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Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

An honor guard outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing last month. The Chinese government killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 C.I.A sources from 2010 through 2012. WANG ZHAO / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE — GETTY IMAGES By MARK MAZZETTI, ADAM GOLDMAN, MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MATT APUZZO MAY 20, 2017 WASHINGTON — The Chinese government systematically dismantled  C.I.A.  spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward. Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause. Some were convinced that a mole within the C.I.A. had betrayed the United States. Others believed that the Chinese had hacked the covert system the C.I.A. used to communicate with its f

China 'dismantled' CIA spying operations and killed sources – report

Newspaper cites 10 current and former officials in report of serious intelligence breach caused either by a mole or hacking of covert communication system Associated Press in Washington Sunday 21 May 2017 02.53 BSTFirst published on Saturday 20 May 2017 23.04 BST The Chinese government “systematically dismantled” CIA spying operations in the country starting in late 2010 and killed or imprisoned at least a dozen  CIA  sources over the next two years, it was reported on Saturday. The New York Times cited 10 current and former US officials, who described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. They spoke on condition of anonymity. In an apparent attempt by  China  to intimidate serving or would-be spies, one source was reportedly shot in front of his colleagues in the courtyard of a government building. The report said US intelligence and law enforcement agencies scrambled to stem the damage – setting up an investigation into the crisis code-named Honey Badger – bu

Dangerous trends in Balochistan

http://tns.thenews.com.pk/dangerous-trends-balochistan/#.WSEiLmnhXqA Dr Noman Ahmed  May 21, 2017 Leave a comment The high-sounding promises around expected windfalls from CPEC will remain elusive unless basic political issues are resolved All is not well. inShare 0 The attacks on the convoy of Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri in Mastung and labourers in Gwadar district on May 12 and 13 respectively show that all is not well in Balochistan. These tragic incidents almost coincided with the participation of the prime minister and chief ministers in ‘Belt and Road Forum’ in Beijing. But during the past few years, hundreds of innocent citizens have been killed in targeted ambush and bomb attacks. With a less than desirable mechanism of law enforcement in the province, there seems to be no let-up in such incidences, which only add to the discontent in the terror-struck region. The high-sounding promises around expected windfalls from China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will remai

Modi's Approach To China Has Done Us Proud

http://m.ndtv.com/opinion/modis-approach-to-china-has-done-us-proud-1695284 Mihir Swarup Sharma The Narendra Modi government's decision to not send an envoy to China's big Belt and Road Forum (abbreviated, incredibly, BARF) has been the cause of much wailing and gnashing of teeth in New Delhi. Given the fact that India is practically the only large economy to not be represented there - and that dozens and dozens of countries have sent representatives, many the heads of their governments - it has come across to some people as the Modi government deliberately choosing to isolate India. It has been criticised thus as stubborn opposition to an initiative that has seized the world's imagination. Well, if Modi has isolated India on this issue, so be it. He and his foreign policy establishment deserve praise for taking a bold stand of dissent on grounds that are both principled and realist. The government's thinking on this issue is unusually clear and well-articulated.

How ISI is turning Balochistan into a mass grave

 News Details Source: Scoop News By Farooq Ganderbali The notorious intelligence wing of Pakistan Army, the ISI, has been waging a brutal and relentless war against its own citizens in Balochistan. The killings and abductions of innocent Baloch men and women have been so rampant that it has become difficult to hide the figures and the anonymous graves scattered the biggest province of Pakistan. The repression—abductions and killings—have intensified once the Chinese came to the scene, demanding security and unbridled access to the natural resources of resource-rich province in the guise of building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The Chinese have literally hired Pakistan Army as their security outfit to ensure that the $45 billion corridor does not run aground. But facts are startling and cannot any longer been suppressed.In August 2016, for instance, the DIG Investigations and Crime, Balochistan informed a committee of the Senate that 1,040 people were killed in Balochistan

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The struggle for Aleppo and the Syrian conflict: Geospatial data modelling insights

http://blog.ihs.com/the-struggle-for-aleppo-and-the-syrian-conflict Thursday, 25 February 2016 by Hugo Foster The Syrian conflict has been defined by the struggle for territorial control between multiple state and non-state actors as well as the catastrophic impact that this struggle has had on civilian populations and physical infrastructure. By the end of 2015, the Islamic State had lost approximately 15% of the territory it controlled at the start of the year. This statistic is taken from the IHS Conflict Monitor, a project that makes extensive use of open source intelligence (OSINT) to measure and map the footprint of the numerous armed groups active in Syria and Iraq. An area is defined as ‘controlled’ if our latest information indicates that a particular group is holding defensive positions, or appears to be the dominant military force in that area. The main ‘beneficiaries’ of Islamic State losses in 2015 were Kurdish forces, which increased the size of their territory by 15%

China’s New Commercial Airliner: Turbulence Ahead? – Analysis

http://www.eurasiareview.com/17052017-chinas-new-commercial-airliner-turbulence-ahead-analysis  May 17, 2017 By  RSIS The first flight of China’s new C919 passenger jet is an important milestone in the country’s commercial aerospace business. Nevertheless, China faces an uphill battle when it comes to breaking into the international airliner market. By Richard A. Bitzinger* Earlier in May 2017, China’s answer to Airbus and Boeing, the Comac C919 passenger jet, took its first flight ever, live on state-run television. Not surprisingly, this event immediately prompted an outpouring of patriotism and self-satisfaction within the country. Local reporters gushed, and the state media celebrated the flight as “another fulfilment of [the China] dream”. A Chinese aviation expert predicted that the plane would “rip a hole” in the Boeing-Airbus duopoly, and ordinary Chinese burst with pride. Even the foreign press heralded the accomplishment, the New York Times calling the C919 a symbol of

NEW SILK ROAD: WHY CHINA SHOULD BE WARY OF OVERCONFIDENCE

http://m.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2094866/new-silk-road-why-china-should-be-wary-overconfidence CHINA BRIEFING WANG XIANGWEI CHINA BRIEFING BY  WANG XIANGWEI 20 MAY 2017 Underneath the excitement for President Xi Jinping’s ‘project of the century’ lie dangers and risks not often discussed Chinese President Xi Jinping with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Belt and Road Summit. Photo: AP The optics tell it all: a confident and smiling  Xi Jinping  ( 習近平 ) stood in front of a giant landscape painting titled  This Land is So Rich in Beauty  and shook hands with more than 30 heads of state and international organisations lining up in the Great Hall of the People on Sunday night. Broadcast live on national television, and repeated numerous times in prime-time newscasts over the weekend, those images encapsulated China’s growing political and economic influence on the world stage as it hosted the two-day summit on the  “Belt and Road Initiative”  last week. In his k

Gwadar's fisherfolk worry about how CPEC will impact lives

http://wap.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/gwadar-s-fisherfolk-worry-about-how-cpec-will-impact-lives-117052000315_1.html IANS |  May 20, 2017 01:22 PM IST A stray dog snoozes under a red boat lying next to a rickety teashop at Sur Bandars quay. It is Friday, and the harbour front is very quiet compared to the one at Gwadar, some 20 km away, where a Chinese deep sea port is under construction, promising to transform the sleepy town into a global trading hub. At Sur Bandar's quay the fisherfolk gather and chat over endless cups of a strong, sweet concoction they call "doodh-patti", or just watch the world go by. I ask some if they have heard of the much-touted China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), but all shake their heads. CPEC is a 3,000-km corridor from Kashgar in western China to Gwadar in Pakistan on the Arabian sea. It slices through the Himalayas, disputed territories, plains and deserts to reach the ancient fishing port Gwadar. Huge Chinese-funded in

CPEC to boost agriculture

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1414256/cpec-boost-agriculture/ By  M Ziauddin Published: May 20, 2017 The writer served as executive editor of The Express Tribune from 2009 to 2014 Pakistan’s economy needs to grow at an annual average rate of 10-12 per cent for at least over a decade for the so-called trickle-down theory to prove its economic viability. Indeed, this is the kind of growth rate that is required to be sustained for at least 10 years at a stretch without any break to supposedly make any perceptible dent in the incidence of poverty in the country. One way of accomplishing this is to go around the world again with a hat in hand. This we have been doing since independence, but have done nothing with most of the dole received so far, other than to create false affluence. More of the same is not going to make us behave differently. Our border trade with our immediate neighbours — India, Afghanistan and Iran — has been held hostage since the very day Pakistan came

Creating an Inclusive Burmese Peace Process

http://www.css.ethz.ch/en/services/digital-library/articles/article.html/cc29da43-3b91-43b8-a9fb-087fa3f03468 19 May 2017 By Vanessa Johanson for United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Despite their important contributions to peace in Burma, women, youth groups, and civil society organizations have frequently been excluded from the official, elite-driven peace process. That’s not good, says Vanessa Johanson. Yes, the international community should support the multi-stakeholder political dialogues that began earlier this year, but it should also press for the direct inclusion of previously marginalized contributors in all formal committees and processes. This article was  originally published  by the  United States Institute of Peace ( USIP )  on 8 May 2017. Summary Despite their important contributions to peace in Burma, women, youth groups, and civil society organizations have frequently been excluded from the existing elite-driven formal peace process.Nonetheless, numerous ex

Terrorist Use of Virtual Currencies: Containing the Potential Threat

http://www.css.ethz.ch/content/specialinterest/gess/cis/center-for-securities-studies/en/services/digital-library/publications/publication.html/74f9844c-e9d0-47ce-b768-aef6c53d05c9 May 2017 Will virtual currencies (VC) increasingly replace traditional methods of funding terrorism, including the halawa system? According to Zachary Goldman et al, extremists in the Gaza Strip have already used virtual currencies to fund their operations and members of the Islamic State have been particularly receptive to the new technology, at least at the local level. To prevent the spread of VC funding on a larger scale, our authors argue that counterterrorism communities should adopt three guiding principles to shape their future policies. Explore them here. Download English (PDF, 56 pages, 1.1 MB) AuthorZachary K. Goldman, Ellie Maruyama, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Edoardo Saravalle, and Julia Solomon-StraussSeries CNAS Reports PublisherCenter for a New American Security ( CNAS ) Copyright© 2017 Ce