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The CIA's communications suffered a catastrophic compromise

The CIA's communications suffered a catastrophic compromise | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
From around 2009 to 2013, the U.S. intelligence community experienced crippling intelligence failures related to its secret internet-based communications system, a key means for remote messaging between CIA officers and their sources.
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The End of Sectarian Violence in the Middle East

The End of Sectarian Violence in the Middle East | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
Four decades after its dramatic rise, sectarian violence is receding throughout the Middle East.
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Death of a dissident: Saudi Arabia and the rise of the mobster state

As someone who spent three decades working closely with intelligence services in the Arab world and the West, the Saudi dissident, Washington Post columnist (and fierce Islamist militant) Jamal Khashoggi knew he was taking a…

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Network Propaganda = Empirical Study by prof Benkler: recent USA Media Ecosystem

Network Propaganda = Empirical Study by prof Benkler: recent USA Media Ecosystem | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
Prof. Yochai Benkler, well known scholar at the Harvard - [ Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Twitter: @BKCHarvard ] has announced the publication of an important new book, written with two colleagues, called "Network Propaganda - Manipulation, Misinformation, and Radicalisation in American Politics". It will hit the book shelves later in Oktober -…
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Walking the Tightrope: Between Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific —

Walking the Tightrope: Between Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific — | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
While the new Indo-Pacific construct continues to grab headlines, India's recent diplomatic orientation points to a renewed appreciation of what American strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski called the world’s “decisive geopolitical chessboard”: Eurasia. In order to grasp the significance of this strategic space, it is useful to compare it with the dynamics of the Indo-Pacific.
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Egyptian economy hits highest growth rate in 10 years

Egyptian economy hits highest growth rate in 10 years | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
Egypt has hit its highest economic growth rate in a decade, but experts disagree about what it means for high prices in the country.
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Iran Deal and the Empowerment of Islamism

Iran Deal and the Empowerment of Islamism | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
Here is an English version of my latest piece in Al-Hurra on Iran nuclear deal, which I have rejected since 2015. You can read the Arabic version here   “The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.”  With those tough words, American President Donald Trump…
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STUDY: Russian Propaganda Targeted U.S. Military Veterans and Troops on Social Media

Russia exploited social media platforms to target and engage U.S. military veterans and active-duty troops with anti-government propaganda, conspiracy theories, and other disinformation, according to…
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Competing Authoritarianism: Sisi versus Erdoğan

Competing Authoritarianism: Sisi versus Erdoğan | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
The new trio sees political Islam as a joint enemy that aims to undermine not just their leadership, but also the very essence of nationhood that their founding fathers worked hard to build following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Hence they collaborate to fight all cultish political Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and its sister groups in other Arab states.
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Expert: Russia’s Condemnation of Iran’s Anti-Israel Threats Shows Kremlin Sees Jewish State as the 'Main Actor' in Region 

Expert: Russia’s Condemnation of Iran’s Anti-Israel Threats Shows Kremlin Sees Jewish State as the 'Main Actor' in Region  | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has condemned a top Iranian official’s threat to destroy Tel Aviv and kill Israel
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U.S. intelligence agencies expect Russia to target midterms | CTV News

U.S. intelligence agencies expect Russia to target midterms | CTV News | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
The Trump administration predicts Russia will meddle in U.S. elections this year as it pursues bolder cyber operations and false information campaigns against America and its allies, U.S. intelligence agencies said Tuesday.
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On the front lines in Syria, US troops face NATO ally's wrath

On the front lines in Syria, US troops face NATO ally's wrath | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
Soldiers posted at front-line outpost outside the Syrian town of Manbij find themselves caught between an ally's wishes and the mission to fight ISIS.
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U.S. military strikes on pro-Assad fighters in Syria kill 100, official says - World

U.S. military strikes on pro-Assad fighters in Syria kill 100, official says - World | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
The U.S.-led coalition and its local allies in Syria struck pro-government forces with deadly air and artillery fire overnight to repel "an unprovoked attack" near the Euphrates River, the coalition says.
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New Stuxnet Variant Allegedly Struck Iran

New Stuxnet Variant Allegedly Struck Iran | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
A malware similar in nature to Stuxnet but more aggressive and sophisticated allegedly hit the infrastructure and strategic networks in Iran.
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Reading list: Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance

Reading list: Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
13 days ago, prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. His case has provoked a global outcry. Here is a collection of articles, which I think are worth reading about his mysterious disppearance      10 questions to answer about Khashoggi before buying the narrative. Lee Smith  …
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China planted tiny chips on US computers for cyber espionage

China planted tiny chips on US computers for cyber espionage | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
China used tiny chips implanted on computer equipment manufactured for US companies and government agencies to steal secret information.
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Russian Hackers Aren’t the Only Ones to Worry About - Bloomberg

Russian Hackers Aren’t the Only Ones to Worry About - Bloomberg | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it

Other states are learning that “hacking and leaking” is an effective strategy against foreign citizens.

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China is Losing the New Cold War by Minxin Pei

China is Losing the New Cold War by Minxin Pei | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
In contrast to the Soviet Union, China's leaders recognize that strong economic performance is essential to political legitimacy. Like the Soviet Union, however, they are paying through the nose for a few friends, gaining only limited benefits while becoming increasingly entrenched in an unsustainable arms race with the US.
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Chinese foreign policy will soon be made by artificial intelligence | Daily

Chinese foreign policy will soon be made by artificial intelligence | Daily | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
The AI technology would provide an unbiased view of political scenarios, free of 'moral factors' that could get in the way of strategic goals, according to Chinese scientists based in Beijing and Shanghai.
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The Impending Facial Recognition Singularity | SecurityWeek.Com

The Impending Facial Recognition Singularity | SecurityWeek.Com | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
Facial recognition systems are becoming cheaper, better, easier to use, and more widely deployed, while social media platforms are creating an ocean of easily identifiable faces that are widely accessible.
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Covering the Afrin conflict: Two months of reports on war in northern Syria

For two months Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies waged a widespread campaign against the Kurdish YPG in Afrin. I wrote numerous stories about the Afrin conflict, reporting on the agendas involved…
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The New Arms Race in AI

The New Arms Race in AI | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
China is making big investments in artificial intelligence, looking for military advantage—while the Pentagon is determined to maintain its edge.
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Vlad's Army: NATO uncovers Russian plot to spark UK race war using Twitter trolls posing as attractive young women - Mirror Online

Vlad's Army: NATO uncovers Russian plot to spark UK race war using Twitter trolls posing as attractive young women - Mirror Online | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it

Troll accounts, known as "bikini bots", can spew out 144 messages in a day – one every 10 minutes for 24 hours – adding up to millions of tweets and posts
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Home-made drones now threaten conventional armed forces - Drones and guerrilla warfare

Home-made drones now threaten conventional armed forces - Drones and guerrilla warfare | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
AN ATTACK on Russian forces in Syria on January 5th by 13 home-made drones is a good example of “asymmetric” warfare. On one side, exquisite high-tech weapons. On the other, cheap-as-chips disposable robot aircraft. Ten of the drones involved attacked a Russian airbase at Khmeimim.
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US support for Kurds in Iraq and Syria unaffected by tensions with Turkey

US support for Kurds in Iraq and Syria unaffected by tensions with Turkey | Information wars, geopolitics | Scoop.it
The Pentagon is standing by Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria despite growing political pressure to back off, according to a government audit.
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