2020-08-24: News Headlines

sputniknews (2020-08-24). ARMY-2020: Developers Reveal Mission, Capabilities of Three Brand New Russian Drones. sputniknews.com Several new Russian drone designs were presented at the ongoing ARMY-2020 arms expo outside Moscow this week.

yenisafak (2020-08-24). China supports TikTok's legal battle against US. yenisafak.com China Monday put its weight behind social media app TikTok's move to mount a legal case against the US government. | Addressing a news conference in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said: "US politicians' attempts to kill Chinese firms such as TikTok, WeChat, and Huawei by forcibly putting ideological labels on them under the guise of national security show they are full of lies and slander; their nature is to bully the market through deception." | Zhao, however, said the Chinese government supports the companies' "decisions to take up legal weapons in order to safeguard their legitimate ri…

Fight Back (2020-08-23). Hezbollah brings down Israeli drone in south Lebanon. fightbacknews.org The news outlet Al-Manar is reporting Hezbollah announced Saturday, August 22 that it downed an Israeli drone in the southern town of Ayta Al-Shaab. | According to a statement from Hezbollah "The drone is now in the hands of Islamic Resistance fighters." | In September, 2019, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said that every Israeli drone which violates the Lebanese airspace will be a target for the resistance, after an attack by Israeli drones laden with explosive materials on the Beirut media office belonging to the Lebanese party. | Israel occupies Lebanese territory and frequently enters the…

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