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Video Overnight Thread- Mine Kafon; a bamboo tumbleweed that clears landmines

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Just phenomenal what the creative mind can come up with. Via.

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Obama administration backtracks on land mine ban

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By GottaLaff

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Yesterday I posted a report that the U.S. would not sign on to a land mine ban. Not so fast, says the Obama administration:

But in a statement Wednesday, Kelly said that there had been only a partial review concerning who would represent the United States at a conference on the international Mine Ban Treaty next week in Cartegena, Colombia.

Kelly said the administration is still looking at its overall policy. The new statement follows criticism by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy.

Stay tuned.

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Obama administration will not sign land mine ban

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By GottaLaff

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A BushCo policy lives on:

The Obama administration has decided not to sign an international convention banning land mines.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Tuesday that the administration recently completed a review and decided not to change the Bush-era policy.

Patrick Leahy was not happy, nor were human rights groups, and I can't blame them:

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., criticized the State Department's review of the land mine policy as "cursory and halfhearted."

The senator described the decision to stand fast on the current policy as "a lost opportunity [...] We should be leading this effort, not sitting on the sidelines."

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