SOUTHCOM Week in Review Ending 25 August 2009


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AA: Brazil reaffirms influence in Bolivia and support for Evo Morales 08/23/09

AA: Latin America: Social Movements in Times of Economic Crises 08/25/09

AR: Argentinians have a more favorable view of the US 08/20/09

BR: Lobbying steps up ahead of Brazil jet fighter decision 08/20/09

CO:  FARC website taken offline 08/21/09

HN: OAS team in Honduras to push for ousted leader’s return 08/24/09

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Journal: America Is Fed Up: Two Wings, Same (Corrupt) Bird. ENOUGH!

Civil Society, Cultural Intelligence, Ethics

Listen to Audio of Interview
Listen to Audio of Interview

Gerald Celente on Financial Newshour Aug 21 2009

The Republicans and the Democrats are the same club , People have had it and won’t take it anymore

The people have had it and won’t take it anymore, people are losing everything , they are losing their homes , they have lost their jobs , they have lost their pension, they can see and smell a crook when they can see and smell them, and the crooks are in Washington and Wall street , people are not that stupid when we bailout banks and give them hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars and then they scheme of the top and gave themselves bonuses after losing billions, this is about The People have had it and won’t take it anymore….this is going to last and continue to build in momentum …the second American revolution has begun and the media is missing it  the first three shot have been fired, The Greatest depression is on hold for now , the democrats and republicans are the same club.

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Journal: Cheery Waves Flags ‘Terrorist Facebook’ – the new weapon against al-Qa’ida

09 Terrorism, Methods & Process
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Social networking is not just for the MySpace generation. Intelligence agencies are adopting a controversial new technique to identify terrorist masterminds

By Steve Connor, Science Editor

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Intelligence agencies are building up a Facebook-style databank of international terrorists in order to sift through it with complex computer programs aimed at identifying key figures and predicting terrorist attacks before they happen.

By analysing the social networks that exist between known terrorists, suspects and even innocent bystanders arrested for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, military intelligence chiefs hope to open a new front in their “war on terror”.

The idea is to amass huge quantities of intelligence data on people – no matter how obscure or irrelevant – and feed it into computers that are programmed to make associations and connections that would otherwise be missed by human agents, scientists said.

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Journal: MILNET Flags Africa wants $67 bln a year in global warming funds

03 Environmental Degradation, 08 Wild Cards, Communities of Practice, Earth Intelligence
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* Africa seeks unity ahead of Copenhagen talks

* Climate change seen hitting poor nations hardest

By Tsegaye Tadesse

ADDIS ABABA, Aug 24 (Reuters) – African leaders will ask rich nations for $67 billion per year from 2020 to cushion the impact of global warming on the world’s poorest continent, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Monday.

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A study commissioned by the Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum that was released in May said poor nations bear more than nine-tenths of the human and economic burden of climate change.

The 50 poorest countries, however, contribute less than 1 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions that scientists say are threatening the planet, the report said.

Phi Beta Iota: What Africa really lacks is a strategic analytic model such as developed by the Earth Intelligence Network.  All ten threats must be evaluated and their causes mapped.  At the same time, it has been established that the poor do as much or more damage to the environment than do corporations–giving Africa money in isolation from a larger analysis with targetted effects will be a waste–Africa merits both reparations for colonialism as well as strong support for the recapture of the hundreds of billions looted from Africa by its own leaders; AND a planned giving from both organizations and indiviudals, but it must have a strong continent-wide analytic foundation.  Not there.

Journal: MILNET Flags European Cyber-Gangs Target Small U.S. Firms, Group Says

10 Transnational Crime, Commerce, Commercial Intelligence, Law Enforcement

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By Brian Krebs

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Organized cyber-gangs in Eastern Europe are increasingly preying on small and mid-size companies in the United States, setting off a multimillion-dollar online crime wave that has begun to worry the nation’s largest financial institutions.

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In many cases, the advisory warned, the scammers infiltrate companies in a similar fashion: They send a targeted e-mail to the company’s controller or treasurer, a message that contains either a virus-laden attachment or a link that — when opened — surreptitiously installs malicious software designed to steal passwords. Armed with those credentials, the crooks then initiate a series of wire transfers, usually in increments of less than $10,000 to avoid banks’ anti-money-laundering reporting requirements.

Phi Beta Iota: PNC bank is uinsg tokens generating random numbers that must be entered as part of the log-in, this appears to defeat this particular kind of attack.  The larger lesson is to not have financial transfer capability on any computer linked to the Internet or receiving email–isolate the money box.

Worth a Look: Academic Earth, Free Lectures

04 Education, Gift Intelligence, Worth A Look
Home Page
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The latest campus revolutionaries are the so-called edupunks — and their mission is to break up the ivory tower so everyone can pile into the classroom. MIT was the first university to heed the edupunk call: it started posting syllabi, course notes and videotaped lectures on back in 2001. Harvard, Berkeley, Yale, Princeton and Stanford soon followed suit, with their own schemes for posting videos of their most popular courses. Now Academic Earth aggregates all this material so you can audit classes from the comfort of your computer.

Above from TIME Magazine’s Top 50 Web Sites of 2009.  Click below to see all 50 sites.

TIME 9 of 50 Top Web Sites 2009
TIME 9 of 50 Top Web Sites 2009

Journal: MILNET Flags Sorting It Out: New Tools Wrestle Mountains of Data Into Usable Intelligence

Communities of Practice, InfoOps (IO), Methods & Process, Technologies, Tools

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August 24, 2009

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By Kris Osborn

In 2008, U.S. military forces collected 400,000 hours of airborne surveillance video, up from several thousand hours 10 years ago. So the Pentagon is turning to computers to help save, sort and search it all.

“The proliferation of unmanned systems across the battlefield is not going to lessen in the future. We saw it happen in the first Gulf War. Once commanders have it, there is an insatiable appetite for FMV,” or full-motion video, said Maj. Gen. John Custer III, who commands the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

“You not only need the tools to exploit that, you need storage because commanders don’t only want to see a building now but what it looked like yesterday, six weeks ago and six months ago,” Custer said. “When you have 18 systems up for 18 hours a day, you get into terabytes in a week. We are going to be in large data-storage warehousing for the rest of time.”
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AFRICOM Week in Review Ending 24 August 2009


Hot Topics

AA: AFRICOM: Western Self-Serving Interests or African Security? 08/21/09

AA: Islamists, US policy and Arab democracy 08/21/09

AA: Trans-Sahara gas pipeline will be risky 08/21/09

CD: DRC: There is indescribable fear in everyones eyes 08/21/09

DZ: China warns its citizens in Algeria 08/19/09

ER: UN report on Eritrea’s aid to insurgents in Somalia 08/22/09

GH: Ghana: AGA Denies Burying Illegal Miners 08/21/09

LR: LIBERIA: “UK Orchestrated Liberia’s Invasion, US Must Be Blamed … 08/23/09

NG: Only military, not amnesty can end militancy – Sagir Mohammed 08/23/09

SD: The ‘genocide’ in Darfur isn’t what it seems 08/19/09

SO: Warlords at sea 08/21/09

ZW: Grace Mugabe selling diamonds in China 08/19/09

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Journal: Beyond Partisanship on Health Care

07 Health, Ethics
Non-Partisan Health Dialog
Non-Partisan Health Dialog

The White House and Congress are betraying the public trust on the current health care “debate” which is both uninformed and duplicitous–the White House KNOWS it has not done its homework; it KNOWS it does not have a Whole of Government strategy for governance within our means; and it KNOWS the planned bill is unaffordable, unexecutable, and good ONLY for the profits.  Until we take the profit and the waste out of health care, and address health care in four parts (see the illustration below that leads to the chapter on The Substance of Governance by Robert Steele), AND as part of a twelve-policy harmonization of means, ways, and ends, what passes for a government in the USA will continue to be criminally insane or insanely criminal.  It is what it is.  Time to change that.

Health Policy 101
Health Policy 101