6 September 2012
Noah Shachtman/Danger Room in Wired
The US appears to be increasing the frequency of drone strikes in Yemen, where strikes have reportedly killed over 200 individuals this year with 29 deaths occurring in the last week alone.
Times of India
Cyberspace has become another tool in the hands of terrorists who post “motivated rumors” in social networking sites thereby creating a new challenge to the security forces in the country, India’s Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said today.
BBC News – Asia
In a move that is believed to be based on “fall-out” from the death of Osama Bin Laden, Pakistan has ordered foreign staff members of the charitable organization Save the Children to leave the country within two weeks.
Matthew Peddie / Transportation Nation
NASA’s giant crawler transporter is the only machine with enough muscle to move Apollo rockets and space shuttles out to the launch pad, and after nearly 50 years on the job the agency’s decided there’s still no better way to transport heavy loads.
Russ Carnahan / Science & Diplomacy
The United States has the potential to build more positive relationships with other countries through science. Our country can better advance U.S. national security and economic interests by helping build technological capacities in other nations and working with international partners to solve global challenges.
Tsuyoshi Inajima & Yuji Okada / Businessweek
Phasing out nuclear power in Japan will cost the country the equivalent of $622 billion to build a power grid around renewable energy and means it will fail to meet a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Times of India
Contrary to public perception that older methods of energy generation are safer compared to nuclear energy, data proves that the fatalities per kilowatt-hour are least in nuclear energy “even accounting for Chernobyll,” said Anil Kakodkar, former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India.
ASP Published Today
As U.S. troops leave Afghanistan, many will see an opportunity to end engagement with Pakistan, a frequently frustrating ally. However complicated the U.S.-Pakistan relationship may be, walking away from Pakistan would be a strategic mistake.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
Since the launch of NASA’s Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR) in late 1978, satellites have been monitoring Earth’s polar ice caps. While Europe has the dedicated ice-watcher Cryostat-2, the United States uses meteorological satellites to observe any polar ice changes. On August 26th these satellites gave mankind some bad news.
Based on initial indications, this year’s upcoming presidential campaign is likely to feature the issues of defense and foreign policy highlighted disproportionately by the Democratic Party as compared to their opponents.
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