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A Simple Command Allows The CIA to Commandeer 318 Models of Cisco Switches

Cisco Systems said that more than 300 models of switches it sells contain a critical vulnerability that allows the CIA to use a simple command to remotely execute malicious code that takes full control of the devices. There currently is no fix. Cisco researchers said they discovered the vulnerability as they analyzed a cache of […]

Western MSM Ignoring ‘Unworthy Civilian Victims’ of US-Led Mosul Attacks -Editorial

In Aleppo there was a tendency among Western reporters, certainly in the US, to point out Russia was leading the operation, so any civilian casualties and damage could be blamed on it, explains retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski. Iraqi forces, backed by the US military, are pushing deeper into western Mosul to […]

Moscow And Beijing Begin Strategic Cooperation in Arctic

On March 29 a high-level delegation from the Chinese Government and private companies will meet with their Russian government counterparts in the ancient seacoast city of Arkhangelsk on the White Sea at the mouth of the Northern Dvina River. The city is strategic as it is now navigable by ship year-around owing to technology improvements […]

Protests Erupt in South Ossetia As Former President Blocked from Running Again

Upcoming elections for the presidency of South Ossetia have been thrown into turmoil after the de facto authorities refused to register former president Eduard Kokoity and his supporters took to the streets to protest. South Ossetia’s Central Election Commission on March 4 said that they would not allow Kokoity to run in the April 9 […]

Just Prior to Hearing Over NSL Gag Orders, Court Allows Cloudflare & CREDO Mobile To Be Named As Plaintiffs

In December, we wrote about how (thanks to EFF’s lawyering) mobile phone provider CREDO Mobile was finally (after many years) allowed to reveal the National Security Letter (NSL) it had received from the DOJ back in 2013. As per usual, the NSL had a complete gag order, barring the company from admitting it had received […]

Syrian War Report – March 21, 2017: Russia Set Military Base In YPG-Held Area of Afrin?

Russia is setting up a military base in the Afrin canton area controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in northwestern Syria. The agreement on establishing the base was concluded on Sunday, according to YPG spokesman Redur Xelil. The base will reportedly be located at the village of Qatmah. Russian military servicemen have already arrived […]

Norway Grants Asylum To Pro-Coup Turkish Soldiers

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration has accepted asylum requests of four Turkish soldiers and one military attaché, who rejected orders to return to Turkey after the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) organized July 15 coup attempt. The putschist soldiers and the military attaché, who were stationed as NATO soldiers in Europe, received residence and work permits. […]

Arkansas Legislators Want To Make Corporate Whistleblowing Illegal

Another “ag gag” law is in the works in Arkansas. These bills are brought under the pretense of safety — both for the person supposedly breaking them, as well as for the employees of the entity “trespassed” upon. The unspoken aim of these laws is to prevent whistleblowing, and they often spring into existence after […]

The Coming German Energy Crisis.

In the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster in 2011, the German government decided to shut down its 19 nuclear power stations, which supply nearly 30 percent of the country’s electrical power, by 2022. Driven by social pressure, the German government now plans to get rid of all fossil fuels, thus increasing the share of renewable […]

Face-Scanners In Public Toilet To Prevent Theft of Toilet Paper

Facial recognition software installed in Beijing convenience to crack down on people taking large amounts of toilet paper One of Beijing’s busiest public toilets is fighting the scourge of toilet paper theft through the use technology – giving out loo roll only to patrons who use a face scanner. The automated facial recognition dispenser comes […]

Israel Precipitates New Tensions in Syria –Editorial

The Israeli air attacks on Friday near Palmyra in Syria targeting what Tel Aviv claims to be a convoy ferrying weapons for Hezbollah in Lebanon – and what Damascus alleges was a calculated act directed against the positions of the government forces fighting the Islamic State active in the region – cannot be regarded as […]

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors with Ukrainian Firmware

To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America’s heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that’s cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums. Tractor hacking is growing increasingly popular because John Deere and other manufacturers have made it impossible to perform […]

Hong Kong: Anglo-America’s Struggling Foothold In China – Editorial

Prominent American propagandist Howard French recently published a lengthy editorial in the Guardian titled, “Is it too late to save Hong Kong from Beijing’s authoritarian grasp?,” in which he attempts to buttress an otherwise categorically false narrative surrounding an alleged indigenous struggle for democracy and independence within Hong Kong. French attempts to hold China accountable […]

House Russia Hearing: Revelations Or More Speculation? -Video

To Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Russian President Vladimir Putin is a tarantula spinning a web to trap the United States. Rigging the election in Trump’s favor was just the start of his plan of conquest. In yesterday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian influence in the Trump Administration and campaign, Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff […]

China Shelves Central Asia Gas Plan –Analysis

After two decades of investing in Central Asia’s energy sector, China appears to be shelving its gas pipeline expansion plans, prompting doubts about its economy and demand for the cleaner fuel. According to Russian reports, the fourth branch of China’s far-flung pipeline system to carry gas from Turkmenistan through neighboring Uzbekistan has been put off […]