While the Islamic State (ISIS) grabbed the spotlight of international terrorism, al-Qaida has meticulously rooted itself in several conflicts across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, where it has seized upon local grievances to appeal to disenfranchised communities and build its brand as a champion of victimized Sunnis.
Consequently, al-Qaida’s strategy, combined with its long-term vision, renders the movement the most dangerous and entrenched terrorist network devoted to carrying out spectacular attacks against the West, and the United States in particular.
Background: Al-Qaida, meaning “the base,” was established in 1988 in the Pakistani city of Peshawar close to the Afghan border under the guidance of Osama bin-Laden, prominent Palestinian cleric Abdullah Azzam, current leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and several hardline mujahedeen rebels who had fought against the Soviet Union during its invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s.
In the motion, filed with U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III, Manafort’s defense said the release of sensitive details about the investigation threatened his ability to get a fair trial.
“By their actions, it is self-evident that the objective of these government sources was to create unfair prejudice against Mr. Manafort and thereby deprive him of his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights,” attorneys Kevin Downing and Thomas Zehnle wrote.
“The government’s investigation, and the criminal charges that ultimately resulted from it, are the epitome of a party seeking to decide a case in the press and not the courtroom.”
Trump stunned Republicans and Democrats on Sunday when he tweeted that he had ordered federal officials to get Chinese phone-maker ZTE “back into business, fast” after the company shuttered its operations due to U.S. penalties.
The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. and Chinese officials are working through a deal that would relax the ban on ZTE in exchange for China lifting tariffs on billions in U.S. agricultural products. Those tariffs were issued in retaliation for proposed U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods.
“One of the few areas where the president and I agreed, and I was vocally supportive, was his approach towards China,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. “But even here he is backing off, and his policy is now designed to achieve one goal: make China great again.”
The summit could still wind up being a bad idea if it fails miserably, or if President Trump somehow accepts a poor deal. But on balance, there is a real potential for success. That is especially true if the United States goes into the summit with its eyes wide open.
Aiming for near-term complete denuclearization of North Korea is fine. But the odds of achieving such a goal anytime soon are probably in the single digit percentages.
North Koreans view the program as a key legacy of Kim’s father and grandfather, and thus a national crown jewel.
Kim sees his arsenal as an essential insurance policy against suffering the fate of Saddam Hussein, Moammar Gadhafi, and the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan in 2001.
MHS Genesis, the $4.3 billion commercial electronic health record system being adopted by the Department of Defense to support the care of approximately 9.5 million active duty service members, dependents and retirees, isn’t “operationally suitable” according to a scathing internal Pentagon report.
Users reported that “essential capabilities were not working properly or were missing altogether,” according to the report.
There is a substantial need for more bandwidth to maintain performance of cloud-based applications, and a growing need for greater network resiliency and tighter security. The challenges in upgrading network technology are even more acute for federal and state agencies that have distributed offices, all with varying levels of connectivity.
While cloud apps have tremendous potential, they are causing a host of new network complications that distributed agencies are struggling to resolve. While cloud infrastructure allows distributed organizations to manage large amounts of data, there are significant challenges — starting with insufficient bandwidth for the apps to perform and function properly across all of those far-flung offices.
“All of them are saying that as the climate gets warmer the temperature gradient is going to become very steep. This steep increase in temperature gradient will lead to two things—heat waves and sand storms,” Bhushan said.
“There is enough research happening [to predict] that the intensity of sandstorms is going to become more intense as the temperature increases further. It is indeed linked to climate change.”
Using neuroimaging, the researchers evaluated participants’ brains in two ways, measuring “functional network organization and cortical gray matter thickness.” They found both measures demonstrated greater aging in people of lower socioeconomic status, even after accounting for demographic differences and personal health.
The results raised an obvious question: Was this a long-term effect of a difficult life, or can it be traced back to their childhoods?