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Monday, July 26, 2010

Conference in London: Drone Wars


Start: 18/09/2010 - 10:00
End: 18/09/2010 - 16:00
Timezone: Etc/GMT

Fellowship of Reconciliation (www.for.org.uk) is organising a conference in London on September 18th called ‘Drone Wars’. It will explore the growing use of armed, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones. Drones are remote controlled, unmanned aircraft that fire missiles at the touch of a joystick. With operators safely located in trailers 8000 miles away from the combat, drones offer the illusion of warfare that is clean, tidy and safe. But does this ‘playstation mentality’ make killing more permissible and likely?

Armed drones are used by Britain, US and others at great human cost and often in breach of humanitarian law. Used in war and for targeted killings this technology is being used by the UK with little public debate.

As well as information about drones, there will be workshops on Britain’s arms industry and drones, the use of surveillance drones in the UK, Israel’s use of drones in Gaza and elsewhere, international law and drone war, the future of robotic weapons, local campaigning and more. Join peace activists and researchers to investigate how to down the drones.

Date: Saturday 18th September 2010, 10am – 4pm, Venue: University of London Union, Malet Street. Cost: (which includes buffet lunch) £10.00/£6.00 conc.

For more information and to register, contact Mary at Fellowship of Reconciliation www.for.org.uk, telephone 01865 250781, mary@for.org.uk

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