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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Talks needed on use of drones

    Posted May 29th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Talks neededon use of drones US President Barack Obama's new counter-terrorism doctrine has run into heavy crossfire. To some Republican opponents, his plan to redefine ... to keep America safe comes down to one word- drones. The unmanned, remote-controlled strike aircraft have come to symbolise the principle that the US has a legal right to go where it pleases ...

  2. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Rights groups fault new Obama plan for vetting drone strikes

    Posted May 25th 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington President outlines a more targeted campaign, defends drone strikes as 'legal and necessary' and urges closure of Guantanamo detention camp Obama sets new rules in the war on terror Follow @SCMP_News Proposals to vet future US drone strikes risk creating "kill courts", according to human rights campaigners. They say President ...

  3. News - World - UNITED NATIONS

    UN urges freeze on robot weapons

    Posted May 30th 2013, 07:59pm by AFP

    ... said Heyns, the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Such weapons are a step up from drones – unmanned aircraft controlled from far-distant bases – over which controversy is raging notably due to civilian casualties when the United States uses them to kill alleged al-Qaeda militants. “While drones have a ‘human in the loop’, who takes ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    A free Liu Xiaobo will be less of a headache for Beijing

    Posted Mar 01st 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... pan-democrats and those who oppose the central government. Tutu is no China basher. At the same time as the campaign's launch, Tutu wrote to denounce the US hi-tech drone assassination programme. ...

  5. News - World - TECHNOLOGY

    Killer robots not far off, Human Rights Watch warns

    Posted Nov 21st 2012, 12:00am by Agence France-Presse in New York

    ... leads the way in military robots, notably the unmanned aircraft or drones used for surveillance or attacks over Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and elsewhere. But these are controlled by human ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    West has no reason to be smug

    Posted Aug 18th 2012, 12:00am by Graeme Maxton

    ... and by the thousands of people who have been detained for years without trial. Lots of them have been subjected to torture. The policy of assassinating others without judicial review, using unmanned drones ...



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