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    Following a comprehensive policy review, the Biden administration has decided to reduce significantly its use of landmines, in part due to the frequency with which these weapons kill civilians. The administration revealed on Tuesday that the use of these weapons will be prohibited outside of the Korean Peninsula. Excluding the region, the U.S. will look to meet key provisions of the Ottawa Convention, the 1999 international treaty prohibiting the use, stockpiling, production, and transfer of anti-personnel landmines, according to a statement from National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson. UKRAINE COULD 'DEFINITELY WIN' DEPENDING ON HOW VICTORY IS DEFINED, EXPERTS SAY Roughly 700 people are killed annually from landmines, the majority of which are civilians, according to the Washington Post. "These changes reflect the President’s belief that these weapons have disproportionate impact on civilians, including children, long after fighting has stopped, and that we need to curtail the use of [anti-personnel landmines] worldwide," said the readout of the policy. "They also complement longstanding U.S. leadership in the clearance of landmines and other explosive remnants of war." CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...
    For decades, a select handful of veterans from the U.S. military have been forced to remain quiet about a terribly gruesome set of human experiments conducted during the Cold War. They’ve faced a horrifying Catch-22: If they speak, they break their confidentiality code and will no longer receive veteran benefits. If they keep quiet, they won’t be able to get the medical help required to treat the lingering mental damage caused them. Heading to Discovery+ this week, Dr. Delirium & The Edgewood Experiments unpacks the human testing that was allegedly executed at Edgewood Arsenal from 1955 to 1975. While hearing from the vets who participated in the program is a completely harrowing experience, the most damning part of the doc is a never-before-seen interview with Edgewood’s lead research director, Dr. James Ketchum. The goal of Edgewood was to find a mind-altering, non-lethal drug to impair U.S. enemies. Using a group of soldiers who had volunteered, Dr. James Ketchum and other directors tested LSD, marijuana, and, the most cruel, BZ (put plainly in the doc, “a bad trip,” unlike anything you’d...
    (CNN)After US intelligence accurately predicted Russia's invasion of Ukraine, it's disturbing that Americans now fear Russia is preparing to use chemical weapons during the conflict."I'm not going to speak about the intelligence, but Russia will pay a severe price if they use chemicals," President Joe Biden told CNN's Arlette Saenz last week.Russia has planted the unsubstantiated idea that Ukraine and the US may use these weapons, an allegation that national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday should be a warning."It's a tell that they themselves may be preparing to do so, and then trying to pin the blame on someone else," he said.After recently trying to get smart on Russia's stockpile of nuclear weapons and threats, it's time, sadly, to learn about chemical weapons.Read MoreI talked to Gregory Koblentz, director of the Biodefense Graduate Program at George Mason University, about what these weapons are, why the world was supposed to be eradicating them and how they could be used by Russia in Ukraine.The key points of what he told me over the phone, edited for length and flow, are below.What...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration publicly warned Wednesday that Russia might seek to use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine as the White House rejected Russian claims of illegal chemical weapons development in the country it has invaded. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova this week, without evidence, accused Ukraine of running chemical and biological weapons labs in its territory, supported by the U.S. White House press secretary Jen Psaki called Russia’s claim “preposterous” and said it could be part of an attempt by Russia to lay the groundwork for itself using such weapons of mass destruction against Ukraine. “This is all an obvious ploy by Russia to try to justify its further premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine,” Psaki tweeted Wednesday. “Now that Russia has made these false claims, and China has seemingly endorsed this propaganda, we should all be on the lookout for Russia to possibly use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, or to create a false flag operation using them.” The U.S. for months has warned about Russian “false flag” operations to create...
    Delegates are seen during a meeting of the review conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, (CCW) focussing on lethal autonomous weapons systems (killer robots) at the United Nations in Geneva on December 17, 2021.FABRICE COFFRINI | AFP | Getty Images A UN conference failed to agree on banning the use and development of so-called "slaughterbots" at a meeting in Geneva last week, raising alarm bells among experts in artificial intelligence, military strategy, disarmament and humanitarian law. Slaughterbots are weapons that select and apply force to targets without human intervention. Instead, they make their decisions with artificial intelligence software, which is essentially a series of algorithms. For the first time ever this year, the bulk of the 125 nations that belong to the United Nations' Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) said they wanted new laws to be introduced on killer robots. However, some countries that are developing these weapons including the U.S. and Russia, were in opposition, making a unilateral agreement impossible. The U.K. and several other nations also objected. "We would have liked to have seen everyone get...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Several Pittsburgh-based activist organizations are demanding Pittsburgh city official retract their bid for less lethal weapons for the police bureau. “The tear gas was so bad that I personally had an asthma attack and passed out,” Brandi Fisher, the director for the Alliance for Police Accountability, said. “[I] woke up in the dark and didn’t know where I was.” READ MORE: Astrobotic Opening Headquarters As The Moonshot Museum In 2022 Fisher says that is what happened at a protest over the summer. It’s one of many reasons Fisher says city leaders should withdraw their bid. (Photo Credit: KDKA) “At a time where we’re in the midst of a pandemic, people are unemployed, people are being evicted every day, do not have housing and good jobs, this city decided to spend a half a million dollars on weapons to use against its own citizens,” said Fisher. Bend The Arc Pittsburgh, the Alliance for Police Accountability, and other groups say the weapons are unsafe and unnecessary. City officials sent out the bid on April 14. The list includes sponge...
                      by Anthony Gockowski  In a near-unanimous vote, the Minneapolis City Council passed a last-minute resolution Friday to condemn the use of non-lethal weapons such as tear gas and rubber bullets. This comes as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial in the death of George Floyd nears a verdict. Following the Sunday death of Daunte Wright, the Brooklyn Center City Council voted to prohibit its officers from using non-lethal munitions on protesters gathered outside the police department. This ban, however, didn’t apply to outside officers involved in Operation Safety Net, a joint command of state, county and local agencies overseeing the public safety response to the Chauvin trial. The Minneapolis resolution was described as a “statement of values” by City Council President Lisa Bender, who noted that the council may not have the authority to pass an outright ban on these weapons. “The Minneapolis City Council opposes any use of so-called ‘less lethal’ weapons as crowd control against people in Minneapolis, and calls on the mayor, the police chief,...
    Farming and using resources efficiently is fundamental in the game of Genshin Impact. This title harnesses a plethora of resource piles, that contribute to characters, weapons, artifacts, talent upgrades, and so on. The most puzzling aspect has to be the respawn time each resource takes once you pick it up from the world. Not to forget resources obtained from domains and special events that also take considerable time to farm. This makes it quite important to come up with a strategy to use these resources. The list of characters is only going to grow with each update, so use these tips to save your time and preserve resources. Also Read: Genshin Impact YouTuber Suggests Saving Primogems for Character Re-Run Banners Tips and tricks of using certain resources in the most efficient way in Genshin Impact According to Gacha Gamer there are 3 major things players should keep in mind. First up, the artifact sets are quite hard to get and it requires countless repetitions to pick up the right artifact. In which case, it is a good idea to build...
    March 17, 2021 8:36 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The government of US President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday new sanctions against Russia for the use of chemical weapons against dissidents, and mentioned the case of poisoning of the opposition leader Alexei Navalni. The Commerce Department reported in a statement the blockade of exports to Russia, starting this Thursday, of sensitive products that may be used for chemical weapons activities for national security reasons. “The Russian government has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or lethal or biological chemicals against its own nationals,” the statement said. “By deploying illegal nerve agents against dissidents, both within and outside its borders, the Russian Government has acted in flagrant violation of its commitments under the Chemical Weapons Convention and has directly put its own citizens and those of other countries at mortal risk“he added. These sanctions by the Biden government against Russia involve the suspension of licenses that granted specific exceptions for certain exports to Russia. These include spare parts, equipment, technology and software, as well...
    A peer-reviewed study of injuries sustained by participants and bystanders in last spring’s protests following George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police has drawn widespread media attention. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Conducted by an interdisciplinary team from the University of Minnesota, the study concludes that “less-lethal” projectile weapons commonly used to disperse participants during cases of civil unrest “are not appropriate for crowd control.” To come to this conclusion, the research team scanned thousands of medical records dated between May 26 and June 25 for patients seen in clinics and emergency rooms in two Twin Cities medical systems. The study’s authors discovered 89 records containing the words “riot,” “tear gas,” or other crowd-control methods that they separated and closely examined. The data collected from these records ultimately led the researchers to their conclusion. I wanted to learn more about why this team of researchers decided to conduct their study and how they came to their conclusions, so I spoke with three individuals who worked closely on the project, Erika Kaske, a student at the...
    The Aurora Police Department is currently being sued over a June 27 rally at which musicians playing violins in tribute to Elijah McClain were among hundreds of people rousted by cops deploying chemical agents while outfitted for battle, as if they were engaged in war rather than trying to keep the peace. Now, three Aurora City Council members are trying to help differentiate local police from soldiers by way of twin proposals to end the community's participation in a program to obtain armaments designed for military operations and to prohibit the use of many, if not most, of them against ordinary citizens. The bills are scheduled to be heard during the September 10 meeting of Aurora's Public Safety, Courts & Civil Service council committee. According to Ward IV's Juan Marcano, who's sponsoring the proposals along with Ward I's Crystal Murillo and Ward V's Alison Coombs, the mere presence of this gear can intensify conflicts — whether it's used or not. Related Stories "Walk for Elijah" Event Canceled This Weekend; Here's Why Mike Coffman Goes Full Trump After Aurora Elijah McClain Protest Inside Lawsuit Over Police Attack...
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