Sunday Morning Headlines

Obama Makes Historic Trip To Malaysia
In remarks made during a stop in Malaysia, President Obama praised the entrepreneurial spirit of Malaysian youth, but in other remarks called upon the nation’s leaders to do more for ethnic minorities.

Obama is the first president to visit the Asian nation since Lyndon Johnson’s trip in 1966.

In an email to The Washington Post, Ambiga Sreenevasan, an electoral reform advocate, accused the government of employing “divisive politics” to stay in power.

“The attacks against the Chinese, the Christian community (in the Allah issue), the constant racist attacks against the minority communities is rising by the day,” she wrote.

Israel’s Netanyahu Attacks As Palestine’s Abbas Moderates His Tone Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened his weekly cabinet meeting by accusing Hamas of “trying to start another Holocaust,” according to Israel’s Ynetnews. Netanyahu also rejected the comments made by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in which he characterized the Holocaust as “the ugliest crime in modern history.”

Although Palestinians are reluctant to recognize the Holocaust out of concern it would overshadow their own claims of suffering since the creation of Israel, USA Today reports that President Abbas opted to extend the acknowledgement after speaking with Marc Schneier, an American rabbi.

Abbas also said he remains interested in continuing talks with Israel, which he said could lead toward a new Palestinian government that would recognize Israel.

“If you want negotiations, stop all settlements: Don’t tell me planning, don’t tell me zoning, don’t tell me tenders,” Abbas said in a speech at the 26th meeting of the PLO’s Central Council. Furthermore, he said he would lead a government of “national consensus” that would not include members of either Fatah or Hamas, reports Al Jazeera.

Facing The Threat Of Global Cyberwarfare
Steve Ranger says even tech experts have been amazed at how quickly the threat of cyberwarfare has gone from the theoretical to the possible.

“It’s taken less than a decade for digital warfare to go from theoretical to the worryingly possible. The web has been an unofficial battleground for many modern conflicts. At the most basic level,  groups of hackers trying to publicise their cause have been hijacking or defacing websites for years. Some of these groups have acted alone, some have at least the tacit approval of their governments,” he writes in TechRepublic.

He notes it is not only first-world nations like the US and UK that are preparing for the next generation of combat.

“In a time of declining budgets, it’s a way for defence ministries and defence companies to see growth, leading some to warn of the emergence of a twenty-first century cyber-industrial complex. And the shift from investment in cyber-defence initiatives to cyber-offensives is a recent and, for some, worrying trend.

“Peter W. Singer, director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution, said 100 nations are building cyber military commands of that there are about 20 that are serious players, and a smaller number could carry out a whole cyberwar campaign. And the fear is that by emphasising their offensive capabilities, governments will up the ante for everyone else.”

Singer delivered a speech in March on the basics of cyberware which can be listened to HERE.

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