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Jan Vincent Latzko
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Join! It's on +YouTube, as well :-) 
Bug splats. That’s what the US operators of drones, sitting thousands of miles away, call the casualties of a drone attack in Pakistan or Yemen when they show up on screen. Many of those splats were in fact innocent bystanders unfortunate enough to be nearby the “target”. Quite apart from the collateral damage, drones allow our leaders to assassinate anyone they want, unhampered by public scrutiny. What's more, they are counterproductive: drone strikes inflame communities against the West and throw them into the arms of the local militants.

But do the critics of drones have a better strategy for dealing with far-off militants intent on harming us? Drones, in fact, cause far fewer civilian deaths than conventional warfare and are often welcomed by the local population who are only too happy to see the militants attacked. They may not be pretty but in an imperfect and often violent world, the use of drones is moral and effective.

Following our sell-out debate in January on the traditional family, we're back for the third in our series of monthly Versus debates with Google+. This time, America’s drone warfare campaign is in the dock.

Combining the flair of Intelligence Squared debates with the innovative technology of Google+ Hangouts, we're bringing the world’s best speakers to the fray, either hosting them on stage at the Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Studio in London or beaming them in from wherever they are in the world. And you’ll be able to join us either at the venue or by tuning in on the Versus Google+ and Versus YouTube channels. 


David Aaronovitch:
British author, broadcaster and Times columnist

Douglas Murray:
Writer, columnist and associate director of the Henry Jackson Society


Professor Noel Sharkey:
Professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield
Clive Stafford Smith:
Civil rights lawyer, founder and director of Reprieve, who recently campaigned alongside Imran Khan in Pakistan against drone use
EXPERT PANEL (via Google+ Hangouts)

Professor Michael Boyle:
Adviser to President Obama and Assistant professor of political science at La Salle University, Philadelphia

Professor Christine Fair:
Assistant professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies (CPASS), Georgetown University

Ibrahim Mothana:
24-year-old writer, activist and a co-founder of Yemen's Watan Party


Jeremy O’Grady:
Editor-in-chief of The Week magazine and co-founder of Intelligence Squared

Speakers are subject to change.
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Is this a new feature on +Google now?
I've never before seen this card "continue researching".
But I love it :-)
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Amazing sight! Thanks +NASA
Space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), is seen as it flies near the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline, Friday, April 27, 2012, in New York. Enterprise was the first shuttle orbiter built for NASA performing test flights in the atmosphere and was incapable of spaceflight. Originally housed at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Enterprise will be demated from the SCA and placed on a barge that will eventually be moved by tugboat up the Hudson River to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in June. Photo Credit: (NASA/Robert Markowitz)
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Wow I didn't notice (was five days ago!).. The active region went from zero to twice-the-size-of-Earth in 24 hours!
NASA | A Big Blast
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