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Discover espionage past & present with a former Marine field intelligencer/translator of medieval crusaders' technology & texts (https://t.co/BHYkDfT5sb)
24 Jun 20
Worth using google translate to watch the #propagandalive as @Erkanomia is in #Moscow to cover the #Kremlin #Military parade #HappeningNow. Some ++good #OSINT & #IMINT in his #live & candid coverage. 😎
For example, while the #Moscow #Elite typically use a black #SUV with license plate ending in 88 (sometimes 888 for family of senior officials & oligarchs who must #Drive themselves), here we see the first of the latest #cars with new #licenseplatedata.

Close-up I made from the #Finland team's #photography showing @mod_russia's Army #celebrity #swag bags for the Diamond Jubilee #celebration of the #Soviet #WWII win... ignoring 1939-1941 🙄

The Hon Minister Mr Singh, #IndianArmedForces, is a special guest at #VictoryDayParade.
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3 Jun 20
Take an #intelligence #History
break! The #photography & #Video evidence of what was left of the #Chinese people after the "People's Liberation Army" committed the #TiananmenSquareMassacre
(link to directory, ++NSFL). Never again. #FreeHongKong

cnd.org/June4th/massac…
Fair disclosure: In the 90s I was a "welcomer" for #HongKong students at my uni. Overtly we were 🇨🇦 peer mentors. Really we were defending 🇭🇰 students whom the #Chinese & #Communists clubs targeted for #psychological #Terrorism with #Tiananmen gutter-burger pics & rape threats.
As always, I do my best to withhold my politics while teaching - you can construct your own narrative by critical thinking or you wouldn't bother to engage & educate yourselves about espionage - its methods & manifestations; its history & historiography; its fact & fantasies. Yet
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20 Mar 20
Please RT #AcademicTwitter:
Let's not lose the #research & #opportunity of @KzooICMS & @MedievalAcademy since #CoronaCrisis cancelled them.

We have the #technology.
We have the #skills from @QMUL_HSS & @stuffofwar.

Let's make a date in May! cushingmediaeval at gmail dot com
Please note both WMU Medieval & MAA have confirmed that they do not endorse any virtual event in lieu of their #conferencecancelled.
Yet so many people have worked so hard, having work +/- contracts +/- funding in peril, that I can't let it go right when we need it most.
S/f 😎
So please take a look at #WTOStc (symposium) + Prof Todman's blog (below) & consider joining the #medieval #History #twitterstorians
because - #QuarantineLife aside - we all face financial, family, medical, or other barriers to 20th-century ways of work.
projects.history.qmul.ac.uk/thehistorian/2…
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31 Dec 19
@altDoD_ @WTF_Judge @Doctrine_Man @TheWTFNation Once Upon a Time, long ago during DADT & far away @CJTFHOA, we had a #Navy chief medical officer who had openly #LGBTQ corpsmen & free condoms in an area known for AIDS at the duty desk. Change of command brings us #Marines a 2* general, puritanical type. Signs of conflict...
@altDoD_ @WTF_Judge @Doctrine_Man @TheWTFNation @CJTFHOA ...lead to the disappearance of the condoms & rumors the queer corpsman are facing formal charges for friendly banter in the camp - the lesbian said her flaming male counterpart had "bitch hips" at the range, whereupon he replied that no camouflage could help her hideous hair...
@altDoD_ @WTF_Judge @Doctrine_Man @TheWTFNation @CJTFHOA ... which is not okay. As Medical faced Main St with a glass window that needed taping in case of incoming, the window was taped in white fibre - studded with condoms of every color & feature scrounged by a very creative & enthusiastic group of NCOs from all branches and nations.
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9 Dec 19
It's all about transgression! So bring your best examples of #medieval sex, sin, #spying, schemes, & personal/political/#Military #sabotage to @IMC_Leeds using Twitter! Info below.

Pls RT/share #CFP link widely! @SydneyHistoryPG @suss_sg @SNU_AsiaCenter @upsystem @Eng_Univ_Tokyo
Twelve-Tweet #teaching removes barriers to participation. Now accepting your 100-word abstracts / 2020 #CFP.s for #History (#Military/#espionage/#medieval)
Send to: cushingmediaeval at gmail dot com
Example #conference: @stuffofwar #WTOStc
Example format: twitter.com/i/moments/1045…
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24 Sep 19
Please RT #CFP: #BreakingBad in #medieval style! Submit your 12 Tweet papers on any #history of breaking the #border of #trust, from local #baddies to #spy pros... all while avoiding jetlag! Due 29 Sept to me imc.leeds.ac.uk/imc2020/
cc @KzooICMS @MedievalAcademy @IntlSpyMuseum
So let's skip the trip to England along with our colleagues in #Australia cc @WarintheFuture @covetweet (pls RT!)

Et on invite nos colleagues de l'Amerique du nord @ForcesCanada @HMedievale (veuillez RT svp!)

Y nuestros colegas de América del Sur @Armada_Arg @RinhaUniv (RT pf!)
نرحب بزملائنا الذين يدرسون عالم العصور الوسطى من الجواسيس للتدريس عبر الإنترنت
أيضًا - الإنجليزية أو الفرنسيه
#UniversityChallenge

우리는 온라인, 영어 또는 프랑스어를 가르치기 위해 중세 스파이 학자들을 환영합니다 #Korea #대학생활

#Africa & #medieval #Diaspora welcome too!
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17 May 19
As #espionage & #Eurovision coincide, here's #Albania the 1st finalist in this #history thread.
(Also for my #Australia readers seeking relief from #ausvotes as you start your Saturday, it's impressive you convinced them your continent counts 😎)
Next: #Азербайджан #Евровизија
For #Eurovision #Азербайджан and #Spying studies, here's an article from @warisboring about Azeri #aviation being well-placed to use my #Soviet favourite (Foxbat) to work #intelligence against my #USAF (Blackbird).
Zoom zoom 😎💕

nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/spyp…
Next up for #Eurovision finalists with an #espionage twist is #Denmark, whose #Spying #Police (PET) scored a serious scoop in turning Colonel Oleg Gordievsky, the #Russian rezident (lead KGB controller), which later inspired actual #JamesBond plot points:
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/m…
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10 May 19
Up next, yours truly on Cog #shipping becoming Crusades artillery... Tweets c/o PK from @Medievalists and @MedWarMag here @KzooICMS #kzoo2019
Long history of adapting ships to siege machines but the crusades inspired new methods
By the 13th century crusader ships served as military fighting platforms
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10 May 19
#kzoo2019 well @WestPoint_USMA were so anxious to talk, they just started on their own at 1328 sharp! Prof Rogers explains his cadets' "mission control center" or laboratory for #Military #History, working 8+ hrs/day on #medieval chronicles' paleography to #data mine 100yrs' war
Specifically looking for artillery information in skirmishes and sieges, to find what on the "laundry list" of sieges leads to #failure vs #success according to the #Database the cadets @WestPoint_USMA built collaboratively for the late #medieval & early #Renaissance. #kzoo2019
A small sample of the +90,000 #data entries - first up is Cadet Liam Kane with his findings on waging war by sieges vs by battles... taking #medieval #Military #History from generalizations to specifically-defined quantities... 47 battles to 134 sieges! #kzoo2019
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20 Apr 19
1/x
Dear @estNATO @MoD_Estonia & @MFAestonia: The official #LanguageLearning site (keeleklikk) doesn't work on mobile; the fact we need a 6-page download to troubleshoot Flash is telling. @duolingo has no classes yet, so we're making do with a mix of EKI, Youtubers, and helpful
2/x colleagues to get by. @LV_NATO & @LithuaniaMFA we have the same issues with #Latvia & #Lithuania as with #Estonia, wanting to learn but finding few mobile resources and no Duolingo options.
You are important allies. Please help us with mobile #teaching so we can study and
3/x visit and socialize and study your history and enjoy trying your cultures like good guests - namely, language skills - so we're not helpless or tiresome to the people we'll meet around town or in uni.
Would you please fix this situation?
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19 Apr 19
Please RT! 12-tweet #teaching topic "When #Military #History was changed by the #environment" - all eras welcome!
Part of @esehtweets parallel sessions 21-25 Aug, #CFP due 30 Apr.
cc @stuffofwar @SMH_Historians @WarintheFuture @Army_Leadership @madpadre1
threadreaderapp.com/thread/1115683…
Remember after ESEH #military #history vs #environment, @MedievalAcademy 2020 is up next!
Can't make it to California?
Not a problem, we can do #medieval #espionage on Twitter too. Here's those details, reply to me by 15 May so I can meet their deadline: medievalacademy.org/page/2020Annua…
Due to the disaster the deadline is extended to 30 May...and please remember to mark Medieval Academy, Kalamazoo medieval, SMH military history, and Leeds medieval 2020 on your calendars & send your submissions asap! Possible pop culture spy and KGB history events as well.
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9 Apr 19
Please RT my #CFP! The "When #military #History was determined by the #environment" parallel sessions for @esehtweets using @stuffofwar 12-tweet format. All eras & disciplines welcomed! Email dana dot cushing @ alumni dot utoronto dot ca by April 30th. eseh.org/event/next-con…
Example of format (on the topic of fauna and the Baltic crusades)

Also seeking traditional and socialmedia presentations for "breaking borders by betrayal" sessions in #medieval #History of #espionage, #military operations, #intelligence & #code studies for @MedievalAcademy @SMH_Historians and @IMC_Leeds 2020 😎 due May 15th
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23 Feb 19
Okay my #medieval #military #history followers, sharpen your pens and let's propose a session for #UK @IMC_Leeds July 2020 about "transgressing borders" which is a fancy way of saying #espionage & #spy stuff (#codes, #crime) and every sort of personal or public #Treason! 😎
I should say it'd be a multidisciplinary session about all kinds of hidden #medieval #History, any studies to do with secrecy & spying and its materials/places/cases. I'll can't make @MedievalAcademy thus the @IMC_Leeds 2020 appeal here. Cc @stuffofwar @latineast @Medievalists
For those inquiring about Kalamazoo, yes I'll be proposing a multidisciplinary #espionage session there, I'll tweet more about that once I confirm a sponsor for @KzooICMS 2020.
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28 Sep 18
1/#WTOStc/@stuffofwar
The medieval formation & modern history of the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, & Lithuania) is a very intricate, difficult topic.
Sadly, key artefacts were deliberately blown up (Boris Stones) stolen (Euphrasia’s Cross) or erased (by propaganda or genocide)
2/#WTOStc
after the 1939 Soviet-Nazi pact such that the 1 artefact unifying the area in #medieval times - the COG ship used by Catholic Crusaders then adopted by Orthodox colonizers & Slavic tribes along the Neman, Daugava, Emmajõgi, Velikaya, & Volkhov Rivers - is terribly rare.
3/#WTOStc
Yet of the COG remains its MOSS - polytrichum commune - flourishing all over the region.
Since Soviet studies had to ignore dendochronology (tree-ring dating) & Chernobyl’s radiation (=false chemical dating) & skirt the limits of KGB monitoring,& since 1992 each free
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13 Jul 18
Welcome to #NATO 101. Lesson 1
"The mere lack of #military #power is, in itself, not enough to cause a nation to lose its position vis-à-vis other states. That only happens when the people lose their individual integrity and the country gradually loses its national #integrity...
#NATO 101, Lesson 2
"No-one wants to cooperate with a country that has lost its integrity. [Even when] other countries have dealt unreasonably... who would want to damage the amity extant between [us, just by] sticking up for a state that has no national #integrity to begin with?
#NATO 101, Lesson 3.
"Many countries haven’t lost their international #prestige merely because of #poverty and #weakness... natural #disaster and poor #geography are enough to make a country weak and poor, and that can move others to sympathy. But lack of #integrity?
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