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Israel Uses Drones To Drop Tear Gas on Gazans For First Time

Israeli occupying forces used unmanned drones to drop tear gas on Palestinians in Gaza for the first time last Friday, according to the Times of Israel. Some 200 Gazans had gathered at the border fence with Israel as part of a weekly protest against the ten-year blockade when an unmanned aerial vehicle approached the scene. […]

Lockheed Martin Will Add Jobs After Landing $4.9 Billion German Missile Defense Deal

Lockheed Martin said Friday it will likely add a significant number of jobs to its plant in suburban Syracuse after reaching a deal on a joint venture to supply Germany with an air and missile defense system worth about $4.9 billion. The Lockheed plant at Electronics Park in Salina will engineer and manufacture the surveillance […]

Double Standards in Libya – Editorial

Two weeks ago Interpol issued a Red Notice for the Libyan National Army “Saiqa” Special Forces Major, Mahmoud Werfalli. According to the notice, Werfalli is “wanted by the Judicial Authorities of the International Criminal Court.” As to the Werfalla case, the Libya National Army (LNA) had twice announced Werfalla’s questioning and arrest, and his subsequent […]

Marco Polo In Reverse: How Italy Fits In The New Silk Roads – Editorial

The Chinese economy is bound to surpass the 19-nation eurozone before the end of the year. You don’t need to be an analyst in China to know that. Common knowledge from Guangdong to Gansu is that China’s economy was bigger than Europe’s up to the mid-19th century. Then came a bad spell – unleashed by […]

Asia And Middle East Lead Rising Trend In Arms Imports, US Exports Grow Significantly – Analysis

Continuing the upward trend that began in the early 2000s, the volume of international transfers of major weapons in 2013-17 was 10 per cent higher than in 2008-12, according to new data on arms transfers published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The flow of arms increased to Asia and Oceania and the […]

British Intelligence to Tighten Security Protection for Russian Defectors

The British secret services have begun tightening the physical security of dozens of Russian defectors living in Britain, a week after the attempted murder of former KGB Colonel Sergei Skripal in southern England. The 66-year-old double spy and his daughter, Yulia, were found in a catatonic state in the town of Salisbury on March 4. […]

Fake News Storm Clouds Gather Over Southeast Asia – Editorial

From Cambodia to Thailand American and European media companies have launched a campaign of disinformation aimed at reversing Washington’s waning influence in the region vis-à-vis not only Beijing, but the growing strength of nations the US and Europe once saw as mere geopolitical pawns. In Cambodia, articles depicting the government as having trampled free speech […]

Feds Bust CEO Allegedly Selling Custom BlackBerry Phones to Sinaloa Drug Cartel

For years, a slew of shadowy companies have sold so-called encrypted phones, custom BlackBerry or Android devices that sometimes have the camera and microphone removed and only send secure messages through private networks. Several of those firms allegedly cater primarily for criminal organizations. Now, the FBI has arrested the owner of one of the most […]

Amazon’s Attempt To Land Major Pentagon Job Stokes Antitrust Fears

Antitrust critics fear that a winner-take-all contract for the Defense Department’s cloud computing needs could help tech giant Amazon corner the government contract market even further. The winner of the contract, which the DOD updated its position on last week, in its current form would give its winner control over serving the Pentagon’s cloud computing […]

Pentagon Slams Report of Reduced US Ops at Turkish Base as ‘Speculation’

Amid rising tensions between Ankara and Washington, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed US officials, that the US military has slashed its operations at Turkey’s Incirlik air base. However, later the Pentagon refuted the report. Johnny Michael, spokesman for the US European Command, said that claims about the Pentagon reducing its operations at Turkey’s […]

How Creative DDOS Attacks Still Slip Past Defenses

DISTRIBUTED DENIAL OF service attacks, in which hackers use a targeted hose of junk traffic to overwhelm a service or take a server offline, have been a digital menace for decades. But in just the last 18 months, the public picture of DDoS defense has evolved rapidly. In fall 2016, a rash of then-unprecedented attacks […]

The Administration Must Explain Its Use-of-Force Theories. Today. – Editorial

Too many questions remain unanswered about the Trump administration’s view of its authority to use military force, thanks to — among other things — last April’s missile strikes on a Syrian airfield, October’s operation in Niger that led to the deaths of four U.S. servicemembers, the recent talk of a “bloody-nose” strike against North Korea, […]

Questions For TSA After Reports of Laptop and Phone Searches on Domestic Flights

There are a growing number of reports of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) searching the electronic devices of passengers on domestic flights in the US, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has sued the federal agency for records. The ACLU Foundation of Northern California filed a lawsuit against the TSA on Monday […]

EU Extends Russia Sanctions For 6 More Months For Meddling in Ukraine

The European Union has prolonged sanctions against senior Russian officials, lawmakers and military officers for a further six months over alleged meddling in Ukraine. “An assessment of the situation did not justify a change in the sanctions regime. The relevant information and statement of reasons for the listing of these persons and entities were updated […]

Turkey Poised to Open A Military Front in Iraq

Turkish-Iraqi relations had become extremely tense until the decision by Massoud Barzani, former president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), to hold an independence referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan. Barzani’s ill-fated move made fast friends of Ankara and Baghdad. Now, it appears that Turkey and Iraq have found further common cause, this time for joint military […]