South Sudan Hires Ex-Blackwater Chief to Restore War-Damaged Oil Facilities

By Ilya Gridneff Dec 18, 2014 2:19 PM GMT+0100
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Erik Prince ran Blackwater from 1997 to 2010, when the company earned an estimated $1… Read More

The former head of U.S. security company Blackwater USA, Erik Prince, was hired by South Sudan to help repair damaged oil facilities and boost output cut by a year of civil war.

Prince’s Frontier Services Group Ltd. (500), a Hong Kong-listed logistics and transportation company, is being paid 18.7 million euros ($23.3 million) by South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum to transport supplies and perform maintenance on production facilities at the oil fields, Chief Executive Officer Gregg Smith said by phone from New York yesterday. About 30 employees including pilots, engineers and logistics technicians have been using helicopters and airplanes to reach South Sudan’s oil fields since September, Smith said.

“This is not supporting the army,” Smith said. “The contract is clearly with the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining to support the oil field services and to make sure the production of oil keeps flowing.” Continue reading

Communist, Palestinian Groups Join Ferguson Protesters In Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS Seattle/AP) — Police in Portland used pepper spray and arrested seven people after hundreds of demonstrators roamed the city and blocked traffic Tuesday night while protesting a grand jury decision not to indict a Missouri police officer in the killing of an 18-year-old.

The arrests involved a splinter group that broke away after a peaceful downtown demonstration that involved about 1,000 people, police said.

The smaller group of about 300 marched across a major Willamette River bridge into east Portland, disrupting traffic. Sgt. Pete Simpson said one driver was punched in the face by a protester who disappeared into the crowd. The driver was not seriously injured.

Protesters also marched onto Interstate 5, where some tossed rocks and bottles at police, Simpson said. That’s when officers used pepper spray and made several arrests. The freeway was clear within about 10 minutes, the spokesman said. Continue reading

How mature is PyongYang’s submarine launched missile program?

Nov 22, 2014

North Korea recently conducted a test of an ejection launcher that U.S. intelligence agencies assess is part of Pyongyang’s recently discovered submarine-launched ballistic missile program. Despite those alleged facts, analysts question the maturity of the North Korean missile submarine program.

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North Korea recently conducted a test of an ejection launcher that U.S. intelligence agencies assess is part of Pyongyang’s recently discovered submarine-launched ballistic missile program – the 38 North website last month.

 

The U.S. publication said that U.S. intelligence agencies observed the land-based test of the ejection launcher in late October at a facility known to be a key development center for the communist state’s submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) program. The source speculated that the launcher also could be used by North Korea to launch ballistic or cruise missiles from the deck of a freighter or other kinds of surface vessels. Continue reading

Militant video shows Egyptian armour being overrun

Terrorism & Insurgency
20 November 2014

Militants celebrate their victory by climbing on top of an M60 tank to wave the black jihadist banner. Source: Islamic State Sinai Province

Key Points

  • The new Sinai affiliate of the Islamic State has released a video to claim the 24 October attack on the Egyptian Army
  • The video shows a ruthless and sustained attack that overran a mechanised detachment of at least five armoured vehicles

The severity of the insurgency facing the Egyptian military in the Sinai Peninsula has been highlighted by a video showing the attack that reportedly killed at least 30 Egyptian soldiers on 24 October. Continue reading

Jerusalem ‘terrorist attack’: Avraham Goldberg was a peace-loving grandfather from Liverpool

Family pays tribute to the British grandfather stabbed to death at a Jerusalem synagogue

Avraham Goldberg was a “peace-loving” and “tolerant” grandfather, his family has said.

“Apparently he was the first one they shot at,” his cousin, Michelle Hirschfield, told The Independent. “These kids that killed him were working in the local grocery shop down the road; they had jobs there,” she claimed.

The bodies of her 68-year-old cousin and the other three shot dead are said to have been “hacked to pieces with knives and hatchets,” she said.

It is an “extremely upsetting” time for the family. “I’ve obviously been shaken, very shaken.”

Ms Hirschfield, a 63-year-old lawyer from London, said: “We were brought up in Liverpool together. He was an only child and I’m one of five children, and he was like our surrogate brother.” Continue reading

MoI: 15 Taliban militants killed during counter-terrorism operations

By Khaama Press – Sun Nov 16 2014, 1:06 pm

Former Taliban commander killed  At least 15 Taliban militants were killed  and 16 others were injured during clearing operations by Afghan national security forces.

 The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said at least 3 Taliban militants were also arreted during the operations conducted by Afghan National Police (ANP), Afghan National Army and Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) forces.

A statement released by MoI said the operations were conducted in Kandahar, Kunar, Laghman, Zabul, Uruzgan, Ghazni and Paktia provinces. Continue reading

Predictive Analytics: Key to Mitigating the Insider Threat

English: FBI Mobile Command Center in Washingt...

English: FBI Mobile Command Center in Washington DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By: Amanda Vicinanzo, Senior Editor

10/20/2014 ( 9:57am)

Against the backdrop of notorious defense contractor Edward Snowden’s massive leak of classified documents last year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published a report revealing the threat posed by malicious insiders who threaten the security of the sensitive information that US businesses rely on.

The DHS report identified a significant increase of disgruntled or former employees sabotaging company networks. Lockheed Martin—an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technology company—indicates that investigations conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation reveal that 59 percent of employees admit to taking proprietary information upon termination.

Moreover, the report stated , “A review of recent FBI cyber investigations revealed victim businesses incur significant costs ranging from $5,000 to $3 million due to cyber incidents involving disgruntled or former employees.” Continue reading

In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

ICANN Logo

ICANN Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net

On February 8, 2000, the US government signed a contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to run the so-called “IANA functions” – which glue together the internet as we know it.

Ever since that day, people have been trying to end that contract. This time next year, it will finally happen.

Unfortunately, despite having had nearly 14 years to think about it, the process for deciding how to move the global internet and its addressing systems out from under a US government contract will be decided in the next four weeks. By 100 people. Mostly over email.

The CWG, or Cross Community Working Group (CWG) to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal on Naming Related Functions, to give it its full title, has until 27 November to complete its deliberations. Continue reading

Oil discovered in the Atlantic off coast of Morocco

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:35

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There are clear indications that oil has been discovered off the coast of Sidi Ifni, a city in southern Morocco, the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Minerals revealed.

According to a statement, this discovery was made with the help of three oil companies: Genel Energy, Serica Energy and San Leon. The oil was detected on October 16 and is said to be located 59 kilometres off the coast of Sidi Ifni. Exploration projects began in the area last July. Continue reading