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Russia’s nuclear space weapon sparks alarm

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Revelations about Russia’s purported pursuit of a nuclear space weapon have sent shockwaves through Washington, raising concerns about potential catastrophic consequences.

While details remain scarce, the United States government has sounded the alarm over Moscow’s alleged development of a satellite-killing capability coupled with nuclear technology.

Experts warn that such a weapon could deal a devastating blow not only to military assets but also to vital civilian infrastructure that relies heavily on satellite technology.

Profound impact

Dr. Rebecca Grant, President of IRIS Independent Research, emphasised the profound impact such a weapon could have on the American way of life.

“Our economy is completely dependent on space for the navigation and precision timing signals that guide everything from your iPhone when you drive to your banking transaction,” she said.

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby confirmed the concerns, acknowledging that Russia is indeed working on an “anti-satellite capability.”

Russia calls on China for military assistance

While specifics regarding the weapon remain undisclosed, Kirby stressed that it’s not designed to target humans or cause physical destruction on Earth.

Russia’s weapon

Experts have speculated on the nature of Russia’s alleged weapon, with some suggesting it could be a nuclear-powered device rather than a traditional nuclear bomb.

This distinction carries significant implications, as a nuclear reactor could provide sustained power for space-based weaponry, potentially enabling targeted attacks on rival satellites.

The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 prohibits the placement of nuclear weapons in space, raising questions about Russia’s adherence to international agreements. However, the Kremlin has been evasive in response to accusations, dismissing them as attempts to sway congressional action.

Historically, Russia has shown interest in anti-satellite technology, dating back to the Cold War era.

Analysts note that Moscow’s pursuit of such capabilities could be driven by a desire to establish deterrence against the United States amidst escalating tensions.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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