Neal Rauhauser: Central African Republic Maps

Updated Central African Republic Maps The Central African Republic’s troubles were obvious to foreign policy watchers a year ago and now conflict has boiled over into outright ethnic cleansing. As a former French colony the best sources on this area are still in French and as a resource poor, land locked area there simply wasn’t …

Neal Rauhauser: Global Database of Events, Language & Tone (GDELT) Is SAFE!

Global Database of Events, Language & Tone (GDELT) Is SAFE! by Neal Rauhauser That was a long, uncomfortable silence, after I posted GDELT’s Mysterious Demise, but we now have the particulars on what happened: The bottom line is that GDELT is one of the very few event datasets in existence today that actually has all …

Neal Rauhauser: MassBigData Opens Government

MassBigData Opens Government I sometimes think I could drop all of my technical Twitter follows except for @kdnuggets and that would be more than enough to keep me busy. Today he mentioned MassBigData, a statewide initiative to open government data for exploitation. What used to happen inside 128 has spread as far west as Worcester. . …

Neal Rauhauser: GDELT’s Mysterious Demise

I wrote Foreign Policy’s Global Conversation Infographic on New Year’s Day. The content used to create the visualization was based on the Global Data of Events, Language and Tone, commonly referred to as GDELT. The effort was suspended during the week ending January 17th via this terse announcement. . . . . . . I …

Neal Rauhauser: Eastern Mediterranean Gas Fields & Pipelines

Eastern Mediterranean Gas Fields & Pipelines The eastern Mediterranean has natural gas resources but with the exception of Egyptian production this is rarely mentioned, almost never in the geopolitical press and only rarely in the energy specific trade press. The Oil Drum offers an excellent series of detailed articles tagged with ‘Israel’, but the style is …

Neal Rauhauser: Political Populism Emergent – First Occupy Solidarity Network Now Assange and Hacktivists

First Occupy Solidarity Network, Now Assange First we saw Micah White split from Adbusters and announce the creation of the Occupy Solidarity Network, an explicitly political creature with its root in Occupy Wall Street. Now two weeks later Democracy brings us WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Calls on Computer Hackers to Unite Against NSA Surveillance (starting at 31:00 …

Neal Rauhauser: Foreign Policy’s Global Conversation Infographic

Foreign Policy’s Global Conversation Infographic The images and following text were taken from The Global Conversation on Foreign Policy’s site. The site’s graph is user zoomable and the second image shows President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, and Edward Snowden. I may have to hunt up a print copy and read the full article on …

Neal Rauhauser: Quadrennial Intelligence Community Review? Start with Counterintelligence?

Quadrennial Intelligence Community Review? The Department of Defense began producing the Quadrennial Defense Review in 1997 in response to requests from Congress triggered by the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Four of them have been released and the fifth will begin to appear in February or March of 2014. …

Neal Rauhauser: SImmering Maghreb

The Simmering Maghreb Starting in Tunisia with the self immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi in late December of 2010, Arab Spring spread like wildfire, bowling over four governments and straining all their neighbors. Three years have passed and a wave of weapons from Libya, coupled with fighters from all over, have destabilized the ring of nations …

Neal Rauhauser: NSA Screws the USA…

NSA Spies, Brazil Shuns Boeing, Selects Saab Saab wins Brazil jets deal after NSA spying sours Boeing bid Until earlier this year, Boeing had been considered the frontrunner for the purchase. But revelations of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency in Brazil, including the personal telephone calls and emails of President Dilma Rousseff herself, led …

Neal Rauhauser: US Aircraft Carriers — Way Too Many, Irresponsibly Drawing Resources Away from a Long-Haul Air Force and an Air-Mobile Army

Global Aircraft Carrier Infographic Some weeks ago I wrote Carriers Of The Pacific, a comparison of the U.S. fleet vs. other countries, prompted by the U.S. “pivot to the east”. One Chart Shows The Magnitude Of U.S. Naval Dominance provides an infographic that makes things crystal clear. Two thirds of all carriers belong to the U.S. …

Neal Rauhauser: Greater Irans Greatest Problem — US Fumbling with Geo-Political Terrain It Does Not Understand…

Greater Iran’s Greatest Problem The current political boundaries of the Islamic Republic are a fraction of what the Persian empire was at it’s peak. This map of Scythia & Parthia shows what have been fairly stable boundaries for Iranian culture – from the Tigris river in the west to the Indus in the east. Geographically this …

Neal Rauhauser: TRAC – Taking Out Illegal Website Operations

TRAC: Taking Out Illegal Website Operations Yesterday the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium published Taking Out Illegal Website Operations (subscription required). This is a fairly short article describing law enforcement’s efforts to remove child pornography purveyor Freedom Hosting, money laundering operation Liberty Reserve, and black market Amazon clone Silk Road. This is my third article for …

Neal Rauhauser: Profile of Right-Wing Groundswell Network Against Constitution and Republic?

I have the documents behind the Groundswell leak. They plainly have a ‘shadow government’ working group. Have you heard much about this bunch? They seem to be mostly religious fanatics from what I can tell …   http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/groundswell ‘Shadow government’. I don’t think they meant shadowing the government to make sure it was working, I …