Aerial Surveillance & Reconnaissance: From Early Spy Balloons to Unmanned Drones

The past century has witnessed countless developments in technology. Perhaps the most relevant of these technologies, especially according to recent U.S. media assertions, is the development of unmanned drones. The U.S. military has employed the most up-to-date technology, in comparison with the rest of the world, in many recent campaigns, but the advent of the drone has fundamentally changed the way in which the U.S. military operates and has drastically altered the future of modern warfare.

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A Post-Assad Syria: What it means for the Kurds

The Kurds are a people of 40 million who have been denied a country of their own. Following Syrian Independence in 1946, the resulting rise of Arab nationalism led to a restriction on Kurdish rights and cultural expression. The Kurdish nation has long suffered under discriminatory acts by regimes in Syria, and Bashar al-Assad’s regime is no exception. If the occupied Kurdish nation is to ever receive full autonomy in the future, argues author Juvan Bonni, unity is the most fundamental aspect.

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