In which our reporter attends a “build party” where anyone can make a rifle that no cop will ever know about.
Over the past decade, the US military has shifted the way it fights its wars, deploying more unmanned systems in the battlefield than ever before.
Today there are more than 7,000 drones and 12,000 ground robots in use by all branches of the military.
These systems mean less American deaths and also less political risk for the US when it takes acts of lethal force — often outside of official war zones.
But US lethal drone strikes in countries like Pakistan have brought up serious questions about the legal and political implications of using these systems.
Fault Lines looks at how these new weapons of choice are allowing the US to stretch the international laws of war and what it could mean when more and more autonomy is developed for these lethal machines.
Al Jazeera English used their Webby’s speech to mention our upcoming launch for Al Jazeera America. We have our work cut out for us this summer.
We’re airing on the new Al Jazeera America in addition to Al Jazeera English when we return with new weekly episodes in the fall.
On May 22nd, members of the Tsawout (SȾÁUTW) nation, with support from the Songhees and the other local WSÁNEĆ nations, including Tsartlip (WJOȽEȽP), Pauquachin (BOḰEĆEN), Tseycum (WSIKEM), Malahat (MÁLEXEȽ) and allied supporters from the Greater Victoria community, will lead an action to reclaim the original name of PKOLS, now known as Mount Douglas, in what is now known as Victoria, in what is now known as British Columbia.
Reinstating Indigenous presence is not just happening in rural areas. This winter, theOgimaa Mikana Project emerged as an effort to restore Anishinaabemowin place names to the streets, avenues, roads, paths, and trails of Chi Engikiiwang/Tkaranto/Toronto. A small section of Queen Street was renamed Ogimaa Mikana (Leader’s Trail) in tribute to all the strong women leaders of the Idle No More movement. Another street sign was installed along Spadina Avenue, restoring the name Ishpadinaa, meaning a hill in Anishinaabemowin.
The dispossession and removal of Indigenous Peoples from our homelands so that these homelands can be exploited for large-scale natural resource development is the end goal of Canadian colonialism whether it’s 1876 or 2013. Building a strong, connected Indigenous Nationhood Movement rests on reclaiming the lands and sacred sites we have been removed from. It involves using the original names of these places, not symbolically or as an act of semantics, but as a mechanism for reconnecting our peoples to the land, our histories and our cultures. At the core, our responsibilities to our homelands, whether they are urban or rural, require a substantial number of us to inhabit them, to maintain relationships with their features and to pass that presence down to our children and grandchildren.
This is happening today.
Your favorite public broadcasting network, NPR, is looking for someone to record their “this… is NPR” voiceover show closers, “support for this program comes from…” ramblings, and more. You could be that person! Although, come to think of it, the following people have voices made of gold and silver and other precious things, so they might deserve the job. Because, really, you don’t really want the job anyway. Hearing yourself after Ira Glass or Terry Gross might send you into a state of anxious paralysis.
The job application involves recording two scripts so we can assess your skills. Bring it. — tanya b.
“Oil defines our lives” - Marwan Bishara
Go behind-the-scenes with Empire’s host Marwan Bishara as he explains why we chose to tackle the geopolitics of the global oil industry, and why the issues matter to everyone.
For the full episode, watch here: http://aje.me/ZYqPFj
From our fellow show Empire.
Check out POV’s upcoming 2013 season on PBS!
Homegoings, June 24
Special Flight, July 1
Herman’s House, July 8
Only the Young, July 15
High Tech, Low Life, July 22
Neurotypical, July 29
The Law in These Parts, August 19
5 Broken Cameras, August 26
Ping Pong, September 9
The World Before Her, September 16
Best Kept Secret, September 23
Brooklyn Castle, TBD
56 Up, TBD
American Promise, TBD
StoryCorps Special, TBD
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