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Georgia town evacuates after rail cars fall from overpass

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BYROMVILLE, Ga. — Rail cars tumbled from an overpass onto a Georgia highway on Saturday, causing an evacuation and traffic headaches in a small town. The trains contained non-odorous propane, which spilled into the roadway, CBS Macon affiliate WMAZ-TV reports.

There were no injuries reported. 

CSX Railroad said 30 cars derailed. That included some that fell from the overpass onto Highway 90 at Byromville, roughly 55 miles south of Macon.

Resident Stephanie Chapman said she was on a deer stand more than a mile from town when it happened.

“You could hear the rail cars hitting each other — boom-boom-boom-boom-boom,” Chapman told The Associated Press.

It happened around 7 a.m. Saturday in the town with a population of about 500.

In an emailed news release, CSX said four of the cars held petroleum liquefied gas. No leaks were reported, but officials were monitoring air quality.

Byromville fire chief Brett Walls told WMAZ-TV there was an early call for an evacuation within a mile of the site. “If you know the town of Byromville, that’s practically the whole town,” he said.

Chapman said that, initially, an evacuation was called for much of the town but the perimeter was soon reduced. She was allowed to go to her office roughly 300 yards from the site by midday while efforts continued to clear the jumble of cars from Highway 90.

“Crews are working to re-rail the cars without damage and remove the derailed railcars with damage from the area as quickly and safely as possible,” the CSX statement said.

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Florida governor race: Democrat Andrew Gillum concedes to Republican Ron DeSantis

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Florida Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum officially conceded on Saturday to Republican Ron DeSantis, two days after a machine recount ended. The machine recount had DeSantis still leading by over 3,000 votes. 

The Tallahassee mayor congratulated DeSantis on becoming the next governor. In a Facebook video, Gillum didn’t say what his plans for the future are, but told his supporters to stay tuned.

DeSantis responded on Twitter, saying “This was a hard-fought campaign. Now it’s time to bring Florida together.”

Gillum conceded on Election Night, but retracted it after the margin of votes between him and DeSantis shrunk within the level of a legally required recount. 

Gillum won a surprise victory in the Democratic primary in August after running to the left of his opponents. He spent months as third in the polls and was outspent by his opponents. DeSantis, meanwhile, had been embraced by President Trump.

Mr. Trump earlier Saturday congratulated DeSantis on his victory, and called Gillum a “strong Democrat warrior long into the future – a force to reckon with!”

Mr. Trump had struck a different tone during the campaign, saying at a rally shortly before Election Day that Gillum is “a radical socialist … who will not do good things for Florida.” 

Former President Obama visited Florida to campaign for Gillum, giving a speech in Miami where he said the “character of the county” was on the line in the midterm elections.

This is a breaking story and will be updated. 

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Portland police report weapons at demonstrations

A small protest called #HimToo organized by the far-right group Patriot Prayer was met by hundreds of counter-protesters in Portland on Saturday, CBS Portland affiliate KOIN reports. The protests were meant to be peaceful, but clashes began as the groups started to disperse.

Portland police said six people were arrested. 

Portland police tweeted around 5 p.m. PT that officers had observed demonstrators with weapons. “If demonstrators use weapons you are subject to citation, arrest and potentially use of force,” Portland police tweeted. 

Police also reported glass bottles being thrown. Tear gas and explosives went off as the crowd marched through the streets chanting “Nazis, go home!”  Police in riot gear arrived in various locations to keep the demonstrators on the sidewalks, KOIN reports. 

The Democratic Socialists of America on Portland held the first rally, which started around 11:30 a.m. Portland DSA tweeted they stand “with survivors and against oppressors. Fascists out of our city!”

“The only thing that beats fascists is a bigger crowd of anti-fascists,” said Portland DSA co-chair Emily Golden-Fields at the first rally of the day.   

They marched to Chapman Square, where they met up with the group Popular Mobilizations for a rally called #SupportersAreEverywhere, according to the Oregonian/OregonLive

These rallies ended around 1:30 p.m., while antifa supporters in their hoodies and black masks plus hundreds of others lingered along the sidewalks as the police repeatedly made loudspeaker announcements, KOIN reports.

These protests were meant to counter the rally scheduled for 2 p.m. across the street at Terry Schrunk Plaza called #HimToo, led by activists from the far-right group Patriot Prayer. 

At the #HimToo gathering, Joey Gibson and his Patriot Prayer acolyte Tusitala “Tiny” Toese spoke and danced. KOIN reports there were no more than 75 people at the demonstration.

“One of the things I think about most is equality,” Gibson said. “We believe everyone has an equal opportunity. We look into the allegations and the evidence.”

Various speakers made the argument that men are being constantly overshadowed and told their experiences don’t matter. Speaker Christopher Foster urged people to “join us in the fight for rights for men and accountability for women.”

Another speaker with a Southern accent told KOIN he drove all the way from Arkansas to speak at the #HimToo rally. While he said he did not prepare a speech, he railed against the “Democratic women cabal” and defended Roy Moore. 

Saturday’s protests were just three days after an ordiance aimed at regulating protests was shot down by the Portland City Council. Mayor Ted Wheeler proposed the ordiance to regulate the time, place and manner of protests that were expected to turn violent, KOIN reports

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Portland police report weapons at demonstrations

A small protest called #HimToo organized by the far-right group Patriot Prayer was met by hundreds of counter-protesters in Portland on Saturday, CBS Portland affiliate KOIN reports. The protests were meant to be peaceful, but clashes began as the groups started to disperse.

Portland police said six people were arrested. 

Portland police tweeted around 5 p.m. PT that officers had observed demonstrators with weapons. “If demonstrators use weapons you are subject to citation, arrest and potentially use of force,” Portland police tweeted. 

Police also reported glass bottles being thrown. Tear gas and explosives went off as the crowd marched through the streets chanting “Nazis, go home!”  Police in riot gear arrived in various locations to keep the demonstrators on the sidewalks, KOIN reports. 

The Democratic Socialists of America on Portland held the first rally, which started around 11:30 a.m. Portland DSA tweeted they stand “with survivors and against oppressors. Fascists out of our city!”

“The only thing that beats fascists is a bigger crowd of anti-fascists,” said Portland DSA co-chair Emily Golden-Fields at the first rally of the day.   

They marched to Chapman Square, where they met up with the group Popular Mobilizations for a rally called #SupportersAreEverywhere, according to the Oregonian/OregonLive

These rallies ended around 1:30 p.m., while antifa supporters in their hoodies and black masks plus hundreds of others lingered along the sidewalks as the police repeatedly made loudspeaker announcements, KOIN reports.

These protests were meant to counter the rally scheduled for 2 p.m. across the street at Terry Schrunk Plaza called #HimToo, led by activists from the far-right group Patriot Prayer. 

At the #HimToo gathering, Joey Gibson and his Patriot Prayer acolyte Tusitala “Tiny” Toese spoke and danced. KOIN reports there were no more than 75 people at the demonstration.

“One of the things I think about most is equality,” Gibson said. “We believe everyone has an equal opportunity. We look into the allegations and the evidence.”

Various speakers made the argument that men are being constantly overshadowed and told their experiences don’t matter. Speaker Christopher Foster urged people to “join us in the fight for rights for men and accountability for women.”

Another speaker with a Southern accent told KOIN he drove all the way from Arkansas to speak at the #HimToo rally. While he said he did not prepare a speech, he railed against the “Democratic women cabal” and defended Roy Moore. 

Saturday’s protests were just three days after an ordiance aimed at regulating protests was shot down by the Portland City Council. Mayor Ted Wheeler proposed the ordiance to regulate the time, place and manner of protests that were expected to turn violent, KOIN reports

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Opinion | David Crosby scales a new creative peak

David Crosby performing in West Palm Beach, Florida, in 2006. Photo: Alamy

David Crosby performing in West Palm Beach, Florida, in 2006. Photo: Alamy

Late last month David Crosby, 77, was in the news on not one but two occasions: First, when he slammed Ted Nugent, the American rock musician and pro-guns right wing activist who had ranted at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for never nominating him for induction; in response, Crosby (who has been inducted twice—once when he was with The Byrds and again when he was part of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) tweeted: “That is really funny stuff… he’s not good enough and he never will be…. a hack player and no singer at all…. could not write a decent song if his life depended on it.” And second, when the veteran folk-rocker, whose career began 54 years back when he joined The Byrds, released his seventh solo album, Here If You Listen.

With it Crosby joins a pantheon of folk rock legends who’ve released late-career albums recently: Joan Baez and Paul Simon, both also 77, released Whistle Down The Wind and In The Blue Light, respectively; and late last year, Crosby’s former bandmate, Stephen Stills, 73, collaborated with the singer Judy Collins, 79, to release Everybody Knows, an album that was financed by crowdfunding. Another of Crosby’s bandmates, Neil Young, 72, has been prolific too, regularly releasing new albums as well as old recordings that had previously remained unreleased.

Some of these late-career albums are excellent. Baez’s new one has her singing songs by Tom Waits, Josh Ritter and Anohni; and on his latest, Simon resurrects and re-records 10 of his songs that appeared in earlier albums but were not very well-known. Stills and Collins’ album is a mixed bag, though. Stills’ voice has not weathered his several decades-long wild lifestyle well and although Collins’ singing redeems their collaboration a bit, it’s not an album that you’d sorely miss if you didn’t listen to it.

In contrast, Crosby’s new album is a surprising gem. Surprising because Crosby’s battle with health and addiction issues is well known. Twenty-four years ago, he had a liver transplant (one that was paid for by Phil Collins, incidentally); he is heavily diabetic; and has struggled with long bouts of hepatitis. Yet, in the past four years, he has released four solo albums. On Here If You Listen, he collaborates with Michael League, frontman of the Brooklyn-based jazz-fusion band, Snarky Puppy, and singers Becca Stevens and Michelle Willis. These musicians don’t just lend their voices and play instruments; it’s a genuine sort of collaboration with most of the songs on the album jointly written by Crosby and his collaborators.

If Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) was a band that became a part of your growing up as it did mine, the new Crosby album is an essential. CSNY was known for its exquisite vocal harmonies and while listening to Here If You Listen there are several moments when you can appear to be eerily transported back to the late 1960s and early 1970s, the heydays of that legendary band. Ten of the 11 songs on Here If You Listen are original and, apparently, the musicians (who completed the recording in just a month) went to the studio with only two that were already written. The 11th is Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock, a counter-culture anthem of the 1970s that CSNY covered and which in Crosby’s new version takes on a new relevance.

Crosby does ruminate on the inevitable in his new album. On Your Own Ride, he sings: Cause I been thinking about dying/ And how to do it well. Yet, unlike some of his earlier solo albums, the predominant tone of Here If You Listen is unexpectedly and refreshingly upbeat with songs appearing to celebrate life rather than be low and whiny. That could well be because the three younger collaborators (in their early 30s) inject large measures of joie de vivre into the music. Or it could be that Crosby in his twilight years really loves life. On Twitter, as @thedavidcrosby, he appears pretty active, engaged and invigorated, discussing with fans everything from his music, his guitars, and even politics. And, of course, there’s that broadside he delivered to Nugent.

Two songs in the album, 1964, and 1974, are previously composed demos that are fleshed out in the album, and the latter celebrates love and music: All of my love songs/ Send them out again/ Revel in music/ Let it take care of you. On Other Half Rule, there are references to Trump (whom he calls “Small Hands”) and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un (“Rocket Man”), and a call to men to move aside and let women rule the world. The ethereal vocal harmonies, finger-picked acoustic guitar riffs, and light touches of jazz make Here If You Listen a remarkable album that clearly demonstrates how it is possible for even a septuagenarian legend to find a new peak and conquer it. Aptly, the last song on the album is Crosby’s elevated rendering of Mitchell’s Woodstock. “Yes, we’ve got to get ourselves/ Back to the garden/ Yes, we’ve got to get ourselves/ Back to the garden”. Magnificent.

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Five tracks from Crosby’s ‘Here If You Listen’

1. ‘1974’

2. ‘Your Own Ride’

3. ‘Other Half Rule’

4. ‘Vagrants Of Venice’

5. ‘Woodstock’

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Democrat takeover of House casts doubt on Space Force future

With the results of this week’s midterms leading to a shake-up in the House Armed Services Committee, the future of President Trump’s proposed Space Force branch is looking increasingly uncertain.

With the Democrats taking control of the House and Republicans building on their majority in the Senate, the possibility of budgetary gridlock on military spending has become more likely.

Space Force critic Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., is set to replace current Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, as chairman of the HASC, with other Democrats on the committee also opposing the creation of a new branch due to budgetary concerns and the idea of a new layer of command.

“I am opposed to President Trump’s proposal for a ‘Space Force,'” Smith said in a statement to UPI. “I am concerned that his proposal would create additional costly military bureaucracy at a time when we have limited resources for defense and critical domestic priorities, and I do not believe it is the best way to advance U.S. national security.”

Smith said that he supports further emphasis on national security space efforts despite his opposition to a separate branch, as opposed to the Air Force running most of the nation’s space-based military assets.

“Space is an essential aspect of nearly everything we do today, and I am the first to argue for a renewed focus on its importance,” Smith said. “We must do a better job of dealing with space as a national security priority.”

Congressional critics have expressed reservations over the costs and additional bureaucracy a separate branch would entail, with a separate headquarters costing a projected $1 billion alone.

Vice President Mike Pence told the National Space Council in October that the Trump Administration plans to have the Space Force established as a 6th branch of the military in 2020. The proposed funding for the branch will be presented in a 2019 budget proposal and the National Defense Authorization Act.

“We will forge a new era of peace through strength in outer space,” Pence said. “President Trump has stated forcefully a truth that the leaders of the National Defense University have long understood, that space is a warfighting domain, just like the air, land and sea, and America will be just as dominant there as we are here on earth.”

There is still widespread debate concerning how a Space Force would be organized and integrate the space capabilities of the other branches, particularly the Air Force. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson has voiced concern over aspects of the Space Force’s proposed organization, but has said that she supports the idea in general.

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New report details security concerns in outer space

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Key findings of a new report point to deteriorating security conditions in outer space in the absence of renewed governance efforts.

Space Security Index 2018 tracks developments under 18 indicators related to four aspects of the security of outer space: environmental sustainability, access to and use of space, technologies for space security, and space governance.

Project manager Dr. Jessica West of the Canadian peace-and-security think tank Project Ploughshares describes the newly released … read more

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US denies China Cold War but deep gaps persist

The United States on Friday insisted it was not pursuing a new “Cold War” with China, but the Pacific powers could only paper over deep differences during high-level talks.

The defense chiefs and top foreign affairs officials of the two countries met in Washington for a regular dialogue that had been pushed back amid months of spiraling tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

After President Donald Trump’s barbed comments against China in the runup to this week’s congressional elections, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turned conciliatory in tone if not always in substance.

“The United States is not pursuing a Cold War or containment policy with China,” Pompeo told a joint news conference.

“Rather, we want to ensure that China act responsibly and fairly in support of security and prosperity in each of our two countries,” Pompeo said.

But Pompeo also was upfront about US concerns. While the Trump administration has generally been soft-spoken on human rights, at least with allies, Pompeo denounced China’s “repression” of religious and minority groups including the Uighur community, citing a UN report that up to one million members of the mostly Muslim ethnic group have been rounded up in detention camps.

And on Taiwan, while assuring his guests that the United States only recognizes Beijing, Pompeo was increasingly forthright in advocating for the self-ruling democracy, criticizing Beijing’s efforts to isolate the island it considers a renegade province.

The United States also took Beijing’s military to task over its assertive posture in the dispute-rife South China Sea, which has witnessed a series of incidents including the buzzing of a US Navy surveillance aircraft last year by a Chinese warplane.

– Talking, but not agreeing –

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the talks were “candid” but that the two militaries looked to improve communication and avoid “miscalculation” at sea.

“And we made clear that the United States will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows,” Mattis said.

Senior Communist Party official Yang Jiechi, a veteran architect of Beijing’s foreign policy, insisted that China allows freedom of religion and criticized the United States for what he saw as its own “militarization” of the South China Sea.

“There is no such problem of freedom of navigation and overflights being obstructed, so to use this issue as an excuse to military action is unjustifiable,” he said.

“The Chinese side made it clear to the United States that it should stop sending its vessels and military aircraft close to Chinese islands and reefs and stop actions that undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests,” he said.

The talks come several weeks before Trump is set to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in Argentina — a potential occasion for big announcements on resolving disputes.

While the Washington talks focused on security, trade is at the heart of tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.

Trump has slapped $250 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods, accusing Beijing of nefarious trading practices. Retaliatory measures quickly followed.

Yang voiced hope for a quick resolution.

“A trade war, instead of leading to any solution, will only end up hurting both sides and the global economy,” he said.

“The door to negotiation remains open. And let’s not forget how our two sides have successfully navigated through previous rough patches in our economic and trade relations,” he said.

– Hard line on trade –

But just as he was speaking, a top advisor to Trump, Peter Navarro, vowed to press China hard on trade.

Navarro, the head of the White House National Trade Council who is known for his unorthodox economic views, said China had made empty promises to previous presidents and that Trump would not back down.

“The game that China has played — and they played people in the Bush administration like a violin — is to do the tapdance of economic dialogue,” Navarro said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“That’s all they want to do. They want to get us to the bargaining table, sound reasonable, and talk their way while they keep having their way with us,” he said.

Washington has been especially incensed at what it believes is widespread theft of technology from US companies — a charge that China denies.

“How do you have a deal with somebody if they don’t even acknowledge your concern? I mean, it’s Alice in Wonderland,” Navarro said.

Pompeo has previously dubbed China as the primary adversary of the United States, but during the talks called Beijing “essential” in key areas — including North Korea.

Trump has made reaching a denuclearization agreement with North Korea a top priority since his landmark summit in June with the totalitarian state’s leader Kim Jong Un.

Yang said that China, North Korea’s main lifeline, would enforce UN sanctions but voiced hope that Washington and Pyongyang “will meet each other halfway” and “accommodate each other’s legitimate concerns.”

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Nine countries meet to kickstart European force

Paris (AFP) Nov 7, 2018


Defence ministers from nine European countries will meet in Paris on Wednesday to set out plans for a joint force that could rapidly be deployed in response to a conflict or natural disaster.

Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia and Portugal have joined the French-led project – along with Britain, just as Brexit looms.

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US Project Thor would fire tungsten poles at targets from outer space

As the threat of space-based weapons – and treaties to limit them – occupies an increasingly large part of defense spending and international competition, nations have sought loopholes in existing treaties to get a leg up on their opponents, including placing kinetic energy weapons in orbit.

The US Air Force’s “Project Thor” revives a dream weapons manufacturers have had since the dawn of nuclear weapons: how to create damage equivalent to a nuclear bomb without the trouble of nuclear radiation and fallout. Kinetic bombardment, once prohibitively expensive, is now back on the agenda, since it involves no explosives and is not technically barred from being put into orbit by the Outer Space Treaty.

The proposal involves placing into orbit a bundle of telephone pole-sized rods made out of tungsten, an extremely durable metal with the highest melting point of any element. The rods could be dropped from orbit at the right moment, accelerating during their thousand-mile plummet to Earth to more than 10 times the speed of sound.

It’s easy to see why the New York Times called them “tungsten thunderbolts.” A more common nickname for the weapon is simply “rods from God.” The power of the impact would be similar to the explosive yield of a ground-penetrating nuclear weapon, We Are the Mighty reported Monday. Unlike nukes, the rods from God generate zero fallout.

The idea is not fundamentally different from that behind a rail gun: the projectile uses no explosive, relying only on its tremendous speed – remember net force is just mass times acceleration – to annihilate whatever object it strikes. While a rail gun accelerates its projectile using electromagnetic energy, Project Thor relies on the potential energy of Earth’s gravity: it just lets go, and down they fall.

WAtM estimated the cost of lifting objects into space at $10,000 per pound, meaning that 200 cubic feet of tungsten rod, which weighs around 24,000 pounds, would cost about $230 million per rod to place into orbit. Compared to Breaking Defense’s estimated cost of $212.5 million apiece for the Air Force’s proposed next generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, the difference seems almost negligible, especially when the danger of radioactive fallout is removed from the equation.

The US Air Force deployed a similar weapon during the Vietnam War. So-called “Lazy Dog” bombs were 2-inch long cylinders of solid steel, fitted with fins and dropped from several thousand feet up. They could reach 500 miles per hour during their fall and penetrate 9 inches of concrete, WAtM noted. However, the proposed orbital “rods from God” would drive hundreds of feet underground, penetrating even the deepest and most fortified bunker or missile silo.

The Pentagon revived the idea in the early 2000s, weighing the option of using them to strike underground nuclear sites in rogue nations. In 2002, a RAND report titled “Space Weapons, Earth Wars,” dedicates no small amount of space to the concept and the Air Force’s 2003 “Transformation Flight Plan,” references “hypervelocity rod bundles” in its outline of future space-based weapons, the San Francisco Chronicle notes.

The Pentagon continued to research kinetic energy weapons, such as the railgun the Office of Naval Research claimed in 2012 can throw a 25-pound “hypervelocity projectile” with 32 megajoules of energy, penetrating seven steel plates and destroying whatever sits on the other side. “One megajoule of energy,” the office notes, “is equivalent to a 1-ton car traveling at 100 miles per hour.”

“The classic way of delivering hurt against a target has been to pack a lot of chemical explosive into a container of some kind, a barrel or a cannonball or steel bomb,” Matt Weingart, a weapons program development manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, told Task and Purpose in June 2017.

“The violence comes from the chemical explosive inside that bomb sending off a blast wave, followed by the fragments of the bomb case. But the difference with kinetic energy projectiles is that the warhead arrives at the target moving very, very fast – the energy is there to propel those fragments without the use of a chemical explosive to accelerate them. The more mass, the more violence,” Weingart said.

But the US is expanding its nuclear arsenal, or at least US President Donald Trump wants to. So why is Washington once again exploring “tungsten thunderbolts” The growing militarization of space may hold the answer. As weapons without explosives, chemicals or nuclear material, the “rods from God” aren’t technically banned from space under the 1967 Outer Space Treaty or any other associated treaties, which are legally non-binding.

While other countries, including Russia and China, have been pressuring the US to sign “an international, legally binding instrument on the prevention of an arms race in outer space,” as a draft resolution put before the UN in October 2017 called it, Washington has been adamant in its rejection of such treaties. That disregard for international disarmament showed up once again in Trump’s threats to scrap the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a 1987 document limiting nuclear weapons with very short warning times.

In 2014, the US rejected the draft Treaty on Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space and of the Threat or Use of Force Against Outer Space Objects (PPWT) on the grounds that it was “fundamentally flawed” for not covering ground-based weapons, Space News reported at the time.

More recently, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have made overtures to renew talks on the INF treaty as well as a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which aims at general arms reduction, and to begin to take seriously the threat of space-based weapons.

“We are very concerned about the danger of the transformation of outer space into a sphere of armed confrontation. This subject has become more and more worrisome recently,” Lavrov said at a news conference on November 2.

“Space weapons and autonomous weapons will soon no longer be science fiction, but possible reality,” Maas said in an interview on Wednesday. “We need rules that keep pace with the technological development of new weapons systems.”

Source: Sputnik News

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New report details security concerns in outer space

Waterloo, Canada (SPX) Nov 07, 2018


Key findings of a new report point to deteriorating security conditions in outer space in the absence of renewed governance efforts.

Space Security Index 2018 tracks developments under 18 indicators related to four aspects of the security of outer space: environmental sustainability, access to and use of space, technologies for space security, and space governance.

Project manager Dr. Jessica West of the Canadian peace-and-security think tank Project Ploughshares describes the newly released … read more