2020-08-22: News Headlines

sputniknews (2020-08-22). Iranian Envoy to Russia Says Tehran-Moscow Military Cooperation 'Will Reach New Levels'. sputniknews.com The announcement comes as a UN embargo on weapons sales to the Islamic Republic is about to expire amid continuing opposition to the move by the United States.

sputniknews (2020-08-22). Iran Arms Embargo: America's Alleged 'Over the Top Ridiculousness' Added to US Isolation in UN Vote. sputniknews.com Last week, the UN Security Council rejected a draft resolution introduced by Washington to indefinitely extend a weapons embargo on Tehran envisioned by the 2015 Iran nuclear deal ahead of the embargo's expiration on 18 October.

RT (2020-08-21). Novice AI defeats veteran F-16 pilot 5-0 in DARPA's dogfight contest (VIDEO). rt.com A human pilot with more than 2,000 hours in an F-16 fighter lost five straight dogfights against an artificial intelligence algorithm, in a competition organized by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. | DARPA's Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program pitted AI developed by eight companies — including the military industry giant Lockheed Martin — against each other, before the winner went up against a human pilot in Thursday's AlphaDogfight trials competition. | Identified only by his callsign 'Banger,' the DC Air National Guard pilot had recently graduated from the F-16 Weapons Instructor co…

Quell Nessuno (2020-08-21). Bigger bombs don't end wars. workers.org This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United States atomic bombing of Japan, the first and only use of nuclear weapons for warfare. On Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. military dropped the "Little Boy" atomic device from a B-29 called Enola Gay onto the city of Hiroshima. Three days . . . |

Jais Adam-Troian, Elif àáelebi, Yara Mahfud (2020-08-21). [Letter] Police use of force during street protests: A pressing public mental health concern. thelancet.com Street protests are a common means of civic expression and occur across the globe. In the past few years, millions of citizens have attended street protests worldwide. Sometimes however, street protests can constitute significantly stressful and violent contexts. Research has highlighted the physical health impact of street protests due to clashes between protesters and law enforcement or use of CS gas [1]. In addition, police use of less-lethal weapons, such as rubber pellet launchers, is known to cause severe ocular injuries [2].

Dean Baker (2020-08-20). A Note on Lost GDP During the Shutdown. counterpunch.org Some folks have complained about the loss of GDP over the last five months and questioned whether the shutdowns have been worth the price. While people often toss around huge numbers in the trillions of dollars as the cost of the shutdown, these big numbers are often both inaccurate and misleading. Measuring Lost GDP The

Alan Macleod (2020-08-19). Oxfam: Saudis Carry Out Equivalent of One Attack Every Ten Days on Yemen's Medical and Water Facilities. mintpressnews.com According to a new Oxfam analysis, the Saudi Colation has carried out the equivalent of "one air raid every ten days during the conflict affecting hospitals, clinics, ambulances, water drills, tanks and trucks," since it began the war in 2015.

RT (2020-08-19). 'We won't budge': Belarus sends MISSILES & DRONES to western border – says it is responding to 'NATO activity'. rt.com The Belarusian defense minister has ordered troops in the western Grodno region to be reinforced with tactical missile units, drones, and air defense systems, after President Alexander Lukashenko told him to "keep an eye" on NATO. | Earlier, Lukashenko said that increased NATO activities on the nation's western borders had sparked some concerns in Minsk, adding that movements near the Grodno region, in particular, "got you thinking." During a Security Council meeting on Wednesday, the president also ordered the Defense Ministry to keep a close eye on the alliance. | The Belarusian military apparently took his…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-19). VIDEO: 2 US drones crashed after midair collision in Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) — Two US drones collided and crashed over Idlib, Syria.