Category: Security

Russia not renewing weapons agreement with US

Thursday, 11 October 2012 Russia will not renew a decades-old agreement with Washington on dismantling nuclear and chemical weapons when it expires next year, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Wednesday. The death of the 1991 agreement, which had been renewed twice, is the […]

The Big Bang Theory of Education

Authoritarian countries don’t seem to be doing well at the knowledge business. That’s probably no accident. BY CHRISTIAN CARYL |OCTOBER 11, 2012 China just doesn’t manufacture more stuff than the rest of us — it’s also about to dominate the world intellectually. Chinese universities are preparing to conquer […]

ABC News scrambles to downplay Obama’s attendance at VP debate moderator’s wedding: Obama appointed her husband as head of the FCC

Posted By Josh Peterson On 12:10 AM 10/10/2012 @ 12:10 AM In DC Exclusives,DC Exclusives – Original Reporting,Elections,Politics | No Comments President Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned. […]

U.S. Government warns ‘tens of thousands of car owners’ could be affected by counterfeit airbags from China that either fail to deploy, or explode with metal shrapnel

Feds  downplay number of vehicles affected, while reports says number is much  higher Dozens of  vehicle makes and models on list of cars with counterfeit air  bags By John Clarke PUBLISHED:15:48 EST, 10  October 2012| UPDATED:17:37 EST, 10 October 2012 Federal safety regulators warned car owners  Wednesday that […]

Official chided for Senkaku remarks

Enginnering Evil: This Rebukes the prior statement on the compromise with China… Kyodo The government has taken a lawmaker in the Cabinet to task for making controversial remarks on the Senkaku Islands, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Wednesday. Eiichiro Washio, a parliamentary secretary in the Agriculture, […]

Spain’s credit rating downgraded to near junk

S&P downgrades Spain’s credit rating Rating agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded Spain’s credit rating by two notches, warning that the deepening economic recession is limiting the government’s options. <!– remove the whitespace added by escenic before end of tag –> By Rebecca Clancy 10:23PM BST 10 Oct […]

‘Hacking’ alleged ahead of Bumi showdown

Indonesian backers behind the FTSE 250’s troubled coal group Bumi have stoked tensions prior to Thursday’s board meeting by alleging phones and emails have been hacked. Bumi is investigating ‘potential financial irregularities’ at Bumi Resources By Emma Rowley 5:46PM BST 10 Oct 2012 Powerful Indonesian backers behind the […]

Chinese nationalists covet Okinawa

By Kelly Olsen National Oct. 10, 2012 – 04:15PM JST BEIJING — In a glass case at Beijing’s Imperial College, an 18th century book with a yellowed title page in bold, black characters is evidence—some Chinese say—that a swathe of modern-day Japan belongs to China. The two Asian powers […]

Senior State Department officials publicly acknowledged for the first time on Tuesday that the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four Americans, including the ambassador, was not preceded by protests as previously thought.

New vivid account of deadly attack on U.S. embassy in Libya that reveals how  security forces attempted to save Americans under fierce fire By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:22:24 EST, 9  October 2012| UPDATED:00:22 EST, 10 October 2012 Senior State Department officials publicly  acknowledged for the first time on […]

Super-sizing the soldier: Is obesity going to pose a huge recruiting problem?: At present, 62 percent of active duty military members over the age of 20 have a body mass index that falls into either the overweight or obese category

Posted By Thomas E. RicksTuesday, October 9, 2012 – 10:22 AM By Jim Gourley Best Defense department of physical fitness and national security Obesity and weight-related health conditions have become a prevalent concern to American policy in the last decade. National military leadership was also exposed to obesity’s […]

Japan may ‘acknowledge’ China’s claim to islets to calm tension

*Engineering Evil: Would like 2nd Confirmation on this claim, before validating it. .This article has now been updated…Please refer to  the link . Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 Kyodo Japan is considering plans to calm tensions with China by acknowledging that Beijing is claiming sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands […]

We do not need an internet overlord: ITU is holding a meeting in December to decide whether it – and by implication, the United Nations – should take over the internet.

9 October 2012 Chris Berg The internet should be kept free, not turned into a geopolitical plaything controlled by the United Nations, says Chris Berg. At first glance, the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU) seems benign. The agency helps coordinate global telephone interconnections so we can make […]

Obama campaign ‘may have violated federal election law by allowing foreign donors to funnel in cash via its website’: 68 percent foreign traffic (site was was bought by an Obama bundler in Shanghai, China)

By Toby Harnden In Washington PUBLISHED:17:00 EST, 8  October 2012| UPDATED:17:29 EST, 8 October 2012 A new report on foreign influences in  American elections by the conservative Government Accountability Institute (GAI)  has raised questions over whether the Obama campaign has violated federal  election law by allowing foreign credit […]

Afghanistan ‘sliding towards collapse’

Afghan forces are far from ready to secure a country riddled with violence and corruption, Red Cross and thinktank warn Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul,    Monday 8 October 2012 13.39 EDT Afghan security forces at the site of a suicide attack in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province. Photograph: […]

Huawei, ZTE Give China Opportunity to Spy, Report Says: provides “special network services” to an entity the former employee believes is an“elite cyber-warfare unit” within the Chinese army

By  Eric Engleman on October 07, 2012 Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. (000063), China’s two largest phone-equipment makers, provide opportunities for Chinese intelligence services to tamper with U.S. telecommunications networks for spying, according to a congressional report to be released today. The House intelligence committee report says […]

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales marries Tony Blair’s former diary secretary in star-studded ceremony… and Alastair Campbell played the bagpipes!

Ceremony in London attended by Tony Blair  and his former spin doctor Alastair Campbell wearing a kilt and playing  bagpipes Celebrities including former Simply Red  singer Mick Hucknall invited Marriage to Kate Garvey was updated on Jimmy  Wales’ Wikipedia page By Larisa Brown PUBLISHED:09:24 EST, 7  October 2012| […]

Terrorism Tradecraft

  October 4, 2012 | 0900 GMT By Scott Stewart One of the distinctive features of Stratfor’s terrorism and security analysis  is its focus on the methodology of attacks. Of course, identifying those  responsible for an attack is important, especially in ensuring that the  perpetrators are brought to […]