Unmanned drones: 1 in 50 ‘soldiers’ in Afghanistan are robotic

For those of us who grew up with films such as Terminator and Robocop, the ideas of cyber-soldiers and wars between futuristic machines are familiar ones. Most of us probably thought that we were dealing in science fiction, rather than increasingly real threats to life and liberty. We...

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Civilian slaughter in Afghanistan: further developments

Perhaps you read this horrifying piece detailing the extent to which human morality can become warped and twisted during times of war. It seems barely credible that representatives of a supposedly civilised nation — and one with a mandate to protect the civilian population of the...

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After Iraq and Afghanistan, how can we trust intervention in Libya?

Let’s be honest; this is an incredibly sensitive subject. Protestors rebelling against the repressive Gaddafi regime are dying every day in Libya, and at first glance it appears that anything which might prevent bloodshed would be welcome. Bitter experience, however, suggests...

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Afghanistan: the sickness of war

We’ve just seen this piece from the Guardian, detailing the casual murder of Afghan civilians by a group of US soldiers describing themselves as the ‘kill team’. Even though we focussed on Afghanistan quite a bit last week, this feels too important for us to allow it...

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