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Robotic Warfare

Drone deaths inquiry blocked

An attempt to discover more about the circumstances of British drone strikes in Afghanistan has been blocked on the grounds that disclosing this information “would prejudice the capability, effecti

Chris Cole, Mary Dobbing and Amy Hailwood, 'Convenient Killing: Armed Drones and the ‘Playstation' Mentality'

Fellowship of Reconciliation, 2010; 20pp; available for £3 + p&p from Housmans Bookshop, www.housmans.com or free to download from www.for.org.uk/act/campaign

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Drones watch

Five suspected militants were killed in drone attack in North Waziristan by US drones on 10 November, 2010, writes Jim Wright. Fifteen were killed on 18 November and five more on 21 November.

Drones industry insider laments "armistice day curse"

The “prospect of peace” in Afghanistan “poses a serious danger” to the burgeoning drones industry, according to a recent anonymous comment piece in Flight International, believed to have been autho

Challenging robot warfare

“The lawyers tell me there are no prohibitions against robots making life-or-death decisions” - Gordon Johnson, leader of robotics efforts at the Pentagon’s Joint Forces Command Research Center in Virginina

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No drones

On 26 June, members of the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Wales (Cymdeithas Y Cymod) held a service of repentance outside the drones centre at Parc Aberporth.

PW Singer, 'Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century'

Penguin, 2009; ISBN 978-1-594-201-98-1; 512pp; £19.99

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Drones and democracy

A delegation of US peace activists visit the terrorised in Pakistan.

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Drones of death arrests

On 9 April, 14 peace and social justice activists were arrested at Creech US Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada, in what is believed to be the first act of mass nonviolent civil diso

Drones "kill 687 Pakistani civilians"

On 10 April 2009, Pakistan’s second-largest English-language newspaper (circulation 140,000), the News International, cited figures on US drone attacks “compiled by the Pakistani authoriti