20 Jul 2018

Ever heard of ‘deep fake’ technology? The phony audio and video tech could be used to blackmail US troops

Deep fake technology that creates realistic but fake audio and video of real persons has the potential to become a severe propaganda and blackmail threat to U.S. troops and others. Earlier this year, a photo was edited to show American soldiers ignoring a dead child they had supposedly killed. While

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20 Jul 2018

US to alert public to foreign operations targeting Americans

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced plans to inform Americans of attempts to undermine confidence in U.S. democracy conducted by foreign agents. The Deputy Attorney General stated that “exposing schemes to the public is an important way to neutralize them…the American people have a right to know if foreign

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20 Jul 2018

Beijing working to curb ‘zombie’ company problem as they feast on new BRI projects

Embedded within China’s massive state-owned enterprise sector are thousands of “zombie” companies that do not produce enough revenue to pay debts, and are kept afloat by state funding. These companies have driven China’s growing corporate debt problem and the issue has been aggravated by China’s titanic Belt and Road Initiative.

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20 Jul 2018

Countries improving fight against antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance has been named one of the leading threat to global health in the 21st century, and countries are beginning to coordinate efforts to combat it. A recent survey reported that 105 countries currently have surveillance systems to identify and report on drug-resistent infections, with 68 also having systems

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20 Jul 2018

UN: In West Africa and the Sahel, signs of democratic progress amid continued ‘devastating’ violence

The UN has announced progress in building democratic institutions in Western Africa, although these gains remain in competition with the ongoing threat of terrorism and terrorist groups. Increasingly, violence pitting farmers against herders has become a leading threat in many areas, in addition to the well-known conflicts driven by groups

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20 Jul 2018

Californian high-tech company partners with China to build a hyperloop transportation system

HyperloopTT, high-tech transportation company in California, has announced a partnership with a remote Chinese city to build a 6 mile length of hyperloop, a vacuum-sealed tunnel in which travelers are propelled inside capsules. Such partnerships and deals are unlikely to receive warm welcome from the U.S. Government at the current

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20 Jul 2018

Taliban, Islamic State continue battle in northern Afghanistan

The Taliban and Islamic State continue to battle each other in northern Afghanistan, with dozens of casualties on each side. The two groups remain in competition with each other for legitimacy, and a number of major defections to IS has weakened the Taliban in the area. The fighting has forced

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19 Jul 2018

Chinese consumers ready to boycott US goods, survey shows

A recent consumer survey found that 54% of Chinese consumers polled across 300 Chinese cities would “probably” or “definitely” avoid U.S. products in response to continued U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. Chinese state media has proven effective in encouraging consumers to avoid goods from certain countries, with a recent boycott

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19 Jul 2018

Marines activate first-of-its-kind tactical cyber team

In an activation ceremony on July 16, the Marine Corps moved forward with a new kind of “defensive cyber operations-internal defensive measures company.” The team is tasked with protecting digital assets at the tip of the spear, and is separate from the units housed within the U.S. Cyber Command. These

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19 Jul 2018

US launches national security probe into uranium imports

The Commerce Department has launched an investigation on the national security impact of current uranium import levels. The U.S. produces only 5% of its yearly uranium demand in the military and energy sectors. The inquiry was launched after a petition from the only two companies that produce uranium in the

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