Category Weapons

Secret Wars and Special Ops

The nature of war has well and truly changed. Experts have commentated that conflict is now more protracted and marred with brutal and ‘dirty’ strategies. That applies to the conflicts we know about – what about those we don’t. War seems to be acting out in more covert ways supposedly in the pursuit of national […]

Suicide bombings: martyrdom or military tactic?

Suicide bombings – a chilling and archetypal representation of terrorism for the West – have increased year-on-year, and 2015 has seen the most number of suicide attacks led by Improvised Explosive Devices to date. Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) reported that 10,538 persons were killed or injured in suicide attacks with 9,109 of the victims being civilians. This is a 78 percent escalation over […]

Is the US liable for war crimes in Yemen?

Hypocrisy in international relations is not strange among superpowers, and is often part of the realpolitik of the global diplomatic stage. Hence, when America condemns Russia for the harm caused to the civilian population in Syria, it does so while being complicit in the same in Yemen, where its ally, Saudi Arabia, is leading an […]

US-made cluster bombs kill civilians in Yemen – but who answers for it?

Human Rights Watch recently reported that further evidence on the use of cluster bombs had been uncovered on Al Zira’a Street in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Residents found pockmarks from the tiny bomblets released from these deadly devices along the street in homes, on their vehicles and even at the local kindergarten. The bomb in […]

Russia must be held accountable for Syria cluster bombs

Russian air raids began in Syria on 3 September this year, targeting Islamic State group militants, in support of the Syrian government in helping to tackle the terrorist group’s spread in the region. While the message from Moscow is that only terrorist targets have been struck, the evidence gathered from international human rights NGOs is […]

RiotDrones – They’ve Got the Future Under Control

If any of you have seen Robocop, you’ll know that machines making decisions on issues of national security, assessing threat levels and making surgical like decisions with precision and efficiency are the way forward. Scrap that, why even stop at national security. Why not use them to stop petty crime too, bring down drug lords […]

What UK Military Action in Syria Will Mean for the Rest of Us

Approval for the Government to go ahead and launch airstrikes on D’aesh strongholds led to tornado planes leaving the RAF base in Cyprus within hours, in order to conduct their first strikes, which they did so on one of the D’aesh held oil fields in the east. That seems to be the strategy going forward: bombing the oil fields to cut […]