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July 31, 2013

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Here’s Why The Zimmerman Verdict Matters -

Sunday, July 14, 2013

BREAKING! UK Government Spied On Allies At TWO G20 Summits (Video) -

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swiss Support Tougher Asylum Legislation as Refugee Numbers Spike -

Monday, June 10, 2013

American Woman Killed in Syria Fighting for Terrorists, Syrian TV Claims (Video) -

Friday, May 31, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies -

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike -

Saturday, April 6, 2013

N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

IMF Chief Lagarde’s Home Searched over Tapie Scandal -

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cyprus Crisis Deepens as the Country Rejects Bailout -

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

HSBC Faces Criminal Charges in Argentina -

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Air Force Stops Releasing Data on Afghanistan Drone Strikes

UAVs return from successful missions

After facing heavy criticism over the U.S. Military’s use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), the Air Force Daily News reported that the Air Force would be reversing a policy designed to increase transparency by releasing the number of strikes that were carried out each month. On March 7th, 2013, the February summary showed that strike numbers had been removed from the data.

The U.S. Central Command stated that the policy was reversed because the release of the data puts too much emphasis on the airstrikes, which only make up a small percentage of RPA missions.

A Department of Defense spokesperson told the Air Force Times that it was not involved in the decision to remove the reports.

Drones, designed to target militants linked to Al-Qaida in Afghanistan, have been used increasingly under the Obama administration. Civilian casualties from the drones have raised concerns, and the debate surrounding the ethics of drone use has become more intense following Obama’s CIA director nomination of chief counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan, a designer of the drone campaign.

Brennan was sworn into office on Friday, March 8th, following an attempt by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to block the vote. Paul’s filibuster lasted for just over 12 hours as he discussed his fear of drone use against American citizens in the United States.

On the same day, Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), told a South Carolina audience that strikes by American RPAs have killed 4,700 people. “Sometimes you hit innocent people, and I hate that, but we’re at war, and we’ve taken out some very senior members of al-Qaida,” Graham said, according the Patch website

In February 2012, President Obama signed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, which allowed the FAA to develop regulations for increased use of drones and authorizes $63.4 billion for the FAA by 2015.


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Kelly deWolfe (12 Posts)