Selected Articles: Russian Deployment to Syria, Mass Surveillance In The West

middle-east-mapRussia Returns to the Middle East

By Israel Shamir, September 26, 2015

These autumn days are the most important in the Middle East calendar. The Muslims celebrate Eid al Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice; the Jews fast at Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement; and the Eastern Orthodox Christians rejoice at Nativity of Our Lady Mary. It appears, surprisingly, the best place to be at this time is Moscow, where Putin received in quick succession the Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Turkish ruler Recep Erdogan.

Putin-ObamaWhat Will Obama and Putin Talk about?

By Vladimir Kozin, September 26, 2015

The key topics during their talks will undoubtedly be the refugee crisis and the fight against the Islamic State, the latter having about as much to do with Islam as ‘Russian dressing’ has to do with Russia.

Russian-Airborne-TroopsSyrian Government Forces Start Crushing ISIS, Military and Intelligence Assistance from Russia

By, September 26, 2015

The army of Bashar al-Assad has reportedly started crushing Islamic State militants that had previously seized the cities of Palmyra and Homs. Western experts and journalists believe that the Syrian troops receive substantial military assistance from Russian military men at the base in Latakia.

Ahmed Mohame clockAhmed’s Clock: “Counterterrorism” and Homeland “Security” in America’s Schools

By Binoy Kampmark, September 26, 2015

The rationale of seeing, in conscientious Texan-based 14-year old Ahmed Mohamed, a fledging terrorist, has a good number of followers. This takes the form of denial that this has anything to do with Islam, and everything to do with being sensible about security in the name of the homeland. Such logic demands that terrorists come in all forms, though even that assumes a clipped, selective form.

internet-surveillance 2“Operation Karma Police”: The British Government Spied on Everyone’s Web Activity, Cell Phones. Massive GCHQ Data Bank

By Steve Watson, September 26, 2015

GCHQ called the operation ‘Karma Police’ because they were Radiohead fans; Mammoth operation bigger than anything NSA did. Spies with GCHQ, the British equivalent of the NSA spied on “every visible” user’s Internet activity and called the operation ‘Karma Police’ after a song by the band Radiohead.

surveillanceProfiled From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities

By Ryan Gallagher, September 26, 2015

There was a simple aim at the heart of the top-secret program: Record the website browsing habits of “every visible user on the Internet.” Before long, billions of digital records about ordinary people’s online activities were being stored every day.…

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