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Calach Pfeffer

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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2775 on: March 18, 2019, 09:08:58 AM »
The Intercept Shuts Down Access to Snowden Trove

First Look Media, the company that owns the Intercept, also announced that it was laying off several of the researchers who had been charged with maintaining the documents.

First Look Media announced Wednesday that it was shutting down access to whistleblower Edward Snowden’s massive trove of leaked National Security Agency documents.

Over the past several years, The Intercept, which is owned by First Look Media, has maintained a research team to handle the large number of documents provided by Snowden to Intercept journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald.

But in an email to staff Wednesday evening, First Look CEO Michael Bloom said that as other major news outlets had “ceased reporting on it years ago,” The Intercept had decided to “focus on other editorial priorities” after expending five years combing through the archive.

“The Intercept is proud of its reporting on the Snowden archive, and we are thankful to Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald for making it available to us,” Bloom wrote.

He added: “It is our hope that Glenn and Laura are able to find a new partner—such as an academic institution or research facility—that will continue to report on and publish the documents in the archive consistent with the public interest.”...


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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2776 on: May 07, 2019, 04:22:53 AM »
2019 Pentagon Report to Congress on Chinese Military Development

The following is the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress, Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2019. The report was released on May 2, 2019.

From the report

China’s leaders have benefited from what they view as a “period of strategic opportunity” during the initial two decades of the 21st
century to develop domestically and expand China’s “comprehensive national power.”

Over the coming decades, they are focused on realizing a powerful and prosperous China that is equipped with a “world-class” military, securing China’s status as a great power with the aim of emerging as the preeminent power in the Indo-Pacific region.

In 2018, China continued harnessing an array of economic, foreign policy, and security tools to realize this vision. Ongoing state-led efforts, which China implements both at home and abroad and which often feature economic and diplomatic initiatives, also support China’s security and military objectives:

  • China continues to implement long-term state-directed planning, such as “Made in China 2025” and other industrial development plans, which stress the need to replace imported technology with domestically produced technology. These plans present an economic challenge to nations that export high-tech products. These plans also directly support military modernization goals by stressing proprietary mastery of advanced dual-use technologies.
  • China’s leaders seek to align civil and defense technology development to achieve greater efficiency, innovation, and growth. In recent years, China’s leaders elevated this initiative, known as Civil-Military Integration (CMI), to a national strategy that incentivizes the civilian sector to enter the defense market. The national CMI strategy focuses on hardware modernization, education, personnel, investment, infrastructure, and logistics.
  • China’s leaders are leveraging China’s growing economic, diplomatic, and military clout to establish regional preeminence and expand the country’s international influence. China’s advancement of projects such as the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative (OBOR) will probably drive military overseas basing through a perceived need to provide security for OBOR projects.
  • China conducts influence operations against media, cultural, business, academic, and policy communities of the United States, other countries, and international institutions to achieve outcomes favorable to its security and military strategy objectives. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seeks to condition foreign and multilateral political establishments and public opinion to accept China’s narrative surrounding its priorities like OBOR and South China Sea territorial and maritime claims.

Recognizing that programs such as “Made in China 2025” and OBOR have sparked concerns about China’s intentions, China’s leaders have softened their rhetoric when promoting these programs without altering the programs’ fundamental strategic goals.

Download the document here.

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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2777 on: May 14, 2019, 04:28:28 AM »
May 13, 2019.  ADDT's New Method of Durian Beast Containment Works Better Than Expected.  Zero Human Casualties!

The Australian Durian Defense Team successfully dealt with a hatched durian beast in the University of Canberra's library.  Despite integration of durian scent detectors into the building's fire alarm system, there was no warning before it hatched.  Evidently, a human who had been brain damaged by consuming durian sealed a durian egg inside of several layers of plastic and hid it on a high shelf in a remote corner of the library.

In order to minimize damage, flame throwers were not deployed.  Instead, a recently developed alternative method was used.  The beast was temporarily disabled by armor piercing bullets and then immobilized by spraying it with several hundred liters of liquid nitrogen.  It was then transported to a remote location and incinerated.  The ADDT reported that this method worked even better than expected and there were no human casualties.

To prevent panic, the evacuation of approximately 550 people was simply blamed on the stench of durian.  It's believe that none of the librarians or patrons became aware of the horrific danger they were in.  The cover story has been published to reduce suspicion over the incident.

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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2778 on: June 26, 2019, 01:02:24 AM »
Australians' trust in China at lowest point in survey's history

Australians are increasingly wary about China, and worry about the potential for foreign interference in our democracy, according to new polling from a major foreign policy thinktank.

The Lowy Institute poll suggests trust by Australians in China to be a responsible global actor has hit its lowest point since the survey began 15 years ago. Only 32% of the sample say they trust China to act responsibly, a 20-point plunge from the survey in 2018 and 15 points lower than the previous low of 47% recorded in 2008.

Clear majorities also feel Australia is too economically dependent on China (74%) and there is too much inbound investment from Beijing (68%). Only 30% of survey respondents have confidence in the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, to be a positive contributor to global affairs, which is down 13 points since 2018....

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