Monthly Archives: February 2013

Thinking Aloud: Cuba’s President-in-Waiting

Feb. 28, 2013 by Darius Here’s one job I certainly wouldn’t want:  that of Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.  Mr. Díaz-Canel  is currently the senior vice president in Cuba. So what makes his job so difficult?  He’s been slated to be the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “France’s Troubled Suburbs: Forgotten in the Banlieues”

“France’s Troubled Suburbs: Forgotten in the Banlieues” The Economist, Feb. 23-Mar. 1, 2013, pp. 50-51 http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21572248-young-diverse-and-unemployed-forgotten-banlieues “Sevran is one of France’s poorest places, north-east of the Paris périphérique. The jobless rate is 18%, and over 40% among the young. … … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Drone Warfare: Panacea or Pandora’s Box?”

Feb. 27, 2013 by Darius President Obama has built his conduct of the War on Terror around the usage of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.  Yet the use of drones has become very controversial.  Yesterday, I heard drone expert and … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Analysis Dates Stuxnet Effort to 2005”

“Analysis Dates Stuxnet Effort to 2005” The Washington Post, Feb. 27, 2013, p.A9 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/stuxnet-worm-targeting-iran-in-works-as-early-as-2005-symantec-finds/2013/02/26/4cb562d8-8059-11e2-8074-b26a871b165a_story.html “The secret cyber-sabotage campaign aimed at Iran’s nuclear program may have been in existence as early as 2005 and may have been capable of inflicting more damage … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Darkmarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops, and You”

Feb. 26, 2013 by Darius In my occasional series of book reviews, Darkmarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You by former journalist Misha Glenny is a fascinating journey into the world of cybercrime. The cybercrime industry is one of the fastest-growing criminal … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Sudan: Tribal Fighting Kills 510 in Darfur, Says MP”

“Sudan: Tribal Fighting Kills 510 in Darfur, Says MP” Sudan Tribune, Feb. 25, 2013 http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article45648 “Tribal clashes over control of lucrative gold mines in North Darfur state have killed more than 500 people and wounded some 865 since January, a … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Playing to a Draw in Italy

Feb. 25, 2013 by Darius Right now, “stalemate” seem to be the common theme in Italy.  Yesterday, Milan’s two major professional soccer teams, AC Milan and Internazionale Milano (Forza Inter!), played each other in the “Milan Derby.”  The result: a … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Merkel Raises Turks’ Hope Of European Union Entry”

“Merkel Raises Turks’ Hope Of European Union Entry” The New York Times, Feb. 25, 2013, p.A6 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/25/world/europe/merkel-gives-turkey-hope-for-eu-membership.html?_r=0 “Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany arrived in Turkey on Sunday for talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, holding out hope for new impetus in … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: The Hidden Costs of Nuclear Technology

Feb. 24, 2013 by Darius Last Friday, it was announced that nuclear waste is leaking in Washington State.  Specifically, six underground tanks of radioactive slurry, a result of the US’s nuclear weapons program, are leaking liquids.  The tanks were constructed … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Mexican Forces Linked to Abductions”

“Mexican Forces Linked to Abductions” The Washington Post, Feb. 21, 2013, p.A8 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/in-mexico-a-crisis-of-enforced-disappearances-rights-group-says/2013/02/20/6c92196c-7b85-11e2-9c27-fdd594ea6286_story.html “While inquiring into the cases of 249 missing persons in Mexico, [Human Rights Watch] said, its researchers found credible evidence that soldiers or police participated in 149 … Continue reading

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