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Obama Asks Congress to Authorize Three-Year Military Campaign Against ISIS

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Earlier today, U.S. President Barack Obama submitted a formal proposal to Congress asking them to authorize a three-year military campaign against the terrorist group known as ISIS or ISIL. The President claims that his proposal, which would include some limited ground operations, would help the U.S. avoid a large-scale ground invasion and occupation. The request is somewhat symbolic however, when you consider that the United States has been carrying out airstrikes on ISIS positions since last August. In the five months since

U.S. Navy Unveils Prototype of Autonomous Humanoid Firefighting Robot (Video)

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The U.S. Navy is exploring a futuristic new approach to onboard fire control: robots. On Wednesday (2/4), the Navy unveiled the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) at the annual Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO in Washington, D.C. The robot, which was developed by researchers at Virgina Tech University, stands 5 foot 10 and weighs around 140 pounds. According to Phys.org, the robot, “…walked across uneven floors, used thermal imaging to identify overheated equipment, and used a hose to extinguish a small

28 Deaths Per Target: Are Drone Strikes Causing More Problems Than They Solve?

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Most Americans are familiar with groups like Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS, and know that the American military is currently involved in the fight against these groups in countries like Iraq and Syria. However, most Americans have no idea that we have also been carrying out strikes on extremist targets in Pakistan and Yemen since 2004. Still, this revelation is probably pretty inconsequential to many people – since drone strikes began ten years ago, the U.S. government has billed them as a highly accurate and

India Just Barred Government Officials from First-Class Flights and 5-Star Hotels

India’s Finance Ministry has announced bold new austerity measures that aims to cut the country’s “non-plan” expenditures by 10%. Under the new fiscal guidelines, India’s government bureaucrats are no longer allowed to book first-class flights for overseas travel, and must instead purchase the cheapest available ticket for any air travel. Indian are barred from using five-star hotels to hold meetings as well, and are being urged to use video conferencing as much as possible. The memorandum also included a number of other austerity measures, including a

Thousands of Russians In Moscow and St. Petersburg March In Anti-War Protests

Large crowds holding both Russian and Ukrainian flags flood the streets of Moscow to protest Russia's covert actions in Ukraine (Photo: RIA Novosti)

Today, in Moscow, St. Petersburg and a number of other cities across Russia, thousands of Russian citizens protested what they see as a covert war being carried out by Russia in eastern Ukraine. The protests mark the largest demonstrations since Russian President Vladimir Putin was re-elected to a third term in May of 2012. SONAR, an independent monitoring group that counted protestors as they passed through security checkpoints, estimated that around 26,000 protestors took part in the Moscow marches alone. NATO released satellite

DARPA Asked This Grad Student To Design A Jetpack That Makes You Faster. He Delivered

Jason Kerestes is a graduate student studying engineering at Arizona State University. Not long ago, Jason was approached by a team from ASU’s Human Machine Integration Labs. They had heard that he owned his own welding business and wanted his help on a project they were working on designing robotic prosthetics to help amputees. The project was being funded in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency responsible for developing new military technologies. When DARPA saw the amazing work the team

This School District’s New Vehicle Isn’t a Bus- It’s An Armored Military Vehicle

The flow of military equipment to local police forces has just taken a new turn, with news surfacing that the San Diego Unified School District now has an MRAP (mine-resistant ambush protect vehicle). The district acquired the vehicle via the government’s 1033 Program, which gives away unneeded or unused military equipment to local departments at no cost. This is the same program that provided much of the militaristic equipment seen during the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. So what does the district need an

A Quick Breakdown of Obama’s Plan to Deal With ISIS

Last night, President Obama held a press conference in which he outlined his plans for addressing the growing threat of the Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL, in the Middle East. The President started off his speech by questioning the very legitimacy of the organization and its core beliefs. “We continue to face a terrorist threat… ISIL is not a state, and it certainly isn’t Islamic… ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple.”   The President used the

Why Do the Majority of Chinese Citizens Think A War With Japan Is Imminent?

Recently, Genron, a Japanese non-governmental organization, teamed up with the state-run Chinese newspaper China Daily to conduct a survey about how people living in Japan and China felt about the two countries’ relations with one another. The results of the poll were a bit shocking. 53.4% of Chinese citizens believe that a conflict between China and Japan will happen in the near future, with a significant portion saying they believed it would happen within the next five years. In Japan, only 29% of people believed that

The Arab League Has Joined The United States and Europe to Destroy ISIS

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Earlier today, the Arab League elected to endorse the U.S./NATO coalition that was formed at a NATO meeting (which was mostly about the Russia issue) in Wales this past Friday. The League condemned the Islamic State’s crimes against humanity and vowed to provide any and all support to the United States and Europe. In another important move, the Arab League also voiced support for a UN resolution to stem the flow of weapons to rebel groups in Syria which was passed last month.

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