Rough Diplomacy

Operation Gladio (Italian: Operazione Gladio)

Operation Gladio (Italian: Operazione Gladio) is the codename for a clandestine North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) “stay-behind” operation in Italy during the Cold War. Its purpose was to prepare for, and implement, armed resistance in the event of a Warsaw Pact invasion and conquest. Although Gladio specifically refers to the Italian…

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Who’s in Charge

FBI arrests nearly all of the top officials of Crystal City, Tex. By Sarah KaplanFebruary 8, 2016 FBI agents gather outside the home of Crystal City, Tex., Mayor Ricardo Lopez for his arrest on Thursday morning. (Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News via AP) Joel Barajas was the only Crystal City council…

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First Citizen

Ben  Franklin earned the title of “The First American” or “First Citizen” for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity, initially as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies. As the first United States Ambassador to France, he exemplified the emerging American nation.Franklin was foundational in defining…

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Alabama Pi

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — NASA engineers and mathematicians in this high-tech city are stunned and infuriated after the Alabama state legistature narrowly passed a law yesterday redefining pi, a mathematical constant used in the aerospace industry. The bill to change the value of pi to exactly three was introduced without fanfare…

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Dark Matter

 March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 “Dark Matter”  contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA’s Embedded Development Branch (EDB). These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain ‘persistence’…

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Power Move

Russian President Vladimir Putin has quickly become one of the most powerful and feared politicians in the world. But he’s had a long climb to the top — he spent years working in Russian intelligence and local politics before becoming the leader of the country. And Putin could become even…

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Venetian Patent System

PROPER INTERPRETATION THE VENETIAN PATENT ACT OF 1474 Ted Sichelman* & Toni Veneri** ABSTRACT Scholars have widely and consistently contended that the Venetian Republic adopted the first “formal” patent system in its Patent Act of 1474. Based upon an extensive examination of archival material from the State Archives of Venice,…

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 Fiorello La Guardia : Ultimate American

Fiorello Henry La Guardia  Mayor of New York City  from 1934 to 1945. Previously he had been elected to Congress in 1916 and 1918, and again from 1922 through 1930.  history.Fiorello H. La Guardia. Prior to becoming New York’s pre-eminent mayor, La Guardia was a distinguished U.S. congressman (1916-18) and…

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Fiorello LaGuardia: Revenge Politics

In November 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt responded to a resolution of Congress and invited nations of the world to participate in the New York World’s Fair. Soon after, Fair President Grover Whalen began traveling across the world gathering commitments from an unprecedented number of foreign governments. The negotiation with…

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An American in the French Revolution

An American in the French Revolution   He helped inspire the American Revolution, but Thomas Paine suffered a broad range of indignities afterward: Political cartoonists lampooned him, he was denied the right to vote and a coin was minted that pictured him in a noose. During the 1770s and 1780s, France faced…

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The Amarna letters

The Amarna Letters are among some of the earliest known diplomatic records  written between pharaohs in the  Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt and the Amurru rulers of Canaan during the 14th century BC. Following the Battle of Kadesh in c. 1274 BC during the Nineteenth dynasty, the pharaoh of Egypt and the…

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Another Man’s Shoes

In 2008, President Bush vised Iraq after six years of war. The drama unfolded shortly after President  Bush appeared at a news conference in Baghdad with Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to publicize a newly adopted security agreement between the United States and Iraq. The agreement included a commitment to…

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Diplomatic Immunity’s Greatest Hits

Diplomatic immunity may be intended to keep diplomats from running afoul of local authorities while serving abroad, but some workers take it as a license to act like jerks. While the Vienna Conventions on International Relations of 1961 outline a series of safeguards that protect diplomats from being unfairly punished…

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Deadly Encounters -Almost

A few of the most infamous assassination attempts in US history. Richard Lawrence, 1835 Richard Lawrence may not have assassinated a U.S. President, but he was the first one to try. The mentally ill – out of work house painter believed he was King Richard III of England and that…

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Seeing Double

Conspiracy theorists got all worked up in 2016 about a rumor that Hillary Clinton had been replaced by a body double after feeling faint and leaving New York’s 9/11 memorial ceremony early. According to this extraordinaryily sketchy theory, the former secretary of state — who recently  had revealed she’s suffered from pneumonia…

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Congressional Indiscretion

In a single day, both The New York Times and CBS News suspended top journalists in the wake of sexual-harassment allegations, and The Process of Reporting  Los Angeles Times, editorial: “Say a congressional staffer wants to report that her supervisor has repeatedly made lewd comments and touched her inappropriately. She better have a lot of patience.…

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Space reforms coming: 2018 NDAA drops legislative bombshells on U.S. Air Force – SpaceNews.com

The National Defense Authorization Act blasts the Air Force for a “broken national security space enterprise.”WASHINGTON — For the military space world, the big headline from Capitol Hill Wednesday was that the final version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act does not, at least for now, require the Pentagon…

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Switching Sides, the U2 incident of 1960

Gary Powers had been in flight four hours when his troubles began. His spy mission from an American airbase in Pakistan took him over central Russia, where, at more than 70,000 feet above the ground, he believed he was beyond the range of either fighter planes or missiles. The 30-year-old…

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Paradise Papers

Unlocking the one percent their business in tax havens is a big leak,  that makes it possible to know the facts and misdeeds of thousands of characters in the category of “rich and famous” celebrated by financial, judicial, or world news . They tell of file rows obtained by the…

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5150 Danger to Self

In the ER psychiatric ward in San Francisco’s busiest hospital, murder threats aren’t quite as rare as you might think. Every day, mental health specialists make decisions to keep us safe from ourselves and others, but sometime the tables get turned ……Dr. Paul Linde, author of “Danger to Self: On the…

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Timeline of July 7 Dallas Police Ambush

On July 7, 2016, Micah Xavier Johnson ambushed and fired upon a group of police officers in Dallas, Texas, murdering  5 officers and injuring 9 others. Two civilians were also wounded. Johnson was an Army Reserve  Afghan War veteran who was reportedly angry over police shootings of black men and stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially…

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Gunpowder, treason and plot: The story of Guy Fawkes

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in earlier centuries often called the Gunpowder Treason Plot or the Jesuit Treason, was a failed assassination attempt against King James I of England and VI of Scotland by a gang of Roman Catholic activists led by Warwickshire-born Robert Catesby. November 5 commemorates the failure of the November 1605 when the incident…

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Palermo Stone

The Palermo Stone is one of the most important primary sources in the study of ancient Egyptian history. The exact date of the stone’s creation is in doubt, but it is thought to have been towards the end of the fifth dynasty (Old Kingdom in the twenty-fifth century B.C.) and therefore…

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ITB: Southern French

John Sevier’s rescue of young Bonny Kate at Fort Caswell on the Watauga is so remarkable, one might think it originated in a Hollywood script or a romance novel. July 21, 1776 the fort was attacked by a large force of Cherokee Indians. By one account, up to 500 women…

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ITB :Skilled in Language , Skilled in war

 Texians were residents of Mexican Texas and, later, the Republic of Texas. Today, the term is used specifically to distinguish early Anglo settlers of Texas, especially those who supported the Texas Revolution. Mexican settlers of that era are referred to as Tejanos, and residents of modern Texas are known as…

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Murky Cash

Banking Giant HSBC Sheltered Murky Cash Linked to Dictators and Arms Dealers By Gerard Ryle, Will Fitzgibbon, Mar Cabra, Rigoberto Carvajal, Marina Walker Guevara, Martha M. Hamilton and Tom Stites Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to…

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Breaking Policy

Continued from Murky Cash Breaking the bank’s own policy The documents raise new questions about past public statements by HSBC that staff did not help customers engage in tax evasion. In July 2008, for example, Chris Meares, the then head of private banking for HSBC, told a British parliamentary hearing:…

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The Lost Generation

Lost Generation, a group of American writers who came of age during World War I and established their literary reputations in the 1920s. The term is also used more generally to refer to the post-World War I generation. The generation was “lost” in the sense that its inherited values were no…

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South Korea Boost

The South Korean government is quadrupling the reward it pays defectors from the North who share information to $860,000 (£700,000). Defectors can expect to receive the six-figure payout if they cross the border with intelligence that helps enhance South Korea’s security. Defecting can be an expensive process as a result…

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Parthian shot

The Parthian shot was a military tactic made famous in the West by the Parthians, an ancient Iranian people. The Parthian archers, mounted on light horse while retreating at a full gallop, would turn their bodies back to shoot at the pursuing enemy. The maneuver required superb equestrian skills, since…

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Good Question : Kissinger

The question is not should we aid and advocate  during world crisis’ the question is to what cause and what length? The question is, how exactly should we go about this change? Henry Kissinger Former National Security Advisor of the United States

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Black Money

The Biggest Leak In Black Money Probe – HSBC Swiss Leaks – Real Reason Why HSBC Shut In India By Aniket Pendharkar Hervé Falciani, was convicted to five years in prison for what is termed as the biggest leak in banking history- the Swiss Leaks. In 2008, the Franco-Italian systems engineer…

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Aggressive Coercion

      President Lyndon B Johnson was renowned for his domineering, sometimes abrasive, personality, and the “Johnson treatment”—his aggressive coercion of powerful politicians to advance legislation was his most often used tactic. This led to his nickname “Bull” Johnson.   A lesson from LBJ in how to smash an…

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This mesmerizing map shows real-time hack attacks around the world

Norse Corp one of the leading cyber security firms developed an interactive map that shows just how serious it has become. http://map.norsecorp.com/#/    This mesmerizing map shows real-time hack attacks around the world

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Global diplomacy map shows the magnitude of the world’s diplomatic networks

Global diplomacy map shows the magnitude of the world’s diplomatic networks By Aleks Buczkowski – March 20, 2016

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Handheld

Infographic via CamoTrading.com

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Old Rivals

Their ancestors did battle with musket and cannon in one of the most famous battles in British history. And now the descendants of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington are locked in another battle – albeit a more civilised one. It has been revealed the eminent pair are City…

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It’s in the blood : Right Side Lean

For months, there was a tug of war between federal prosecutors in Brooklyn and Florida over which office would control the high-profile murder case against John A. (Junior) Gotti. The winner was a veteran Tampa prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Trezevant – called one of the toughest, hardest-working adversaries in…

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Indicted? No reason to resign.

Rod Blagojevich,  served as the 40th Governor of Illinois from 2003 to 2009 Blagojevich was a state representative before being elected to the United States House of Representatives representing parts of Chicago. He was elected governor in 2002,the first Democrat to win the office in  30 years . Blagojevich was…

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