Leaked spy cables reveal how Iran came to dominate the political and military spheres in Iraq. Here’s what the hundreds of documents tell us…more NYTIMES
Software extracts emails, texts and contacts and could be used to track movements.
Chinese border police are secretly installing surveillance apps on the phones of visitors and downloading personal information as part of the government’s intensive scrutiny of the remote Xinjiang region, the Guardian can reveal…more: the guardian
A shadowy UK government propaganda unit that privately declares that it works to “effect behavioural and attitudinal change” among British Muslims has drawn up plans to begin operating in France. The Research, Information and Communications Unit (RICU), which is based at the Home Office in London, generates films, social media, websites, leaflets and news stories that are intended to influence public opinion while concealing the British government’s role in their creation….middle east
From beneath the rubble of their homes and the soil of their city parks and gardens, Raqqa’s dead are rising to tell their tales.
Some have been found with their hands bound, a single gunshot wound to the head. Others have no skull. The bodies of one family were found unmarked, entombed to die side by side of hunger…more: The Times,
“It’s horrible. We still don’t know what happened,” said Ali Soufan, one of the lead FBI counterterrorism agents whom the CIA kept in the dark about the movements of the future Al-Qaeda hijackers. To Soufan and many other former national security officials, the unanswered questions about the events leading up to the September 11, 2001, attacks dwarf those about the assassination of John F. Kennedy,…. more: .newsweek.
Anewly released trove of documents recovered from Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound have revealed “secret dealings” between Iran and al-Qaeda.
Nearly half a million files found on the computer seized in the May 2, 2011, US raid on the al-Qaeda founder’s hideout in Abbottabad were released by the CIA on Wednesday….more: telegraph.co.uk
Bitcoin is a new currency that was created in 2009 by an unknown person using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. Transactions are made with no middle men – meaning, no banks! ….No one knows what will become of bitcoin. It is mostly unregulated, but that could change. Governments are concerned about taxation and their lack of control over the currency…..MORE: CNN
(صَنَائِعُ الْمَعْرُوفِ تَقِي مَصَارِعَ السُّوءِ , صَدَقَةُ السِّرِّ تُطْفِئُ غَضَبَ الرَّبِّ , وَصِلَةُ الرَّحِمِ تَزِيدُ فِي الْعُمْر” (صحيح الجامع .
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Good works protect from evil fates. Charity in secret extinguishes the wrath of the Lord, maintaining family ties increases life span,”