Steve Weintz responds to Michael Angwin's piece on the normalisation of Australia's uranium trade:

I wonder whether Australian uranium concerns, with government backing, might bid on Urenco? Australia would then vertically command an important percentage of both feedstock and enrichment. On a related note, such a deal might make good bait to fish for a nuclear sub deal with the USA and UK, were Australia to formally join those bilateral SSN/SSBN development projects.

Crispin Rovere:

If you are comparing "killer robots" to landmines, that is an exceptionally good reason to be very wary about their introduction. As I understand it, landmines are not renowned for making a distinction between enemy combatants and schoolchildren.

Alison Broinowski:

We have to thank President Obama for no longer invoking the 'war on terror' to justify new adventures, and thank you, Sam, for succinctly clarifying the 'terrorism' canard in relation to Drummer Rigby's death. But even as young Muslim zealots plot the acts that will win them 15 minutes of international attention, the US under Obama continues to kill and wound civilians with drone strikes that are no less terrible. And so the revenge cycle is perpetuated. Wait till the first drone hits an American city. Nations that don’t want terrorism should not practice it.