Targeted killings with combat drones increasingly violate international law

UN special envoy on extrajudicial executions calls for legal rules to curb rampant global use of combat drones

Under the Bush administration, in the "Global war on terrorism" begun using combat drones to monitor, hunt down and kill suspected adversaries and. The use of combat drones became particularly popular for targeting Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters in the Pakistani area bordering Afghanistan, without having to officially declare war operations in Pakistan. The Pakistani government has so far tolerated this undeclared drone warfare, seeing the cross-border use of U.S. soldiers and manned aircraft as a violation of sovereignty.

Drones have become the first successful remotely piloted robotic systems for the U.S. military, while existing ground combat robots have not yet been deployed. Year after year, more and more unarmed and armed drones were deployed in conflict zones. Under U.S. President Obama, the waging of war with drones to kill potential adversaries has been further expanded, while hunting them down obeys the maxim that it is better to kill them than to capture them, so as not to run into new problems in dealing with detained "enemy combatants" to advised. Politically, targeted killing seems to be more practical and harmless than capture.


“No more zero-sum game”

Iran relies on cooperation. As a result of sanctions?

All the world talks about thaw, except Netanyahu. He remains true to the picture of Iran as a global threat. In the Iranian President’s speech to the UN General Assembly, the Israeli Prime Minister does not want to recognize a change of course, but only a manover to gain time for the construction of the atomic bomb.

As "hypocritical and cynical" in the face of "the involvement of Iranian forces in the gross murder of innocent civilians in Syria" Netanyahu referred to Rohani’s speech as a "warning". Earlier, the Israeli prime minister had ordered Israeli UN deputies to leave the plenary session and not listen to Rohani. Iran’s new opening for negotiations and cooperation with the West is only a trick and an exchange for Netanyahu.


Expo enters final phase with handbrake on

Falling visitor numbers – 100-day summary – special campaigns

Die EXPO-Strategen hatten es immer vorausgesagt: Zum Ende der Weltausstellung stromt das Volk noch einmal, um letztlich doch noch bei der EXPO 2000 gewesen zu sein. But the weather is reportedly throwing a spanner in the works of even the most cautious of forecasts. In order to attract even more visitors, the EXPO management and the participating nations have come up with various special promotions. There will definitely not be an extension.

Just under 95.000 people visit the world exhibition every day. On the occasion of Trade Union Day on 2. September was the most successful with 156.In fact, the event set a new record for attendance with more than 1,000 paying guests, which was surpassed again yesterday with a reported attendance of more than 170,000 guests. Many visitors came to listen to the pop and techno concerts of "Lovestern Galaktika meets Expo 2000" to go. Nevertheless, disillusionment is spreading, because the number of visitors is clearly declining in the meantime.


The common good principle

At the 6. The Werkleitz Biennale in Halle dealt with the question of ownership

"Common Property Allgemeingut" is written on the yellow ribbon that fences off a rectangle on the lawn in front of the art academy in Halle/Saale. Who curious, pushes up the tape, however, will be disappointed, because there is only lawn bordered. 50 meters further one makes an on the one hand everyday on the other hand exciting discovery. In the middle of the city you can enter a jungle with wildly growing plants and bushes. For decades, the garden belonging to the art academy had been closed off from the public by a high wall.

The Spaniard Lara Almarcegui, whose concept includes making unused spaces in various cities accessible to the public, has also turned Halle’s wasteland into common property – installations in the context of the 6.Werkleitz Biennale in Halle, which ended on Sunday.


“You will be destroyed!”

Abi war in the cathedral city: This is how Kolner Pruflinge 2016 show what their maturity is like

Under Rhenish cheerfulness one can no longer grasp what prospective Kolner high school graduates allowed themselves after their Zulang in several nights there in Koln. The high point was the night of Tuesday: a man who was described as a "Parody" thought "Battle" escalated – and got into a brutal feud with injured and seriously injured people. Side effect: similar to the events of New Year’s Eve, criticism of the Koln police is now being voiced again.

"He is trap-less, totally shaken up", so David R. quoted on the day after the nightly street battle, which took place in front of the traditional Kolner Humboldt-Gymnasium in the center of Koln, which may have ruined its good reputation for the time being. David’s cheekbone was broken, his face swollen, and the doctors initially thought that his eyesight could not be saved. According to current information, at least one other student was seriously injured, several suffered severe blisters and had to be treated by a doctor.


The web of power

Michel Foucault for the 20.Death anniversary

Michel Foucault shone as a thinker and provocateur, as an undogmatic leftist and opponent of Sartre. He knew how to successfully evade disciplined science: Philosophy called him a historian, historians saw him as a philosopher; Marxists accused him of "infantile leftism" because, as he himself suspected, he refused to include the obligatory Marx quotations in his writings. Instead, he liked to call Marx a "post-Hegelianism was based on", whose reduction of man to labor should be forgotten. His confessions to Nietzsche and Heidegger, the two pioneers of postmodern criticism of the Enlightenment, who were often dismissed as Nazi philosophers, also made him suspicious. Foucault’s elusive, net-like concept of power is hardly compatible with orthodox Marxist ideas, which is why the thinker quickly turned his back on the French Communist Party.

The web of power

Foucault’s biography is rich in fractures and distortions of a personal and political nature. In twelve semesters of study at the Paris ecole normale superieure, the son of a medical doctor earned three degrees (philosophy/psychology) and two suicide attempts. He then taught and did research in Sweden, Poland, and Hamburg in 1955-59. In 1961 he received his doctorate with "Madness and society", a history of the exclusion of the insane in the context of the unfolding of occidental sanity. The writing earned him, as he said, angry letters from psychiatrists even 20 years after its publication. His next rough work "The order of things" made him famous in 1966 as a structuralist opponent of Sartre. In 1970, Foucault became professor of the history of systems of thought at the Coll├Ęge de France, and developed a program for the study of discursive and social exclusion. 1971 founding member of the G.I.P. (Prison Information Group), whose work with prisoners has led to criticism of conditions in the French judicial system and even prison revolts.