09 Nov 2018

Activists: Bahrain Continues to Revoke Citizenship of Dissidents

Bahrain is a Shia majority country with a Sunni ruling family. Since 2012, the government has revoked citizenship from at least 741 people. While the government cites terrorism, and this May revoked the citizenship of 115 in a mass terrorism trial, activists highlight the practice as a way to silence

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09 Nov 2018

Seeking counter-terrorism partnership, Trump dangles removing Sudan from state sponsor of terror list

In exchange for Sudan’s cessation of internal hostilities, expanded humanitarian access, improved human rights, cooperation with North Korea sanctions, and cooperation with counterterrorism efforts, the U.S. is offering to remove its official state sponsor of terrorism designation from Sudan. Normalization of ties with Sudan began under the Obama administration and

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09 Nov 2018

U.S. Flights and Russian intercepts mark a return to Cold War behavior in Europe’s skies

U.S.-Russian aviation encounters are supposed to be governed by a the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas, an agreement meant to reduce possibility for accidental military escalation between the two countries. This agreement was supplemented by 1989’s Agreement on the Prevention of Dangerous

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09 Nov 2018

US will push back at Iran activities in region, says US envoy to Syria

In addition to the sanctions regime and other diplomatic efforts to counter Iran, U.S. Ambassador James Jeffrey has announced that it will also contest “more actively Iran’s activities particularly in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.” Isolating efforts against Iranian activity from Russian activity and others that work with it could prove

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09 Nov 2018

China’s Beating the US to Market on Combat Drones, By Copying US Technology

China recently unveiled a new combat drone that matches many components and design elements of a U.S. drone that was developed and then shelved in 2015. Experts have said that, through the Chinese CH-7, “China has once again demonstrated its ability, at least in form, to replicate U.S. drone designs…While

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08 Nov 2018

Tehran keeps probing crypto in search of sanction relief

Iran employs a variety of methods, including cryptocurrency transactions, to avoid international sanctions. In an October advisory statement, the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network stated that “with the full re-imposition on November 5th of sanctions lifted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, FinCEN expects that Iranian financial

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08 Nov 2018

Troubled Waters: How A New Wave of Cyber-Attacks is Targeting Maritime Trade

“The historical ‘air gap’ separating industrial control systems from enterprise networks meant that factories and shipyards were more or less immune to cyber-attack. As long as systems were air-gapped it didn’t matter how pernicious or effective the cyber-threat became, we felt confident that these virtual concerns couldn’t impact our physical

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08 Nov 2018

Right-wing extremism increasing in the Netherlands, counter terror unit says

“There has been a rise in right wing extremism in Western Europe as a whole but the situation in the Netherlands is not yet as serious as in the early 1990s, the Dutch counter terrorism unit NCTV says in a new report. In the early 1990s, ethnic minorities, Jews, gay

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08 Nov 2018

University shuts down network to thwart Bitcoin cryptojacking scheme

“A Canadian university was forced to close down its entire network due to the discovery that the system was being abused in order to mine for cryptocurrency. Nova Scotia’s St. Francis Xavier University uncovered the cryptojacking scheme on Thursday. IT staff at the academic institution found malicious software which had

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08 Nov 2018

Japan to develop underwater drone to defend remote islands against Chinese

“Japan plans to develop a large underwater drone to monitor its remote islands as Tokyo continues to build up assets set to guard against Chinese incursion. The unmanned submersible will be unveiled in a Ministry of Defense’s policy document that lays out the island nation’s five-year plan from April 2019.

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