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  1. U.S. Is Still Using Private Spy Ring, Despite Doubts - NYTimes.com | Top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who have produced hundreds of reports from deep inside Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to American officials and businessmen, despite concerns among some in the military about the legality of the operation. | 2010--0-5-
  2. BBC News - Iran\'s supreme leader denies nuclear report claims | Iran's supreme leader has denied it is developing nuclear weapons, after a new report from the UN atomic watchdog, the IAEA, sparked an international outcry. | 2010--0-2-
  3. Nato 'expels Russian diplomats' | Russia has confirmed Nato has expelled two of its diplomats from Brussels, reportedly in retaliation for a spy scandal involving an Estonian official. | 2009--0-4-
  4. Obama supports Mexico's drug war | At the start of a visit to Mexico, President Barack Obama says the US is a "full partner" with Mexico in its fight against the drug cartels. | 2009--0-4-
  5. Mexico drug fighter killed after less than a day on job | MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) -- A recently retired Mexican army general whose bullet-riddled body was found Tuesday near Cancun had taken over as the area's top antidrug official less than 24 hours earlier, officials said. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has characterized the battle among drug cartels and with government authorities as a "civil war." | 2009--0-2-
  6. Thousands of guns U.S. sent to Afghanistan are missing | WASHINGTON (CNN) -- More than one-third of all weapons the United States has procured for Afghanistan's government are missing, according to a government report released Thursday. | 2009--0-2-
  7. Wary of Islam, China Tightens a Vise of Rules | Some officials contend that insurgent groups in Xinjiang pose one of the biggest security threats to China, and the government says the “three forces” of separatism, terrorism and religious extremism threaten to destabilize the region. But outside scholars of Xinjiang and terrorism experts argue that heavy-handed tactics like the restrictions on Islam will only radicalize more Uighurs. (NYT.com) | 2008--1-0-
  8. Niger Delta rebels ratchet up oil-related violence | LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's main militant group said Wednesday that it had destroyed an oil-pumping station and a pipeline crossing southern Nigeria in a rare daylight attack extending violence in the restive region into its fifth day. (CNN.com) | 2008--0-9-
  9. Anarchy-Cursed Nation Looks to Bottom-Up Rule | Does the international community have it all wrong on Somalia? After 17 years, 14 transitional governments and more than $8 billion in foreign aid, the country is as violent and lawless — and many say hopeless — as ever. (NYT) | 2008--0-8-
  10. Lebanon bomb mars landmark summit in Syria | Lebanon's fragile status quo suffered a new blow yesterday when a bomb killed 18 people in the northern city of Tripoli, the scene of recent sectarian clashes. (Guardian.co.uk) | 2008--0-8-
  11. Chertoff: I'm Listening to the Internet (Not in a Bad Way) | Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff sat down with Threat Level on Monday in Silicon Valley to talk about laptop searches at the border, the government's new-found interest in computer security, and the continuing saga of overeager terrorist watch lists. (wired.com) | 2008--0-8-
  12. Somalia 'threat' to Kenya peace | Kenya's struggle with terrorism will continue as long as neighbouring Somalia remains lawless, the prime minister has said. (BBC) | 2008--0-8-
  13. Russian Gang Hijacking PCs in Vast Scheme | A criminal gang is using software tools normally reserved for computer network administrators to infect thousands of PCs in corporate and government networks with programs that steal passwords and other information, a security researcher has found. (NYT) | 2008--0-8-
  14. German warship helped fend off pirate attack - CNN.com | A German warship responded to a distress call from the Japanese tanker Takayama off the coast of Yemen on Monday, helping to fend off pirates who were attacking the tanker. The attack has been blamed on Somali pirates, who have been involved in a number of incidents in recent months. This type of crime affects global trade networks as trade routes are disrupted or abandoned due to threat of piracy. | 2008--0-4-
  15. Europeans poised to bolster Web shield | On Wednesday, NATO will present a strategy for countering computer attacks at a meeting for heads of state in Bucharest, with a proposal to create a central cyberdefense authority. "The attacks on Estonia - directed at services on which Estonian citizens rely - could happen anywhere," said James Appathurai, a NATO spokesman. "The only way to defend against them is through multinational, multilateral cooperation." Paet, the foreign minister of Estonia, said he hoped that more countries would support the various international agreements to create "a legal, concrete framework." But it may not improve matters in the long term with Russia, which, along with nations like Georgia, Turkey and Liechtenstein, has not signed the Council of Europe's cybercrime treaty. (International Herald Tribune) | 2008--0-3-
  16. 'Slaves' saved from Italy circus | The case of a Bulgarian family subjected to poor treatment by an Italian circus has highlighted the plight of people caught up in human trafficking networks in Europe. (BBC) | 2008--0-3-
  17. Sudan warns west of 'Iraq-style disaster' in Darfur | UN peacekeeping troops are heading for "another Iraq or Afghanistan disaster" in Darfur as long as talks between the government and rebel groups remain stalled and the US maintains its hostile stance, Sudanese officials and regional experts warned today. (Guardian) | 2008--0-3-
  18. US seeks terrorists in web worlds | The US government has begun a project to develop ways to spot terrorists who are using virtual worlds. (BBC) | 2008--0-3-
  19. Al-Qaeda: How jihad went freelance | Al-Qaeda has evolved from a single group to an amorphous movement. Does that make it less dangerous or more so? (Economist) | 2008--0-2-
  20. Al Qaeda taps cell phone downloads | Al Qaeda video messages of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri can now be downloaded to cell phones, the terror network announced as part of its attempts to extend its influence. (CNN) | 2008--0-1-
  21. The State of Iraq: An Update | In this New York Times op-ed piece, the authors create their own "matrix" with their own graded shadings to illustrate where we are in Iraq looking at the months of November since the beginning of the war. | 2007--1-2-
  22. Climate Change and National Security | Recent actions and statements by members of Congress, members of the UN Security Council, and retired U.S. military officers have drawn attention to the consequences of climate change, including the destabilizing effects of storms, droughts, and floods. Domestically, the effects of climate change could overwhelm disaster-response capabilities. Internationally, climate change may cause humanitarian disasters, contribute to political violence, and undermine weak governments. (Council on Foreign Relations - PDF) | 2007--1-2-
  23. Bin Laden message 'to be aired' | A new video of Osama Bin Laden on an Islamic jihadist website (as promoted by the leader's media group As-Sahab) is reported to promote the idea of driving a 'wedge' between Western citizens and their leaders. The article also discusses Bin Laden's interest in global media. (BBC) | 2007--1-1-
  24. Nigeria makes 'al-Qaeda' arrests | Given that Nigeria is a major oil producer yet its population is poor and equally split between Muslims and Christians, British and American officials have long been obsessed that Nigeria was ripe for al-Qaeda-style groups. (BBC) | 2007--1-1-
  25. Iraq, Iran, and the President Who Cried Wolf | A crucial moment looms in the Iran debate, even as big questions remain unasked. Like, could we live with a nuclearized Tehran? (New York Magazine) | 2007--1-1-
  26. New Eritrea-Ethiopia war fears | Ethiopia and Eritrea may return to war over their disputed border without foreign moves to resolve the crisis, warns the International Crisis Group. (BBC) | 2007--1-1-
  27. The Trouble with Terror Drills | An article that interrogates the utility and positive/negative effects of 'terror drills.' (Time) | 2007--1-0-
  28. U.S. pulls plug on 6 al-Qaeda media outlet | The U.S. military says it has captured at least six al-Qaeda media centers in Iraq and arrested 20 suspected propaganda leaders since June. The seizures of the centers underscore the importance al-Qaeda has placed on media, primarily the Internet, as a tool to communicate to its members and use against U.S. forces in Iraq. The group's media emphasis continues to increase, intelligence analysts say. | 2007--1-0-
  29. Maliki Accuses Blackwater of Challenging Iraq’s Sovereignty | Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki called the Blackwater USA shooting of Iraqi civilians a challenge to the nation's sovereignty, bringing to light the increased role of non-state actors in international affairs. (NYTimes) | 2007--0-9-
  30. Civil liberties under threat: The real price of freedom | This series of articles from the Economist (online) interrogates how America and other Western democracies have over the past six years eroded civil liberties, even in countries regarding themselves as liberty's champions. | 2007--0-9-
  31. Crocker, Petraeus Hold a News Conference (transcript) | Transcript of the press conference at the National Press Club (9/12/07) with General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker. (Washington Post) | 2007--0-9-
  32. Fears raised over 'vocal terrorism' | Advances in synthesised speech raise the possibility of "vocal terrorism", potentially becoming a new weapon for terrorists. | 2007--0-9-
  33. General Petraeus and Amb Crocker at National Press Club | MNF-Iraq Commander GEN David Petraeus and Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker speak about the current status of conditions in Iraq at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. | 2007--0-9-
  34. Petraeus: I Never Meant to Say Iraq Doesn't Make Us Safer! | Given half the opportunity by Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Gen. Petraeus eagerly backtracked on his earlier admission to Sen. Warner that he didn't know if success in Iraq would make America safer. | 2007--0-9-
  35. Taleban 'Getting Chinese Weapons' | Britain has privately complained to Beijing that Chinese-made weapons are being used by the Taleban to attack British troops in Afghanistan. (BBC) | 2007--0-9-
  36. Where Less Is More | An op-ed warning of the potential for setbacks if the U.S. were to focus its attention (and troops) to Afghanistan post-Iraq, citing that the intervention in Afghanistan has gone far better than that in Iraq largely because the American-led coalition has limited its ambitions and kept a light footprint, leaving the Afghans to run their own affairs. (NYTimes) | 2007--0-7-
  37. Israel, Iran, Rated Most Negative in Poll; Canada Viewed Best | More than 28,000 respondents in 27 countries have ranked Israel and Iran (respectively) as having the most negative influence in the world, according to people questioned in a British Broadcasting Corp. poll about attitudes toward 12 nations and the European Union. Not far behind were the U.S. and North Korea. (Bloomberg) | 2007--0-3-
  38. Somalia summit fails to reach peacekeeping target | An African summit focusing on the fate of conflict-ravaged Somalia ended without a firm commitment to send a sizeable peacekeeping force to the country. (The Guardian) | 2007--0-1-
  39. Pakistan’s Tribal Areas: Appeasing the Militants | Musharraf's appeasement of Taliban sympathizers has resulted in a base in Pakistan’s tribal areas that militants are using to stoke instability both at home and in neighboring Afghanistan. | 2006--1-2-
  40. Iran tried to swap guns for Somali uranium | Iran is among a number of countries (see above article posted) supplying weapons to Islamic extremists in Somalia; in exchange for weapons and munitions, Somalia is allowing Iran to tap into its uranium reserves. | 2006--1-1-
  41. Radioactive Nationalism | Discusses the far-reaching consequences of nuclear weapon proliferation in East Asia and throughout the rest of the world. | 2006--1-0-
  42. U.S. Pursues Tactic of Financial Isolation | In an attempt to control international funding of terrorists, the U.S. is enacting rules and regulations to prevent banks associated with terrorists from making any deals or transactions with American banks. | 2006--1-0-
  43. After Afghan Battle, a Harder Fight for Peace | Post Afgan war, civilians once again feel threatened by NATO coalition forces bombarding into their homes without justifications. For the US, winning the battle at this point is about securing the peace. | 2006--1-0-
  44. Conflict Diamonds | Although this article is from 2001, it shows how conflict diamonds are a key factor in resource conflict. | 2006--1-0-
  45. Suicide Bomber Kills 12 Near Kabul Ministry | | 2006--0-9-
  46. India’s Police Say Pakistan Helped Plot Attack | | 2006--0-9-
  47. Syria Bows to Back Hamas, Hizbullah at All Costs | A report from the Lebanon Star about the determination of Syria to continue its massive financial and military backing of Hamas and Hezhbollah, despite US threats of increased sanctions. This bodes poorly for Israel, which failed to militarily act against Syria in the recent conflict and sufficientl stamp out Hezhbollah positions in S. Lebanon. It is also not good news for US-led interests in the area, as it shows the newly found diplomatic spotlight of Assad's Baath government, which will likely continue to be exploited to draw even closer to Iran and its aims of regional dominance. The result can be increased regional tension, a rse in the activities of Islamic groups in Iraq, Israel, and even in the Europe. Certainly this will weigh heavily on the future of US engagement in the Middle East. | 2006--0-9-