Relatives of people killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and 9/11 survivors said Tuesday that they are “shocked and deeply offended” by a newly announced merger between the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed LIV Golf circuit, a deal widely condemned as “sportswashing” one of the world’s worst human rights violators.
In an agreement that will end years of acrimony and litigation, PGA Tour, DP World Tour, and the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) – which owns LIV Golf – surprised the world of golf and beyond by announcing Tuesday that they are merging into “a new, collectively owned, for-profit entity.”
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The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on a landmark treaty banning nukes – and others including survivors of the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan on Friday criticized a Group of Seven joint statement on disarmament as “missing the moment to make the world safer” from the threat of thermonuclear annihilation.
As the G7 summit got underway in Hiroshima, leaders of Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, United States – the latter three of which have nuclear arsenals – reiterated their belief that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”
While the statement acknowledges “the unprecedented devastation and immense human suffering the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced as a result of the atomic bombings” and reaffirms G7 members’ “commitment to achieving a world without nuclear weapons,” the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) lamented that “it fails to commit to concrete measures towards that goal and even emphasizes the importance of reserving the right to use nuclear weapons.”
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Israeli government officials including far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir joined tens of thousands of ultra-nationalists participating in Thursday’s inflammatory “Flag March” in occupied East Jerusalem, an event at which police and demonstrators attacked Palestinians and journalists while chanting slogans including “death to Arabs” and “your village will be burned.”
Ben-Gvir, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, and Transport Minister Miri Regev were among the Israeli officials who took part in the annual march, which celebrates Israel’s conquest and illegal occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.
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In the name of "protecting future generations from potentially devastating consequences," a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation meant to prevent artificial intelligence from launching nuclear weapons without meaningful human control.
The Block Nuclear Launch by Autonomous Artificial Intelligence Act – introduced by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Don Beyer (D-Va.), And Ken Buck (R-Colo.) – asserts that "any decision to launch a nuclear weapon should not be made" by AI.
The proposed legislation acknowledges that the Pentagon's 2022 Nuclear Posture Review states that current US policy is to "maintain a human 'in the loop' for all actions critical to informing and executing decisions by the president to initiate and terminate nuclear weapon employment."
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