Is a new Arab Spring unfolding in the Middle East?

By Jeremy Bowen Image copyrightAFPImage captionProtests have been seen throughout the Middle East, including in Iraq As the last of the Middle Eastern summer fades away, is the region slipping into a new Arab spring? In Iraq, demonstrators are being shot dead in the streets. In Lebanon, protesters have paralysed the country and seem set … Continue reading Is a new Arab Spring unfolding in the Middle East?

The Guardian view on Lebanon and Chile: too little, too late for protesters

 An anti-government demonstrator shouts slogans after the main protest camp in Beirut was ransacked on Tuesday. Photograph: Hussein Malla/AP The events which have brought two countries to the brink were precipitated by apparently small policy shifts that proved emblematic of the ruling elite’s inability to answer or even understand their people’s basic needs while enriching … Continue reading The Guardian view on Lebanon and Chile: too little, too late for protesters

WITH AI, WE’LL SEE FASTER FIGHTS, BUT LONGER WARS

MARGARITA KONAEV This article was submitted in response to the call for ideas issued by the co-chairs of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, Eric Schmidt and Robert Work. It addresses the first question (part a.) which asks how artificial intelligence will affect the character and/or the nature of war.   Some takes on … Continue reading WITH AI, WE’LL SEE FASTER FIGHTS, BUT LONGER WARS

Turkey, Russia to begin joint patrols in Syria

Turkey will begin joint military patrols with Russia in northwest Syria on Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday. The patrols will initially begin within a 7 kilometer (5 miles) zone south of the Turkish border. The statement comes a day after the expiration of the 150-hour agreement for Syrian border guards and Russian military police to remove Kurdish forces … Continue reading Turkey, Russia to begin joint patrols in Syria

Deadly attack on military base in southeast Niger

Niamey (AFP) Gunmen launched a deadly predawn raid Wednesday on a military base in southeastern Niger's Diffa region, which has been a target of Boko Haram jihadists, local sources said. It is the latest in an increasingly brazen string of attacks near the west African country's Nigerian border, where the radical Islamist insurgency has claimed … Continue reading Deadly attack on military base in southeast Niger