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Chinese cyberspy network smashed

On April 7, 2012, in Spying, by Editor

An international cyberspy ring targeting politicians, diplomats and journalists has been blown open by computer experts. – The Metro, UK GhostNet, believed to be China-based, infected 1,300 computers in 103 countries, with a third of victims considered ‘high value targets’. The Dalai Lama’s personal office was among those ‘conclusively compromised’, giving the attackers access to […]

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How to rig an election

On March 3, 2012, in Election, by Editor

A brief guide to electoral fraud for the busy despot. – The Economist, UK THE only poll that counts, supposedly, is election day. But for the sophisticated vote-rigger that is terrible advice. Election day is too late. If you go around beating up your opponents’ voters, stuffing ballot boxes and making up results, someone somewhere […]

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How to steal an election

On March 3, 2012, in Election, by Editor

Electoral fraudsters have become more cunning, but dirty politics is a bigger worry. – The Economist, UK IT WAS another good day for North Korea’s Workers’ Party. On July 24th 2011, amid music and gongs, the late Kim Jong Il shuffled past queuing throngs to cast his vote in the country’s local elections. Like everyone […]

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UK spied on Russians with fake rock

On January 19, 2012, in Spying, by Editor

A former UK government official has admitted Britain was caught spying when Russia exposed its use of a fake rock in Moscow to hide electronic equipment. – The BBC, UK The fake rock with the hidden camera inside. Russia made the allegations in January 2006, but this is the first time anyone in the UK […]

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Mitt Romney lambasted in attack ad for speaking French

On January 13, 2012, in Government, by Editor

Quelle horreur! Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has been skewered in a new political attack ad – for speaking French. – The BBC, UK The ad, released by rival Newt Gingrich, seeks to draw unflattering parallels between Mr Romney and another Massachusetts politician, John Kerry. “Amid patriotic outrage over the French government’s opposition to the […]

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Robert Fisk: This is not about ‘bad apples’. This is the horror of war

On January 13, 2012, in Military, by Editor

How many other abuses took place off camera? How many Hadithas? How many My Lais? – By Robert Fisk, The Independent, UK So now it’s snapshots of US Marines pissing on the Afghan dead. Better, I suppose, than the US soldiers pictured beside the innocent Afghan teenager they fragged back in March of last year. […]

 

Big donors ‘buying policy’

On January 6, 2012, in Lobbying, by Editor

Wealthy donors appear to be buying Government policy by securing “preferential” access to ministers and senior politicians, the standards watchdog has warned. – By Christopher Hope, The Telegraph, UK Sir Christopher Kelly said the perceived influence of rich businessmen over politicians is undermining public trust in Westminster. He cited the Coalition’s planning reforms as an […]

 

Former Israel PM Ehud Olmert indicted for corruption in property scandal

On January 6, 2012, in Corruption, by Editor

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was on Thursday indicted alongside a number of other people for allegedly taking bribes in a massive property scandal, judicial sources said. – The Telegraph, UK The allegations stem from Olmert’s tenure as Jerusalem mayor and will add to the woes of the former premier, who is already on […]

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Rewarding party donors in the honours system risks bringing system into ‘disrepute’ says Sir Christopher Kelly

On January 1, 2012, in Corruption, by Editor

Handing knighthoods and other honours to financial backers of major political parties risks bringing the system into “disrepute” because of the suspicion of corruption, according to the standards watchdog. – By Christopher Hope, The Telegraph, UK Sir Christopher Kelly, the chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, was speaking after four leading Conservative […]

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French ex-President Jacques Chirac guilty of corruption

On December 15, 2011, in Leadership, by Editor

A French court has given former President Jacques Chirac a two-year suspended prison sentence for diverting public funds and abusing public trust. – The BBC, UK Mr Chirac, 79, was not in court to hear the verdict because of ill-health but denied wrongdoing. President from 1995 to 2007, he was put on trial on charges […]

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