Links to Start Your Week 4/13/14

One day I promise I will really start writing posts again. But in the meantime, here are some links to good things I am reading.



FBI agents have regularly been embedding with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) units for years. While on one hand their law enforcement experience in gathering evidence and interrogating suspects may be helpful for instances when the U.S. wants to capture and try terrorism suspects, having a domestic law enforcement agency acting abroad raises legal questions.

Meanwhile, Sarah Chayes at Defense One argues that large-scale corruption abroad can breed instability that leads to major security threats. As a result, the military needs to rethink its interactions with corrupt forces abroad.

The NSA continues to impress with its transparency and commitment to public service: apparently they knew about the Heartbleed virus that has been in the news the past few days and used it collect information instead of telling anyone so that the security issue could be addressed.

Vice has the most in-depth article I have found about “American Jihadist” Eric Harroun. Harroun has fought abroad in Syria against the Assad regime.

Speaking of Syria: rebels and the Assad government are each accusing the other of using chemical weapons in an attack on a village north of Damascus.

The UK government is being urged to come clean about allegedly leasing an island to the U.S. for use as a CIA black site.



The U.N. is calling for a massive “decarbonization” of the world economy. I expect the world to spring into action accordingly.



The current foreign minister of Afghanistan is the frontrunner in elections, although a runoff is still likely.

The interim Libyan prime minister is stepping down. He will remain head of the cabinet until a replacement is chosen.

India is holding parliamentary elections. The party that wins the greatest number of seats in these elections will select the next prime minister. So far the big issues seem to be corruption, economic growth, and the rights of religious minorities.



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