A Move to Ban Weaponized Drones

A Move to Ban Weaponized Drones

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by Ann Wright, published on Common Dreams, June 5, 2023

Citizen activism to bring about changes in how brutal wars are conducted is extremely difficult, but not impossible. Citizens have successfully pushed through the United Nations General Assembly treaties to abolish nuclear weapons and to ban the use of landmines and cluster munitions.

Of course, countries that want to continue to use these weapons will not follow the lead of the vast majority of countries in the world and sign those treaties. The United States and the other eight nuclear armed countries have refused to sign the treaty to abolish nuclear weapons. Likewise, the United States and 15 other countries, including Russia and China, have refused to sign the ban on the use of cluster bombs. The United States and 31 other countries, including Russia and China, have refused to sign the treaty on the ban on land mines.  Continue reading “A Move to Ban Weaponized Drones”

Military Drones Swarming Ukraine Skies, Other Hot Spots; Anything Goes When It Comes to International Law

Military Drones Swarming Ukraine Skies, Other Hot Spots; Anything Goes When It Comes to International Law

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by Tara Sonenshine, published on The Conversation, May 19, 2023

Loud explosions rock the evening sky. Streaks of light appear like comets. Missiles rain down. Below, people scramble for cover. The injured are taken on stretchers – the dead, buried.

That is daily life in Ukraine, where pilotless vehicles known as drones litter the sky in an endless video gamelike – but actually very real – war with Russia.

Both Russia and Ukraine are using drones in this war to remotely locate targets and drop bombs, among other purposes.  Continue reading “Military Drones Swarming Ukraine Skies, Other Hot Spots; Anything Goes When It Comes to International Law”

Drone Proliferation in the Ukraine War

Drone Proliferation in the Ukraine War

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Posted by Monroy Mathias on Security Architectures in the EU, November 2022

Russia’s war in Ukraine is increasingly being fought with unmanned systems. Both sides are using so-called „loitering munitions“ originating from the US or Iran. A new Iranian drone clone could also soon be flying attacks.

Iran wants to export more attack drones to Russia for use in the war against Ukraine. The exact number of units is not known. However, the unmanned systems are said to be part of a package of 1,000 additional weapons, including short-range surface-to-surface missiles. This was reported by the US news magazine CNN. The delivery is to take place before the end of the year. Russia intends to use it to supplement its dwindling supply of small Lancet-3 attack drones.   Continue reading “Drone Proliferation in the Ukraine War”

The U.S. Still Owes Money to Family of 10 Afghans It Killed in “Horrible Mistake”

The U.S. Still Owes Money to Family of 10 Afghans It Killed in “Horrible Mistake”

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by Alice Speri, published on The Intercept, May 17, 2023

Nearly two years after the U.S. killed 10 members of an Afghan family, including seven children, in a drone strike that prompted a rare apology from the Pentagon, the U.S. government has yet to make good on a pledge to compensate surviving relatives.

Weeks after the attack, which targeted an aid worker whom intelligence officials had mistaken for someone else, the U.S. made a public commitment to condolence payments and pledged to help survivors relocate. With the help of U.S. officials, some of those survivors made it to California last year, including two of the aid worker’s brothers, Emal and Romal Ahmadi, and their families.  Continue reading “The U.S. Still Owes Money to Family of 10 Afghans It Killed in “Horrible Mistake””

Border Drones; EU Border Surveillance

Border Drones; EU Border Surveillance

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This article is long, but it is packed with information about what drones are used by EU security, how they are deployed and what subcontractors are involved.  So, if you are looking for information about what is going on, you can find it here.

Published on “Security Architectures in the EU“.  Posted by Matthias Monroy, July 2022   Continue reading “Border Drones; EU Border Surveillance”

Stop Drone Killing, Then Stop the Whole Ukraine War

Stop Drone Killing, Then Stop the Whole Ukraine War

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by Nick Mottern, published on Counterpunch, May 12, 2023

As the Russian military intensifies its drone attacks on Kyiv and Ukraine’s troops increase usage of homemade drones to hit Russian  targets, the region and the world acutely need a proposal calling on both sides to negotiate an end to the war. A first step could be for both sides to agree to stop using weaponized drones.

Current commentary discusses advantages, for one side or the other, to reliance on weaponized drones. But the history of drone warfare in the Ukraine and in earlier wars, reveals two crucial points.

First, the notion that using killer drones will somehow provide the winning edge in combat is magical thinking.  In reality, their use only prolongs war and piles up dead bodies. This has been true, in fact, wherever weaponized drones have been used, since the first modern-day drone attack was launched, unsuccessfully, by the United States on the first day of its Illegal invasion of Afghanistan, nearly 22 years ago.  Continue reading “Stop Drone Killing, Then Stop the Whole Ukraine War”

Upstate Drone Action Earthday 2023, Delivering Subpoenas to Friends of the Merchants of Death

Upstate Drone Action Earthday 2023, Delivering Subpoenas to Friends of the Merchants of Death

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by Jack Gilroy, published in Veterans For Peace Newsletter | Spring 2023 25

Click HERE to see a playlist of 1 or 2 minute  videos from each site: Syracuse Federal Bldg, Chase Bank, Bishops Chancellary, Lockheed Martin and Hancock Air Base. Filmed and edited by Nate Henshaw, produced by Mary Anne Grady Flores

An Earth Day celebration mocking the clever fools of the war machine produced a lot of grim fun in Syracuse, New York, on Friday, April 21. A coalition of peace groups including Upstate Drone Action, Veterans For Peace Chapter 90, Peace Action, UpState PaxChristi, and Ithaca Catholic Worker had already issued subpoenas to six merchants of death and their enablers in the Syracuse community to testify at the November 2023 Merchants of Death Tribunal. Now it was time to hear from the war enablers themselves.  Continue reading “Upstate Drone Action Earthday 2023, Delivering Subpoenas to Friends of the Merchants of Death”

Shut Down Drone Warfare, April 15-22

Shut Down Drone Warfare, April 15-22

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5 Anti-drone Activists Arrested April 19, including 3 Veterans,

while Blockading the Main Gate to Holloman Air Force Base

Co-sponsored by CODEPINK, Veterans For Peace and Ban Killer Drones

Blocking the front gate at Holloman Airforce Base

THE EVENT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
Continue reading “Shut Down Drone Warfare, April 15-22”

American Reaper Drones Debut over Philippine Land and Sea During Balikatan Exercise

American Reaper Drones Debut over Philippine Land and Sea During Balikatan Exercise

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by Seth Robson, published on Stars and Stripes, April 24, 2023

SUBIC BAY, Philippines — The U.S. military has, for the first time, deployed some of its most lethal unmanned aircraft to the Philippines, where they’re participating in large-scale military drills this month.

A pair of MQ-9 Reapers – the same type of plane that carried out numerous strikes in combat zones over the past 16 years – are flying intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance missions during the annual Balikatan exercise. This year’s drills involve 17,000 U.S. and Philippine troops.   Continue reading “American Reaper Drones Debut over Philippine Land and Sea During Balikatan Exercise”

Six War-Mongering Think Tanks and the Military Contractors That Fund Them

Six War-Mongering Think Tanks and the Military Contractors That Fund Them

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by Amanda Lee, posted on ML Today, April 24, 2023

From producing reports and analysis for U.S. policy-makers, to enlisting representatives to write op-eds in corporate media, to providing talking heads for corporate media to interview and give quotes, think tanks play a fundamental role in shaping both U.S. foreign policy and public perception around that foreign policy. Leaders at top think tanks like the Atlantic Council and Hudson Institute have even been called upon to set focus priorities for the House Intelligence Committee. However, one look at the funding sources of the most influential think tanks reveals whose interests they really serve: that of the U.S. military and its defense contractors. Continue reading “Six War-Mongering Think Tanks and the Military Contractors That Fund Them”

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