With heightened superpower tensions, war in Europe and new military alliances forming, New Zealand’s defence review must set the right course in a dangerous world.
Three soldiers (far right) carry karnyxes, long horns with frightening boar-headed mouths that produce eerie calls during battle.
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Since antiquity people have harnessed sound as a weapon, and the practice continues – in new high-tech ways – today.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L).
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Five essential reads on Russia’s relationship with Africa.
Russia is losing tanks at an astonishing rate.
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Weapons manufacturers in China are likely to benefit most from Russia’s losses, while US companies will also see a boon.
Royal Canadian Air Force personnel load non-lethal and lethal aid at CFB Trenton, Ont., on March 7, 2022. The cargo was bound for Ukraine via Poland.
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The laws of war and what is considered acceptable and unacceptable weaponry suggest there’s a right and wrong way to kill. It’s unlikely any of the victims of war would appreciate the distinction.
There’s plenty of aggression in the bird world, but little armed violence.
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Birds will shriek and dive at each other over food, territory or mates, but only a small number of species sport actual weapons. The reason: Flying matters more for their survival than fighting.
Humanitarian groups have been calling for a ban on autonomous weapons.
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Sci-fi nightmares of a robot apocalypse aside, autonomous weapons are a very real threat to humanity. An expert on the weapons explains how the emerging arms race could be humanity’s last.
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman, looks towards Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, bottom right, as they arrive at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018.
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A progressive government can and should take a principled approach to foreign policy. That means Canada’s Liberals must stop pitting good jobs at home against human rights abroad.
In a tragic accident, Alec Baldwin has fatally fired a prop gun on a film set in America.
In an on-set accident, Alec Baldwin has fatally fired a prop gun. When using weapons on screen, safety must always be paramount.
Ancient military innovations – like the bit and bridle that enabled mounted horseback riding – changed the course of history.
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Did ancient technological advancements drive social innovation, or vice versa? Studying cause and effect in the ancient world may seem like a fool’s errand, but researchers built a database to do just that.
There are signs Australian police have moved away from community service towards more enforcement – this is a troubling development.
A Taliban fighter, wearing U.S. clothing and carrying U.S. weapons, looks through a captured night-vision device.
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Despite efforts to prevent militant groups from getting weapons, they often get their hands on U.S. equipment and use it to attack American troops.
Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto (foreground, left) and Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right).
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The budget number, slated to cover a 25-year-period, is not peculiar. Nevertheless, weapon systems procurement needs to involve good governance, accountability and legislative oversight.
A lorry trailer carries the coffins of the victims of a munitions explosion in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, in 2012.
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Data suggests that Africa as a whole suffers a relatively high rate of casualties at munition sites where there are unplanned explosions.
New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman routinely tops 100 mph with his fastball.
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We’re the only species that can throw at speeds that kill.
Pepper spray uses a chemical called capsaicin. It’s the same compound that makes chillies hot, but in a more intense, weaponised form.
President Donald Trump talks with reporters during a visit with U.S. Army dog Conan.
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Trump’s recent comments echo a troubled history of the use of dogs against people of color, as well as pejorative depictions of people of color as animals.
The inventor with his eponymous weapon.
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One hundred years ago, the inventor of the most deadly weapon of the 20th century was born in Russia. Now more than 100 million of his namesake guns have been manufactured and used around the world.
A British Pattern 1907 bayonet with leather scabbard.
There is no weapon more visceral than the bayonet. It encourages an intimate form of killing, and during WW1, Australia troops plunged, parried and stabbed with great vigour.
Security at border crossings in West Africa has increased.
A community driven approach to border patrol could be more useful than providing arms for border guards