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On SecurityJan 7, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
The funeral procession for IRGC-Quds Force head Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 6, 2020, in Tehran, Iran, after his Jan. 3 death in a U.S. airstrike.
Evaluating the State of Iranian Terrorism Capabilities
Iran's leadership unsurprisingly has issued broad threats of retaliation in response to the Jan. 3 killing of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatening to exact "severe revenge." One of the most influential individuals in Iran, Soleimani was seen as the key to Iran's aggressive military initiatives across the Middle East. There is little doubt that Iran will indeed seek revenge. The real question is when, where and how it will attempt to seek it. But while terrorist attacks by Iranian operatives or proxy groups working at the behest of Iran are a valid cause for concern, they are no reason to panic: Their activities can be detected and defended against through solid intelligence work and careful vigilance.
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On SecurityDec 31, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Abstract montage of a man's eye with a radar grid overlaying the pupil.
'See Something, Say Something' Still Works. Here's Why.
According to a database compiled by AP, USA Today and Northeastern University, more mass killings occurred in the United States in 2019 than in any year since at least the 1970s. While concerning, this record is unfortunately not surprising given the recent uptick of public attacks in the country. But the number of such attacks in 2019 would have been far higher had it not been for citizens adhering to the "see something, say something" principle. Indeed, in December alone, several mass shootings were apparently thwarted by good Samaritans who alerted authorities to the potential attacks. That's because potential perpetrators, regardless of their varying motives, all have to follow the same steps prior to an attack. And this, combined with the indications of intent attackers often also leak, leaves a trail of breadcrumbs that ordinary citizens can spot and report to authorities before it's too late.
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On SecurityNov 5, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces the creation of a new initiative to crack down on Chinese intelligence officials stealing intellectual property from U.S. corporations through hacking and espionage during a press conference at the Justice Department on Nov. 1, 2018.
An Era of Unparalleled Espionage Risk Is Upon Us
Today, corporate espionage actors are busier and more successful than ever thanks to an alarming confluence of factors. China's and Russia's escalating great power competition with the United States, for one, is pushing them to more boldly and brazenly obtain Western companies' secrets. But the simultaneous proliferation of espionage tools, mobile devices, digital data and postmodernist thought has also made it so that even a low-level employee can now feasibly have both the means and motive to find and steal massive quantities of information.  All of these threats are formidable in their own right, and thus worthy of attention. But it's equally crucial to understand how they all tie together to fully capture the increasingly dire and incredibly multifaceted espionage risk facing today's businesses and organizations.
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On SecurityOct 29, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
This July 5, 2014, photo shows an image grab taken from a propaganda video released by al-Furqan Media showing Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as he declares himself caliph in Mosul.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's True Legacy
When al-Baghdadi declared himself caliph following his Islamic State group's stunning battlefield successes in Syria and Iraq, he envisioned a legacy in which all Muslims would fall in line and help him establish sovereignty over all the Earth. Al-Baghdadi saw himself as the one to "Make Islam great again" (to borrow a phrase) and expected to achieve the same success that the Prophet Mohammed's followers enjoyed when they greatly expanded the original caliphate in the late seventh century A.D. But as we now look back at the life -- and death -- of al-Baghdadi, it becomes clear that he was a failure. Not only did he fail to unify all Muslims and lead them on a global conquest, his only lasting legacies might be his group's deep split with others in the jihadist movement, depraved violence (against believer and nonbeliever alike), and rape on an epic scale.
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Contributor PerspectivesOct 17, 2019 | 09:30 GMT
This photo shows a protester in Hong Kong waving a banner of support for NBA team executive Daryl Morey.
China Calls a Foul, and the NBA Jumps
A groundbreaking game four decades ago in Beijing gave the NBA a toehold in basketball-crazy China. Over the intervening years, the league has tapped a gold mine in the country worth billions of dollars in TV rights and endorsements. The importance to the NBA of maintaining its Chinese operations became evident in the careful steps it's had to take to escape the political minefield that it found itself thrown into by an executive's tweet over Hong Kong.
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AssessmentsSep 24, 2019 | 09:30 GMT
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the media in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sept. 19, 2019, regarding photos and video that have surfaced in which he is wearing dark makeup.
In Canada, Trudeau Battles His Past as Elections Loom
It's an election in which health care, affordability and climate change are foremost on everyone's minds, but when Canadians go to the ballot box on Oct. 21, the polls might as well also be a referendum on the performance -- and personality -- of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In February, he became embroiled in a scandal amid accusations that his office acted improperly in preventing the prosecution of Quebecois engineering giant SNC-Lavalin for bribery in Libya. And on Sept. 18, the prime minister received a bigger blow to his image when decades-old pictures surfaced showing him in blackface at a number of parties. For a leader who prides himself on being inclusive, the revelations will undoubtedly hurt his image and potentially derail his chances of besting the opposition Conservative Party in a race that's currently too close to call. According to polling figures aggregated by state broadcaster CBC on Sept.
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AssessmentsSep 9, 2019 | 15:54 GMT
Police officers patrol Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, during April 2018.
In Mexico, Violence Flares Up Again in the Border City of Nuevo Laredo
Violence between the Cartel del Noreste (CDN) and state police has been surging in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas state over the past two weeks. The incidents began Aug. 22, when officers with the Center for Analysis, Information and Studies of Tamaulipas (CAIET) erected a pop-up checkpoint just outside Nuevo Laredo on Federal Highway 2, which leads to Piedras Negras up the Rio Grande in Coahuila state. A convoy of heavily armed CDN gunmen with the cartel's "Tropa del Infierno" (Spanish for "Soldiers of Hell") enforcer unit attacked the checkpoint and wounded two police officers. They attacked the officers again as they took their wounded to the hospital, injuring a third officer. The fighting means those with interests in the city should be even more wary than usual.
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Contributor PerspectivesAug 12, 2019 | 09:30 GMT
Lockheed Martin rolls out the first F-35 fighter jet built for Turkey during a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 21, 2018.
The Real Cost of Ejecting Turkey From the F-35 Program
President Donald Trump's administration announced in mid-July that the United States was removing Turkey from its F-35 fighter program after Turkey received its first shipment of the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. The U.S. decision will prevent Turkey from taking delivery of any of the 100-plus F-35s it had planned to buy. What's more, the White House's decision also removes Turkish contractors from the F-35's production chain. Turkey was also slated to serve as a maintenance base for the Middle East, where countries that had F-35 fleets could get their planes serviced. This plan was also canceled. It's estimated the Trump administration's move will cost the United States $500 million. As for Turkey, it already has paid more than $1 billion toward its planned purchase of the F-35, money it may not get back.
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On SecurityAug 6, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
Handmade crosses memorialize the victims of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 5, 2019.
Where the El Paso Mass Shooting Fits in the Evolution of White Supremacist Tactics
Before his attack, the El Paso shooter, who I will purposefully not name to deny him the attention such killers seek, posted a four-page statement to the website 8chan. This is the same website that the perpetrators of the Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque attacks in March and the Chabad of Poway, California, synagogue attack in April posted their statements to. The El Paso shooter began his statement by praising the Christchurch killer, but said he was targeting Hispanics, who he claimed were invading Texas. He specifically mentioned the "great replacement theory," the idea that white people are going to be replaced by people of color. This concept, sometimes referred to as "white genocide," has been linked to a number of other killers, including those in Christchurch and Poway. These three massacres raise the question of why we are seeing more white supremacist attacks.
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AssessmentsJul 22, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa stands during the national anthem before delivering his annual State of the Nation address to parliament in Cape Town on June 20, 2019.
Can Ramaphosa Halt South Africa's Rot?
On July 15, South Africans tuned in to witness a sight few on the continent ever expected to see: a former African leader getting a grilling from a corruption commission. But while former President Jacob Zuma's appearance before South Africa's Judicial Commission of Inquiry Into Allegations of State Capture (popularly known as the Zondo commission) was notable -- given that the vast majority of former African leaders accused of such impropriety never face such questioning -- his presence belies the gravity of the situation South Africa faces. In fact, nearly two months after the ruling African National Congress won an election to give the new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, an ostensible mandate to push through pro-business and anti-corruption reforms, details on the government's plans to breathe life into South Africa's moribund economy are either vague or fanciful. Instead, evidence is mounting that Ramaphosa remains weak and that he will have no choice
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SITUATION REPORTJun 28, 2019 | 15:15 GMT
China: Xi Announces New Measures to Open Economy
Chinese President Xi Jinping is planning new measures to open up a number of the country's sectors, establish six new free trade pilot zones, further lower tariffs and update its "negative list" -- which restricts investment in certain sectors -- to boost foreign investment, the People's Daily reported June 28.
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