8 July 2015   Leave a comment

There were some curious cyber incidents today:  the computers for United Airlines, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Wall Street Journal all experienced problems.  These problems were explained as internal problems, but there is a clear sense that something else was afoot.   Last night, Anonymous tweeted: “Wonder if tomorrow is going to be a bad day for Wall Street….We can only hope”   I doubt that we will ever really know what happened, but in trying to figure it out I came across a site that tracks cyber attacks across the world.  It is called Norse and it tracks live attacks in real time.  Fascinating stuff.

David Azoulay, Israel’s minister for religious services, has doubted the authenticity of Reform Jews as actual Jews.  Azoulay is a member of the Shas Party in Israel, an ultra-orthodox party, which became part of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government after the last election.  Many American Jews are Reform Jews, and the message was not well received.  The Prime Minister was quick to point out that Azoulay’s statements “do not reflect the position of the government.”  But as a Cabinet Minister, Azoulay does have a significant voice.

In 1995 8,000 Muslim men and boys from the Bosnian town of Srebenica were massacred.  The UN Security Council today introduced a resolution condemning the massacre as genocide, but despite receiving 10 votes (there were four abstentions, including China), the measure did not pass because of a Russian veto.   Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin characterized the resolution as “not constructive, confrontational and politically motivated.”  Russia is a long-time ally of Serbia, whose forces were accused of committing the massacre.

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Posted July 9, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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