Media Mashup: October 5, 2015

Neutral Switzerland has military bunkers disguised as rocks, houses and myriad other installations in camouflage.
Neutral Switzerland has military bunkers disguised as rocks, houses and myriad other installations in camouflage.

Swiss Have Hidden Military Posts Throughout the Country

AmazingPlanet has an amazing story and photo essay about Switzerland. “All across the Swiss Alps are military installation and bunkers carefully hidden so as to blend into the surrounding landscape. Some of them are camouflaged as huge rocks, others as quiet villas or barns that could open up in the event of an emergency to reveal cannons and heavy machine guns that could blow any approaching army to smithereens. Enormous caverns are dugout on the mountain side to function as ad-hoc airbases with hangars. Every major bridge, tunnel, road and railway has been rigged so they could be deliberately collapsed, whenever required, to keep enemy armies out. Highways can be converted into runways by quickly removing the grade separations in between the lanes.

“In his 1984 book, La Place de la Concorde Suisse, acclaimed New Yorker author John McPhee quoted a Swiss officer as saying: ‘Switzerland doesn’t have an army, Switzerland is an army.’ Indeed, Switzerland’s powerful citizen army has helped preserve the country’s neutrality and keep neighboring countries from invading Swiss territory. The country hasn’t been involved in any military conflict for 200 years.”

For more details, see http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/07/the-camouflaged-military-bunkers-of.html

Russia Today

A Ukrainian female fighter pilot is charged in the deaths of two Russian TV reporters in a show trial in the Kremlin  See http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-new-kremlin-show-trial-1443827409

Russia Yesterday

Salon.com has an intriguing story about how the Soviet Union was able to uncover so many CIA agents during the Cold War. It wasn’t an inside man, but the hard work of a Soviet analyst.

For more details, see http://www.salon.com/2015/09/26/how_to_explain_the_kgbs_amazing_success_identifying_cia_agents_in_the_field/

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu.

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