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Forum: Middle East 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 924
Posted By davidbfpo
We are losing legitimacy and the room to operate is no longer great...

Awhile ago there was a thread on an Israeli documentary which interviewed a number of Mossad / Shin Beth directors. Today Der Spiegel has an interview with one of them:
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Forum: International Politics 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 5,744
Posted By davidbfpo
Public opinion can no longer be ignored

A reflective look at Syria and the wider region, one that is optimistic - not for today, but for the future:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amil-khan-/in-syria-the-peoples-dema_b_5617178.html

The...
Forum: Middle East 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 924
Posted By davidbfpo
Asymmetric warfare: change where you want to fight

A short, good article in The Weekly Standard; it refers to the North Koreans and reminds us only four of the twenty-one suspected tunnels under the DMZ were found (Cites SWC member David Maxwell...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 2,037
Posted By davidbfpo
Snatching defeat from victory

A long detailed report on the mistakes made in Helmand, that predated the current fighting around Sangin, from the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), the full title is:
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Forum: Middle East 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 924
Posted By davidbfpo
Tunnels were a'coming

An IDF map of some of the tunnels; ignore the measurements - which as Rex Brynen on Twitter points out are hopelessly...
Forum: Africa 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 5,681
Posted By davidbfpo
The CAR ceasefire: a (very) small step towards stability

With the MSM focus being elsewhere I doubt few outside Africa noted diplomacy has ended with a multi-faction ceasefire agreement in...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 22 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 284
Posted By davidbfpo
Equal treatment for foreign fighters

One aspect of the current Gaza conflict is the role of foreign nationals serving with the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). Two US nationals died last week, IIRC both had dual nationality. It is an issue...
Forum: Middle East 1 Day Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 924
Posted By davidbfpo
Gaza's tunnels

An Al-Jazeera article, with multiple...
Forum: Middle East 1 Day Ago
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Views: 59,214
Posted By davidbfpo
Bashir Assad: a canny, ruthless player

A short article by a Syrian diplomat who has defected. Maybe nothing new for SWC readers, but IIRC not written by a Syrian who was an insider.

Here is one passage:
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Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Days Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 8,304
Posted By davidbfpo
Tools of protest: Disobedient Objects

Art sometimes appears on SWC, so this current exhibition in London, at the V&A, fits in:http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jul/23/tools-of-protest-disobedient-objects-vanda

First:

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Forum: Middle East 2 Days Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 924
Posted By davidbfpo
I don't follow the Israeli press, nor do I know...

I don't follow the Israeli press, nor do I know theditorial stance of Haaretz, but this opinion piece is pretty savage, especially over the wilful blindness of the drone camera operators when...
Forum: Europe 2 Days Ago
Replies: 236
Views: 3,692
Posted By davidbfpo
Vice News scores again, with a short nine minute...

Vice News scores again, with a short nine minute report; it includes footage from the scene, the OSCE statement and that of the Donbass leader, who quickly "shoots himself in the foot". Why do I say...
Forum: Middle East 2 Days Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 924
Posted By davidbfpo
Firn, Your post reminded me that North Korea...

Firn,

Your post reminded me that North Korea (DPRK) at various times has been found to have dug tunnels across the DMZ with South Korea (ROK). A border which one would expect a lot attention to...
Forum: Law Enforcement 3 Days Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 2,126
Posted By davidbfpo
FAST (Families Against Stress and Trauma)

A private group whose sons have left to fight in Syria:


Link to website, the 9 minute video is there:http://www.familiesmatter.org.uk/
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 924
Posted By davidbfpo
A useful information source are the regular...

A useful information source are the regular reports from the Israeli 'Terrorism Information Center'; this is to their latest bulletin:http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/en/article/20679
Forum: Middle East 4 Days Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 924
Posted By davidbfpo
Mowing the Gaza lawn

SWC often finds discussions around Israel / Palestine heated, but what is happening cannot be ignored.

The title is adapted from the first article I read today. 'Mowing the lawn' IIRC comes from...
Forum: Intelligence 4 Days Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 414
Posted By davidbfpo
Al Jazeera Investigates - Informants

Just started to watch this 48 minutes long documentary, the focus is on FBI informants:

Link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMRns4ViuEY&feature=youtu.be and the...
Forum: Trigger Puller 4 Days Ago
Replies: 282
Views: 50,323
Posted By davidbfpo
I think Jim Storr's book 'The Human face of War'...

I think Jim Storr's book 'The Human face of War' has been mentioned elsewhere; it looks at many modern aspects of modern war, not IIRC the weight of combat kit, certainly command & control. A...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 5 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 7,329
Posted By davidbfpo
Indian kith & kin in the Middle East: Part 2

An Indian columnist on India's dependence on remittances:

I note he cites the Phillipines too:

Link:http://www.asianage.com/columnists/out-sight-out-mind-047
Forum: Intelligence 5 Days Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 503
Posted By davidbfpo
The "good old days": US intell in Afghanistan 1979-1989

Why did this intelligence operation succeed so brilliantly?

A new history book by Bruce Reidel, ex-USG and now at Brookings, 'What We Won: America's Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979-1989' and he...
Forum: Africa 6 Days Ago
Replies: 109
Views: 11,404
Posted By davidbfpo
The curious case of the Tunisian 3,000

A short academic article on Tunisian foreign fighters, which after all come from the birthplace of the 'Arab Spring':
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Forum: Intelligence 6 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 1,951
Posted By davidbfpo
MH17: find the SAM launcher

An interesting account of the open sources used to identify a photo of a mobile SAM-11 aka Buk:

Link:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1278239551/bellingcat/posts/919158
Forum: Middle East 6 Days Ago
Replies: 612
Views: 16,386
Posted By davidbfpo
The money is in the bank

Alas full story is behind a free registration wall:http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/0378d4f4-0c28-11e4-9080-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=uk#axzz37qno7ZV1
Forum: Intelligence 6 Days Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 1,951
Posted By davidbfpo
Earlier this week there was a conference on open...

Earlier this week there was a conference on open sources, Investigathon, even Google participated, as did Brown Moses.

The Google PPT is huge and took a long time to download, IIRC 130 plus slides...
Forum: Africa 6 Days Ago
Replies: 119
Views: 8,761
Posted By davidbfpo
Nigerian politicians score an own goal

Yes there is endemic corruption, but this is - well - incredible:


Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-28374679
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