The Drone War in Ukraine Is Cheap, Deadly, and Made in China

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FEBRUARY 16, 2023, 10:06 AM FP

By Faine Greenwood, an expert on unmanned aerial vehicles, technology in humanitarian aid, remote sensing, spatial data, and data policy and ethics.

A Ukrainian serviceman holds up a drone carrying a mock grenade in Bakhmut, Ukraine, on Feb. 9. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

Almost a year after Russian tanks first began rolling over the border into Ukraine, a war many expected would be over within a month continues to grind on. It’s grimly reminiscent of European conflicts of the 20th century—but it’s also the first war in history where both sides have made extensive use of cheap, startlingly effective small drones, the kind that can be bought at electronics stores or built with simple hobby kits.

When Russia launched its full-scale invasion, I knew two things for sure. First, that Ukraine was going to stun the world with what it could do with small do-it-yourself and consumer drones, a skillset that their drone hobbyists and tech experts had been tirelessly expanding ever since Russia’s earlier invasion in 2014 – efforts led by now-famous volunteer drone organizations like Aerorozvidka, whose members had become some of the world’s premier experts on building, modifying, and using small, cheap drones in warfare.  Second, I knew that as an expert in both consumer and hobby drones, I was going to do my best to document what happened next.

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The AI arms race is on. Are regulators ready?

BY REBECCA KLAR – 02/14/23 5:03 AM ET


The Microsoft Bing logo and the website’s page are shown in this photo taken in New York on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. Microsoft is fusing ChatGPT-like technology into its search engine Bing, transforming an internet service that now trails far behind Google into a new way of communicating with artificial intelligence. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The race among tech companies to roll out generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools is raising concerns about how mistakes in technology and blind spots in regulation could hasten the spread of misinformation, elevate biases in results and increase the harvesting and use of Americans’ personal data.

So far tech giants Microsoft and Google are leading the race in releasing new AI tools to the public, but smaller companies and startups are expected to make progress in the field.

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A very British way of torture

A Very British Way of Torture | Featured Documentaries

Al Jazeera English – 8-12-2022

Between 1952 and 1960, Britain fought a vicious war in Kenya against the anticolonial Mau Mau movement. It was an exceptionally bloody conflict, with atrocities committed on both sides.

For decades, many of the worst abuses by British colonial forces were kept hidden.

Piecing together survivor testimonies and expert analysis from British and Kenyan historians, this film tells a complete and detailed story for the first time of how Britain was involved in systemic torture – including accounts of murders, rapes and forced castrations.

A Very British Way of Torture is a film by Ed McGown and produced by Rob Newman.

Document archive is courtesy of the UK National Archives.

Những lớp tâm tính Việt bên dòng Bassac

LOUIS RAYMOND 15/02/2023 17:24 GMT+7

TTCTKý sự của một người Pháp có một phần dòng máu Việt Nam về những lớp tâm tính Việt ở quốc gia láng giềng Campuchia, trong một thời đại bản sắc dần phai mờ, những biên giới dần nhạt nhòa mà quá khứ thì lúc nào cũng ám ảnh.

Trở lại Campuchia luôn mang tới cho tôi một cảm giác kỳ lạ. Ngay khi nhảy xuống chuyến xe đò từ TP.HCM hay rời chiếc máy bay ở phi trường Pochentong, tôi cảm thấy mình là một kẻ hoàn toàn xa lạ. Tiếng Khmer của tôi chỉ ở mức sơ đẳng, và tôi nhanh chóng lạc lối khi gắng giải thích với người tài xế xe tuktuk nơi mình muốn đến. Dù đã ghé thăm vài lần, Campuchia hiện đại là đất nước tôi không hề biết rõ. Trong khi đó, Campuchia của quá khứ thì tôi lại được nghe kể nhiều rồi, hay thậm chí có thể nói là một phần của tôi thuộc về đất nước ngày xưa đó.

Một gia đình Campuchia sống ven sông. Ảnh: L. Raymond
Một gia đình Campuchia sống ven sông. Ảnh: L. Raymond

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Vietnam exporters fret over potential trade fallout of U.S. rules on Xinjiang

February 14, 20233:32 PM – By Francesco Guarascio

A woman works at a yarn weaving plant in Ha Nam province, outside Hanoi, Vietnam

[1/4] A woman works at a yarn weaving plant in Ha Nam province, outside Hanoi, Vietnam October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Kham/File

HANOI, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Concerned Vietnam-based exporters are seeking to ensure they comply with a U.S. ban on imported products using raw materials from China’s Xinjiang as lucrative trade in goods like garments and solar panels comes under closer scrutiny in Washington.

As U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai visits Vietnam this week, executives and other people familiar with the situation said some industries in Vietnam may be importing, sometimes unwittingly, raw material from Xinjiang – or might find it hard to prove they were not doing so.

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South Korea’s Indo-Pacific pivot strategy

By David Scott

David Scott ( is member of the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) and is a prolific writer on Indo-Pacific geopolitics (

2022 ended with South Korea adopting specific Indo-Pacific terminology with the Dec. 28 release of its Strategy for a Free, Peaceful, and Prosperous Indo-Pacific Region (SFPPIP). The key takeaway: The SFPPIP, and President Yoon Suk Yeol, signal an end to South Korea’s “strategic ambiguity” under the previous president, Moon Jae-in. Seoul pivoting away from Beijing and toward Washington—delicately, but clearly.
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Norway warns of growing importance of Russian nuclear ‘deterrent’ in Arctic

‘Tactical nuclear weapons are a particularly serious threat,’ Norwegian intelligence report says.

A Russian nuclear-powered ice-breaker in Saint Petersburg in 2020 | Olga Maltseva/AFP via Getty Images


FEBRUARY 14, 2023 2:04 PM CET,

While war rages in Ukraine, Norway’s intelligence service is warning of the increasing importance of Russia’s nuclear “deterrent” in the Arctic waters of the far north.

“As the importance of nuclear weapons and strategic deterrent forces increases, the Northern Fleet’s defense of the military bases in Kola, the Northern Bastion and the Barents Sea is also becoming more important,” the Norwegian Intelligence Service said in its annual report.

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Germany Temporarily Does Not Recognise Vietnamese Passports

Published: 15 February 2023 Authors: Stefan Talmon and Tobias Weiß, GPIL

On 1 July 2022, Viet Nam began issuing new non-biometric passports with a dark blue cover and a serial number beginning with ‘P’. Unlike the previous green passports, the new document no longer included the place of birth of the holder. Instead, the place of birth was hidden in a twelve-digit personal numeric code that had to be deciphered using a seven-page list of tables. Contrary to international practice, Viet Nam had not informed the German Government in advance about the new passports. On 27 July 2022, Germany became the first country to stop recognising the new passports.

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