A drone built to hunt down other drones

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As drones get cheaper and more powerful, even off-the-shelf consumer drones are being turned into weapons. Reuters Stephen Nellis meets one startup in Silicon Valley building drone hunters.

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Flying with Angry Birds – Scary flying with a Drone in the Faroe Islands

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SCARY flying with a Quad copter. Attacked by Angry birds, but a fantastic view in the Faroe Islands flying over some bird cliffs.
This is filmed without Stabilizer with a DJI Phantom 1.
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03/08/2017: Two Session Special: China’s foreign policy in 2017

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The Two Sessions are seen as the beginning of China’s political year. Premier Li Keqiang presented his work report earlier this week, and on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke to the press. So what can we learn about China’s foreign policy in 2017? How will Sino-US relations develop under Donald Trump? In the Korean peninsula, where will the tension lead? And as terrorism spreads ever further around the world, can ends ever justify the means? The Point held a special round table edition to discuss China’s foreign diplomacy in 2017.

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“The Kill Chain” and Drone War (w/ Andrew Cockburn)

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Journalist Andrew Cockburn discusses his latest book, Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins, a history of drone warfare. Get your copy at: http://www.amazon.com/Kill-Chain-Rise-High-Tech-Assassins/dp/0805099263
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Holy Land: The Innovation Hubs of Tel Aviv & Ramallah (Part 2/5 Tease) | Future Cities | WIRED

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In this second episode, we visit Rothschild Boulevard in the heart of Tel Aviv to explore how the city flourished so quickly as a vibrant innovation hub.
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Liberalism, youth and cultural embrace of both failure and debate are all part of the city’s creative DNA. We are reminded that tech entrepreneurs see the world differently, finding problems that others fail to notice. And we explore the exciting scene developing amongst their neighbours in young and liberal Ramallah – despite the many hurdles standing in their way.
The second season of WIRED’s Future Cities series takes us inside one of the world’s biggest startup nations. With the most tech startups and venture capital per capita in the world, Israel has long been hailed as The Startup Nation. WIRED’s five-part series will look beyond Tel Aviv’s vibrant, liberal tech epicentre to the wider Holy Land region – the Palestinian territories, where a parallel Startup Nation story is emerging in East Jerusalem, Ramallah and the West Bank, as well as in the Israeli cybersecurity hub of Beersheba. And we will learn how the fertile innovation ecosystem of Silicon Wadi has evolved as a result of its unique political, geographical and cultural situation and explore the future challenges – and solutions – these nations are facing.

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Lavrov blasts US: No more unilateral concessions from Russia and Syria regarding the ceasefire

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US-led coalition must prove it really wants to separate Al-Nusra Front from rebels – Lavrov
Russia will “no longer take seriously” requests that its own or Syrian forces make unilateral concessions regarding the ceasefire, without the Western coalition providing proof it’s trying to separate moderates from terrorists, the foreign minister said.
In an extensive interview with Russia TV’s Vesti v Subbotu (News on Saturday), Sergey Lavrov reiterated that “the revival of the ceasefire is possible exclusively on collective basis.” If the US and its coalition partners fail to provide credible proof that they have “a sincere intention” to dissociate terrorists from the so-called moderate opposition “our suspicions that this all is being done to take the heat off Al-Nusra Front will strengthen.”

The events of the past few days, however, showed the reverse trend, as more rebel groups started merging with Al-Nusra Front, Lavrov said, citing a statement from Russia’s General Staff.

One of such radical groups close to Al-Nusra Front is Ahrar Al-Sham, which refused to adhere to the Russia-US agreement as the deal targets its ally, Lavrov said. Russia has been demanding it be designated terrorist for a long time, to little effect.

“If everything again boils down to asking Russia’s and Syria’s Air Forces to take unilateral steps – such as, ‘Give us another three- or four-day pause and after that we will persuade all opposition groups that this is serious and that they must cut ties with Al-Nusra Front’ – such talk will not be taken seriously by us anymore,” the Russian FM said.

He noted that previous US-Russia-brokered short-term ceasefires around Aleppo did not live up to expectations and proved detrimental to peace efforts, as the 48-hour and 72-hour temporary truces were “used to back up the jihadists, including, Al-Nusra Front fighters, with manpower, food and weapons supplies.”

For its part, Russia has been open about its work with the Syrian government to ensure its compliance with the US-Russia brokered Geneva deal.

On Monday, it submitted an interview with Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the main operations department of the Russian General Staff, to the UN Security Council, in which he outlines the concrete measures Russia made to secure the deal, Lavrov noted.

Speaking about the US airstrike on Syrian armed forces near Deir ez-Zor, that left 62 troops dead and over 100 injured, Lavrov cast doubt on Washington’s assurance that the Syrian government positions were targeted purely by mistake.

It is “very hard to believe that reconnaissance officers of the US-founded coalition that is fighting Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS] on the whole Syrian territory could forget about who is located where,” he said.

“The situation in Deir ez-Zor, contrary to the situation in Aleppo, where the line of contact is constantly changing, has been stable over two years already. The Syrian troops have been besieged by IS there,” he added, calling the circumstances surrounding the attack “a bit strange.”

Lavrov also confirmed that Washington offered its apologies to Syria’s President Bashar Assad via Russia.

The Russian FM has once again denied Russia or Syria’s complicity in the attack on UN-backed Red Crescent convoy in eastern Aleppo on Monday.

Russia had already submitted drone footage and other evidence to the UN as part of the investigation into the incident that resulted in death of 20 civilians and one aid worker.

“Russian aviation was not working there. Syrian aviation could not work there either, as the attack on the convoy occurred at night, and the Syrian Air Force does not fly at that time, they do not have such capacities,” Lavrov stated, citing the Russian Defense Ministry’s statements.

The “easiest way” and “the first necessary step” to determine who is responsible for the atrocity would be to uncover weapons that hit the convoy and present them, he suggested.

At the same time, Lavrov recalled the repeated “direct, open and unambiguous” threats to humanitarian convoys from rebels maintaining control over the Castello road that have on many occasions impeded essential supplies accessing heavily stricken areas of Aleppo.
Russian TV program “Vesti on Saturday” Interview with Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov, New York, US, September 24, 2016.
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Amazing Footage of very low altitude Russian Attack Helicopters targeting ISIS 08/10/2015

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Russian made helicopters belong to the Syrian Army
North Hama; Mi-24’s brings fury from extremely low altitude onto ISIS/Al-Qaeda positions
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How precise is the US’ drone warfare?

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How precise is the US’ drone warfare? The US says that its use of drones doesn’t result in a ‘great deal’ of civilian casualties. The numbers tell a different story.

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Exclusive: 2 Air Force Vets Speak Out for First Time on Why They Want the Drone War to Stop

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In an unprecedented open letter to President Obama, four U.S. Air Force servicemembers who took part in the drone war say targeted killings and remote-control bombings fuel the very terrorism the government says it’s trying to destroy. Two of the signatories, former sensor operator Stephen Lewis and former Air Force technician Cian Westmoreland, tell us why they are speaking out for the first time about what they did. “Anybody in the Air Force knows that an air strike has collateral damage a significant amount of the time,” Westmoreland says. “I’m saying it wasn’t all enemies. It was civilians as well.”

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How the US should use its superpower status | Ian Bremmer

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Americanization and globalization have basically been the same thing for the last several generations. But the US’s view of the world — and the world’s view of the US — is changing. In a fast-paced tour of the current state of international politics, Ian Bremmer discusses the challenges of a world where no single country or alliance can meet the challenges of global leadership and asks if the US is ready to lead by example, not by force.

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