#news and #comments #digest (@robertolofaro) for 2014-10-29

NEWS ITEMS OF THE DAY

#FBI #identifies #leak #source for 680k suspected terrorists list http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2599666 #security #Snowden #Greenwald

#report http://www.fireeye.com/resources/pdfs/apt28.pdf on #State #sponsored #cyber #hacking #published in #USA http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2599772 #Russia #APT28 #NATO #OSCE #White #House http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/hackers-breach-some-white-house-computers/2014/10/28/2ddf2fa0-5ef7-11e4-91f7-5d89b5e8c251_story.html?hpid=z1 #security

#Kurdistan – #helps from #Turkish #Kurds http://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2014/10/29/kobane-les-premiers-combattants-kurdes-irakiens-sont-arrives-en-turquie_4514044_3210.html and #support http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/hilfe-fuer-kobane-peschmerga-kaempfer-erreichen-tuerkei-13236216.html #security #diplomacy

#ISIS – #Russia – the #Chechen #link http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2600073 #Egypt and #Sinai http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/afrika/dschihadisten-in-aegypten-neue-terrorgruppe-will-kalifat-auf-dem-sinai-errichten-13233915.html #Germany http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/hans-georg-maassen-die-vier-m-der-deutschen-salafisten-13235053.html #terrorism #media

#Irak – joining the #army, picking the salary, and leaving http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/10/28/actualidad/1414523872_353940.html #security #ISIS

#Morocco and #Algeria – #army #shoots http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2014/10/28/tirs-a-la-frontiere-rabat-demande-une-enquete-a-alger_4514050_3212.html #Moroc #security #diplomacy

#UK – not joining the #FRONTEX #Triton http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/10/28/actualidad/1414528007_477207.html and putting on hold #asylum #requests http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2014/10/29/des-milliers-de-demandes-d-asile-en-attente-depuis-des-annees-en-grande-bretagne_4514063_3214.html #EU #immigration

#Italy – #President #testified on alleged negotiation #State – #mafia http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2600123 #politics

#France – 85% of the #helicopter s #fleet #grounded (single engine) http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2599813 #Eurocontrol #airline #business

#space – #Antares #explodes http://www.lemonde.fr/sciences/article/2014/10/29/explosion-apres-son-lancement-de-la-fusee-transportant-une-capsule-vers-l-iss_4514051_1650684.html #details http://www.faz.net/aktuell/gesellschaft/unbemannte-rakete-cygnus-nach-start-explodiert-13236020.html others: #Russia #Spacex http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2014/10/29/actualidad/1414538303_720082.html #ISS

#New #Zealand #referendum on #changing #flag http://www.lemonde.fr/asie-pacifique/article/2014/10/29/la-nouvelle-zelande-pourrait-prochainement-changer-de-drapeau_4514080_3216.html #politics

#Facebook – #mobile #results http://economia.elpais.com/economia/2014/10/28/actualidad/1414527635_415412.html #business #Internet #social #marketing #networking #business

#EU – #lessons from #banking #stress #tests http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/eurokrise/strengere-kontrollen-fuer-banken-durch-neue-aufsicht-13234434.html #M3 #ECB


1. much ado about nothing in #Italy

for my foreign friends: it is about the 1990s, at a time when

– in Italy we had about 1/3 of the Members of the Parliament under investigation for corruption-related cases,
– a magistrate who was a former policeman (and something else in Germany) was dubbed as a new “Torquemada” against corruption (as a positive nickname)
– a businessman (Mr. Berlusconi) whose fortune was based on being something like an Italian Donald Trump+Citizen Kane entered politics
– a string of terrorist attacks to highly visible but security-wise irrelevant targets (museums) followed a series of killing of magistrates and policemen fighting against organized crime (specifically, the Sicilian mafia)

…and many feared that there was the potential for a military coup (yes, a traditional fear since the 1960s, in Italy- also recently was invoked more than once)

so… many newspapers were skeptical today of all the brouhaha to bring the current President of Italy to the witness stand on a trial, currently mainly because he received a letter and threats while he was then serving in his office a Presidente della Camera dei Deputati (lower chamber of the Italian Parliament)

politics in Italy is often a show that starts with a loan from theatrical dramas (obviously, Ancient Greece is a favourite) and ends up in something closer to a “much ado about nothing” (the gentler, Branagh movie version of Shakespeare’s play)

the only side-effect: some changes in the candidacies for seats on other institutions

at last, we had a first “rite of passage” with the EU on the State budget, and gearing up for the next hurdle in November (with the new European Commission)

stay tuned: since the week-end, the bet is on a new 10% political party gearing up to cover the left flank of the political spectrum, led or influenced by the leader of a trade union, attracting votes from the left side of the ruling PD, SEL, and disaffected leftists from M5S, should an election be set in Spring 2015 (a good deterrent to keep the current Government working on the delivery of reforms, as with the new election laws, that 10% could be critical to obtaining a significant lead in terms of seats within the reformed Parliament)

http://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/notizie/2014-10-29/non-e-riuscita-prova-forza-anti-quirinale-063623.shtml?uuid=ABHN1s7B

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