Prayer and Meditation for Sunday, August 20, 2017 — Keep the sabbath free from profanation — The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable — “Lord, help me.” 

Peace and Freedom

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 118

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Miracle of the Healing of the Canaanite Woman’s Daughter

Reading 1  IS 56:1, 6-7

Thus says the LORD:
Observe what is right, do what is just;
for my salvation is about to come,
my justice, about to be revealed.

The foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
ministering to him,
loving the name of the LORD,
and becoming his servants—
all who keep the sabbath free from profanation
and hold to my covenant,
them I will bring to my holy mountain
and make joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be acceptable on my altar,
for my house shall be called
a house of prayer for all peoples.

Responsorial Psalm PS 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8

R. (4) O God, let all the nations praise you!
May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let…

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Ugandan military forces mature skills in psychological operation to counter VEOs

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Photo By Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond | Uganda People’s Defence Force Marines work on a psychological operations training exercise with the guidance of the 346th Tactical Psychological Operations Company (Airborne) who are deployed to the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, at the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College in Jinja, Uganda, Aug. 14, 2017. The ability to understand the operational environment and work toward long-term solutions remains a critical component in deterring violent extremist organizations who create instability throughout the African continent. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond)



Story by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond  

Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa 

JINJA, Uganda –As violent extremist organizations (VEOs) continue to conduct violent acts in East Africa, the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UDPF) are working with the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa to mature their use of psychological operations…

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Virtual Case Notes: A Look at Romanian ‘Hackerville’ Reveals Human Element of Cybercrime

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The Tudor Vladimirescu street in Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania. The town has become known as “Hackerville,” a hub of cybercrime where groups of locals cooperate to commit organized online fraud. (Photo: L. Kenzel via Wikimedia Commons)

Fri, 08/18/2017 – 12:00pm

by Laura French – Associate Editor – 

Editor’s Note: Welcome to my weekly column, Virtual Case Notes, in which I interview industry experts for their take on the latest cybersecurity situation. Each week I will take a look at a new case from the evolving realm of digital crime and digital forensics. For previous editions, please type “Virtual Case Notes” into the search bar at the top of the site.

Cybercrime if often thought of as something that only happens within the generalized, invisible space of the internet. It is seen as virtual rather than physical, and those who commit cybercrime are thought of as anonymous individuals whose activities are…

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TV channel of Russian propagandists Life stops work, all employees are fired

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I did not touch this translation at all.

This Russian propaganda channel seemed to be populated by students competing for who could submit the most bizarre stories. I’ve seen stories about the red eyes on people you see in pictures taken with a flash being actual pictures of devils from Amerika.

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Russian propaganda channel Life on Friday, August 18, works the last day, after which its broadcasting will be discontinued.

As transfers Цэнзор.НЕТ , about it to agency TASS the source in holding “News Медиа” has informed.

Other projects of the holding are kept, the interlocutor added.

“It remains only the site and our projects, of course.” It completely stops, the frequency will appeal to viewers, “the source said.

Also, according to him, 90 people will be reduced, and another 90 will remain working on streaming broadcasting.

The Petersburg edition Flashnord reported that all employees of the TV…

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Russia’s election meddling backfired — big-time

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Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik / Kremlin Pool/European Pressphoto Agency)

 Opinion writer August 17 at 7:26 PM

Intelligence officers sometimes talk about “blowback,” when covert actions go bad and end up damaging the country that initiated them. A year later, that is surely the case with Russia’s secret attempt to meddle in the U.S. presidential election, which has brought a string of adverse unintended consequences for Moscow.

The Kremlin is still issuing cocky statements accusing the United States of “political schizophrenia” in its response to Russian hacking. And there are vestiges of the triumphal toneI encountered in Moscow this summer — a sense that the United States is in decline and that a mistreated but resurgent Russia is in the driver’s seat. But Russia’s confidence must be flagging.

Interference in the U.S. election has created antibodies to Russian power:…

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The CIA Invented Terror-War In Laos


What Laos Taught the CIA

Earlier this month, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) commemorated its 50th anniversary. As Southeast Asian nations look forward to building a more stable future, it’s also useful to remember the events that shaped the modern history of the region.

Fifty years ago, many parts of Southeast Asia were plagued by wars and local conflicts which included the Vietnam War, the anti-communist hysteria in Indonesia, and the rise of a military dictatorship in Burma.

But there was another war, a secret war that was being waged in a remote corner of the Indochina Peninsula during the same period. This was the civil war in Laos, which saw the rise of Hmong soldiers fighting the rising tide of communism in their…

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Russian experts blast rigged ‘evidence’ for Crimean Tatar leader’s ‘separatism’ trial

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Ilmi Umerov Photo Anton Naumlyuk, RFEFL

Ukraine’s Crimean Tatar leader in sham Russian trial.

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18.08.2017 | Halya Coynash

The authoritative Moscow Guild of Linguists has totally demolished an FSB-commissioned ‘linguistic assessment’ used to back extraordinary ‘separatism’ charges against Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov.  60-year-old Umerov is facing a possible five-year sentence for supposed ‘public calls to action aimed at violating Russia’s territorial integrity’.  The charges pertain to an interview in which Umerov indicated disagreement with Russia’s occupation of Crimea and spoke of international sanctions, with the FSB ‘expert’ detecting such public calls in a flawed translation of a language she does not understand.

The Guild of Linguists’ report was presented to the court at the last hearing on August 16.  The defence’s application for it to be added to the case was entirely legitimate, but then so are all the applications in these political trials, and most get rejected. …

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