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Abortion video used in fight against law change in Spain

UK Times global - Mon, 2038-01-18 22:14
A graphic video featuring aborted foetuses was shown to teenage pupils at a Catholic school as part of a campaign against the Spanish Government’s planned abortion reform.
Categories: GlobalWire, MediaTorrent

London attack: Police name Westminster attacker

BBC UK Ed. - 51 min 26 sec ago
The man believed to be responsible for the attack is named as 52-year-old Khalid Masood.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Trump Administration Eyes $1 billion in Cuts to U.N. Peacekeeping

ForeignPolicy blog - 54 min 34 sec ago
The White House also targets hundreds of millions in funding for U.N. programs for children and the poor.
Categories: GlobalWire

In Venezuela’s Toxic Brew, Failed Narco-State Meets Iran-Backed Terrorism

ForeignPolicy blog - 56 min 48 sec ago
Venezuela has become a rabidly anti-American failed state that appears to be incubating the convergence of narco-trafficking and jihadism in America’s own backyard.
Categories: GlobalWire

Eurovision: Russia's entry Julia Samoilova 'could perform via satellite'

BBC UK Ed. - 1 hour 18 min ago
Julia Samoilova has been offered the chance to perform via satellite at the song contest.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Book Talk, Part II: “Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf”

ForeignPolicy blog - 1 hour 20 min ago
From inspiring young women leaders to forging relationships with the hardest hitters on the international stage, how will Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s legacy live on?
Categories: GlobalWire

Man held for 'driving at crowd' in Antwerp, Belgium

BBC UK Ed. - 1 hour 24 min ago
A man is arrested in the Belgian city of Antwerp on suspicion of driving at a crowd, police say.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Londoners share images of unity and strength after Westminster attack

BBC UK Ed. - 1 hour 32 min ago
Find out what's buzzing in the social media world today.
Categories: MediaTorrent

British Swimming: Bullying claims by Paralympians are investigated

BBC UK Ed. - 1 hour 33 min ago
British Swimming is conducting an investigation after multiple bullying claims by Paralympians about a coach, the BBC learns.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Islamic State Claims Credit for British-Born London Attacker

ForeignPolicy blog - 1 hour 34 min ago
Politicians nevertheless still found a way to blame immigration.
Categories: GlobalWire

The London Terrorist Attack and the JCC Bomb Threats

Global Guerrillas - 1 hour 38 min ago

Jewish Community Center Bomb Threats

Last summer I wrote about how hacking the phone system could be used to automate terrorism.  That analysis is proving to be spot on.  Today, we learned that a 19 year old American-Israeli living in Israel, hacked satellites and phone equipment to make 120 fake bomb threats Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) in the US, Australia, and New Zealand.  

Further, the timing, target type, and number of threats led to the successful exploitation of a social systempunkt (the most vulnerable part of a complex network).   In this case, the attack exploited anti-Trump media narratives to label the President as an anti-semite. It worked.    

London Terrorist Attack

Last summer, I wrote extensively about how ISIS was using social networking innovatively to remotely activate terrorist attacks around the world.  In short, this new model did away with the training, planning, and support required for traditional attacks.  This lack of communication makes an attack very hard to detect.  

Here's how they did it:

  • Planning, preparing, and executing an attack on your own is a rite of initiation into ISIS. 
  • An online pledge of fealty to the Caliph (Facebook live video or post) during or just before the attack connects the attack to ISIS.
  • Upon seeing the attack and the pledge, ISIS will immediately accept the attacker as a 'soldier of the Islamic state.'

Since I wrote about this method, we've seen ISIS make a wholesale shift to it as this NYT graphic shows:

How does this relate to the attack in London?  

It appears to fit the my model for online activation.  We'll know for sure when we get confirmation when we find an online pledge of fealty by the attacker.


John Robb

Israel Detains U.S.-Israeli Teen Over Jewish Center Bomb Threats

ForeignPolicy blog - 1 hour 46 min ago
Amid a wave of anti-semitic threats across the United States.
Categories: GlobalWire

World Cup qualifying: How did Syria win 'most important match in their history'?

BBC UK Ed. - 1 hour 47 min ago
Syria faced Uzbekistan in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and BBC Sport's Richard Conway was there.
Categories: MediaTorrent

London attack: What we know so far

BBC UK Ed. - 1 hour 50 min ago
Here is what we know about the incidents in Westminster, which are being treated by police as terrorism.
Categories: MediaTorrent

London attack: Theresa May tells MPs 'we'll never waver'

BBC UK Ed. - 1 hour 55 min ago
MPs pay tribute to Wednesday's victims and the PM says "we saw the best and worst of humanity".
Categories: MediaTorrent

Civilians still in Raqqa are still civilians

ForeignPolicy blog - 2 hours 2 min ago
The presence of the US 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Syria to take part in the campaign to capture Raqqa marks a significant shift in U.S. policy in the Middle East, and heralds an unknown future for the city’s civilians.
Categories: GlobalWire

Concert Poster

Minnesota Flickr - 2 hours 12 min ago

Minnesota Historical Society posted a photo:

A concert poster designed by Minnesota artist David Witt of Saint Paul, Minnesota, 2003. It features a fish holding a briefcase with band names inside.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this poster in our collections database.

Featured on the Minnesota Historical Society's Collections Up Close blog on March 27, 2017

Categories: Minnesnota

London attack: British-born attacker 'known to MI5'

BBC UK Ed. - 2 hours 16 min ago
The man was investigated some years ago, MPs are told, as the IS group says it was behind the attack.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Libya Can’t Save Itself

ForeignPolicy blog - 2 hours 17 min ago
As fighting heats up between rival armed groups and Russia increases its involvement, a power vacuum threatens to tear the country apart.
Categories: GlobalWire

The Rock

Minnesota Flickr - 2 hours 17 min ago

KarenR-TB posted a photo:

Hollow Rock, Grand Portage, Minnesota

Categories: Minnesnota
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