2020-08-27: News Headlines

Michael T. Klare (2020-08-26). Robot Generals Will They Make Better Decisions Than Humans…Or Worse? counterpunch.org With Covid-19 incapacitating startling numbers of U.S. service members and modern weapons proving increasingly lethal, the American military is relyingever more frequently on intelligent robots to conduct hazardous combat operations. Such devices, known in the military as "autonomous weapons systems," include robotic sentries, battlefield-surveillance drones, and autonomous submarines. So far, in other words, robotic devices

Anthony Cartalucci (2020-08-26). US-Funded Mobs Attempt to Block Thai-Chinese Submarine Deal. thealtworld.com The protesters' argument is childish, but Washington's reason for wanting the deal dropped is much more obvious. | Diesel electric subs are quiet, launch anti-ship cruise missiles out of range of enemy anti-sub capabilities; | At least 2-3 submarines firing missiles in a coordinated attack would have a chance at breaching an enemy vessel's air-defense weapons; | Deal would build significant military ties with China — already Thailand's most important economic partner; | US seeks to encircle and contain China with a united front comprised of Australia, Japan, India, and even the UK and France; | China and pot…

Steven Sahiounie (2020-08-26). Iran Shops for Weapons in Moscow, while the US Is Sidelined. globalresearch.ca The

news.un (2020-08-26). UN again calls for full ratification of nuclear test-ban treaty. news.un.org Achieving a nuclear-free world is the best way to honour lives devastated by these weapons, the UN disarmament chief told a virtual meeting held on Wednesday to commemorate the International Day against Nuclear Tests, observed annually on 29 August.

RT (2020-08-25). Vehicles & stores on fire, protesters with guns: Kenosha rioters defy curfew for 2nd night in wake of police shooting (VIDEOS). rt.com Another night of rioting and vandalism has rocked Kenosha, Wisconsin, with protesters seen setting stores and cars ablaze and clashing with the National Guard and police, who used crowd control weapons against violent rioters. | Neither the deployment of the National Guard, nor the curfew that took effect at 8 pm on Monday evening deterred protesters, some of them toting guns, from taking to the streets of Kenosha for the second night in a row. | HOLY SH*#: while interviewing this

sputniknews (2020-08-25). Iran Blasts Pompeo for Trying to 'Flood Region With US Weapons' Amid Talk of More Arms for UAE. sputniknews.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, where he promised to "continue to honour" the US commitment to ensure Israel's "qualitative military edge" against its neighbours. Pompeo made the comments amid reports that the US is looking to sell F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates.

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…