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  • Woman Flying To SFO Checks Luggage Containing Explosives

    05/01/2012 1:26:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 80 replies
    CBS SF ^ | 5/1/12 | CBS SF
    NEWARK, NJ (CBS SF) — A New Jersey woman headed to San Francisco International Airport was briefly detained Tuesday after Transportation Security Administration screeners found explosive devices inside a suitcase she had checked for the flight, federal authorities told CBS San Francisco. TSA explosives experts said the woman’s luggage contained three small Claymore land mine casings, two of which were “packed with shrapnel.” .. ... TSA and local police confiscated the weapons, but allowed the woman – identified only as a resident of Union, New Jersey – to travel on a later flight to San Francisco.
  • World’s Deadliest Golf Course Boasts Land Mines and Man-Bear-Pigs (Korean DMZ Combat Golf)

    04/28/2012 9:14:56 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 28, 2012 | By Lauren Davis
    World’s deadliest golf course boasts land mines and man-bear-pigs Along the DMZ, golf is not a sport for the faint of heart. The golf course at Camp Bonifas, just south of the Korean demilitarized zone, boasts just one hole, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in hazards. Live land mines line the course, and bizarre animals stumble out from the woods. Formerly Camp Kitty Hawk, United Nations Command post Camp Bonifas was renamed in 1986 to honor Captain Arthur G. Bonifas, who had been axe murdered in 1976 during a conflict with North Korea...
  • US proposes unmanned border crossing with Mexico

    12/11/2011 5:26:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    ap ^ | 12/11/11 | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
    BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas (AP) -- The bloody drug war in Mexico shows no sign of relenting. Neither do calls for tighter border security amid rising fears of spillover violence. This hardly seems a time the U.S. would be willing to allow people to cross the border legally from Mexico without a customs officer in sight. But in this rugged, remote West Texas terrain where wading across the shallow Rio Grande undetected is all too easy, federal authorities are touting a proposal to open an unmanned port of entry as a security upgrade. By the spring, kiosks could open...
  • Bart Weetjens: How I taught rats to sniff out land mines

    12/08/2010 7:42:14 AM PST · by 49parallel · 24 replies
    TED ^ | Dec 7, 2010 | TED
    "At TEDxRotterdam, Bart Weetjens talks about his extraordinary project: training rats to sniff out land mines. He shows clips of his "hero rats" in action."
  • New Mexico candidate suggests securing border with landmines

    06/16/2010 4:02:51 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 41 replies · 925+ views
    YahooNews ^ | Tue Jun 15, 12:01 pm ET
    Tim Mullins, a New Mexico GOP congressional nominee, said in a radio interview last month that placing landmines on the border might be an effective way to secure the border. Before he won the Republican primary on June 1, Tim Mullins told a correspondent for KNMX radio that the United States could mine the border and put up barbed wire with signs that redirected people to checkpoints, the Associated Press reports. "We could put land mines along the border. I know it sounds crazy. We could put up signs in 23 different languages if necessary," Mullins said., arguing that the...
  • Border Charade

    05/26/2010 5:39:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 454+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 26, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Security: After letting Mexico's president trash Arizona's immigration law and his immigration enforcement chief say he won't enforce it, the president wants to send a token National Guard contingent to the border. There's something disingenuous about the president's plan to deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to the Arizona border to help the Border Patrol catch illegal aliens. His director of immigration and customs enforcement, John Morton, has said he might not enforce immigration crimes reported by Arizona officials, though the state's new law merely copies federal law. Morton is director of ICE, not chief justice of the Supreme Court. He...
  • L.A. Vs. Arizona

    05/13/2010 5:34:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 78 replies · 2,003+ views
    Invstors.com ^ | May 13, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Illegal Immigration: Los Angeles' city council votes to boycott Arizona for its enforcement of existing federal law. No word yet on how China's human rights violations will be treated. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. The next time the Lakers play Los Suns in Phoenix, traveling fans are advised to bring their own snacks. The L.A. City Council voted 13-1 on Wednesday to economically boycott the state of Arizona for daring to protect its borders against the crime, violence and illegal immigration that recently took the life of an Arizona rancher and has made Phoenix the kidnapping capital of...
  • Praising Arizona (In Border Battle)

    04/26/2010 5:02:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies · 1,113+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 26, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Immigration: Arizona moves to protect its citizens from a raging border war, and the administration and its activist supporters cry racism. Why is antelope protection more important than protecting American lives?
  • Robert N. Krentz, Border War Casualty

    04/07/2010 5:50:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 767+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 7, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Illegal Immigration: An Arizona rancher is murdered while patrolling his ranch. A gaping hole in the border fence and footsteps back to Mexico tell the tale. When will we put the National Guard back on the border? Robert N. Krentz Jr., 58, scion of one of the best-known and oldest ranching families in southeast Arizona, was found shot to death March 27 on his vast, remote ranch after radioing to his brother that he was checking out someone he believed to be an illegal immigrant. Krentz was found slumped over his ATV on his 35,000-acre ranch about 35 miles northeast...
  • De-Fence, De-Fence

    03/17/2010 4:18:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 473+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 17, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Illegal Immigration: The government puts the brakes on a problem-plagued "virtual" fence on our border with Mexico. Whatever happened to the old-fashioned kind? If ever there was a shovel-ready project, this is it. The much-ballyhooed "virtual" fence that was supposed to monitor and control illegal immigration doesn't work and is being scrapped as we evaluate alternatives and rely on existing technology. After years of delay and billions of dollars already spent, Secretary Napolitano on Tuesday halted work on SBInet. The system involves cameras, sensors and radars designed to let a small number of dispatchers watch the border on computer monitors...
  • Janet Napolitano scraps U.S.-Mexico fence

    03/16/2010 5:04:46 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 94 replies · 2,329+ views
    Janet Napolitano scraps U.S.-Mexico fence By JEN DIMASCIO | 3/16/10 7:14 PM EDT Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has put the brakes on SBInet, the $3 billion plan to build a virtual fence along the U.S. border with Mexico. “Not only do we have an obligation to secure our borders, we have a responsibility to do so in the most cost-effective way possible,” Napolitano said in a statement Tuesday. “The system of sensors and cameras along the Southwest border known as SBInet has been plagued with cost overruns and missed deadlines.” With that in mind, Napolitano is withholding funding for...
  • Critics Blast Transborder Immigrant Tool as 'Irresponsible' Use of Technology (Duncan Hunter)

    03/10/2010 1:38:27 PM PST · by pissant · 21 replies · 392+ views
    Fox ^ | 3/10/10 | Josh Miller
    A cell phone application that will help illegal immigrants find water and key landmarks as they cross into the United States is an inappropriate use of taxpayer funds and an irresponsible use of technology, critics say. The Transborder Immigrant Tool (TBT), the brainchild of three faculty members at the University of California-San Diego and a colleague at the University of Michigan, is a software application that can be installed into a GPS-enabled cell phone. In addition to helping immigrants locate water and landmarks, it also could alert them to Border Patrol checkpoints. And to make the trek a little less...
  • Sniffing out landmines (tuberculosis too)

    01/22/2010 6:48:32 PM PST · by csvset · 7 replies · 545+ views
    France24 ^ | 01/22/2010 | Courtney Baggett
    Sniffing out landmines Rat sniffing landmine. Photo by Xavier Rossi, courtesy of Apopo's Herorats It costs as little as €2 to place a landmine, but it can cost as much as €700 to clear one. That difference underscores the challenge in clearing antipersonnel mines. Some traditional methods, such as using metal detectors and trained dogs, are still expensive and time consuming. But in southern Mozambique a more cost and time-effective approach is being used with remarkable success: rats. Bart Weetjens, a Belgian product engineer with a lifelong love of rodents, first thought about it after reading a scientific article on...
  • 1,300 land mines cleared from areas bordering N. Korea this year

    12/21/2009 1:38:27 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 581+ views
    Yonghap News Service ^ | 12/21/2009 | Sam Kim
    The South Korean military said Monday it has removed some 1,300 land mines this year from the country's rural areas bordering North Korea, a reminder of the tense 1950-53 Korean War that ended in a truce. In the operations that lasted from April to November, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) mobilized 3,300 personnel to remove mines from a total of 100,000 square meters of land south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), it said in a release. Since starting the operations in 1999, JCS has cleared 65,000 mines. "It was a rewarding operation as we moved carefully not to disrupt...
  • Obama administration will not sign land mine ban

    11/24/2009 5:39:23 PM PST · by DesScorp · 9 replies · 499+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 11-24-09 | Desmond Butler
    The Obama administration has decided not to sign an international convention banning land mines. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Tuesday that the administration recently completed a review and decided not to change the Bush-era policy. "We decided that our land mine policy remains in effect," he said. More than 150 countries have agreed to the Mine Ban Treaty's provisions to end the production, use, stockpiling and trade in mines. Besides the United States, holdouts include: China, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Russia. Human rights groups had expressed hopes that the Obama administration would sign the treaty. Stephen Goose, the director...
  • Landmine kills U.S. soldier in Philippines

    09/28/2009 9:55:58 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 17 replies · 951+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 29, 2008
    MANILA (Reuters) - One U.S. soldier was killed and another was wounded in a landmine explosion in the southern Philippines on Tuesday, a Philippine army spokesman said. Lieutenant-Colonel Romeo Brawner said three Filipino soldiers were also wounded when the vehicle they were riding in struck an improvised landmine near Indanan town on the island of Jolo, a stronghold of Abu Sayyaf militants.
  • CA: Border fence across deep canyon will begin to be built next month (Smuggler's Gulch)

    05/07/2008 9:16:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 200+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/7/08 | Leslie Berestein
    More than two years after a precedent-setting move by the federal government cleared a path around environmental laws and legal challenges, the construction of a stretch of border fence across a deep canyon known as Smuggler's Gulch is set to begin next month. The project will require cutting earth from surrounding hills and filling in the canyon with more than 2 million cubic yards of dirt, an operation so large that critics fear disastrous environmental consequences. According to the latest plans from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the project will consist of constructing an earthen berm across the canyon...
  • Across the border, "a humanitarian crisis" is brewing (US deports too many to Mexico)

    04/07/2008 9:44:43 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 64 replies · 205+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 4/7/08 | Lornet Turnbull
    But for those Mexicans unceremoniously returned home — those deported and dropped off by U.S. immigration in Mexican border towns such as Nogales, Tijuana and Juárez — there is no such welcome. "The poor undocumented guy who gets sent back is seen as a burden on the government," said Erica Dahl-Bredine, country manager for Catholic Relief Services' Mexico program in Tucson, Ariz. "Those who have documents are seen as the heroes." While the Mexican government is taking small steps in response to growing criticism that it ignores Mexicans deported from the U.S. — unveiling a test program in Tijuana last...
  • Angola to host landmine pageant (miss landmine survivor)

    03/26/2008 8:13:12 PM PDT · by kingattax · 3 replies · 382+ views
    BBC News ^ | 3-26-08 | Mary Harper
    Landmine victims are to take part in a beauty contest in Angola, where tens of thousands have been injured by mines. The pageant has been organised by Angola's de-mining commission, and aims to restore the confidence of victims and raise awareness of their plight. Millions of mines were planted in Angola during a 27-year civil war that ended in 2002. The "Miss Landmine Survivor" contest will be held on 2 April in a luxury hotel in the Angolan capital, Luanda. Eighteen women will take part, one from every province in the country. All of the contestants have been maimed by...
  • Building A Wall Between Worlds - Barrier is needed, but wasn't built to specifications

    02/13/2008 12:51:54 PM PST · by T.L.Sink · 5 replies · 102+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Feb. 10, '08 | Duncan Hunter
    Our nation's greatest and most obvious vulnerability remains our pourous and unprotected southern land border. Yet every day, unknown numbers of human and drug smugglers, criminals and potential terrorists continue to illegally enter the United States. And yet the best and most effective way of preventing illegal foot and vehicle traffic from entering is border security fencing. Since construction of the San Diego border fence began in 1996, the smuggling of people and narcotics has dropped drastically; crime rates have been reduced by half, according to FBI statistics; vehicle drive-throughs have been eliminated. Recognizing this success, Congress passed and President...
  • Weak (countries) need landmines to fight strong foe: Gaddafi (That MUammar, What a kidder.. NOT!)

    10/21/2007 11:52:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 208+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/21/07 | Reuters
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has defended the use of landmines by weak countries countering aggression by stronger adversaries, and said the Ottawa treaty banning anti-personnel mines should be amended or scrapped. "Powerful countries do not need landmines to protect themselves. Mines are the means of self-defense of the weak countries," Gaddafi, whose country began a two-year term on the U.N. Security Council this month, said in a statement. Eighty percent of states have signed the 1997 convention banning antipersonnel mines. Libya, along with 37 other nations including the United States, China and Russia, has not signed the...
  • 28-Mile Virtual Fence Is Rising Along the Border

    06/30/2007 4:42:00 PM PDT · by deport · 72 replies · 1,559+ views
    New York Times ^ | 6-26-07 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD
    SASABE, Ariz., June 21 — If the effort to catch people illegally crossing the border here in the southern Arizona desert is a cat-and-mouse struggle, the Homeland Security Department says it has a smarter cat. It comes in the form of nine nearly 100-foot-tall towers with radar, high-definition cameras and other equipment rising from the mesquite and lava fields around this tiny town.Known as Project 28, for the 28 miles of border that the towers will scan, the so-called virtual fence forms the backbone of the Secure Border Initiative, known as SBInet, a multibillion-dollar mix of technology, manpower and...
  • One-Fifth of an American **ULTRA BARF ALERT**

    06/16/2007 4:34:42 PM PDT · by Cyropaedia · 49 replies · 1,015+ views
    Slate.com ^ | 6/12/2007 | Steven E. Landsburg
    One-Fifth of an AmericanHow much is an immigrant's life worth, exactly? How do you justify a border fence? Why is it OK to consign millions of unskilled Mexicans to lives of desperate poverty? I'm told it's because Americans should care more about their countrymen than about a bunch of foreigners. OK, but how much more? Surely there's some limit; virtually nobody thinks, for example, that Americans should be allowed to hunt Mexicans for sport. So, exactly how much are you willing to hurt a foreigner to help an American? Is a foreigner's well-being worth three-quarters as much as an American's,...
  • Good fences: If we build it, they won't come

    06/15/2007 5:16:33 AM PDT · by rhema · 3 replies · 412+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | June 15, 2007 | Charles Krauthammer
    The reason comprehensive immigration reform remains in jeopardy, despite yesterday's partial resuscitation, is that it is a complex compromise with too many moving parts and too many competing interests. Employers want a guest worker program; unions want to kill it. Reformers want to introduce a point system that preferentially admits skilled and educated immigrants; immigrant groups naturally want to keep the existing family preference system. Liberals want legalization now; conservatives insist on enforcement "triggers" first. There is only one provision that has unanimous support: stronger border enforcement. I've seen senators stand up and object to the point system, to chain...
  • Royal Engineers launch Afghan landmine awareness campaign

    06/05/2007 5:39:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 355+ views
    British Forces based in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, deployed as part of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), have launched a programme to raise awareness of the dangers posed by landmines. Having cleared Taliban forces from much of Helmand Province, British Forces have now begun the task of assisting the Afghan government in reconstruction and development programmes. It is hoped this will enable Afghanis to return to their villages and farmlands to begin a new life. Eliminating the threat of landmines is essential to the revival of the Afghan economy, and to safeguarding the lives of the Afghan men who...
  • 'We Are Targeting Europe' (Taliban)

    10/22/2006 11:15:21 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 33 replies · 1,167+ views
    Sky News ^ | Monday October 23, 2006 | Sky News
    A Taliban commander has told Sky News that the militants are for the first time plotting to attack Westerners in Britain and the rest of Europe. In a rare interview, the commander insisted the militants had stockpiles of weapons and would never give-up exacting revenge from what he called "the foreign invaders". He confirmed that Taliban fighters are taking refuge within neighbouring Pakistan and were being helped by locals sympathetic to their cause. Sky's Asia correspondent Alex Crawford and her cameraman Phil Hooper travelled to the dangerous Pakistani border region for an exclusive report. The commander, Mullah Mohammed Amin, an...
  • Former Army corporal releases video of European war materials in Iraq.

    02/21/2006 1:19:09 PM PST · by american-interrupted · 43 replies · 2,451+ views
    www.American-Interrupted.com ^ | Febuary 19, 2006 | American-Interrupted
    Former Army Corporal Publishes Controversial Video on His Website Highlighting European War Material in Iraq.
  • Texas Students Join Fight Against Landmines in Cambodia (Cambodia to send de-miners to Sudan)

    02/20/2006 3:22:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies · 336+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/09/06
    Texas Students Join Fight Against Landmines in CambodiaThu Feb 9, 10:56 AM ET To: State and Assignment Desks Contact: Kathi McGuire of People to People International, 972-359-8807 or ptpi-l.i.f.e@comcast.net; Web: http://www.ptpi.org Princess Diana wore a Halo Trust bulletproof jacket during a visit to a landmine field in Huambo, Angola, in January 1997. File photo by JOSE MANUAL RIBEIRO. ALLEN, Texas, Feb. 9 /U.S. Newswire/ -- In a country slightly smaller than the state of Oklahoma, millions of citizens face a daily threat of death or serious injury from a weapon that is impossible to see. An average of 850 victims,...
  • Mexican Commission to Give Migrants Maps

    01/24/2006 2:16:12 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 57 replies · 1,032+ views
    Mexican Commission to Give Migrants Maps By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer 19 minutes ago A Mexican government commission said Tuesday it will distribute at least 70,000 maps showing highways, rescue beacons and water tanks in the Arizona desert to curb the death toll among illegal border crossers. The National Human Rights Commission, a government-funded agency with independent powers, denied the maps — similar to a comic-style guide booklet Mexico distributed to migrants last year — would encourage illegal immigration. Officials said the maps would help guide those in trouble find rescue beacons and areas with cell phone reception. The...
  • U.S. No Longer Promoting Landmine Ban

    12/28/2005 1:44:54 PM PST · by ncountylee · 68 replies · 1,057+ views
    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 28 (OneWorld) - In 1994, the United States was the first nation to call for the elimination of landmines that killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of innocent people around the world. But that was then. Today, Washington not only stands in opposition to an international treaty that bans the use and production of antipersonnel landmines, but intends to make new ones too. In reversal of its earlier policy, the U.S. is reportedly planning to produce a new generation of landmines called "Spider" by March 2007, a move that has alarmed civil society groups campaigning for a...
  • U.S. Mulling New Generation of Land Mines

    09/12/2005 3:24:54 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 17 replies · 932+ views
    The Guardian ^ | September 12, 2005 | JOHN J. LUMPKIN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is close to deciding whether to produce a new generation of land mines, but the system is drawing fire from critics who say the military is ignoring international sentiment against such weapons. Underscoring the unpopularity of the devices, defense officials working on the program, called Spider, declined to call the weapon a land mine. They opted instead for generic descriptions like ``networked munitions.'' The Spider has the same function as a field of land mines - to prevent anyone from crossing a piece of territory, either by killing them or scaring them away. But unlike...
  • Gadget clears mines by remote-control blow torch (burns charge out without detonation)

    05/10/2005 7:22:53 AM PDT · by dead · 19 replies · 725+ views
    Sunday Times (South Africa) ^ | Tuesday May 10, 2005 14:26 - (SA)
    The era of disposing landmines by detonation could be over after a high-tech device was unveiled today which neutralises mines with a remote-controlled gas flame. British inventor Paul Richards and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research unveiled the MineBurner, a remote controlled device which burns landmines without the need to move, touch or detonate them. "The unique feature of the MineBurner is that it does not contain any explosive components and is thus air transportable and low-cost. This will make it easier to transport to areas where it is needed for humanitarian demining operations," Richards said at Paardefontein, the...
  • U.N. landmine commerical won't air in US.

    03/09/2005 1:22:14 PM PST · by billorites · 32 replies · 1,205+ views
    BoingBoing ^ | March 7, 2005
    A U.N. commercial depicts American girls playing in a soccer match. A girl steps on a landmine and there's a big explosion. Kids get blown apart. CNN and other networks don't want to air the ad. The explosion appears to kill and injure some girls, sparking panic and chaos among parents and other children. Shrieks of horror are heard through much of the spot, and a father is shown cradling his daughter's lifeless body, moments after celebrating a goal she had scored. It closes with a tag line reading: "If there were landmines here, would you stand for them anywhere?...
  • U.N. 'explodes' American kids (Ads about kids getting blown up playing soccer)

    03/06/2005 2:38:26 PM PST · by wagglebee · 85 replies · 5,428+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 3/6/05 | Joe Kovacs
    A new United Nations campaign designed to get the public involved in the global fight against landmines is apparently too explosive for American television, as it depicts children being blown apart on a soccer field. The 60-second public-service announcement titled "Kickoff" shows a match in progress before a buried mine on the playing field is detonated. (Editor's note: Click here to view the ad, some content is graphic.) The explosion appears to kill and injure some girls, sparking panic and chaos among parents and other children. Shrieks of horror are heard through much of the spot, and a father...
  • THE UNITED NATIONS PSA NO ONE WILL AIR ("I QUESTION THE TIMING...")

    02/28/2005 12:41:17 PM PST · by The Spirit Of Allegiance · 8 replies · 741+ views
    Advertising Age Magazine ^ | 2/28/2005 | AdAge
    The U.N. PSA No One Will Air Marketer: United Nations Brand: U.N. Mine Action Service Title: "Kick Off" Agency: Brooklyn Brothers, New York Since December, Richard Kollodge of the United Nations Mine Action Service has been trying to get TV to run a PSA underscoring the dangers of land mines. CNN, Lifetime Television and ABC affiliates KGOT-TV and WJLA-TV have flatly refused, he said. Dozens of other broadcasters are ducking the issue. Each year nearly 20,000 people are killed or seriously injured by land mines in 80 countries. Mr. Kollodge's job is to do something about it.... (free registration required)...
  • Gaddafi seeks cash from Berlin to clear desert war mines

    10/15/2004 5:20:24 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 11 replies · 543+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | October 16, 2004 | ALLAN HALL
    THE Libyan dictator, Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi, wants Germany to pay millions of pounds in compensation for landmines left in the desert sands by Afrika Corps troops commanded by Rommel in the Second World War.Berlin, which only recently brokered compensation payments from Tripoli for the Libyan-backed terrorist blast at the La Belle disco in the city in 1986, is said to be shocked by the demand. The German chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, is in Libya now, trying to negotiate trade deals worth billions for his country. Officials say he has been "thrown" by the suggestion that Germany should compensate for a war...
  • A Job That Concentrates the Mind Wonderfully-("Demining"at $7/hr)

    09/06/2004 3:59:38 AM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 616+ views
    washington post ^ | September 6, 200 | By Craig Timberg
    As Antonio Cambanda dug into the dry, red dirt before him, he had the look of an unusually intense and wary gardener. He clipped weeds, softened the soil with water and then, with a short-handled shovel, delicately scraped his way forward.
  • Iraq: Deminers Clear 1 Million Mines, Bombs From North, But Daunting Task Remains

    04/11/2004 1:10:12 PM PDT · by snopercod · 144+ views
    payvand.com ^ | 3/27/04 | Charles Recknagel
    Iraq: Deminers Clear 1 Million Mines, Bombs From North, But Daunting Task Remains By Charles Recknagel Deminers say they have cleared 1 million mines and pieces of unexploded ordnance in northern Iraq since the toppling of Saddam Hussein a year ago. That is noteworthy progress toward removing a menace that today kills or injures at least 20 people a month in the area. But it also is a measure of how much still remains to be done. Prague, 26 March 2004 (RFE/RL) -- The largest international demining organization working in northern Iraq says it has cleared and destroyed 1 million...
  • British army planned nuclear landmines

    03/29/2004 4:52:40 PM PST · by vannrox · 13 replies · 495+ views
    From New Scientist Online News ^ | 19:00 16 July 03 | By Rob Edwards
    It could only have happened at the height of cold war paranoia. To counter the threat of Soviet invasion, the UK planned to bury 10 huge nuclear landmines in Germany, declassified army documents from the 1950s reveal. The extraordinary weapon was designed to cause mass destruction and radioactive contamination over a wide area to prevent an occupation by Soviet forces. Each mine was expected to produce an explosive yield of 10 kilotons, about half that of the atom bomb the US dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki in 1945. The mines were to be left buried or submerged by...
  • Afghan landmines to be converted into manhole covers

    03/24/2004 7:39:38 AM PST · by Cap Huff · 5 replies · 133+ views
    Jang (Pakistan) ^ | 24 March 2004 | Unknown
    KABUL: Thousands of landmines stockpiled by Afghanistan's defense ministry will be melted down and made into manhole covers, the country's NATO-led peacekeeping force said Wednesday. The metal casings of some 2,500 above-ground POMZ2 mines from the government's stockpile will be melted down and recycled, International Security Assistance Force spokesman Commander Chris Henderson said. Afghanistan is obliged to destroy all mine stockpiles within four years under the Ottawa Convention, to which it is a signatory.
  • Landmine Policy White Paper

    03/07/2004 5:41:40 AM PST · by Clive · 3 replies · 166+ views
    US Department of State ^ | February 27, 2004
    Fact Sheet Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Washington, DC February 27, 2004 Landmine Policy White PaperOn Friday, February 27, 2004, the Administration announced a new United States policy on landmines. This policy is a significant departure from past approaches to landmines. It will ensure protection for both military forces and civilians alike, and will continue U.S. leadership in humanitarian mine action -- those activities that contribute most directly toward eliminating the landmine problem. Background -- The Humanitarian Landmine ProblemLandmines have been a major humanitarian problem around the world for two reasons: First, their persistence. Mines are the only conventional weapons which,...
  • US to Alter Land Mine Policy

    03/03/2004 7:29:13 PM PST · by archy · 5 replies · 216+ views
    Jane's Defence Weekey [online] ^ | 01 March 2004 | Joshua Kucera
    US to Alter Land Mine Policy By Joshua Kucera, JDW Staff Reporter, Washington, DC The US announced on 27 February that it would continue to use some land mines indefinitely and would not sign an international treaty outlawing the weapons, reversing the position of the previous administration. The Bush administration said it would allow the military to continue to use 'smart' land mines, which can be deactivated when a conflict is over. It also said it would continue to use the more traditional persistent land mines until 2010 on the Korean peninsula, rather than 2006 as was the policy of...
  • FREEP this poll--Should the US sign a treaty banning all landmines?

    02/28/2004 4:16:15 AM PST · by Skwidd · 12 replies · 169+ views
    CNN ^ | cnn
  • U.S. to Stop Using 'Persistent' Landmines After 2010

    02/27/2004 12:59:42 PM PST · by Calpernia · 8 replies · 246+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 27, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    The U.S. military will stop using always-armed, live landmines after 2010 under a new government policy announced by senior officials at a State Department news briefing today. The United States will become "the first major military power to adopt a policy ending use of all persistent landmines and maintaining the international standard of detect ability for landmines of any kind," said Lincoln Bloomfield, assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs. American military de-miners, as well as those from other nations, Bloomfield said, already are involved in marking, monitoring and clearing live minefields left at the end of hostilities in at...
  • US Promises 'Safer' Landmines

    02/27/2004 10:38:44 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 21 replies · 212+ views
    The BBC ^ | February 27, 2004
    With the new policy, de-mining troops should not be needed The Bush administration has announced a new policy on the use of landmines to minimise the risk to civilians. Assistant Secretary of State Lincoln Bloomfield said the US would make all its landmines detectable and scrap those not timed to self-destruct. But Mr Bloomfield confirmed that the US did not intend to sign the international treaty banning mines. The treaty has been signed by more than 150 nations. Landmines cause an estimated 10,000 casualties a year. There was a mixed reaction to the US announcement from anti-landmine campaigners. The...
  • America plans landmine agreement

    02/27/2004 3:28:27 AM PST · by ejdrapes · 10 replies · 210+ views
    London Telegraph ^ | February 27, 2004 | London Telegraph
    America plans landmine agreement President George W Bush has agreed to a complete ban of certain landmines after 2010, but will allow the US military to use more sophisticated mines after that date. The plan abandons the complete ban on landmines that had been proposed by former President Bill Clinton. The new policy will allow the use of "smart" landmines which have timing devices to automatically defuse the explosives and pose little threat to civilians. The ban will apply only to those "dumb" mines which have no self-destruct features and can remain hidden long after conflicts have been resolved. A...
  • Bush Administration to End U.S. Use of Land Mines Not Set to Self-Destruct, Won't Join Treaty

    02/26/2004 6:28:27 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 196+ views
    AP ^ | 2-26-04
    Bush Administration to End U.S. Use of Land Mines Not Set to Self-Destruct, Won't Join Treaty Feb 26, 2004 By Barry Schweid / The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration intends to end the U.S. military's use of land mines that are not timed to self-destruct but will not sign a 150-nation anti-land mine treaty, a senior administration official said Thursday. The new policy also will double, to $70 million, what the United States spends annually to locate and remove mines considered hazards to people and serving no deterrent purpose, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity....
  • Plant will root out landmines (changes color when it comes in contact with explosives)

    02/05/2004 9:16:15 AM PST · by dead · 38 replies · 314+ views
    Scientists have created a plant that can locate landmines by changing colour when it comes into contact with explosives, a breakthrough they hope will save thousands of lives. The plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, or green wall cress, is cheap to produce and can grow from seed in six to eight weeks. Molecular biologists from the Danish company Aresa modified the plant's genetic structure so its leaves change from green to red when its roots come into contact with nitrogen dioxide, a chemical discharged from explosives when they are buried in soil. The colour change will allow mines or explosive residue to...
  • Flower-Power Could Help Clear Land mines

    01/28/2004 10:00:11 AM PST · by Eala · 17 replies · 236+ views
    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A Danish biotech company has developed a genetically modified flower that could help detect land mines and it hopes to have a prototype ready for use within a few years. "We are really excited about this, even though it's early days. It has considerable potential," Simon Oestergaard, chief executive of developing company Aresa Biodetection, told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday. The genetically modified weed has been coded to change color when its roots come in contact with nitrogen-dioxide (NO2) evaporating from explosives buried in soil. Within three to six weeks from being sowed over land mine...
  • FREEPING CALL TO ACTION! PROTECTING OUR TROOPS IN BAGHDAD --- We need your help

    12/18/2003 11:22:43 AM PST · by doug from upland · 54 replies · 458+ views
    dfu | 12-18-03 | doug from upland
    FReepers, a short time ago I posted an article about how lives are being saved by using Humvees with special armor. HERE IS THAT THREAD. Yes, lives have been saved in Afghanistan thanks to the use of these Humvees. But we have a problem that needs action. These Humvees are not yet in Iraq. I have verified from an impeccable source that SOME OF THESE VEHICLES ARE SITTING IN BOSNIA! They don't belong there. They belong in Iraq. Please start making the phone calls. Get this on talk radio. Post contact numbers on this thread, and let's get busy. Thanks.