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There were at least seven separate US drone attacks in Yemen last week. Two strikes happened last Tuesday (15th May)- killing 15 and injuring a further 7. According to CNN, seven of those killed were fighters from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula holed up in the mountains of Northern Yemen. Meanwhile U.K campaigners are struggling to get the issue onto the agenda.
The US military has massively upped its remote war over Yemen- of the over thirty air-strikes that have hit the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country, at least twenty have occurred in the last month. This follows a presidential order authorising the killing by the Pentagon and the CIA of unnamed “high value targets”. Authorised by the US government that is- extra judicial killings in foreign countries is, of course, totally illegal under international law, but who cares about that?
All of this to neutralise a terrorist organisation who's reputation far exceeds their capacity to cause chaos and destruction- despite the scary connotations that come with their baddass name, all they have to their credit are two failed underpant bombings of passenger jets.
But never mind about the disproportionate reactions, law, morality or unforseen consequences- drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are a favourite of 'democratic' countries that like to fight their wars without risk to their own troops, who are safely squirrelled away in air conditioned bases in Arizona, where the greatest risk they face is a sprained thumb.
Drones aren't just a US issue- The UK is just as keen on UAVs as the Americans are, just without the half trillion dollar budget. Brighton's very own bomb-builders EDO, now part of US corporate giant ITT and renamed ITT Excelis, makes bomb racks for the MQ-9 Reaper killer drone.
Smash EDO campaigners have held a series of events against ITT's involvement in the drone wars. Yesterday UAV expert Chris Cole gave a talk at the Friends Meeting House. On Wednesday (15th) a colourful anti-drone demo was held outside the Brighton arms factory. Activists waved flags and made lots of noise with bells, a sound system, horns, pots and pans. Later on in the demo kites were flown over the factory to remind the workers of what its like to be constantly underneath the watchful eyes of killer robots. Some of the kites were equipped with (civilian) surveillance equipment kite to take some surveillance footage. Campaigners have told SchNEWS that aerial footage of the factory will be soon be released in a communique.
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Sudanese refugees and supporters protest in London to highlight the 10 year anniversary of the conflict which ripped apart their regions.
'Ground the Drones' demo to take place in Lincoln this Saturday as UK expands armed drone programme - and international resistance to the Drone Wars amps up.
It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since the US-UK coalition invaded Iraq. 10 years since that fatal day on the 19th of March 2003 when the neoconservative “Crazies in the White House” bought their own propaganda and believed they could reshape the Middle-East with a blitzkrieg military campaign of “Shock and Awe”.
Recent announcement by Environmental Agency grants permits to EDF aiding the production of nuclear energy at Hinkley Point C.
If the “world leaders” heading to Enniskillen in June were hoping for an easy protest-free ride they were sadly mistaken
War Resisters International pay taxes under protest
Israeli forces have begun a massive terror campaign against the Gaza Strip
Robot wars in Afghanistan are set to increase when the Ministry of Defence unveils it's new five armed Reaper drones...