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Paul Stevens/IRIN Photos/flickr

When President Obama promised to scale back U.S. drone strikes targeting militants in Yemen, they stopped for a full seven weeks – only to start again after one militant group issued a high profile threat. This week, I tried to find out why a terror threat hyped in the U.S. barely raised eyebrows in Yemen.


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May
23

Fly Away Drones

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Kite-Flying for Peace

Today, for the first time, President Obama acknowledged and rigorously defended drone strikes targeting militants in Yemen and other parts of the world.

At least to my ears, the speech is a clear response to critics who say drone strikes are an unconstitutional use of executive power and a violation of human rights. Earlier this spring, I met some of those critics at a protest on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Here’s the piece I produced for our April show about whether robotics researchers who receive defense grants from the government should share the blame for drone strikes.

Categories : 2013 Spring, Obama, Update
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The ten most water-stressed countries in the world – gosh, it sounds like a bad Buzzfeed article – are all in the Middle East or North Africa. Yemen, perhaps best known in the U.S. as the target of covert drone strikes, is in an especially dire position. War News Radio’s Amy DiPierro asks whether water – as much as terror – is a security threat to the world.

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Feb
14

The Best of #dronevalentines

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Turns out #Feb14 – the rallying cry of the anti-monarchy protests that began in Bahrain two years ago today – isn’t the only conflict-themed hashtag making waves right now. Here are my favorite #dronevalentines so far.

Categories : 2013 Spring
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Feb
09

Women in Combat

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On January 24, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women serving in combat roles in the military. I followed up with Iraq war veteran Chantelle Bateman, one of the veteran photographers we feature in this month’s show, as well as Ariela Migdal of the American Civil Liberties Union and Thomas James Brennan, a journalist and combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Categories : 2013 Spring
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