10/09/2014

why a more stable Pakistan with accountable intelligence services will stabilize the region

today they are shooting at the Kashmir region again, a region where radicals financed and trained by the ISI Pakistan intelligence services are fighting the Indian 'Occupation'

both countries have nuclear weapons by the way

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/jun/05/paki...

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The US has no plans to set in motion if another big bank is falling apart

improvisation during the weekend like in 2007 (read the flabbergasting stories in 'Too big to fall')

nothing changed except the impression that something has changed

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/oct/04/real-les...

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the financial crisis in 2007 was because of the rise of private debt not public debt

but it is the public sector who is now being reduced to a nearly non-service level because of its debt and that debts was guaranteed by other overnight loans by shadow banking that was totally outside of the reglementation and oversight

source http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/oct/23/why-...

 

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#ukraine after weeks of battles with Russians, #Ukraine sends a missile to stop their advance

the last weeks the new troops and trucks and tanks kept coming from the russian side and every day there were one to several attempts to take the Donetsk airport (which is really essential if the russianrebel region is going to survive (even as a gangster state for smugglers)). This is an international airport and not a local or regional airport as some think.

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so even if the defenders of the airport are called CYBORGS by the Russians because they are holding off so many attacks (although some groups of soldiers have surrendered the last days)

it looks like a film like Stalingrad or some survival movie (surrealistic)

But sending a message to the kremlin is sometimes necessary

there is no ceasefire, they never stopped firing, the big russian invasion and the real war was set for a later date, that is all and Ukraine has got some more time preparing for it if somebody is willing to help them

and if he ups the ante, Ukraine can also

your turn

 

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10/08/2014

#kobane online rage spilling over to the streets of Europe

the last city that is still defended by some Kurdish fighters who know they are going to die against the tanks and artillery of the ISIS with their thousands of experienced battle hardened fighters

once in a while there is an Alliance fighterjet coming over doing many things but no fighting

while at the Turkish border tanks are standing by of the second biggest army of Europe that used to kill as many Kurdish fighters as possible but now are watching how those brave Kurdish fighters are being slaughtered

so people grow angry

at tanks that don't shoot and planes that don't bombard (except with words that are empty of any meaning)

I don't think the Kurdish militants and families will continue to keep silent because in their despair the only thing they can do is make sure that every European capital knows that they are there and they are watching and they are desperate for their families and communities still in Iraq and Syria

just as in Ukraine

sometimes I think that the future générations of leaders will have less problems with using war and military strikes because they will remember that if you don't use it now and than it will all become such a mess that you need to set up such big interventions that it will take years and ask billions of your budgets to get the things Under control again

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the European recruitwebsite for fighting volunteers for Russia in #ukraine

it is not what you see that is important it is what it is used for

http://europeanfront.info

or you thought that only al qaida did online recruiting ?

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how the North Korean Regime is making sure everybody hears exactly the same message

astonishing simple if you think abou it

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/08/kim-jong-un-...

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the drone wars in #Ukraine (future of the battlefield)

by the Ukraine population to help their volunteers and soldiers

cost is about 35.000$ for a Professional one that stays some hours in the air (instead of the 30 minutes for the models you can buy in the shop)

 and the controllers

meanwhile the Ukraine army has also shot down some Russian drones and some private ones that looked as if they came from the russianrebels

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the problem with the article in De Morgen against the arrested jihadists

de Morgen published a long article today about the arrest jihadists in Brussels that were planning - according to some media reports - a bomb attack against the European institutions (and why does that surprise anyone ?)

the first problem is that some stupid person gave their journalist access to the files - long before any trial started and so this could be a problem even to have a trial - as information from the files is divulged in the press. So who-ever is responsable for these files should be reprimanded and the security of access to these files should be limited to the people involved

the trial has to take place in the courtroom, not in a newspaper - as long as there is no proof that there is a grave misconduct of justice here

the second problem is that the article is stating more or less that this arrested wasn't that important and that you could hardly call them terrorists or even dangerous but there are some details that are overlooked in the article that makes it very dangerous to make such a statement

* the man wanted to become a professional to install security-installation (with other words he would be installing the security that he eventually could disable later on)

* they were living in a classy neighborhood - far from the more extremist neighborhoods where agents are keeping a close watch on who is coming and going with a lot of money that was not accounted for

* he went to Syria and helped other people going to Syria

* he had guns

* he refuses to cooperate with the police investigation and refuses to give access to a specific part of his laptop (not to incrimate himself)

* he went on reconnaissance in the neighborhood of the European administrative buildings

so when you have already all that information you have two options, you wait because youi think you don't have enough and you have to organize enormous resources just to keep him 24h under surveillance to be sure that you aren't missing something and you can always intervene in time to prevent an attack

or you say that you have enough to hold him on lesser charges and you will see what will come out during the investigations or even better if one of the parties wants to collaborate but the main objective is to put them out of harm's way so that you can use all those resources in effective investigations and looking for other sleeper cells or local 'infrastructure' that only does some 'inoffensive' tasks like transport en accomodation

implicating now that the police services have nothing (maybe the journalist has not seen all the files and if he did than there is surely a big breach)

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10/07/2014

nothing is sacred for the internet : now the stockmarket can be democratized

"Overstock.com is building software, based on the bitcoin digital currency, that could allow the big-name etailer to issue corporate stock over the internet, sidestepping traditional stock exchanges such as the NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange.

 

The Salt Lake City-based company recently hired two of the developers behind CounterParty—an online project that helps individuals and businesses build all sorts of financial services atop the worldwide network of machines that drive bitcoin—and according to Overstock founder and CEO Patrick Byrne, these coders will help build “cryptosecurity” software that any company could potentially use to issue financial securities over the net. Mirroring bitcoin—known as a “crytocurrency”—these securities would be controlled by cryptographic algorithms running across computers spread across the globe, not by a central stock exchange.

 

Code-named “Medici,” the project aims to democratize Wall Street in much the same way bitcoin seeks to democratize currency and payments. By operating separate from traditional stock exchanges and the big corporate banks, it could eliminate certain loopholes in the system and reduce the costs associated with issuing and juggling stock.
http://www.wired.com/2014/10/overstock-com-assembles-code...

let's  hope it is more secure than bitcoin because the idea of bitcoin may be interesting, the security of its code and operations is so bad I wouldn't put there my money in

secondly bying stock anonymously wouild be a very bad idea because it would give any group (including the mob) the possibility to take over companies or have some control in and now in my mind there are already other instances in which this could pose enormous problems (competition, esptionage, tax-evasion,.....)

at the other side, giving the stockmarket the possibility to sell stock more efficiently without all those expensive brokers running around and mixing crowd-funding, coopératives and stocks into a Platform that would be available worldwide could also be used to launch new products or support worthwhile firms with our money (if we buy with 1 million people pennystock to buy land in the Amazon for a reservation that could never sell or abuse the land it has than this is more interesting than paying hundreds of associations to do the same thing without that money to effectively buy the land).

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10/06/2014

the real hidden antidemocratic timebomb in the US-EU freetrade pact

"The Obama administration’s precarious justifications for the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) regime may determine the fate of the transatlantic free trade agreement, said Public Citizen as it released a new report examining those defenses and revealing data on the U.S. and European Union (EU) firms that would be newly empowered to attack domestic policies in extrajudicial tribunals if the pact includes ISDS. Recently, the incoming European Commission president, several large voting blocs in the European Parliament and the German government have voiced opposition to ISDS.
http://citizen.typepad.com/eyesontrade/2014/10/new-report...

this means in fact that a firm can start a trial if the EU or our country enacts new legislation (for example on labor relations, dataprivacy or environment) that the firm thinks is negative for its business and hasn't been foreseen in the framework of the freetrade agreement

so we elect leaders, they go before parliament and get approval and than the US business sue the state for millions because they will find that it is negative for their business

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next time a patent lawyer says you have to go to sue and not look for an agreement, sue him for bad advice

"Patent litigation costs companies millions of dollars in time and lawyer fees, but just how effective are the “patent wars” anyway? Florian Mueller, the founder of the FOSS Patents blog, analyzed 222 smartphone patent assertions — with Android being a major target of many of them — only to find that 90% of those cases have gone absolutely nowhere.
http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-the-total...

bii sai cotd smartphone patent cases

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if you think that #putin is an asshole than you should use this toiletpaper #ukraine

source (no joke) http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29507775

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#ebola in the media - a black and white picture

the first Ebola crisis was even worse

people were just dying in closed off villages in Congo

so it was just a localised problem of some kind in some part of that doomed continent Africa

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the #isis territory and why the air attacks are just make-believe

look at this map

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http://pietervanostaeyen.wordpress.com

look at the difference between the maps indicating that the situation is very fluid and that nobody really has a very good view about the total situation on the ground except about who controls the cities or which part of the cities.

secondly look also at the different appréciations of the régions that the Kurds still control - it is however clear that if we are not helping the isolated kurds  now they are just (again) fighting all alone for their survival

thirdly look at how the encirclement of Baghdad is beginning one step at a time ....

fourth look at how the plan for an Assadregion in Syria is playing out (Damascus to the coast) but where he still has to take control of some borderregions before 'freezing the lines

but the biggest question is

so do you really think that 10 or 20 attacks a day will really change something on the ground ?

do you really think all those cities can be retaken without troops on the ground ?

if your answer is yes

than you haven't read anything the last years about military campaigns especially against non-state terrorists

this is just a tv-show making you believe that we are doing something

the planes in Libya were helping but it were the thousands of volunteers and rebel forces on the ground that were taking over city after city after having fought street by street, house by house (now fighting each other)

and so, sending airplanes without the goods or men to fight on the ground

makes me understand that when they say it will take 2 to 3 years to beat ISIS is something that can't be sustained and that at some moment in time troops (at least in Iraq) and weapons (surely in Syria and Kurdistan) will have to be send over on a scale not imagined today

which is a shame because for each bomb or missile you could send over a great number of tanks, guns and other artillery for the ground troops

and yes, after this Kurdistan will be independent (it will have fought for that even if the Turks are just counting the Kurdish deaths and not firing a single shot at ISIS) and yes Syria will be split in two with a frozen conflict for some time to come (untill a new Russia decides that it doesn't want to support this kind of regimes anymore)

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this is why newspapers need protective communicationtools for their sources

a few have them

but not in Belgium or the UK

maybe with this case against a source of the dailymail this will change

because the police will use any law or any possibility to know who is your source if they don't like the information

source http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2780809/How-polic...

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some bombardements against #ISIS are targeted killings of the foreign brigades

this solves in fact the question about what to do about them if they want to come back or are apprehended or so

but there is a legal question : 'at which point a government can start targeting its own citizens in a foreign country if these are not fighting in any way against the national forces ?'

this is the reason you will read in the newspapers before that these groups are planning attacks on our soil - and that is why it is stupid of these groups to declare they will do these things

if they should declare that their war is only in Syria and Iraq than there is a more complicated situation legally - a situation that has been arised when drones were targeted US nationals fighting with Al Qaida (but not against US troops)

this is one example

http://www.alaan.tv/news/world-news/114998/khorassan-grou...

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the biggest question now is what to do with disillusioned ISIS or Syrian fighters

thousands have joined the battles in Syria from Europe, North Africa and some Asian countries

they have arrived to fight Assad and have found themselves the last month fighting against other rebel groups or suppressing local 'liberated) populations who didn't want to change the Assad dictatorship by an Islamic one

this looks like the war in Span where Anarchists and communists and other fractions where sometimes more killing each other than Franco who was supported by the nazi's (while the west looked on and didn't send much military support to the democratic forces - leaving them to be manipulated by Moscow who was more interested with killing anarchists than beating the Nazi's)

and now what ?

hundreds to thousands are trying to escape to Turkey and come home but if what should we do with them ?

should we all send them to prison or some re-education camp ? Telling what ? That the west had very good reasons not to intervene and let Assad slaughter people as he pleases and that arming the populations and democratic resistance fighters would only have increased the slaughter ?

you can't be sure that there are sleepers among them but does make this them all hardened terrorists that will never change ? If we say that, than we are saying that people never change and that if they were a danger, they will be a danger for ever and than we shouldn't liberate any rapists or murderers even because if a 'soldier' can't change than they can't either. If we are saying this than we are saying in fact that soldiers who fought in a war will never become normal and will always stay violent beings and should just keep on fighting somewhere and not being allowed back home

because this is what we are saying now

taking such a general view and treating them all in the same way in fact closes more doors to 'repatriation' and 'rehabilitation' than to end the war. Because if you are there in Syria and you want to come back to Britain for example because you don't believe that the ISIS or who-ever is the solution to the situation and that you have made the biggest mistake of you Young life, would you go back if you are facing years of prison ? You would just fight on or go to another fight that you find more worthy of your life.

you can read any anti-guerilla manual and you will always find the same thing coming back time after time, the most effective underminers of a movement are people who were part of that movement before and have become disillusioned and that creating dissent in the movement is the start of its downfall - every time

source (rest is paywall) http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/National...

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the international anti-terrorist strategy in one cartoon

amazingly clear

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the route of the Russian missiles that shot down flight #MH17 in #Ukraine

this is a perfect example of

* Citizen journalism - reporting and filming events that are happening before their eyes (passing missiles)

* investigative journalism - checking all these videos with other resources to combine them into one convincing package

* new technologies like geolocation and Google street to exactly know where the videos were taken

source https://www.bellingcat.com/resources/case-studies/2014/09...

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