David Virgil Dafinoiu

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US to spend $317 million on British intel hub upgrade

Washington is to upgrade RAF Croughton, one of its UK bases allegedly involved in mass surveillance and drone strikes, to make it the largest intel hub outside mainland US and a center for its operations in Africa, The Independent on Sunday reports. The US government will spend $317 million upgrading Royal Air Force (RAF) Croughton, … Continue reading

African Union asks UN for immediate action on Mali

Dakar – In an open letter on Thursday to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the president of the African Union urged the UN to take immediate military action in northern Mali, which was seized by al-Qaeda-linked rebels earlier this year. Yayi Boni, the president of Benin who is also head of the African Union, … Continue reading

Uniting European CERTs And Law Enforcement In Cybercrime Battle

European Union agency IDs hurdles preventing better intelligence-sharing, cooperation among first-line Computer Emergency Response Teams and police. Europe increasingly faces major challenges bridging gaps among its various national Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and law enforcement agencies in the fight against cybercrime. The European Union’s European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) warned today that … Continue reading

Emergency Message for Western Citizens: Arabian Peninsula, Terrorist Threat

Terrorist groups on the Arabian Peninsula continue to pose a threat to Western citizens and and their affiliated businesses, restaurants, and facilities.  Based on recent trends, terrorist groups may increasingly aspire to conduct smaller-scale attacks against Western targets. Given that predictable targets may be desired by these groups, Western embassies remind their citizens of the importance of … Continue reading

U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan Raises Deep Concerns

KABUL, Afghanistan — Asadullah Ramin has lost all hope in his homeland – he’s so worried about what will happen when U.S. and international troops leave that he’s ready to pay a smuggler to whisk his family out of Afghanistan. It would cost the 50-year-old, self-employed electronics engineer tens of thousands of dollars to leave … Continue reading

10 Die in Violence in Mexican Pacific Resort City

CHILPANCINGO, Mexico – At least 10 people, including one person who was beheaded, died in drug-related violence in the Mexican Pacific resort city of Acapulco, state officials said. The bullet-riddled bodies of a woman and two men were found early Monday in the Cima district of Acapulco, Guerrero Public Safety Secretariat officials told Efe. Three … Continue reading

Russian Spies Wanted State Education for Kids – Analysts

The ring of Russian sleeper spies that was broken up in the United States in 2010 intended to turn their children into intelligence agents, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. But Russian security analysts said the spies may have simply wanted to ensure that Moscow continued to finance their children’s education. At least one … Continue reading

US drought might lead to food shortages and global unrest

Rising food prices and global unrest might ensue from this month’s worst US drought since the 1934 Dust Bowl, with 64 per cent of the country desperately hoping for rain. Predicted to last until October, the drought is foreseen to devastate US harvests, which would significantly affect global prices on corn, wheat and soybeans, of … Continue reading

Egypt’s Morsi visits Saudi for security talks

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s new president, has said he and Saudi’s King Abdullah have held “fruitful” talks focused on regional stability, according to SPA news agency. The state-run media said on Thursday the talks were held after a late night meeting between the two leaders. “Our discussions were fruitful and constructive and in the interest of Egypt, of Saudi Arabia and … Continue reading

U.S. sends forces to Persian Gulf ahead of possible clash with Iran

The United States is building up its navel power in the Persian Gulf in response to threats by Iranian officials to close the Strait of Hormuz in case of further sanctions, the Los Angeles Times  reported on Wednesday. The report came after, earlier this month, U.S. defense officials told the New York Times that American forces have … Continue reading

Syria after Assad

Source: Haaretz The Syrian opposition has plans to take control of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons depots and secure them in the first hours after the regime collapses, a senior figure in the opposition told Haaretz. The opposition leader, a former senior officer in the Syrian Army, spoke to Haaretz on conditions of anonymity. The … Continue reading

Serbia says ‘nyet’ to NATO membership

Source: RT President-elect Tomislav Nikolic, who is looking for more intensive relations with Russia, has promised that Serbia will never become a member of NATO. ­Nikolic, who met Putin in the Russian capital on the weekend, stated that Serbia is “on the road” to the European Union, admitting that it will be “a long road, … Continue reading

Russia to Deploy S-400 Air Defense Systems Near Borders

Russia will place several new S-400 Triumf air defense systems near its borders in 2012, Air Force Commander Alexander Zelin said. “The Russian Armed Forces will receive several S-400 Triumf air defense systems this year,” Zelin told RIA Novosti on Monday. “This time they will be deployed in air defense units guarding [Russia’s] border regions.” … Continue reading

Google Investigated by IRS for Using Transfer Pricing to Evade $3 Billion in Taxes

Google’s $3b tax haven loophole probed (Sydney Morning Herald): The US Internal Revenue Service is auditing how Google avoided federal income taxes by shifting profit into offshore subsidiaries, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The agency is bringing more than typical scrutiny to how the company valued software rights and other intellectual … Continue reading

New Russian nuke-carrying Borey class submarine tested

Source: Itar-Tass. Sea trials of the new Rusian Borey class submarine, the Aleksandr Nevsky, has started in the White Sea. The boat is the first series-produced vessel of its kind and is to become part of Russia’s nuclear deterrence. The submarine was laid down in March 2004 and first launched in December 2010 reports Itar-Tass. … Continue reading

FBI Launching Nationwide Facial Recognition Photo Search Service

FBI to launch nationwide facial recognition service (Nextgov): The FBI by mid-January will activate a nationwide facial recognition service in select states that will allow local police to identify unknown subjects in photos, bureau officials told Nextgov. The federal government is embarking on a multiyear, $1 billion dollar overhaul of the FBI’s existing fingerprint database … Continue reading

More than 12,000 killed in Mexican drug war this year, officials say

More than 12,000 people have died this year in Mexico’s drug war, officials said Thursday, making it the deadliest year since President Felipe Calderon launched a government crackdown against traffickers in 2006. The federal attorney general’s office said 12,456 people were killed through Nov. 30. The overall death toll since the launch of the drug … Continue reading

Chinese general discusses spies, government stays silent

CNN; China remained quiet Tuesday as a recently leaked video of a Chinese general’s candid remarks — apparently made at a corporate event in March — on sensitive spying cases continued to draw international attention. The ministries of defense and foreign affairs have not responded to CNN’s inquiries, and numerous phone calls to National Defense … Continue reading

MiG denies stealth technology transfer to China for J-20 fighter

Russia has never transferred any stealth technology to China to assist it with its J-20 Black Eagle fifth-generation stealth fighter prototype, Russian plane maker MiG said on Friday. “We are not delivering any equipment to China, and never have,” MiG spokeswoman Yelena Fyodorova said. MiG’s statement follows claims in the Russian and foreign press last … Continue reading

Joe Biden’s Visit To China – Analysis

By Kandaswami Subramanian It was an unusual visit undertaken by an unusual person at an unusual time to meet with an unusual person. The reference indeed is to the just concluded visit of U.S. Vice President Joseph R. Biden to China. In recent times, no diplomatic visit was covered so extensively or so critically as … Continue reading