Friday, June 12, 2015

The Isis militant group has seized enough radioactive material from government facilities to suggest it has the capacity to build a large and devastating “dirty” bomb, according to Australian intelligence reports. Isis declared its ambition to develop weapons of mass destruction in the most recent edition of its propaganda magazine Dabiq, and Indian defence officials have previously warned of the possibility the militants could acquire a nuclear weapon from Pakistan. - Isis's dirty bomb: Jihadists have seized 'enough radioactive material to build their first WMD' - U.S. National Security and Military News Review

Isis's dirty bomb: Jihadists have seized 'enough radioactive material to build their first WMD' - Middle East - World

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Isis declared its ambition to develop weapons of mass destruction in the most recent edition of its propaganda magazine Dabiq, and Indian defence officials have previously warned of the possibility the militants could acquire a nuclear weapon from Pakistan.
According to the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, Nato has expressed deep concerns about the materials seized by Isis from research centres and hospitals that would normally only be available to governments.
The threat of Isis’s radioactive and biological weapons stockpile was so severe that the Australia Group, a 40-nation bloc dedicated to ending the use of chemical weapons, held a session on the subject at its summit in Perth last week.
“This is really worrying them,” Ms Bishop said in an interview with The Australian.
 Julie Bishop, Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs When they swept across territory in Syria and Iraq, she said, “the insurgents did not just clear out the cash from local banks”.
Last week Ms Bishop spoke at the Australia Group meeting about fears Isis was weaponising poisonous gases such as chlorine.
And speaking to The Australian, she confirmed that the concerns she was raising stemmed from reports filed by the Australian department of defence as well the foreign office.
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The growing concerns about Isis’s development of weapons of mass destruction come at a time when experts fear the militant group will be “more active than ever” to mark the start of Ramadanand the one-year anniversary of its declaration of a “caliphate”.
Isis said it was changing its name to “Islamic State” following the first public address by its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul on 29 June last year, and the US-based Institute for the Study of War has noted that the group usually reserves its major operations to coincide with the Islamic holy month.
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“Isis is likely to begin and end Ramadan with attempted spectacular military offensive actions in Iraq and Syria,” it said.
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Russia in Review - Harvard

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I. U.S. and Russian priorities for the bilateral agenda.
II. Russia news.
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Russia in Review: a digest of useful news from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for June 5-12, 2015
I. U.S. and Russian priorities for the bilateral agenda.
Nuclear security agenda:
· The ISIS militant group has seized enough radioactive material from government facilities to suggest it has the capacity to build a large and devastating “dirty” bomb, according to Australian intelligence reports. ISIS has declared its ambition to develop weapons of mass destruction in the most recent edition of its propaganda magazine Dabiq, and Indian defense officials have previously warned of the possibility the militants could acquire a nuclear weapon from Pakistan. (The Independent, 06.10.15).
Iran
· Russian officials say it is too soon to say when an oil-for-goods arrangement with Iran will start. Earlier Russia's food safety regulator has announced that Russia has started grain deliveries to Iran, sending 100,000 tons. (Reuters, 06.08.15, RFE/RL, 06.09.15).
NATO-Russia relations:
· "As for some countries' concerns about Russia's possible aggressive actions, I think that only an insane person and only in a dream can imagine that Russia would suddenly attack NATO," Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "The world has changed so drastically that people with some common sense cannot even imagine such a large-scale military conflict today" he said. (RFE/RL, 06.06.15).
· Speaking after conferring with U.S. diplomats and military officers in Stuttgart, Germany, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the Pentagon was concerned about "further things happening" after the worst upsurge in fighting in months broke out this week in eastern Ukraine. U.S. officials said no decisions were made during the Stuttgart meeting, but one action discussed was boosting the number of U.S. and NATO military training exercises. (RFE/RL, 06.06.15).
· U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno says the fall-off in the U.S.-Russian communications is of concern. "I've actually tried to meet to meet with my Russian counterpart on two separate occasions, and both times they've refused to do that in neutral settings. So it's concerning," because the lack of communication "definitely increases the danger of miscalculations" between the two countries, he says. (Christian Science Monitor, 06.09.15).
· America is sending three nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Russia’s borders to participate in the Baltic Operations military exercise near the Baltics and Poland. Baltic Operations 2015, the largest ever of the annual NATO-led exercise in the Baltic Sea, has drawn ships, aircraft, sailors and soldiers from 17 nations. (National Interest, 06.08.15, Sea Power, 06.09.15).
· Russian fighter jet, flying at high speed, came within 10 feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea late last month, several U.S. officials said Thursday. Adm. William Gortney, the chief of North American Aerospace Defense Command said that the number of Russian incursions into U.S. airspace in 2014 was double the average dating back to 2006. (National Interest, 06.08.15, CNN, 06.12.15).
· Russia has been conducting nearly nonstop naval exercises in the Baltic Sea -- including on 26 of 30 days in April, according to Lithuanian officials. (New York Times, 06.11.15).
· Fewer than half of those surveyed in Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain supported using military force to defend NATO allies if Russia entered a serious military conflict with one of them, the Pew Global Attitudes Project found. Of the Americans questioned, 56 percent were in favor of using military force and 37 percent were against. (Washington Post, 10.10.15).
Missile defense:
· No significant developments.
Nuclear arms control:
· The U.S. State Department reported on Friday that Russia had failed to correct a violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty. The American allegation was outlined in the State Department's annual report on compliance with arms control agreements. The State Department report also asserted that Russia may have violated troop notification requirements under the Vienna Document and faulted Russia's adherence to the Open Skies Treaty. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the U.S. has failed to provide evidence to prove allegations of Russian breaches of the INF, treaty, adding that Moscow is ready for an "honest but specific dialogue." He said Russia "has no intention to break the treaty." (Reuters, 06.09.15, New York Times, 06.06.15).
· Britain could once again host US nuclear missiles amid growing tensions with Russia, Philip Hammond indicated. The Foreign Secretary said the Government ‘would look at the case’ for cruise missiles to be sited in the UK. “We have got to send a clear signal to Russia that we will not allow them to transgress our red lines,” he said. (Daily Mail, 06.07.15).
· In a statement on June 11, the Foreign Ministry warned that the deployment of missiles by the United States near Russia's borders would mean the "total destruction" of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty. “The measures U.S. sources are speaking about would mean the U.S. secession from the INF Treaty," Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said on June 9. (Interfax, 06.09.15, RFE/RL, 06.11.15).
Counter-terrorism agenda:
· No significant developments.
Cyber security:
· A computer virus was used to hack into venues linked to international talks on Iran's nuclear program, Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday. Kaspersky said it found the software in three European hotels used in the negotiations involving Iran and six world powers and also on Kaspersky's own computers. (Reuters, 06.11.15).
· French investigators suspect that a group of Russian hackers posing as Islamic State militants were behind an April cyberattack that crippled a French-language TV broadcaster, raising questions about the motives for an assault that initially appeared aimed at spreading terrorist propaganda. (Wall Street Journal, 06.10.15).
Energy exports from CIS:
· Alexander Medvedev, deputy chairman of the board of Gazprom said Tuesday that Europe will need to accede not only to the contested Turkish Stream pipeline, but other gas distribution schemes too if it wants to avoid a major energy deficit in the coming decade. (Moscow Times, 06.09.15).
· Gazprom has been given a two-month extended deadline of mid-September to respond to European Union antitrust charges of over-charging in eastern and central Europe and blocking competitors from entering the market. (Reuters, 06.09.15).
· Rosneft will be forced to postpone drilling a second well in the Kara Sea for at least two more years, three sources told Reuters, as a result of Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. (Reuters, 06.11.15).
Bilateral economic ties:
· Rosselkhoznadzor is banning the transportation through Russian territory of live poultry, poultry meat and other poultry products from the United States starting on June 10. (Interfax, 06.09.15).
Other bilateral issues:
· ''He's got to make a decision -- does he continue to wreck his nation's economy and continue Russia's isolation in pursuit of a wrongheaded desire to recreate the glories of the Soviet empire?'' Barack Obama said of Vladimir Putin at a news conference after the two-day G7 meeting. ''Or does he recognize that Russia's greatness does not depend on violating the territorial integrity'' of its neighbors, Obama said. More sanctions will be the consequence if Putin chooses to continue his current course, Obama said. "We expect Russia to stop trans-border support of separatist forces and to use its considerable influence over the separatists," the G7 declaration said. Russia is prepared to retaliate against the G7 nations should they choose to toughen economic sanctions on Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. (Moscow Times, 06.11.15, New York Times, 06.09.15, RFE/RL, 06.08.15).
· Jeb Bush called on the U.S. and its allies Wednesday to build a “more robust" troop presence in the three Baltic nations that share borders with Russia. At the same time Bush said he doesn't think the U.S. should go too far in this standoff with the Russian leader and risk the return of another Cold War between the two world powers. “I don't think we want to isolate Russia to the point where we push them into the arms of China," he said. The former Florida governor also defended his brother on the question of whether George W. Bush misjudged Putin when he deemed the Russian leader “straightforward and trustworthy.” “Putin has changed,” Jeb Bush told reporters. (Wall Street Journal, 06.10.15, AP, 06.12.15).
· Evgeny Buryakov, Russian citizen who worked in Manhattan as a banker asked a federal judge June 11 to toss out charges that he participated in a Cold War-style Russian spy ring. (RFE/RL, 06.12.15).
· Alexander Brazhnikov, a naturalized US citizen born in Moscow, has admitted obtaining and smuggling sensitive electronic components worth $65 million from the United States to Russia, US Attorney Paul Fishman said in a press release on Thursday. (Sputnik, 06.11.15).
· Seventy-three percent of 1,700 Russians polled by the Levada Center in May expressed negative feelings for the United States. Russians have similar sentiments about the European Union: 26 percent have a positive attitude and 59 percent feel negative. Russians traditionally like Belarus and China (83 percent and 80 percent, respectively), and 7 percent feel the opposite. (Interfax, 06.08.15).
II. Russia news.
Domestic politics, economy and energy:
· A bill has been submitted to State Duma to change the parliamentary elections date from December to September 2016, Deputy Speaker Igor Lebedev told reporters on June 11. (Interfax, 06.1.115).
· State statistics released on June 11 show that the number of Russians living below the poverty line rose by 3.1 million in the first quarter. The number of Russians classed as living in poverty reached 22.9 million in the first quarter, or 15.9 percent of the population. (RFE/RL, 06.11.15).
· Data from Russia's Federal Migration Service showed the number of foreigners in Russia from the U.S. and Western Europe's biggest countries was down 34% to 746,580 in the first month of this year compared with January 2014. Migration statistics also show a 40% increase in the number of Chinese living in Russia from January 2014 to January 2015. (Wall Street Journal, 06.10.15).
Defense and Aerospace:
· Russia will relaunch assembly of the massive Soviet-designed Tu-160 supersonic strategic bomber after 2023."This will be essentially a new airplane, not a Tu-160 but a Tu-160M2," Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said. (Moscow Times, 06.07.15).
· Russia has grounded its fleet of Tu-95 strategic bombers after one of them rolled off a runway in the Far Eastern Amur region. (RFE/RL, 06.08.15).
· Russia and Egypt are holding their first ever joint naval exercises in the Mediterranean Sea. (RFE/RL, 06.10.15).
Security, law-enforcement and justice:
· Police in Belgium say they have detained 16 people in raids targeting ethnic Chechen Islamist militants. One group has been under investigation for an alleged planned terrorist attack in Belgium. The groups are suspected of recruiting militants to fight for the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria. (RFE/RL, 06.08.15).
· Terrorist organizations, including Islamic State, are trying to draw citizens of Russia, countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and other states to their ranks. Special services must therefore intensify cooperation in countering recruiters, said Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev. (Interfax, 06.09.15).
· A Moscow student detained near Turkey's border with Syria has been brought home to Russia. Varvara Karaulova, 19, was suspected of trying to cross into Syria to join the terrorist Islamic State, but her lawyer Alexander Karabanov said investigators on the case are currently treating her as a victim. (Moscow Times, Lenta.ru, 06.11.15).
· Criminal charges have been brought against a resident of the Krasnoyarsk territory detained at a Moscow airport before he could board a flight to the war in Syria. (Interfax, 06.10.15).
· Russia's antiterrorism committee says police in Dagestan have killed Suleiman Zainalobinov, a militant who had taken the oath of the radical Islamic State group. (RFE/RL, 06.06.15).
· Russia's Investigative Committee says it has launched a criminal inquiry against Ilya Ponomaryov, the lone State Duma representative to vote against the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. (RFE/RL, 06.10.15).
· The British Home Office has accepted the motion from the Russian Prosecutor General's Office for the extradition of Sergei Pugachyov, Mezhprombank founder and ex-senator from the Republic of Tuva, who is suspected of large-scale misappropriation. (Interfax, 06.07.15).
· Novaya Gazeta newspaper has appealed to President Vladimir Putin's administration and law enforcement agencies to look into apparent threats made against its journalist Yelena Milashina by government-backed forces in Chechnya. (Moscow Times, 06.10.15).
Foreign affairs and trade:
· At a news conference in Milan on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the European sanctions against Russia. Putin has also met privately with Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss the conflicts in Ukraine and in the Middle East. Vatican officials said Francis told Mr. Putin that “a sincere and great effort” was needed to achieve peace and called for all parties to comply with the Minsk accords. (New York Times, 06.11.15).
· Russia will keep sanctions against the West in place and may even expand the penalties if the political tensions of the Cold War nature deepen, officials said Wednesday. Sergei Ivanov, chief of staff of the Presidential Executive Office, said it was “pretty logical to assume that Moscow will extend its counter-sanctions." (Wall Street Journal, 06.10.15).
· The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday calling on EU governments to maintain sanctions on Russia over its action in Ukraine, the second such critical vote in the EU legislature in as many days. (Reuters, 06.12.15).
· Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday thanked Western countries for imposing sanctions against Russia, saying they provided an impetus for Russia to boost its ties with Asia. “In economic terms, of course, all the sanctions that have been placed on us have inspired us to cooperate more actively with Asian countries,” Medvedev said. (Moscow Times, 06.11.15).
· Russia will develop strategic partnerships with China and India as part of its medium term objectives, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday. "The unfolding international context requires sustained efforts to consolidate and develop a new stage in comprehensive strategic partnership and cooperation between Russia and China," the ministry said in its report on the outcome of diplomatic work in 2014 and mid-term goals. (Sputnik, 06.08.15).
· Russia has refused to sign off on the U.N. nuclear watchdog's annual report because the document lists a nuclear reactor near Crimea's Sevastopol as being in Ukraine, two diplomats present at the meeting told Reuters on Monday. (Reuters, 06.08.15).
· Rosatom and Indonesia's National Nuclear Energy Agency have signed a memorandum of understanding on development of peaceful use of nuclear energy. (Interfax, 06.10.15).
· Deutsche Bank AG is conducting an internal probe into possible money laundering by Russian clients that may involve about $6 billion of transactions over more than four years. (Bloomberg, 06.06.15).
· Two Russians kidnapped in Sudan's restive Darfur region in January have been freed by their captors. (RFE/RL, 06.07.15).
· The number of Russians traveling abroad declined by more than 30 percent in the first quarter of 2015. (Moscow Times, 06.08.15).
· By 2030, the Northern Sea Route from the Kara Strait to the Pacific will have nine weeks of open water, according to the U.S. Navy, up from two in 2012. The Northwest Passage, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans via the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, will have five weeks of open water by 2030, up from zero in 2012. (Wall Street Journal, 06.12.15).
Russia's neighbors:
· Three civilians and two Ukrainian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine within 24 hours up to midday on Thursday. Seven Ukrainian servicemen were killed in eastern Ukraine when a truck they were travelling in struck a land mine on Monday. Also, a small boat of the Ukrainian Coast Guard has hit a mine off the coast of Mariupol, causing an explosion that has killed one coastguard officer and wounded five others. (RFE/RL, 06.07.15, 06.08.15,Reuters, 06.12.15).
· The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission says the process of heavy weapons withdrawal by the conflict parties in Donbass has not been completed. It also reports electronic interference with the work of drones, adding that children have been sighted at checkpoints. (Interfax, 06.11.15).
· Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that full implementation of a cease-fire agreement reached in Minsk in February is vital to ending fighting in eastern Ukraine. Putin has also said it is time to start carrying out clauses requiring constitutional reform to ensure autonomy for the rebel regions in eastern Ukraine, a law on municipal elections there, and a law on amnesty in co-ordination with the regions' authorities. (RFE/RL, 06.06.15, 06.10.15).
· Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that Ukraine could not move forward with local elections and other political changes in the east until pro-Russian fighters and their weapons were withdrawn, and control of the border with Russia was restored to Ukraine. (New York Times, 06.07.15).
· The U.S. Senate has included provisions in its military policy bill to arm Ukraine with antiarmor systems, mortars, grenade launchers and ammunition to aid in its fight against Russian-backed separatists. It would also prevent the administration from spending more than one half of $300 million in aid for Ukraine unless 20 percent is earmarked for offensive weapons. The House has passed a similar measure. (New York Times, 06.12.15).
· Moscow believes that the decision adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives to ban the training of Ukraine's 'Azov' volunteer battalion by the U.S. military is correct, albeit belated.(Interfax, 06.12.15).
· Americans narrowly favor arming the Ukrainian military, a possibility floated over the winter, with 46 percent in favor and 43 percent opposed, the Pew Global Attitudes Project found. More than 60 percent of Americans in the poll favored letting Ukraine join NATO, according to the poll. (Washington Post, 10.10.15).
· Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said in Kiev that Russia is "training, arming, bankrolling, and fighting alongside" pro-Moscow rebels battling government forces in eastern Ukraine. (RFE/RL, 06.11.15).
· Russia accused the United States on Thursday of coercing Kiev into pressing on with the conflict in east Ukraine. Rejecting criticism of Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, the ministry said Washington was making no effort to resolve the crisis and was "pushing the current Kiev authorities into continuing the fratricidal intra-state conflict." (Reuters, 06.11.15).
· Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in Washington on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin aims to extend Moscow's control over all of Ukraine, and that the country needs more military aid from the United States. (Washington Post, 06.11.15).
· Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko said in Washington that Kiev will likely secure a key tranche of emergency financing from the IMF in early July. Jaresko has also warned that she may invoke a moratorium on the country's debt payments before reaching an agreement with creditors to restructure debts. IMF Deputy Managing Director David Lipton on Tuesday signaled the emergency lender could disburse its next tranche of bailout cash to Ukraine despite gridlocked debt-restructuring. (RFE/RL, 06.11.15, Wall Street Journal, 06.11.15, 06.09.15).
· Ukraine's president has signed into law measures renouncing five bilateral defense-cooperation agreements between Ukraine and Russia. The nullified agreements include one on the transit across Ukraine of Russian military personnel stationed "in the Republic of Moldova. (RFE/RL, 06.08.15).
· The Swiss government says diplomat Heidi Tagliavini will step down as the representative of the OSCE in talks between Moscow, Kyiv, and pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine. (RFE/RL, 06.07.15).
· Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has said that 42,500 separatists and Russian soldiers are stationed in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have been battling pro-Russian rebels since April 2014. (RFE/RL, 06.08.15).
· The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency has approved an agreement with Kazakhstan to establish and operate in Kazakhstan the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium Bank.(Interfax, 06.12.15).
· Kazakhstan has completed its negotiations on accession to the World Trade Organization after nearly two decades of talks. (Moscow Times, 06.11.15).
· Belarus has adopted a radioactive waste management strategy for its first nuclear power plant under construction near Ostrovets. (World Nuclear News, 06.09.15).
· Belarus on Tuesday named Oct. 11 as the date for a presidential election which is almost certain to usher in a new five-year term for veteran Alexander Lukashenko. (Reuters, 06.09.15).
· Moldova's prime minister resigned Friday after questions arose about the authenticity of his high school and university degrees. (AP, 06.12.15).
· "We are deeply concerned by the Pentagon's measures to place its medical and biological laboratories in the immediate vicinity of Russian borders, notably the so-called R. G. Lugar Center for Public Health Research on the outskirts of Tbilisi," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary. (Interfax, 06.11.15).
· On June 16, Georgia will bury the 30th soldier killed in support of the Euro-Atlantic alliance's missions in Afghanistan. With about 880 soldiers currently serving in NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, Georgia is making the second-largest contribution after the United States. Per capita, the contribution from the nation of 5 million is by far the biggest. (RFE/RL, 06.11.15).
· A new front line against Islamist militancy involving the Islamic State is forming along the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border, where multiple groups of Central Asian militants, as well as the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban, have been joining forces with the Islamic State to challenge secular regimes in former Soviet republics. (New York Times, 06.10.15).
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More Records Compromised in OPM Hack Than Estimates Suggested

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The hackers responsible for breaching the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) database have potentially acquired more than double the four million files suggested in the estimate provided by OPM, the Associated Press reports.
“We believe that the Central Personnel Data File was the targeted database, and that the hackers are now in possession of personnel data for every federal employee, every federal retiree, and up to one million former federal employees,” J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said.
Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.), the minority leader, has suggested that Chinese hackers were behind the massive security breach but did not say whether the Chinese government or independent Chinese hackers were responsible.
The AP reports:
Mike Rogers, the former chairman of the House intelligence committee, said last week that Chinese intelligence agencies have for some time been seeking to assemble a database of information about Americans. Those personal details can be used for blackmail, or also to shape bogus emails designed to appear legitimate while injecting spyware on the networks of government agencies or businesses Chinese hackers are trying to penetrate.
Hackers now have access to, among other information, over four million Social Security numbers.
“We believe that Social Security numbers were not encrypted, a cybersecurity failure that is absolutely indefensible and outrageous,” Cox said.
While the security lapse’s direct consequences are not yet clear, some have speculated that the Chinese could use this information to create profiles of “potential assets or targets,” or simply blackmail victims of the breach.
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Iran Nuclear Talks ‘Virtually Stalled’, Deadline May Be Missed

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Negotiators of Iran and six world powers face each other at a table in the historic basement of Palais Coburg hotel in Vienna
Negotiators of Iran and six world powers face each other at a table in the historic basement of Palais Coburg hotel in Vienna / Reuters
BY: Reuters
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers have virtually stalled and a deadline for a final deal may have to be postponed again, Russian news agency TASS quoted a diplomatic source as saying on Friday.
Iran and the powers — the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany — reached a framework deal on April 2 in Switzerland and are seeking to strike a broader settlement by June 30 under which Iran would curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.
The latest round of discussions in Vienna on Friday made no significant progress, the source from one of the missions said, according to TASS.
“The process has virtually stalled, there is risk that deadline will have to be postponed again,” the source added.
(Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
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A mockery of human rights in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan

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Demonstrators protest the verdict of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for Saudi blogger Raif Badawi in Berlin. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
By Editorial Board June 11 at 6:47 PM
RECENT EVENTS in Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia show why authoritarian regimes believe they can get away with the grossest abuses of human rights: because they can and they do.
In Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation held a meeting last week to discuss “full and effective implementation” of a resolution, approved by the U.N. Human Rights Council six years ago, backing religious freedom and tolerance. The resolution deplored “all acts of violence against persons on the basis of their religious beliefs,” among many other noble sentiments. In astatement at the opening session, the acting U.S. envoy to the OIC, Arsalan Suleman, declared it a “critical time” for fighting intolerance and called on participants to “focus our attention on implementation” of the lofty goals of the resolution. The head of the U.N. Human Rights Council, Joachim Rücker, said that tolerance must include “all religions and beliefs everywhere.”
Three days later, the Saudi Supreme Court upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for Raif Badawi, a blogger who was arrested in 2012 for expressing his views on the Internet. Mr. Badawi, whose blog posts called for open debate about interpretations of Islam, suffered the first 50 lashes in January, but the remainder were postponed after international outcry.
The court’s affirmation on June 7 of Mr. Badawi’s sentence made a mockery of the Jiddah meeting. It showed that, in practice, Saudi Arabia adheres to none of the principles of the resolution. Almost as disturbing is the way that the international community blithely came to Jiddah without so much as a tip of the hat to Mr. Badawi’s plight. Mr. Suleman didn’t let Mr. Badawi’s name pass his lips in his remarks, according to the State Department text. Mr. Rücker, too, failed to mention the jailed blogger. According to a published summary of the Jiddah meeting, Mr. Badawi’s case wasn’t discussed.
Repressive regimes commit such abuses because they calculate there will be no cost. If Saudi Arabia can host an international meeting on human rights, then what’s the worry? Indeed, the Saudi foreign ministry put out word to the media after the court ruling that criticism of the Badawi sentence was misplaced and the kingdom “does not accept any interference in its internal affairs.” Saudi Arabia sits on the U.N. Human Rights Council even though it has one of the worst records of abuse in the world today.
The same calculus is evident in Baku, Azerbaijan, where the European Games kick off Friday. Six thousand athletes are expected to compete in 20 sports, some seeking qualification for next summer’s Olympics in Brazil. With all this pomp and circumstance, does anyone think that Azeri President Ilham Aliyev is concerned about criticism for arbitrarily locking up dozens of journalists and activists? Mr. Aliyev moved in recent days to bar Amnesty International from entering the country and also blocked news coverage by the Guardian. His regime has ordered the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe to close its offices in the country. All in a day’s tyranny. Why hesitate if there are no consequences — and people in the stadiums are cheering?
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Drug war thuggery - The Washington Post

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The Weekly has received footage from a recent marijuana dispensary raid that appears to show Santa Ana police officers eating pot candy and throwing darts after destroying–or so they thought–all the surveillance cameras inside the cannabis shop.
The video footage shows an officer stuffing something into his mouth and handing something to another cop, who asks him “What flavor?” The officers then laugh. The footage is too grainy to be certain that the item that the officer picks up from the counter of the cannabis shop is in fact a pot edible, although the behavior of the officers suggests this is the case.
Also in the footage: a female police officer joking that she wanted to kick Marla James–a marijuana activist and wheelchair-bound amputee who was present during the raid–in her “nub” . . .
Other footage obtained by the Weekly shows police officers, some of whom are wearing ski masks, battering down the dispensary’s front door and then storming the establishment with guns drawn. The footage also shows the officers using a crowbar to dislodge various surveillance cameras and a DVR machine.
See the videos below.
Apparently, Santa Ana just awarded medical marijuana licenses to 20 dispensaries drawn from a lottery. This dispensary was not one of the 20. Hence, the raid. But a judge had also just issued a temporary restraining order in response to a lawsuit from the dispensaries that weren’t chosen. So it’s not entirely clear that this dispensary was breaking the law.
But even if it was, the casual thuggishness and cruelty on display here are really appalling. What justification is there for these cops to destroy the surveillance equipment? And why the face masks and commando tactics? The police department says the video has been edited. But it’s hard to imagine an unedited video that makes this any less outrageous. And if additional video would have provided the context to explain the officers’ behavior, I guess it’s unfortunate for them that they destroyed the other cameras.
In free societies, the people give the government permission to use force and violence to protect them from threats. The argument for the use of “dynamic entry” tactics to serve drug warrants has always been that drug dealers are uniquely dangerous and likely to be heavily armed. Therefore, the argument goes, the police need to use overwhelming force and utilize the element of surprise to protect their own safety.
There are good rebuttals to these arguments, but in this case, we don’t even need to get that far. This wasn’t an underground criminal enterprise. This was a business. There may be some question about its legality at the moment, but it was operating openly. Its owners posed no threat to these cops. They even had asked their own attorneys to be on site to observe.
No, the commando tactics here are nothing more than violence for the sake of violence. This was about intimidation. It was about making an example of the dispensary’s owners and employees. This has always been the case, going back to the first federal raids on pot dispensaries in California in the 1990s. The owners, employees and customers of medical marijuana growers, dispensaries and treatment centers have never been a threat to the safety of drug agents. But the culture of drug cops has been dehumanizing pot users for decades. And once you no longer believe the suspects you’re dealing with are human beings, you’ll feel no qualms about raiding these businesses as if they were Islamic States operatives, about wearing masks to ramp up the intimidation, about needlessly destroying property, and, in this case, about mocking an amputee like some schoolyard bully.
Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."
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Washington (CNN)The United States and the European Union are finalizing further sanctions against Russia that could be imposed if Moscow takes additional military action in Ukraine, senior U.S. administration officials and European diplomats said Thursday.
The sources stressed that no decisions have been made yet to put additional measures in place. This week's renewed fighting triggered a discussion of additional sanctions, they said, but the fighting ended before a decision to act was made.
The sources said the potential new measures to be presented to Western leaders range from adding names and companies to the current sanctions to imposing broader penalties on Russia's financial, energy and defense sectors.
The point at which Russian military moves would prompt new sanctions is a case of "you know it when you see it," a senior administration official said. "It could be any major assault anywhere across the line of contact. We all know what we are talking about, and we want to be prepared and have stuff ready to go in case we need it."
"There is a whole range of different options leaders will have available to respond to any renewed Russian aggression, to which we could respond pretty quickly and vigorously. We are not talking about weeks," the official said.
Discussion of additional sanctions comes as the EU is widely expected to renew trade and personal sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine when they expire toward the end of the month.
Both the U.S. and EU have linked the lifting of sanctions to implementation of a peace accord hammered out in February by Russia with the leaders of Ukraine, France and Germany in the capital of Belarus.
The so-called Minsk Agreement has been repeatedly violated. The U.S. and EU claim that most of those violations were by Russia and the separatists it supports. Some of the fiercest fighting since the agreement came this week, with heavy artillery fire reported near Donetsk.

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Adam Jacobson It’s no secret that extremist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIL use the American prison at Guantánamo Bay as a recruiting tool and rallying cry against the United States. The topic has come up often in Washington, with both Pre...
» NATO withdraws first E-3A from service - IHS Jane's 360
12/06/15 08:56 from nato - Google News
IHS Jane's 360 NATO withdraws first E-3A from service IHS Jane's 360 NATO has retired one of its Boeing E-3A Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft from service. (E-3A Component). With the aircraft due to receive dep...
» NEC India, Keonics collaborate to offer cyber security solutions - Firstpost
12/06/15 08:55 from Cyberwarfare - Google News
Firstpost NEC India, Keonics collaborate to offer cyber security solutions Firstpost Through this partnership, Keonics will leverage NEC's solutions to assist state governments and other government organisations in implementing proje...
» Snowden is a Fraud
12/06/15 08:38 from The XX Committee
In the two years since the Edward Snowden saga went public, a handful of people who actually understand the Western signals intelligence system have tried to explain the many ways that the Snowden Operation has smeared NSA and its partne...
» News Roundup and Notes: June 12, 2015 - Just Security
12/06/15 08:16 from CyberWar - Google News
News Roundup and Notes: June 12, 2015 Just Security A key cybersecurity bill has succumbed to bipartisan divisions in the Senate. Democrats voted against the measure—which would have required companies to share information with federal i...
» Race, Caste and Gender in France
12/06/15 08:00 from openDemocracy
Criminalizing Islam in the name of feminism is fundamentally paradoxical: Anti-racism and anti-sexism must work together.    The subject of this text is the situation of the descendants of ex-colonized North African immigrants ...
» News Roundup and Notes: June 12, 2015
12/06/15 08:00 from Just Security
Ruchi Parekh Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. IRAQ and SYRIA The fight against ISIS has cost the U.S. more than $2.7 billio...
» NATO highlights commitment to transparency with release of independent audit report 
12/06/15 08:00 from NATO Latest News
NATO made public on Friday (12 June 2015) an independent audit report on the Alliance’s common-funded investment programme – the NATO Security Investment Programme. The report, prepared by the International Board of Auditors for NATO (IB...
» NATO Deputy Secretary General stresses importance of shared values in visit to Sweden
12/06/15 08:00 from NATO Latest News
NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow welcomed Sweden’s deep partnership with the Alliance in a visit to Stockholm on Friday (12 June 2015). “The reason Sweden is such a close and long-standing partner of NATO is not simply be...
» EU Commissioners Exploit Defence to Push Federalism - Breitbart News
12/06/15 07:41 from anti-Americanism - Google News
Breitbart News EU Commissioners Exploit Defence to Push Federalism Breitbart News When the seeds of the EU were being planted, fierce envy would spur De Gaulle's decision to withdraw from NATO in 1966, symbolising the rifts within th...
» Meet the Scientists: SSC Pacific Top Scientists & Engineers - Armed with Science
12/06/15 07:38 from CyberWar - Google News
Armed with Science Meet the Scientists: SSC Pacific Top Scientists & Engineers Armed with Science The Department of Defense is honoring four scientists and engineers from theNavy's Space and Navy Warfare Systems Center Pacific (S...
» China’s Spies Hit the Blackmail Jackpot
12/06/15 07:38 from The XX Committee
With each passing day the U.S. government’s big hacking scandal gets worse. Just what did hackers steal from the Office of Personnel Management? Having initially assured the public that the loss was not all that serious, OPM’s data breac...
» 69460Search 69,460 Articles:
12/06/15 07:29 from United States Defense and Military Forces - News - Times Topics - The New York Times
69460 Search 69,460 Articles: Iraq Rules of Engagement By PATRICK CHAPPATTE American instructors offer some timely tips to warring Iraqis. June 12, 2015, Friday Iraq Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) This post has been generated by ...
» IDF's top IT unit wins 'I Defense' competition - Israel Hayom
12/06/15 07:27 from CyberWar - Google News
Israel Hayom IDF's top IT unit wins 'I Defense' competition Israel Hayom Over 30 military, civilian and foreign teams go keyboard-to-keyboard against mock cyberattacks on strategic infrastructure as part of second annual cybe...
» ​Majority of Brits reject key NATO principles – academic - RT
12/06/15 07:24 from nato - Google News
RT ​Majority of Brits reject key NATO principles – academic RT Writing on the Conversation website, Galbreath said: “The majority of people in the UK and most other European members of NATO say they no longer support the key principle of...
» German prosecutors close Merkel cellphone spying probe 
12/06/15 07:18 from News - Stripes
German prosecutors close Merkel cellphone spying probe German prosecutors on Friday closed their investigation into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone by the U.S. National Security Agency, saying they have been u...
» NATO Troops Simulate Combat 200 Km From Russia - Sputnik International
12/06/15 07:17 from Nato Russia - Google News
NATO Troops Simulate Combat 200 Km From Russia Sputnik International The NATO Saber Strike 2015 drills are taking place in the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania from June 1 to June 26. Russia has expressed concern over the d...
» Britain memorialized modern war deaths with a new monument. How will the U.S. do the same?
12/06/15 07:00 from National Security: National Security, Pentagon & Defense Department News - The Washington Post
Under bright skies, thousands of people witnessed Thursday the dedication of a new memorial in Britain for the 453 British troops killed in the Afghanistan War. David Cameron, the prime minister, was there. So was Prince Harry, who serve...
» Germany Closes Probe Into Alleged US Hacking Of Merkel's Phone - NPR
12/06/15 06:57 from Cyberwar - Google News
NPR Germany Closes Probe Into Alleged US Hacking Of Merkel's Phone NPR Germany's top prosecutor Harald Range has decided to close an investigation into whether the United States' National Security Agency eavesdropped on Chanc...
» Germany Closes Probe Into Alleged U.S. Hacking Of Merkel's Phone - NPR
12/06/15 06:57 from Cyberwar - Google News
NPR Germany Closes Probe Into Alleged U.S. Hacking Of Merkel's Phone NPR Germany's top prosecutor Harald Range has decided to close an investigation into whether the United States' National Security Agency eavesdropped on Cha...
» Is Chinese autocracy outperforming western democracy?
12/06/15 06:52 from openDemocracy
The author suggests that China’s regime could put itself to a referendum – a democratic referendum against electoral democracy. He expects it would win that referendum. Book review. President Xi Jinping, 2014. Demotix/Gregor Fischer. All...
» Role of Doctors, Lawyers in CIA Tortures Condemned - The New Indian Express
12/06/15 06:45 from cia - Google News
The Statesman (press release) Role of Doctors, Lawyers in CIA Tortures Condemned The New Indian Express ... their ethics (and follow, among other legal standards, the Geneva Conventions), support health professionals in their refusal to ...
» Poland says next NATO summit should invite Macedonia, Montenegro to join - Business Insider
12/06/15 06:20 from nato - Google News
NATO HQ (press release) Poland says next NATO summit should invite Macedonia, Montenegro to join Business Insider At its last summit in 2014 in Wales, the alliance approved wide-ranging plans to boost its defenses in eastern Europe, aimi...
» Poland says next NATO summit should invite Macedonia, Montenegro to join - Reuters
12/06/15 06:12 from nato - Google News
Poland says next NATO summit should invite Macedonia, Montenegro to join Reuters At its last summit in 2014 in Wales, the alliance approved wide-ranging plans to boost its defenses in eastern Europe, aiming to reassure allies nervous abo...
» Ursula K Le Guin calls on fantasy and sci fi writers to envision alternatives to capitalism
12/06/15 06:12 from openDemocracy
This award-winning author explains how fantasy and science fiction writers can stand up to the corporate system. Credit: Jack Liu/Yes! magazine. In November 2014 science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K Le Guin was awarded t...
» NATO highlights commitment to transparency with release of independent audit ... - NATO HQ (press release)
12/06/15 06:01 from nato - Google News
NATO HQ (press release) NATO highlights commitment to transparency with release of independent audit ... NATO HQ (press release) NATO made public on Friday (12 June 2015) an independent audit report on the Alliance's common-funded in...



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» Human Rights Watch details abuse of mentally disabled prisoners
14/05/15 10:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . In jails and prisons throughout the United States, correctional staff have sprayed mentally disabled prisoners with painful chemicals, shocked them with electric stun weapons, and strapped them for days in re...
» Iraq says Islamic State demolishes ruins to cover up looting - Middle East
14/05/15 10:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top news - (TEST). BAGHDAD — The videos of Islamic State militants destroying ancient artifacts in Iraq's museums and blowing up 3,000-year-old temples are chilling enough, but one of Iraq's top anti...
» Blackwater founder turns white-collar boss, aids China firms - Pacific
14/05/15 10:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top news - (TEST). HONG KONG — Almost five years after selling his notorious soldiers-for-hire business, the founder of Blackwater Worldwide is again running operations in some of the world's most ha...
» Jade Helm 15 explored on TV: Checkpoint challenges the conspiracy theories
14/05/15 10:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . As debate and conspiracy theories continue to percolate about the new military exercise Jade Helm 15, Checkpoint has been asked to help explain what the operation is — and is not. Above, a video providi...
» White House Hosts Teen Beaten by Israeli Police
14/05/15 10:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. AP BY: Adam Kredo A White House official confirmed that the Obama administration’s national security team recently met with a teenager who garnered international headlines aft...
» U.S. Marine Helicopter With Eight Aboard Missing in Nepal Quake Zone
14/05/15 10:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. Nepalese service members load relief supplies into a U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom from Joint Task Force 505 at Sindhuli, Nepal in this May 11 / Reuters BY: Reuters By David Alexand...
» Triple Whammy: Obama Makes Straw Man Argument, Rips Fox News And Jokes About His Coolness in One Breath
14/05/15 10:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. BY: David Rutz President Obama is fond of taking potshots at Fox News  for its sin of criticizing his White House. He’s very fond of constructing straw man arguments that...
» Saudi Arabia Promises to Match Iran in Nuclear Capability
14/05/15 10:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . WASHINGTON — When President Obama began making the case for a deal with Iran that would delay its ability to assemble an atomic weapon, his first argument was that a nuclear-armed Iran would set off a &...
» The Best Way To Save Obama's Camp David Summit
14/05/15 10:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense One - All Content. In the wake of the P5+1- Iran nuclear framework agreement, U.S. officials are taking pains to reassure Middle East governments that worry that Tehran will increase its destabiliz...
» Pentagon recommends new Navy, Army chiefs - Navy
14/05/15 10:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top news - (TEST). Army Gen. Mark Milley and Navy Adm. John Richardson were nominated Wednesday to command their respective services, marking a shift at the top at a time of strategic and budgetary turbule...
» President Nominates Milley, Richardson to Lead Army, Navy
14/05/15 10:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Secretary of Defense Speeches. President Nominates Milley, Richardson to Lead Army, Navy By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 – President Barack Obama has nominat...
» Senators Say China Diverted U.S. Nuclear Technology to Submarines in Violation of ’85 Accord
14/05/15 10:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. A Chinese technician lays cables on a nuclear reactor built with the technologies of Hualong-1 reactor at Fangchenggang Nuclear Power Plant / AP BY: Bill Gertz China has illegally d...
» Passengers Accuse TSA Agents of Sexual Assault
14/05/15 10:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. Airport security at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport / Wikimedia Commons BY: CJ Ciaramella Passengers at several of the busiest airports in the United States complained th...
» NATO to Keep Some Troops in Afghanistan After 2016
14/05/15 10:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers inspect the wreckage of vehicles at the site of a suicide attack that targeted a NATO convoy in Jalalabad city / Reuters BY: Reuters By Adrian Cr...
» Pentagon, U.S. Spy Chief Urge Use of More Russian Rocket Engines
14/05/15 10:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington / Reuters BY: Reuters By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretar...
» Russia Plans Army Training Exercises With China, India
14/05/15 10:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. AP BY: Reuters By Denis Dyomkin SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian land forces will join troops from China, India, Mongolia and Belarus in a series of joint military training e...
» Iraq Defense Ministry Says Second in Command of Islamic State Killed
14/05/15 10:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa / Reuters BY: Reuters BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s Defense Ministry said on W...
» Azerbaijan Funded Trip for 10 U.S. Lawmakers
14/05/15 10:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. Baroque fountain square at the old city of Baku, Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Asia / AP BY: Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Azerbaijan’s state-owned oil company paid hundred...
» Meet Gen. Mark Milley and Adm. John Richardson, the new picks to lead the Army and Navy
14/05/15 10:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced Wednesday that President Obama has selected a career infantry officer with extensive experience in Iraq and Afghanistan and a naval officer who has commanded a var...
» Obama Nominates Nuclear Chief To Head Navy
14/05/15 10:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense One - All Content. U.S. President Barack Obama will nominate Adm. John Richardson, the head of the military’s nuclear-powered ship programs, to lead the Navy at a time when the sea service is...
» Senate Reaches Deal on Trade Vote After Democratic Revolt Against Obama
14/05/15 10:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. AP BY: Reuters By Krista Hughes and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators reached a deal on Wednesday to move forward this week with legislation key to the propos...
» Yoda’s replacement: Air Force veteran to lead legendary Pentagon office
14/05/15 10:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . There’s a new Yoda at the Pentagon. Jim Baker, a retired Air Force colonel, has been tapped to run the Pentagon’s legendary Office of Net Assessment, taking over from Andrew W. Marshall ...
» Obama Nominates Former Afghanistan War Deputy To Lead Army
14/05/15 10:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense One - All Content. President Barack Obama will nominate Gen . Mark Milley, a soldier with a background steeped in Special Forces and infantry command, to lead the Army. If confirmed as the ArmyR...
» Pentagon names military leaders selected to head Army, Navy
14/05/15 10:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, announced the nominations on Wednesday of Army General Mark Milley, center, to be the next Army chief of staff, and Admiral John Richardson, left, to be the chief of ...
» Top FBI official is appointed to take helm at the DEA
14/05/15 10:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed a top FBI official and former U.S. attorney to be the new head of the embattled Drug Enforcement Administration. Chuck Rosenberg, chief of staff to the FBI direct...
» No. 2 Leader of ISIS Killed in U.S.-Led Airstrike, Iraq Says
14/05/15 10:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government said Wednesday that the second-in-command of the Islamic State had been killed in an airstrike carried out by the American-led coalition in northern Iraq , a claim America...
» Defense Secretary Nominates New Army and Navy Chiefs
14/05/15 10:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Wednesday recommended Gen. Mark Milley, the head of Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., to be the next Army chief of staff, and Adm. John Richardson, head of the Nav...
» NATO Worried By Russia Crimea Build-Up
14/05/15 09:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. NATO on Wednesday expressed alarm over a "wide-ranging" military build-up by Russia in Crimea, as well as talk that Moscow could even install nuclear weapons on the annexed Black Sea p...
» Everything China's doing isn't working - Business Insider
14/05/15 09:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Cyber Warfare - Google News. Business Insider Everything China's doing isn't working Business Insider A bunch of data about the state of China's economy came out on Tuesday night, and all together it told ...

» This Pentagon map shows what's really driving China's military and diplomatic ... - Business Insider
14/05/15 09:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Cyber Warfare - Google News. Business Insider This Pentagon map shows what's really driving China's military and diplomatic ... Business Insider Continued economic growth is imperative for China's leaders....
» Changing the World: How USAID’s 50 Years of Family Planning has Transformed People, Economies, and the Planet
26/06/15 11:22 from Latest From the Wilson Center
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. government’s first investments in overseas international family planning programs. In his January 4, 1965 State of the Union address, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced, “I will seek new way...
» A Book Reception For "Speaking The Law: The Obama Administration'S Addresses On National Security Law"
25/06/15 13:00 from Hoover Institution
Featured Commentary via Lawfare The Hoover Institution's D.C. office and Lawfare are having a reception for our recent book, Speaking the Law: The Obama Administration's Addresses on National Security Law (Hoover Institution Press Public...
» The Hillary Doctrine: Sex & American Foreign Policy (Book Launch)
24/06/15 17:40 from Latest From the Wilson Center
Want to attend but can’t?  Tune into the live or archived webcast at WilsonCenter.org  (not every event is webcast live; archived webcasts go up approximately one day after the meeting date). Join the conversation  on Twitter by followin...
» A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks (Report Launch)
22/06/15 17:02 from Latest From the Wilson Center
The ultimate “threat multiplier,” climate change is increasing the challenges facing the U.S. development, diplomatic, and security communities.  “A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks,” an independent rep...
» Russia's Monotowns and the Politics of Labor in a Challenging Economic Climate
18/06/15 14:54 from Latest From the Wilson Center
During the 2008-2009 economic crisis, Russia’s monotowns — one-industry towns left from the Soviet era — gained widespread attention as potential sources of social protest and unrest. While fears about monotowns were exaggerated during t...
» Book Talk: Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke’s Tour, 1871-72
15/06/15 10:40 from Latest From the Wilson Center
Dr. Lee A. Farrow will give an overview of her book, Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke’s Tour, 1871-72, which recounts the duke’s progress through the major American cities of the period, detailing his meetings with public figures ...
» House of Representatives
12/06/15 15:47 from United States Defense and Military Forces - News - Times Topics - The New York Times
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» ‘No Complete Strategy’ in Iraq, But Embassies Getting Complete Movie Channel Packages
12/06/15 15:40 from Washington Free Beacon
While President Obama admits there is “no complete strategy” in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq, U.S. embassies there will have access to a complete package of movie channels.
» Appeals court sets aside conviction of bin Laden assistant
12/06/15 15:35 from News - Stripes
Appeals court sets aside conviction of bin Laden assistant A federal appeals court on Friday threw out the only remaining conviction against a Guantanamo Bay detainee who had served as Osama bin Laden's personal assistant, setting new re...
» Mr. Robot: On the set of USA's new hacker drama - Entertainment Weekly (blog)
12/06/15 15:34 from Cyberwar - Google News
Entertainment Weekly (blog) Mr. Robot: On the set of USA's new hacker drama Entertainment Weekly (blog) Right now it's easier to find a realistic dragon on television than it is a believable hacker . Since the '90s, the bespe...
» Hackers Stole Personal Data of All US Federal Workers, Past & Present - The Jewish Press
12/06/15 14:44 from CyberWar - Google News
The Jewish Press Hackers Stole Personal Data of All US Federal Workers, Past & Present The Jewish Press The personal information of every single federal worker, retired, current, past and present has been stolen in one of the biggest...
» Coast Guard video shows dramatic rescue of men on sinking fishing vessel
12/06/15 14:40 from National Security: National Security, Pentagon & Defense Department News - The Washington Post
The situation sounded serious: Four men were on a 73-foot fishing vessel off the coast of Alaska that was taking on water, and one of them was older and couldn’t swim. The men were abandoning their ship for a life raft.Read full article ...
» Islamic State Sympathizers Attack Israel
12/06/15 14:35 from Washington Free Beacon
Rocket fire out of the Gaza Strip into Israel resumed this week as militants supportive of the Islamic State terrorist group attacked the Jewish state, according to the Associated Press.
» The FPA’s must reads (June 5–12)
12/06/15 14:27 from Foreign Policy BlogsForeign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network
Our favorite longreads and blog posts from the past week.
» The Law of War Manual is here (no, really)
12/06/15 14:14 from Just Security
Marty Lederman The last time the U.S. Department of Defense published a comprehensive manual on the law of war was in 1956, when Richard Baxter set the standard .  Much has happened since then--the U.S., in particular, has engaged in man...
» Obama Pushing Same, Old Plan In Iraq–Tear It Apart, along sectarian lines
12/06/15 14:12 from ThereAreNoSunglasses
Obama’s New Plan to Save Iraq: Tear It Apart Nancy A. Youssef The White House is moving to arm Iraq’s tribal and religious militias. But these forces hate the Baghdad government almost as much as they hate ISIS. President Obama’s decisio...
» Teen who posed as FBI agent during car theft will be extradited back to Michigan - MLive.com
12/06/15 13:53 from fbi - Google News
MLive.com Teen who posed as FBI agent during car theft will be extradited back to Michigan MLive.com He could eventually be facing additional charges for impersonating an FBI agent. The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office said the 17-y...
» U.S. consumer confidence jumps; producer prices increase
12/06/15 13:47 from Search Results
U.S. consumer confidence jumps; producer prices increase EU holds first talks on Greek default as Athens holds out hope Wall St. falls as Greece crisis deepens; Fed meet eyed Global shares fall on Greek woes, output worry hurts oil Healt...
» Cybersecurity needs tech, social and policy solutions - Washington Technology
12/06/15 13:45 from cybersecurity - Google News
Washington Technology Cybersecurity needs tech, social and policy solutions Washington Technology One aspect of cybersecurity discussed was information sharing – a very timely topic, indeed. After years of false starts, it looks as thoug...
» FBI Searching for Man Who Robbed Miami Bank - NBC 6 South Florida
12/06/15 13:33 from fbi - Google News
NBC 6 South Florida FBI Searching for Man Who Robbed Miami Bank NBC 6 South Florida The FBI said the man entered the Chase Bank at 175 NW 199th Street around 12:24 p.m., demanding money from a bank employee. Customers were in the bank at...
» John Kerry finally to get out of hospital after breaking his leg
12/06/15 13:26 from National Security: National Security, Pentagon & Defense Department News - The Washington Post
Secretary of State John F. Kerry is to be released from the hospital on Friday, almost two weeks after he broke his leg in a bicycling accident outside Geneva.According to a State Department official, Kerry is scheduled to leave Massachu...
» FBI looking for 'sock hat' bank robber - Columbus Dispatch
12/06/15 13:25 from fbi - Google News
WHIO FBI looking for 'sock hat' bank robber Columbus Dispatch Hoping that someone will recognize the man dubbed the “Sock Hat Bandit,” the FBI has released surveillance photos and information. His most-recent heist was in Anderso...
» Bernie Sanders Backs Top Income Tax Rate Above 50 Percent
12/06/15 13:21 from Washington Free Beacon
Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate and avowed socialist, says the top income tax rate should be higher than 50 percent, Bloomberg reports.
» Pentagon Creates ISIS…ISIS Terrorizes Iraq…Pentagon Retakes Iraq Under Its Terms
12/06/15 13:15 from ThereAreNoSunglasses
[American generals are playing a very dangerous game in Iraq…creating terrorist armies, then pretending to fight them.  Gen. Dempsey reveals a revival of the “Lily Pad” strategy in northern Anbar Province, with Taqaddum...
» FBI: Men who plotted with Boston terror suspect readily admitted ISIS support - Boston.com
12/06/15 13:11 from fbi - Google News
WPRI 12 Eyewitness News FBI : Men who plotted with Boston terror suspect readily admitted ISIS support Boston.com Confronted by FBI agents hours after his uncle was killed by police, David Wright admitted that he was the one who got Usaa...
» State Department Has No Record of Clinton IT Security Training
12/06/15 13:05 from Washington Free Beacon
The State Department has no record of former Secretary Hillary Clinton or her two top aides receiving IT security training while Clinton led the department, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
» The market is a cruel taskmaster
12/06/15 13:00 from openDemocracy
Chloe Ruthven’s film Jungle Sisters hurtles through the complexity of industrial development in south India. At the Open City Documentary Festival on 18 June 2015. Chloe Ruthven, Jungle Sisters, 2015. All rights reserved. The market is a...
» Bill Clinton Would Take Money From Algeria Again
12/06/15 12:52 from Washington Free Beacon
The Clinton Foundation admitted that taking a $500,000 donation from Algeria while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state violated the agreement in place that it would not to take any foreign donations—but Bill Clinton says he would do i...
» ESPN report states that FBI, IRS are investigating Patricia Driscoll - NBCSports.com
12/06/15 12:42 from fbi - Google News
Yahoo Sports (blog) ESPN report states that FBI , IRS are investigating Patricia Driscoll NBCSports.com ESPN states that documents the FBI has access to reveal personal expense questions, noting the foundation wrote a $15,000 check towar...
» Report: FBI, IRS investigating ex-girlfriend of Kurt Busch - Yahoo Sports (blog)
12/06/15 12:26 from fbi - Google News
Yahoo Sports (blog) Report: FBI , IRS investigating ex-girlfriend of Kurt Busch Yahoo Sports (blog) Documents that the FBI has access to reveal not only tax paperwork discrepancies but also personal expense questions: The foundation wrot...
» Two men in Boston charged with planning to aid the Islamic State
12/06/15 12:25 from National Security: National Security, Pentagon & Defense Department News - The Washington Post
Two men who were part of an alleged plot to kill a police officer in Massachusetts have been charged with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State, federal prosecutors in Boston announced Friday.Read full article >...
» Man Confessed, Apologized For Bank Robberies Says FBI - CBS Local
12/06/15 12:23 from fbi - Google News
CBS Local Man Confessed, Apologized For Bank Robberies Says FBI CBS Local PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Federal authorities have detained a man from Greensburg for robbing three banks in Washington and Allegheny counties. The FBI says John Manning...
» Hunted, hooded and sold
12/06/15 12:21 from openDemocracy
Maziyar Moshtagh Gohari’s film Cechanok sweeps through the world of Middle Eastern falconry. At the Open City Documentary Festival on 18 June 2015. Maziyar Moshtagh Gohari, Cechanok, 2014. All rights reserved. Maziyar Moshtagh Gohari's&n...
» Iran Nuclear Talks ‘Virtually Stalled’, Deadline May Be Missed
12/06/15 12:21 from Washington Free Beacon
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers have virtually stalled and a deadline for a final deal may have to be postponed again, Russian news agency TASS quoted a diplomatic source as saying on Friday.
» Cybersecurity training attracts teachers from across the country to JMU - Augusta Free Press
12/06/15 12:16 from cybersecurity - Google News
Cybersecurity training attracts teachers from across the country to JMU Augusta Free Press jamesmadisonlogopurplepc High school teachers from 15 states, including Virginia, will learn first-hand about cybersecurity technology and designi...
» Retired CIA operative becomes breakout spy novelist with movie adaptation out ... - China Post
12/06/15 12:09 from cia - Google News
China Post Retired CIA operative becomes breakout spy novelist with movie adaptation out ... China Post Matthews speaks six languages and helped manage seven CIA stations, sometimes working in tandem with his wife, Suzanne, also a retire...
» More Records Compromised in OPM Hack Than Estimates Suggested
12/06/15 12:08 from Washington Free Beacon
The hackers responsible for breaching the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) database have potentially acquired more than double the four million files suggested in the estimate provided by OPM, the Associated Press reports.
» "Britain, US should propose honoring of NATO's victims" - B92
12/06/15 11:52 from nato - Google News
"Britain, US should propose honoring of NATO's victims" B92 The U.S. and Britain will only have the right to speak about the crime in Srebrenica once they propose a day of remembrance of NATO's 1999 bombing of Serbia. S...
» FBI Takes Over Fake-Bomb Investigation - CTNow
12/06/15 11:51 from fbi - Google News
FBI Takes Over Fake-Bomb Investigation CTNow The FBI has taken over the investigation into a bizarre Feb. 23 incident that started with the report of a home invasion in Bristol and ended in the parking lot of a New Britain credit union w...
» Saudi air chief killed in Yemeni rebel Scud attack on Khamis Mushayt air base
12/06/15 11:50 from DEBKAFile
The Saudi Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Muhammad bin Ahmed Al-Shaalan was killed in a Yemeni rebel Houthi cross-border missile attack on the big King Khalid Air Base at Khamis Mushayt, debka file reports.The attack took place on June 6, but h...
» FBI Takes Over Fake-Bomb Investigation - Hartford Courant
12/06/15 11:47 from fbi - Google News
Hartford Courant FBI Takes Over Fake-Bomb Investigation Hartford Courant Sources said that the FBI has obtained bank records of several members of the Yussman family, including some who do not live in Connecticut. Matthew Yussman is chie...
» FBI, IRS investigating Patricia Driscoll - ESPN
12/06/15 11:43 from fbi - Google News
Yahoo Sports (blog) FBI , IRS investigating Patricia Driscoll ESPN FBI and IRS officials are investigating Patricia Driscoll, former girlfriend of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, over allegations she has mishandled money as executive director ...
» Mar. 20, 2015
12/06/15 11:38 from United States Defense and Military Forces - News - Times Topics - The New York Times
Mar. 20, 2015 Adm Michael S Rogers, head of both National Security Agency and United States Cyber Command, tells Senate committee US must improve its ability to engage in cyberattacks, as deterrent against enemy nations. MORE Obama, Bara...
» US, Lithuania go on offensive in Baltics during NATO exercise - Marines.mil (press release)
12/06/15 11:37 from nato - Google News
Folkestone Herald US, Lithuania go on offensive in Baltics during NATO exercise Marines.mil (press release) Lithuanian forces are teamed with U.S. Marines from the Black Sea Rotational Force during Exercise Saber Strike at the Pabrade Tr...
» Macedonia: anatomy of a crisis
12/06/15 11:37 from openDemocracy
Like putting a plaster on a wound that has not been cleaned, an EU-mediated deal to stabilise (but not necessarily democratise) the country is being negotiated behind closed doors. Macedonia's continue to rally in front of Government Hou...
» Russia in Review
12/06/15 11:31 from Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - The US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism
June 12, 2015   Russia in Review: a digest of useful news from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for June 5-12, 2015
» Military contractor banned over claims of sexual exploitation
12/06/15 11:24 from News - Stripes
Military contractor banned over claims of sexual exploitation The U.S. Navy banned a longtime military contractor this week — two years after authorities were alerted to problems and three months after the Virginia Board of Medicine accu...
» NATO Deputy Secretary General stresses importance of shared values in visit to ... - NATO HQ (press release)
12/06/15 11:18 from nato - Google News
NATO HQ (press release) NATO Deputy Secretary General stresses importance of shared values in visit to ... NATO HQ (press release) NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow welcomed Sweden's deep partnership with the Alliance ...
» Grading Cisco Cybersecurity after CiscoLive - Network World
12/06/15 11:09 from cybersecurity - Google News
Grading Cisco Cybersecurity after CiscoLive Network World In anticipation of CiscoLive in San Diego, I posted a blog last week describing my thoughts on Cisco's cybersecurity portfolio. After attending the event this week, I'm re...
» Opinion: After OPM hack, 3 steps to improve government cybersecurity - Christian Science Monitor
12/06/15 11:07 from cybersecurity - Google News
Christian Science Monitor Opinion: After OPM hack, 3 steps to improve government cybersecurity Christian Science Monitor First, scrap the government acquisition system for cybersecurity . Simply put, the speed of innovation in cybersecur...
» 88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary by Robert Grenier review – US's Afghan war ... - The Guardian
12/06/15 11:00 from cia - Google News
The Guardian 88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary by Robert Grenier review – US's Afghan war ... The Guardian Much of Grenier's time was spent trying to persuade tribal chieftains, often with cash, to rise up against the Taliban, or ...
» What al Bahlul Says, and What It Means
12/06/15 10:54 from Just Security
Steve Vladeck It's going to take some time to fully work through the lengthy opinions handed down by the D.C. Circuit this morning in  al Bahlul  v.  United States . But at the risk of oversimplifying things, what follows is a quick and ...
» Encrypted Messaging Service Stops Answering 'Warrant Canary' Questions ... - Techdirt
12/06/15 10:52 from fbi - Google News
Encrypted Messaging Service Stops Answering 'Warrant Canary' Questions ... Techdirt It's beginning to look like a US-based encrypted communications platform may be headed for a Lavabit-esque future. As we're well aware, a...
» U.S. Agrees to Let Iran Keep Nuke Secrets
12/06/15 10:50 from Washington Free Beacon
The Obama administration will agree to let Iran bypass questions about its past nuclear military work under any final deal signed in the coming weeks, according to reports.
» Maniac Cleveland weatherman now using weed whacker to illustrate hacking ... - SB Nation
12/06/15 10:48 from Cyberwar - Google News
Maniac Cleveland weatherman now using weed whacker to illustrate hacking ... SB Nation Sports sometimes have a way of pulling us into a whirpool of angst when our favorite team loses. None more so than Cleveland weatherman Mark Johnson, ...
» Macedonia And Montenegro Should Join NATO Despite Russian Opposition ... - International Business Times
12/06/15 10:46 from Nato Russia - Google News
International Business Times Macedonia And Montenegro Should Join NATO Despite Russian Opposition ... International Business Times Poland's defense minister is urging NATO to invite Macedonia and Montenegro to join the alliance. Pict...
» National labs look to flip the board on cyber warfare - Environment & Energy Publishing
12/06/15 10:44 from cyber warfare - Google News
National labs look to flip the board on cyber warfare Environment & Energy Publishing Much as U.S. and British breakthroughs in strategic research were pivotal in World War II, Prowell and colleagues across the complex of American nation...
» Eickhoff takes helm of 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command - Stars and Stripes
12/06/15 10:44 from missile defense - Google News
Stars and Stripes Eickhoff takes helm of 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Stars and Stripes Col. Janell E. Eickhoff, the new commander of the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, takes the unit's colors from U.S. Army ...
» Poland says Washington stonewalling CIA jail investigation - Business Insider
12/06/15 10:31 from cia - Google News
Poland says Washington stonewalling CIA jail investigation Business Insider WARSAW/KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) - The United States is ignoring a request from Poland to hand over the full version of a Senate report that could shed light on a...
» Poland says Washington stonewalling CIA jail investigation - Reuters
12/06/15 10:26 from cia - Google News
Poland says Washington stonewalling CIA jail investigation Reuters The report last December by the U.S. Senate intelligence committee detailed how the CIA used techniques including water-boarding and mock executions on terrorism suspects...
» Al-Bahlul Decided: Court vacates military commission conviction
12/06/15 10:25 from Just Security
Marty Lederman U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit by a 2-1 vote (Rogers and Tatel, Henderson dissenting) overturns the conspiracy conviction on Article III grounds . Analysis to follow. Read on Just Security »
» Al-Bahlul decided: Court invalidates military commission conviction for domestic-law offense
12/06/15 10:25 from Just Security
Marty Lederman The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by a 2-1 vote (Rogers and Tatel, Henderson dissenting) has  overturned the conspiracy conviction on Article III grounds . Steve will be posting much more short...
» ISL: Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata retain Nato and Josemi - Firstpost
12/06/15 10:21 from nato - Google News
Firstpost ISL: Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata retain Nato and Josemi Firstpost Taking a step towards building their team for the upcoming second edition of the Indian Super League (ISL), defending champions Atlético de Kolkata t...
» Cybersecurity Spending Set to Explode - Channel Partners
12/06/15 10:15 from cybersecurity - Google News
Channel Partners Cybersecurity Spending Set to Explode Channel Partners Specifically, what are businesses looking for in a cybersecurity offering? Integrated solutions, namely, that will cater to their specific needs through one platform...
» Apple iOS 8.3 Jailbreak Might Come In July As Elite Chinese Hacking Crew ... - Tech Times
12/06/15 10:13 from Cyberwar - Google News
Tech Times Apple iOS 8.3 Jailbreak Might Come In July As Elite Chinese Hacking Crew ... Tech Times Jailbreak for Apple iOS 8.3 is now expected to come in July this year. Chinese elite hacking group called Keen Team, or K33n, plans to jai...
» How Much Worse Can the China Data Hacking Get? - National Review Online
12/06/15 10:04 from Cyberwar - Google News
National Review Online How Much Worse Can the China Data Hacking Get? National Review Online At the time, OPM said the breach was discovered as the agency “has undertaken an aggressive effort to update its cybersecurity posture, adding n...
» Raytheon experts talk command and control, cybersecurity at air show - Intelligent Aerospace
12/06/15 09:59 from CyberWar - Google News
Aviation International News Raytheon experts talk command and control, cybersecurity at air show Intelligent Aerospace Next Generation Jammer: The newest addition to Raytheon's legacy of jammers, receivers, decoys and other electroni...
» Raytheon experts talk command and control, cybersecurity at air show ... - Intelligent Aerospace
12/06/15 09:59 from CyberWar - Google News
Aviation International News Raytheon experts talk command and control, cybersecurity at air show ... Intelligent Aerospace Next Generation Jammer: The newest addition to Raytheon's legacy of jammers, receivers, decoys and other elect...
» Hillary Clinton Campaign Site Accidentally Promoted Republican Opposition Group’s Fact Check of Her Relaunch
12/06/15 09:53 from Washington Free Beacon
The "Events" page at Hillary Clinton's official campaign website accidentally promoted Republican opposition group America Rising's "live fact-check" of her relaunch Friday morning.
» ISL: Atletico de Kolkata retain Josemi, Nato - Mid-Day
12/06/15 09:52 from nato - Google News
India.com ISL: Atletico de Kolkata retain Josemi, Nato Mid-Day Kolkata: Indian Super League (ISL) defending champions Atletico de Kolkata on Friday said it has retained the services of Spanish defender Jose Miguel Gonzalez Rey, better kn...
» Turkish Imbecile-In-Chief Blasts West for Preventing Massacre of Kurds In Syria
12/06/15 09:43 from ThereAreNoSunglasses
Erdogan blasts West for destabilizing Syria by supporting Kurdish ‘terrorists’ Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan (Reuters / Umit Bektas) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the West of destabilizing Syria by supporti...
» U.S. producer prices post largest gain since 2012
12/06/15 09:41 from Search Results
U.S. producer prices post largest gain since 2012 Exclusive: Euro zone formally discusses Greek default for first time Wall St. opens lower as Greece weighs Global shares, euro numbed by Greek drama Merkel urges Greece and creditors to k...
» NATO Sec Gen Apologizes for Humanitarian Bombs Killing Innocent Civilians
12/06/15 09:32 from ThereAreNoSunglasses
Never Too Late? NATO Finally Apologizes for Bombing Yugoslavia © AP Photo/ Dimitri Messinis NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he deeply regretted the loss of all lives during NATO’s bombing campaign against the Federal R...
» Dominique Strauss-Kahn acquitted of “aggravated pimping”
12/06/15 09:21 from DEBKAFile
The former International Monetary Fund chief and French presidential candidate Dominique Strauss-Kahn was acquitted by a French court Friday of charges of procuring prostitutes for sex parties in France, Belgium and the US. The verdict e...
» Aviation Cyber Security Market Forecast 2015-2025 - Airlines, Airports, CRS ... - PR Newswire (press release)
12/06/15 09:10 from Cyberwarfare - Google News
Aviation Cyber Security Market Forecast 2015-2025 - Airlines, Airports, CRS ... PR Newswire (press release) Over the course of the last decade, and especially in the last few years, cyber security has become an area of mainstream interes...
» Aviation Cyber Security Market Forecast 2015-2025 - Airlines, Airports, CRS ... - PR Newswire UK (press release)
12/06/15 09:06 from Cyberwarfare - Google News
Aviation Cyber Security Market Forecast 2015-2025 - Airlines, Airports, CRS ... PR Newswire UK (press release) Over the course of the last decade, and especially in the last few years, cyber security has become an area of mainstream inte...
» Companies Should Heed DOJ's New Cybersecurity Guidance to Minimize Liability - Bloomberg BNA
12/06/15 09:04 from cybersecurity - Google News
Companies Should Heed DOJ's New Cybersecurity Guidance to Minimize Liability Bloomberg BNA In releasing its “Best Practices for Victim Response and Reporting of Cyber Incidents,” the DOJ's Cybersecurity Unit called upon law enfor...
» ISL 2015: Atletico de Kolkata retain Josemi and Ofentse Nato - India.com
12/06/15 09:01 from nato - Google News
India.com ISL 2015: Atletico de Kolkata retain Josemi and Ofentse Nato India.com Josemi and Nato's performances last year have been game changers for us on numerous occasions. It is but a natural process that they have been retained ...
» Closing Guantánamo Will Help Combat Terrorist Propaganda
12/06/15 09:00 from Just Security
Adam Jacobson It’s no secret that extremist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIL use the American prison at Guantánamo Bay as a recruiting tool and rallying cry against the United States. The topic has come up often in Washington, with both Pre...
» NATO withdraws first E-3A from service - IHS Jane's 360
12/06/15 08:56 from nato - Google News
IHS Jane's 360 NATO withdraws first E-3A from service IHS Jane's 360 NATO has retired one of its Boeing E-3A Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft from service. (E-3A Component). With the aircraft due to receive dep...
» NEC India, Keonics collaborate to offer cyber security solutions - Firstpost
12/06/15 08:55 from Cyberwarfare - Google News
Firstpost NEC India, Keonics collaborate to offer cyber security solutions Firstpost Through this partnership, Keonics will leverage NEC's solutions to assist state governments and other government organisations in implementing proje...
» Snowden is a Fraud
12/06/15 08:38 from The XX Committee
In the two years since the Edward Snowden saga went public, a handful of people who actually understand the Western signals intelligence system have tried to explain the many ways that the Snowden Operation has smeared NSA and its partne...
» News Roundup and Notes: June 12, 2015 - Just Security
12/06/15 08:16 from CyberWar - Google News
News Roundup and Notes: June 12, 2015 Just Security A key cybersecurity bill has succumbed to bipartisan divisions in the Senate. Democrats voted against the measure—which would have required companies to share information with federal i...
» Race, Caste and Gender in France
12/06/15 08:00 from openDemocracy
Criminalizing Islam in the name of feminism is fundamentally paradoxical: Anti-racism and anti-sexism must work together.    The subject of this text is the situation of the descendants of ex-colonized North African immigrants ...
» News Roundup and Notes: June 12, 2015
12/06/15 08:00 from Just Security
Ruchi Parekh Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. IRAQ and SYRIA The fight against ISIS has cost the U.S. more than $2.7 billio...
» NATO highlights commitment to transparency with release of independent audit report 
12/06/15 08:00 from NATO Latest News
NATO made public on Friday (12 June 2015) an independent audit report on the Alliance’s common-funded investment programme – the NATO Security Investment Programme. The report, prepared by the International Board of Auditors for NATO (IB...
» NATO Deputy Secretary General stresses importance of shared values in visit to Sweden
12/06/15 08:00 from NATO Latest News
NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow welcomed Sweden’s deep partnership with the Alliance in a visit to Stockholm on Friday (12 June 2015). “The reason Sweden is such a close and long-standing partner of NATO is not simply be...
» EU Commissioners Exploit Defence to Push Federalism - Breitbart News
12/06/15 07:41 from anti-Americanism - Google News
Breitbart News EU Commissioners Exploit Defence to Push Federalism Breitbart News When the seeds of the EU were being planted, fierce envy would spur De Gaulle's decision to withdraw from NATO in 1966, symbolising the rifts within th...
» Meet the Scientists: SSC Pacific Top Scientists & Engineers - Armed with Science
12/06/15 07:38 from CyberWar - Google News
Armed with Science Meet the Scientists: SSC Pacific Top Scientists & Engineers Armed with Science The Department of Defense is honoring four scientists and engineers from theNavy's Space and Navy Warfare Systems Center Pacific (S...
» China’s Spies Hit the Blackmail Jackpot
12/06/15 07:38 from The XX Committee
With each passing day the U.S. government’s big hacking scandal gets worse. Just what did hackers steal from the Office of Personnel Management? Having initially assured the public that the loss was not all that serious, OPM’s data breac...
» 69460Search 69,460 Articles:
12/06/15 07:29 from United States Defense and Military Forces - News - Times Topics - The New York Times
69460 Search 69,460 Articles: Iraq Rules of Engagement By PATRICK CHAPPATTE American instructors offer some timely tips to warring Iraqis. June 12, 2015, Friday Iraq Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) This post has been generated by ...
» IDF's top IT unit wins 'I Defense' competition - Israel Hayom
12/06/15 07:27 from CyberWar - Google News
Israel Hayom IDF's top IT unit wins 'I Defense' competition Israel Hayom Over 30 military, civilian and foreign teams go keyboard-to-keyboard against mock cyberattacks on strategic infrastructure as part of second annual cybe...
» ​Majority of Brits reject key NATO principles – academic - RT
12/06/15 07:24 from nato - Google News
RT ​Majority of Brits reject key NATO principles – academic RT Writing on the Conversation website, Galbreath said: “The majority of people in the UK and most other European members of NATO say they no longer support the key principle of...
» German prosecutors close Merkel cellphone spying probe 
12/06/15 07:18 from News - Stripes
German prosecutors close Merkel cellphone spying probe German prosecutors on Friday closed their investigation into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone by the U.S. National Security Agency, saying they have been u...
» NATO Troops Simulate Combat 200 Km From Russia - Sputnik International
12/06/15 07:17 from Nato Russia - Google News
NATO Troops Simulate Combat 200 Km From Russia Sputnik International The NATO Saber Strike 2015 drills are taking place in the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania from June 1 to June 26. Russia has expressed concern over the d...
» Britain memorialized modern war deaths with a new monument. How will the U.S. do the same?
12/06/15 07:00 from National Security: National Security, Pentagon & Defense Department News - The Washington Post
Under bright skies, thousands of people witnessed Thursday the dedication of a new memorial in Britain for the 453 British troops killed in the Afghanistan War. David Cameron, the prime minister, was there. So was Prince Harry, who serve...
» Germany Closes Probe Into Alleged US Hacking Of Merkel's Phone - NPR
12/06/15 06:57 from Cyberwar - Google News
NPR Germany Closes Probe Into Alleged US Hacking Of Merkel's Phone NPR Germany's top prosecutor Harald Range has decided to close an investigation into whether the United States' National Security Agency eavesdropped on Chanc...
» Germany Closes Probe Into Alleged U.S. Hacking Of Merkel's Phone - NPR
12/06/15 06:57 from Cyberwar - Google News
NPR Germany Closes Probe Into Alleged U.S. Hacking Of Merkel's Phone NPR Germany's top prosecutor Harald Range has decided to close an investigation into whether the United States' National Security Agency eavesdropped on Cha...
» Is Chinese autocracy outperforming western democracy?
12/06/15 06:52 from openDemocracy
The author suggests that China’s regime could put itself to a referendum – a democratic referendum against electoral democracy. He expects it would win that referendum. Book review. President Xi Jinping, 2014. Demotix/Gregor Fischer. All...
» Role of Doctors, Lawyers in CIA Tortures Condemned - The New Indian Express
12/06/15 06:45 from cia - Google News
The Statesman (press release) Role of Doctors, Lawyers in CIA Tortures Condemned The New Indian Express ... their ethics (and follow, among other legal standards, the Geneva Conventions), support health professionals in their refusal to ...
» Poland says next NATO summit should invite Macedonia, Montenegro to join - Business Insider
12/06/15 06:20 from nato - Google News
NATO HQ (press release) Poland says next NATO summit should invite Macedonia, Montenegro to join Business Insider At its last summit in 2014 in Wales, the alliance approved wide-ranging plans to boost its defenses in eastern Europe, aimi...
» Poland says next NATO summit should invite Macedonia, Montenegro to join - Reuters
12/06/15 06:12 from nato - Google News
Poland says next NATO summit should invite Macedonia, Montenegro to join Reuters At its last summit in 2014 in Wales, the alliance approved wide-ranging plans to boost its defenses in eastern Europe, aiming to reassure allies nervous abo...
» Ursula K Le Guin calls on fantasy and sci fi writers to envision alternatives to capitalism
12/06/15 06:12 from openDemocracy
This award-winning author explains how fantasy and science fiction writers can stand up to the corporate system. Credit: Jack Liu/Yes! magazine. In November 2014 science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K Le Guin was awarded t...
» NATO highlights commitment to transparency with release of independent audit ... - NATO HQ (press release)
12/06/15 06:01 from nato - Google News
NATO HQ (press release) NATO highlights commitment to transparency with release of independent audit ... NATO HQ (press release) NATO made public on Friday (12 June 2015) an independent audit report on the Alliance's common-funded in...


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