkers and storing food supplies so their families can survive any disaster. Now the government plans to recruit such enthusiasts into a state-run volunteer defence force – to counter a possible Russian threat. But are the authorities stoking fear – and creating an amateur force that’s no use in 21st Century warfare? Tim Whewell reports from the forests of north-eastern Poland, close to the Russian border.

Source: BBC Radio 4 – Crossing Continents, Poland’s Amateur Defenders

Global Peace Index 2016: There are now only 10 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict | World Politics | News | The Independent

A snapshot of the Global Peace Index 2016
A snapshot of the Global Peace Index 2016

The world is becoming a more dangerous place and there are now just 10 countries which can be considered completely free from conflict, according to authors of the 10th annual Global Peace Index.

Source: Global Peace Index 2016: There are now only 10 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict | World Politics | News | The Independent