Monday, March 29, 2010

A dangerous day around the world, but the incidents seem unlinked

The most positive comes from Choe Sang-Hun of the New York Times, “North Koreans use cell phones to bare secrets”, link here. The story was reproduced on MSNBC. Various people from North Korea allowed to travel to China smuggle cell phones and are able to set up text messaging networks to get information out of North Korea and on the Internet – although can they get past Chinese censors; that’s a pretty interesting “political” question. See Aug. 13, 2009 on this blog for a discussion of Tor bridges, useful for dissidents.

And today there were two “terror” matters. One was the female suicide bombing incident on the Moscow subway, widely reported, leading to precautions in the US on transit systems, but this seems to be confined to “Russian” and former Soviet politics in the Caucusus region and seems unlikely to be exported. The latest MSNBC story is (web url) here.

The other is actually a domestic extreme right wing group in Michigan called the Hutaree, accused of a plot to “disrupt” a funeral as reported here. This brings back more the kind of mentality of Timothy McVeigh in the 1990s. The group is not the same as the "Michigan Militia" reported in the 1990s; the group was active in Ohio and Indiana as well.

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The other “big problem” these days is the violence, targeting and reprisals in Juarez, across the border from El Paso, reported in the media (also in several other Mexican cities). American college students are encouraged to be very careful about spring break in Mexico this year outside of the established tourist areas. Ii still want to get down to see the Maya ruins some day.

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