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  • Meet Al-Nusra, Another Bin Laden Wannabe Group

    The group that claimed responsibility for a double-suicide bombing that killed 27 people in Syria is widely regarded as a front organization for al-Qaeda in Syria. The Al-Nusra Front to Protect the Levant, which claimed responsibilities for the attacks, bears all the marks of another bin Laden wannabe group. The … More

    Terrorist Killing Spree -- It Could Happen Here

    A wannabe al-Qaeda went on a killing spree in France. Don’t breathe a sigh of relief because it happened over there. It can happen here. At least 45 plots aimed at the U.S. since 9/11 have been thwarted. Good work—but cold comfort. We have not stopped all of them. When … More

    Does Fareed Read?

    How to handle Iran? Writing in The Washington Post, columnist Fareed Zakaria complains that “Krauthammer, the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and others denounce containment and deterrence and would lead us instead to a policy that culminates in a preventive war.” This summary of Heritage writings about dealing with … More

    Wiki Worries

    Oops! In order to prevent leaks over the trial of alleged Wiki-leaker Bradley Manning, e-mail filtering for government prosecutors inadvertently screened out messages from the judge and Manning’s defense team. Another reminder that Wiki War, the competition online for safe and secure communications, is like every other kind of competition—a … More

    Cornering #Kony

    While the rest of us were watching YouTube about the infamous Ugandan militia leader Joseph Kony, someone was actually doing something about Kony and the Lord Resistance Army (LRA). An article in Philanthropy Roundtable explains how Bridgeway, an investment company based in Houston, funded efforts to help combat LRA raids … More

    A Day Without Twitter?

    Reporters Without Borders notes that today is World Day Against Cyber-Censorship. For some time now, the organization has been highlighting cases of oppression and abuse of freedom of speech against the world’s online community. For example, it labels Syria an “Enemy of the Internet”: Bashar Al-Assad’s regime responded with violence … More

    Japan: One Year Later

    Yesterday, Japan remembered. On March 11, 2011, an earthquake rocked the coast of Japan. The quake generated the largest recorded tsunami in modern Japanese history, which swept across the northeast coast of Japan. In addition to destruction and loss of life resulting from these natural disasters, facilities at the Fukushima … More

    #Kony

    A 30-minute documentary on the Lord’s Resistance Army, a violent militia in Uganda led by the outlaw Joseph Kony, has gone viral. A day after it was published on YouTube, it had logged 32 million views. In contrast, the Dr. Suess movie The Lorax, which by Hollywood standards had “huge … More

    End Game in Iran

    It is past the time that Washington will be able to find a means to resolve the confrontation with Iran that is “all gain, no pain.” And it should be clear that the fault for this lies clearly with the rulers in Tehran. They have become the single greatest obstacle … More

    Hacker Down--Not So Anonymous Anymore

    An ace hacker brought down by the FBI gave up enough on fellow members of the shadowy hackavist group Anonymous to indict six individuals in Europe and the United States. If there is an object lesson in this story, it is a reminder that most of our thinking about battling … More