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01 Mar 2006

Shining Path Guerrilla Commander Killed

Once considered the most lethal terrorist organization in the world, Sendero Luminoso , or Shining Path, has remained relatively obscure since the capture of Shining Path founder and political leader Abimael Guzman. Since Guzman’s 1992 arrest, the Shining Path has been struggling to find its way in a nation that

01 Mar 2006

Panel: Industry crucial to fighting cybercrime

It is certainly true that the private sector will be the ?tip of spear? in detecting and identify cyber threats. It is also true that many of these threats may originate from outside the United States . As a result of these dual realities, the federal government must assume a

01 Mar 2006

Serbs, Albanians ease into talks on Kosovo’s fate

At long last, serious status talks on the future of Kosovo have begun. Many Kosovars have grown impatient with the uncertain status of their homeland since the UN turned the province into a protectorate in 1999. The Albanian majority have felt that they have more than proven their ability to

01 Mar 2006

President of Philippines Declares Emergency, Citing Coup Attempt

Within days of the 20th anniversary of the overthrow of Philippine autocrat Ferdinand Marcos, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (see photo in previous column) declared a state of emergency in the wake of a threatened coup and anticipated mass public demonstrations. Her reluctance to institute martial law acknowledges the Marcos legacy

01 Mar 2006

Kurdish rebels press Turkey for dialogue after Hamas talks

The Turkish government has taken a great deal of criticism for holding talks with Hamas by its media, the Israeli government , and ironically, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) . Since Hamas?s stunning victory in recent parliamentary elections for the Palestinian administration, states have been faced with the dilemma of

01 Mar 2006

New Trojans plunder bank accounts

The discovery of a new flavor of malware is significant in that it demonstrates the constantly shifting balance between attackers and defenders in cyberspace. This particular Trojan, rather than simply log keystrokes and steal account numbers and passwords, exploits known browser vulnerabilities. Once the exploit has been installed into a

01 Mar 2006

Deep-Rooted Militancy Shadows Yemen

Across the Middle East, it is heard that the propagation of ?al-Qaeda? cells and the planning of terrorist attacks are due to unpopular US policies, such as the invasion of Iraq , in the region. In Yemen , however, deep-rooted conflicts between tribal or minority groups and the government are

01 Mar 2006

Toll in Iraq’s Deadly Surge: 1,300

The convulsion of sectarian violence across Iraq that followed last week?s bombing of the Shia Askariya shrine underscores a number of concerning issues forecasted in these pages in recent months (see the February 15 WAR Report; the August 24 WAR Report and the 2006 Conflict Zones Forecast). These assessments emphasized


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