Cyber Society, Russia dictatorship, China’s US Oil — Did You See It Coming?

So much of the Internet is infused into modern life, that corporate squabbles or militaristic hacking threatens the flow of information we consider the “new normal” to life today. The biggest cyber attack will surely be followed by more. And yet one day, the Internet will stream images from Jerusalem … be ready to compare the ancient text to modern visions as they occur.

And Russia never finds rest as the power within reveals yet another heavy fist … we hear even Russians are protesting Putin’s power, the protests are new, the Russian propensity for dictatorship is not. Gog and Magog … that too will stream across the Internet.

And after spending over 700 Billions dollars to secure Iraq, the US effort helps China’s need for oil. Billions spent by a military could have been spent to put solar panels on homes in the US. Only a few lives might be lost due to panel installation accidents and the demand for prosthetic limbs would have been marginal … no roadside bombs to take legs and arms … just electrons flowing into a national grid. How did politicians miss this? China doesn’t care as long as oil flows their way at the expense of anyone, including the US military. Ironic isn’t it!

Is the world a fair place? Are we all experiencing peace and cooperation?
Might our human driving forces directing us to more conflicts than resolutions?

Sit at the window … read a few headlines … think about where all of this leads us.

————- headlines for March 27 ————
HEADLINE: ‘Biggest cyber-attack in history’ slows down global internet after quarrel between web-hosting company and anti-spam group

A row between an anti-spam group and a web-hosting company has caused a slowdown in the global internet after what experts are calling the biggest cyber-attack in history.

Internet services across the world have been disrupted and widespread congestion presented the risk of crucial online infrastructure becoming jammed.

Millions of web users have experienced disruption to services such as Netflix along with longer than usual delays in loading websites. Experts are now concerned that the congestion could lead to banking and email systems being slowed down.

HEADLINE: Fears for NGOs in Russia as tax raids multiply

Senior EU officials have voiced concern as checks by Russian tax inspectors on foreign-funded non-governmental organisations multiply. On Wednesday searches took place at the Moscow offices of Human Rights Watch and Transparency International.

Two German political NGOs were searched earlier in Moscow and St Petersburg. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle summoned the number two diplomat at the Russian embassy in Berlin to relay his “concern over the concerted action”.

HEADLINE: Spiegel’s World from Berlin: Russia Becoming a ‘Bona Fide Dictatorship’

Russia continued its series of raids on non-governmental organizations on Wednesday with visits to Human Rights Watch and Transparency International. The operation, say German commentators, is just the latest sign that Russian civil society is eroding and President Putin is turning into a dictator.

On Wednesday, it was the turn of Human Rights Watch and Transparency International. Representatives of the two non-governmental organizations said that officials from the Russian prosecutor general’s office and from the tax police had arrived at their Moscow branches for an “unannounced audit.”

The searches represent the continuation of a series of raids staged by Russian authorities against foreign non-governmental organizations in recent weeks. Some 2,000 NGOs have been targeted.

HEADLINE: Iraqi oil: Once seen as U.S. boon, now it’s mostly China’s

An U.S. Army soldier stands guard near a burning oil well in the
Rumaylah Oil Fields in Southern Iraq April 2, 2003. Photo:/U.S. Navy News

Ten years after the United States invaded and occupied Iraq, the country’s oil industry is poised to boom and make the troubled nation the No.2 oil exporter in the world. But the nation that’s moving to take advantage of Iraq’s riches isn’t the United States. It’s China.

America, with its own homegrown energy bonanza, isn’t going after the petroleum that lies beneath Iraq’s sands nearly as aggressively as is China, a country hungry to fuel its rise as an economic power.

The International Energy Agency expects China to become the main customer for Iraq’s vast oil reserves. Fatih Birol, the agency’s chief economist, recently declared “a new trade axis is being formed between Baghdad and Beijing.” Birol said that about 80 percent of Iraq’s future oil exports were expected to go to Asia, mainly to China.

HEADLINE: The Battle for Jerusalem – Zechariah 12:3:
Arab League approves $1 billion plan to protect ‘Islamic and Arab character’ of East Jerusalem

Israel FM in response: “Objecting to ‘Judaisation of Jerusalem,’ so to speak, is absurd and is equitable to an objection to the Catholic nature of the Vatican or the Islamisation of Mecca.”

The Arab League on Tuesday approved a Qatari proposal to set up a $1 billion fund for Arab East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as the capital of an independent state under any peace deal with Israel.

Arabs say that Israeli settlement-building on land captured in the 1967 Middle East war, including Arab East Jerusalem, has made a two-state solution backed by the United States unfeasible.

Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, said his country will contribute $250 million to the fund, which he called for in an opening speech to an Arab summit in Doha that focused on the crisis in Syria and stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

“The summit… calls for setting up a fund to support Jerusalem to the value of $1 billion to finance projects and programs that would maintain the Arab and Islamic character of the city and reinforce the steadfastness of its people,” the draft resolution said.
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