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China Economic Outlook October 20, 2015

China’s GDP growth moderated slightly to 6.9% in Q3 after recording a surprisingly-resilient 7.0% in Q2. Following the stock market correction that began in Q2, Chinese authorities have started to roll out measures in recent months to shore up the economy and try to bring this year’s GDP growth close to the official target of … Sigue leyendo

U.S. spy network’s successes, failures and objectives detailed – “Black Budget”

By Barton Gellman and Greg Miller,by Wp.com U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top-secret budget. The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013, obtained by The … Sigue leyendo

To hunt Osama bin Laden, satellites watched over Abbottabad, Pakistan, and Navy SEALs

By Craig Whitlock and Barton Gellman, washington post The U.S. commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden was guided from space by a fleet of satellites, which aimed dozens of receivers over Pakistan to collect a torrent of electronic and signals intelligence as the mission unfolded, according to a top-secret U.S. intelligence document. The National … Sigue leyendo

To see the value of social media, watch what happened in Turkey when the local media failed

by Mathew Ingram SUMMARY: Social media and tools like Twitter have come under fire during real-time news events because critics say they spread misinformation — but in places like Istanbul they can be a lifeline when the traditional media is ineffective.

Egypt: Naval forces capture 3 divers trying to cut undersea Internet cable

By Associated Press, CAIRO — Egypt’s naval forces captured three scuba divers who were trying to cut an undersea Internet cable in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, a military spokesman said. Telecommunications executives meanwhile blamed a weeklong Internet slowdown on damage caused to another cable by a ship. Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said in a statement on … Sigue leyendo

Argentine defiance in appeal of $1.4 billion debt ruling aims at unlikely Supreme Court win

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — With just hours to go before Argentina has to show its last cards in a billion-dollar debt showdown in the U.S. courts, President Cristina Fernandez seems to be keeping up her “we’re going for more” motto. Her government is reportedly preparing a response that analysts say could lead the country into … Sigue leyendo

NORTH KOREA VS South Corea + USA a nyt.com point of view

a nyt.com point of view SEOUL, South Korea — This week, North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jung-un, ordered his underlings to prepare for a missile attack on the United States. He appeared at a command center in front of a wall map with the bold, unlikely title, “Plans to Attack the Mainland U.S.” Earlier in … Sigue leyendo

Spies and Big Business Fight Cyberattacks

LONDON – Britain’s intelligence services, working alongside security experts from private companies, are setting up a secret control center in London to combat what the head of the country’s domestic spy agency has described as “astonishing” levels of cyberattacks. The existence of the so-called Fusion Cell was due to be confirmed on Wednesday in a statement on … Sigue leyendo

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