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7 November, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

In order to keep this blog for analysis work, I’ve opened a Twitter account for sharing the day’s breaking news and interesting headlines. So please do follow along there, if you use Twitter, since the content is actually different between these two online spaces. Thanks!

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“Arafatuous”

7 November, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Today’s title is borrowed from this excellent deconstruction of al-Jazeera’s propaganda, trying to create a conspiracy-theory narrative when in fact he just plain died… And it was a much nicer death than the many thousands he killed or incited others to kill. If only Arafat’s victims were able to generate so much righteous outrage, instead […]

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The Politics of Legacy

6 November, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

When it comes to the modern motivations for spinning a historical narrative, this article nicely encapsulates the psychology of it.

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Revelling in obscurity?

5 November, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

An unanticipated side effect of China’s terrible air pollution is that the smog is so bad, security cameras actually can’t record anything but smog. This article in Gawker’s East Indian edition explains what the Communist Party intends to do about it. The dissidents’ obscurity party is over, alas. *cough wheeze*

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Some sailors are easy

4 November, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

The NCIS says that a fistful of Lady Gaga tickets and the occasional hooker were all that the fat man needed to get information, and even to ensure vessels were diverted to shady ports. That one of the lead conspirators was a naturalized foreign national isn’t going to make life any easier for the thousands […]

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Able Archer 1983 – Intelligence History

4 November, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

An interesting look at 1983 in nuclear history, and thus intelligence history (Gordievsky defection and Soviet monitoring): http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/02/nato-war-game-nuclear-disaster With a rather more detailed article from Germany, always the potential ground zero: http://m.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/a-931489.html

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The Swiss internet

3 November, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Famed for their confidentiality in banking (even with the new rules) some savvy Swiss are attempting to do for the internet what they’ve done for finance. Nice brand extension! Qatar already runs anonymizers and has since the 90s, but the Swiss are taking a different approach by applying privacy laws to the cloud, encrypted or […]

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Aftermath

3 November, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Following the latest death-by-drone of a dirtbag (see Friday’s posting) Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador. Today’s local article and another. Why are they determined to negotiate with terrorists? It seems to be for purposes of religious cover in the media – see especially the second article, and given the recent few months’ crackdown on […]

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Minus one dirtbag

1 November, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10421524/Pakistani-Taliban-chief-killed-in-US-drone-strike.html

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Spooks for Hallowe’en

31 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

As it’s Hallowe’en, it seems appropriate to recite a few tales from the spooky side, and here is a link that provides a nice summary of several stories of ghosts in the wires — http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/10417523/Most-audacious-eavesdropping-plots.html

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