Monthly Archives: May 2013

Thinking Aloud: China’s Tiananmen Milestone

May 31, 2013 by Darius This week, it was announced that China reached a rather dubious milestone: about six months ago, the last political prisoner detained for “counter-revolutionary activities” as a result of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests was finally … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Obama Administration to Help Iranians Thwart Government Censors”

“Obama Administration to Help Iranians Thwart Government Censors” The Washington Post, May 31, 2013, p.A7 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/obama-administration-to-help-iranians-beat-government-censors/2013/05/30/94db07b4-c96c-11e2-9245-773c0123c027_story.html “The Obama administration launched an offensive against Iranian censorship on Thursday, announcing measures intended to help ordinary Iranians acquire smartphones and computer software to … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Arctic Science on Thin Ice

May 30, 2013 by Darius Science in the Arctic could be on the way down.  Literally.  Why?  Because ice sheets are melting too fast to support the research stations necessary to conduct science. Right now, science stations in the Arctic … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Halal Business: Consuming Passions”

“Halal Business:  Consuming Passions” The Economist, May 25-31, 2013, p.62 http://www.economist.com/news/international/21578380-muslim-consumers-are-looking-beyond-traditional-religious-stipulations-meat-and “[S]tereotypes of joyless zealotry are as misleading as the idea that the Muslim market involves only interest-free finance and hand-slaughtered meat.  Sharia law forbids meat such as pork and birds … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Hezbollah Going for Broke

May 29, 2013 by Darius In recent weeks, a new player has entered the war in Syria.  The Lebanese Shi’ite militia Hezbollah, who is the dominant power in Lebanon, has cast the dice to support the Assad regime, led by … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “US Drone Strike Kills Pakistan Taliban Number Two: Officials”

“US Drone Strike Kills Pakistan Taliban Number Two: Officials” The Express Tribune [Pakistan], May 29, 2013 http://tribune.com.pk/story/556015/us-drone-strike-kills-pakistan-taliban-number-two-officials/ “A US drone strike killed the number two of the Pakistan Taliban, Waliur Rehman, in the North Waziristan region on Wednesday, three security … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: DARPANET 2.0?

May 28, 2013 by Darius Recently, the US government admitted that hackers, thought to be Chinese, had compromised sensitive information on dozens of advanced weapons systems.  (Source:  “Key U.S. Weapon Designs Hacked,” The Washington Post, May 28, 2013, p.A1, http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/confidential-report-lists-us-weapons-system-designs-compromised-by-chinese-cyberspies/2013/05/27/a42c3e1c-c2dd-11e2-8c3b-0b5e9247e8ca_story.html) … Continue reading

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