Middle East update: May 24 2018

SYRIA Both Syrian state media and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights are saying that the US-led coalition struck two Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzor province overnight, killing at least 12 pro-government militia fighters. The Pentagon says it has “no information” about any such strikes. State media also says that the Syrian military intercepted a… Continue reading Middle East update: May 24 2018

Europe/Americas update: March 16 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA US officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI said on Thursday that Russian hackers have been engaged in what appears to be a very serious effort to penetrate major US infrastructure: “Since at least March 2016, Russian government cyber actors” have targeted “government entities and multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors,”… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 16 2018

Europe/Americas update: June 1, 2017

NATO Two major NATO exercises took place in Eastern Europe today, the annual BALTOPS naval exercise in the Baltics and the Romanian leg of the alliance’s “Noble Jump 2017” exercise. This did not, of course, go without notice from Moscow, whose ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko, issued a warning: “NATO countries should understand that all… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 1, 2017


The U.S. Army Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube feeds were hacked today, possibly by ISIS or someone sympathetic to ISIS (although the possibility that the hacker is just maximizing the LULZ cannot be ruled out): The first rogue tweet was posted about 12:30 p.m. It appeared to come from sympathizers with the Islamic State militant… Continue reading WELL THIS IS REASSURING

The undisclosed evidence better be good

Yesterday I noted that it’s still not clear to a lot of observers that North Korea is actually behind the Sony Pictures hack. Around the time I was writing that post, the FBI was releasing a statement definitively laying responsibility for the hack at Pyongyang’s door. Here’s their case: As a result of our investigation,… Continue reading The undisclosed evidence better be good

Simple Answers to Simple Questions, 19 December 2014 #1

Over at EvenTheLiberalAlthoughNowItsActuallyDead New Republic, Yishai Schwartz takes a break from cheering on the killing of children in Gaza and hilariously overreacting to recent developments with respect to Cuba to ask this question: The answer is simple but multi-part: Apart from the government saying “trust us, it’s North Korea” (which, you know, fool me once…)… Continue reading Simple Answers to Simple Questions, 19 December 2014 #1