Monthly Archives: September 2012

Thinking Aloud: When Cultural Misunderstandings = Death

Sept. 30, 2012 by Darius Recently, the Afghan government printed a pamphlet designed to educate members of the Afghan security forces about the culture and customs of NATO forces to avoid cultural misunderstandings. The pamphlet includes such things as, “Please … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Hold Your Nose and Talk”

“Hold Your Nose and Talk” The Economist, Sept. 29, 2012, p.18 http://www.economist.com/node/21563722 “If the gravity of a conflict can be measured by the length of the guns employed, it is worth noting that soldiers at checkpoints in Nigeria’s north have … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Devious, In the Best Sense of the Word”

Sept. 29, 2012 by Darius The title of today’s entry comes from a comment Richard Nixon supposedly made about his former boss, President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  When asked what Ike was really like, Nixon said “devious, in the best sense … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In Modern China, Some Old Maoists Feel Like Dissidents”

“In Modern China, Some Old Maoists Feel Like Dissidents” The Washington Post, Sept. 16, 2012, p.A3 “At a country inn in southern China, several dozen Maoists met for a Communist study session one evening in early September. But their gathering … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Note to Government Contractors: No Human Trafficking, Please

Sept. 28, 2012 by Darius This small story caught my eye this morning:  “President Obama issues an executive order Tuesday that is designed to strengthen prohibitions against human trafficking, including sex trafficking, by government contractors.”  (“Executive Order Strengthens Prohibition Against … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Cyberattacks Hit Targets With Human Touch”

“Cyberattacks Hit Targets With Human Touch” The Washington Post, Sept. 27, 2012, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/in-cyberattacks-hacking-humans-is-highly-effective-way-to-access-systems/2012/09/26/2da66866-ddab-11e1-8e43-4a3c4375504a_story.html “Emerging details about the e-mails show how social engineering — long favored by con artists, identity thieves and spammers — has become one of the leading … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Pink Paint and Free Speech

Sept. 27, 2012 by Darius Yesterday, an Egyptian-American columnist, Mona Eltahawy, was arrested for defacing a New York subway ad and is being charged with criminal mischief and making graffiti.  (Source: “Woman Arresting for Defacing Subway Ad,” The Washington Post, … Continue reading

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