Posted: March 10th, 2015 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Socially Engineered | Tags: CIA, Director of National Intelligence, Directorate of Digital Innovation, John Brennan | Comments Off on CIA to Boost Cyber Capability
The CIA plans to radically overhaul operations, ramping up its capability to deal with cyber threats while boosting integration between departments via a network of new units, the agency says.
Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan outlined the proposed changes to the agency in a message to staff on Friday described as a “Blueprint for the Future” covering four key areas.
Mr Brennan said the US espionage agency would set up a new “Directorate of Digital Innovation” to reflect the rapidly evolving cyber landscape :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 18th, 2014 | Author: Rebekah Raeburn-Gould | Filed under: China | Tags: china, Ilham Tohti, Xinjiang Muslim Uighur, Xinjiang Province | Comments Off on Chinese Authorities Arrest Outspoken Muslim Scholar Ilham Tohti
A prominent scholar has been arrested in China just weeks after criticising the government in an interview with Australia’s ABC, Ilham Tohti’s family say around 30 police came to his home to take away the Beijing based ethnic Muslin Uighur, he is now being held in an unknown location.
China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, says Mr Tohti is “suspected of breaking the law” computers have been removed from his home, but no further details would been given.
Mr Tohti’s supporters fear his detention is part of a wider crackdown on dissent coming out of the far-Western Xinjiang province following an apparent car fire suicide attack at Tiananmen Gate.
Ilham Tohti is well known for his research on Uyghur-Han relations and is a vocal advocate for the implementation of regional autonomy laws in China, Mr Tohti, a prominent blogger, was the host of Uyghur Online, a website that discusses Uyghur issues. Tohti was previously detained shortly after the 2009 Ürümqi riots by the authorities.
Posted: November 22nd, 2013 | Author: Felicity Evans | Filed under: Socially Engineered | Tags: china, Economic Reform, Forced Labour Camps, Human Rights Reform, One Child Policy, Socially Engineered | Comments Off on Sweeping Changes to China’s More Radical Laws, One Child Policy Eased, Labour Camps Abolished
China has unveiled sweeping changes to some of its most controversial laws including its one-child policy and its forced labour camps. The major policy shift also includes reductions on the application of the death penalty, reforms to a widely abused “petition” system and changes in a residency registration scheme.
The changes, revealed by the official Xinhua news agency, were announced days after a meeting of the country’s top Communist Party leaders.
Couples will now be allowed to have two children if one of the parents is an only child, significantly widening the exceptions to a rule introduced in 1979 to control China’s then exploding population, now the world’s largest.
The one-child policy is controversial both within and outside China, the policy has at times been brutally enforced, with authorities relying on permits, fines and in some cases forced sterilisations and late-term abortions, often triggering public outrage :: Read the full article »»»»
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Posted: November 5th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Socially Engineered | Tags: Kamala Khan, Marvel Comics, Ms Marvel, Muslim Female Superhero, New Superhero, Popular Culture | Comments Off on Marvel’s Latest Superhero Starts Out Looking for Trouble
Our love for female superheroes is well documented – Abbey Chase – there’s something surreally sublime, a female fitted out in a fetishy, flashy outfit, mmmm.
World, meet Marvels latest superhero, we reckon she’s got some fight in her, she’s a teenage Muslim-American girl living in – where else but – Jersey City.
Kamala Khan is the creation of two Marvel staffers, Steve Wacker and Sana Amanat. Inspired by stories of Ms Amanat’s youth, the pair hit up G. Willow Wilson – author, comicbook creator and convert to the faith of Islam – to jump onboard :: Read the full article »»»»
RELATED! Love of my life…
As we get older – yes you too – stuff that we love tends to fall by the wayside – no biggy – it’s just the way life is. The stuff we do manage to hang on to tends to become treasure. Around here one of those hung-onto treasures has been Danger Girl! The comic is only 14 years old but boy it feels like we’ve loved the girls forever! Crawl out from under that rock if your clueless to the adventures of the most well drawn girls ever – sorry Suicide Girls, Abbey was here first – to be penciled onto a piece of drafting paper :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 14th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Socially Engineered | Tags: Fashion For the Dead, Garments for the Grave, Pia Interlandi, REBLOG! | Comments Off on Dressed For Death, Garments for the Grave by Pia Interlandi
In almost every culture, death is shrouded with ritual, the entombment of the dead is most commonly preceded by its dressing. In Islam it’s a white cotton cloth, Judaism’s Tachrichim bindings and in the west’s it’s a tradition of grave clothes, solid black woollen suit or head to toe frock. The corporeal commonality is the preparation of a dead body for it’s journey to the other-side.
In an increasingly secular society, it’s a wonderfilled thing to see an artisan reaching back through these traditions, seeking out something deeper from the aesthetically pleasing. Despite clothing being almost exclusively about covering outside of the body, Ms Interlandi asks the most intimate question of the dead, where and what is soul? :: Read the full article »»»»