Monthly Archives: November 2014

Oil Enters New Era As OPEC Faces Off Against Shale; Who Blinks As Price Slides Toward $70?

Oil Enters New Era as OPEC Faces Off Against Shale; Who Blinks as Price Slides Toward $70? Bloomberg.com Nov. 28, 2014 By: Golnar Mctevvalli, Anthony DiPiola, and Wale Mahdi OPEC’s decision to cede no ground to rival producers underscored the price war in the crude market and the challenge to U.S. shale drillers. The 12-nation […]

Newly Leaked Snowden Documents Claim U.K. Tapping/Surveillance Of U.S./Ireland Communications

Newly Leaked Snowden Documents Claim U.K. Tapping/Surveillance Of U.S./Ireland Communications www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com James O’Shea, writing on the November 29, 2014 website, IrishCentral.com, writes that newly leaked Edward Snowden documents [first reported in the German newspaper – Suddeutsche Zeitung] purport to reveal that British intelligence [GCHQ] has been intercepting communications between the U.S. and Ireland after tapping […]

Afghan Interpreters Who Helped U.S. Forces Claim They Have Been Left To The Mercy Of The Taliban After Being Place On A Blacklist That Stops Them From Emigrating To America

Afghan interpreters who helped US forces claim they have been left to the mercy of the Taliban after being place on a blacklist that stops them from emigrating to America The Taliban are targeting Afghan interpreters who worked with US forces Many have emigrated to America on special visas Others who were sacked and placed […]

U.S. Will Use Psych Evaluations, Stress Tests To Screen Syrian Rebels For Training

U.S. Will Use Psych Evaluations, Stress Tests To Screen Syrian Rebels For Training By Missy Ryan November 28 at 5:54 PM http://www.washingtonpost.com/ world/national-security/us- military-will-use-psych-evals- stress-tests-to-screen-syrian- rebels-for-training/2014/11/ 28/39bb9362-7712-11e4-bd1b- 03009bd3e984_story.html?wprss= rss_national-security The U.S. military will subject Syrian rebels taking part in a new training program to psychological evaluations, biometrics checks and stress tests under a screening plan […]

Nuclear Power: Growing Role Of Emerging Nations

IISS IISS Strategic Comments http://www.iiss.org/sitecore/RedirectUrlPage.aspx?ec_url=http://www.iiss.org&ec_camp=8F966C3CAA3B4483A68B6DA4B8295DFC&ec_as=8EA1DA581F9144D5BC118DEEC7415119 Nuclear Power: Growing Role Of Emerging Nations Emerging nations are becoming more important in the field of nuclear energy, both in building new electricity generation plants and supplying nuclear technology. The trend could have a significant effect on the industry, threatening industrialized nations’ domination of both the development of civil […]

Former al Qaida Hostage Recounts Nightmare – Of Dealing With FBI

Excerpt: The FBI never told his father that he had been kidnapped. It waited six months into his capture to produce a wanted poster, and only after his mother prodded. It allowed jihadist forces to empty his bank account – $17,000 – with purchases on eBay, even as the government warned hostage families not to […]

Russia ‘Two Years From Meltdown’ As Economic Distress Grows

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/russia-two-years-from-meltdown-as-economic-distress-grows/story-e6frg6so-12271387 Russia ‘Two Years From Meltdown’ As Economic Distress Grows Ben Hoyle The Times November 29, 2014 12:00AM A Russian T-72 tank in Donetsk, where Ukraine forces are battling Kremlin-backed rebels. Source: AFP RUSSIA’S mounting economic crisis is likely to pose an existential threat to President Vladimir Putin’s leadership within two years, one of the […]

Custom Malware Sneaks Past Advanced Threat Detection Alliances In Lab Experiment

Custom Malware Sneaks Past Advanced Threat Detection Alliances In Lab Experiment Crysys_MRG_APT_detection_test_2014 www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com Kelly Jackson-Higgins, writing on the November 26, 2014 website DarkReading.com, notes that “some of the top advanced [cyber] threat detection products failed to catch custom-written malware samples posing at targeted attacks in an independent lab study,” see full report at the attachment/link. […]

Navy Nominates RADM Elizabeth Train For 3rd Star/Relieve VADM Ted Branch As Naval Intelligence Chief

Navy Nominates RADM Elizabeth Train For 3rd Star/Relieve VADM Ted Branch As Naval Intelligence Chief www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com Current Chief of Naval Intelligence, VADM Ted Branch recently had his security clearances pulled; and, has been in a kind of purgatory and legal limbo for potential ties to the disgraced Naval contracting firm — Glenn Defense Marine Asia, […]

Yes, Director Brennan Should “Center-Ize” The CIA

Yes, Director Brennan Should “Center-Ize” The CIA www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com Aki Peritz, writing on the November 24, 2014 website, Overt Action, argues that — by all means — CIA Director Brennan should “center-ize” the CIA. Brennan’s proposed changes include “potentially merging the Analytical and Operational Directorate’s, in a way similar to how the Counterterrorism, Counterproliferation, and Counterintelligence […]