Article in the NewStatesman

New article by Kenneth R. Rosen, with additional reporting by myself, on “Germany’s 2015 generosity in opening its borders was unparalleled. But less than three years later, many have been left struggling.” in the Newstatesman:

How Germany`s refugee dream soured

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Deutsche Bahn: Free WLAN = Free Data

Begrüßung des WIFIonICE Netzwerkes – kein direkter Hinweis darauf, dass es ein offenes Netz ist

Auf Zugfahrten nutze ich die Zeit gerne um abzuschalten: Sei es, indem ich aus dem Fenster schaue und mich durch die unbekannten Landschaften inspirieren lasse, sei es, indem ich Musik höre und dabei ein gutes Buch lese.

Doch für viele Berufstätige ist die Fahrt im ICE mittlerweile eine Verlängerung des Arbeitsplatzes. Entsprechend enthusiastisch wurde Ende 2016 reagiert, als die Deutsche Bahn angekündigt hatte ihre ICE Flotte mit neuer, leistungsstarker WLAN Technik der schwedischen Firma Icomera aufzurüsten und zwar auch für die 2. Klasse.

Doch schnell kamen Zweifel auf in Sachen Sicherheit und der Nutzung des WLANs in den ICE Zügen. Wie der Chaos Computer Club Mitte 2017 berichtete (LINK) war die Schnittstelle des Herstellers Icomera mehr als schlecht programmiert und ermöglichte das einfache Datenauslesen. Angeblich wurde das Problem gepatcht, doch der CCC konnte nur eine „Verschlimmbesserung“ feststellen. Jedoch gibt es ein weiteres, gravierendes Problem. Ich werde im Folgenden darauf eingehen, theoretische Angriffsmöglichkeiten erläutern und Lösungsvorschläge präsentieren.

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Privatization of the Israeli War on BDS

This article was writte by Shir Hever in his personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the view of Benjamin Hiller.

About the author: Shir Hever is political economist living in Heidelberg and publishing his work in various venues, including the Real News Network. His latest book, The Privatization of Israel’s Security, was published by Pluto Press in 2017.

The State of Israel has four ministries in charge of security: the Ministry of Defense (a proper translation from Hebrew would actually be “Ministry of Security”), the Ministry of Public Security in charge of the police and prisons, the Ministry of Intelligence Services and most recently, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy. “Public Diplomacy” is the official translation of the Hebrew concept “Hasbara,” or propaganda.

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The Misguided Legacy Of The Soviet Union Lives On

Guest article by Michael Cruickshank (twitter)

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Military debris left abandoned in Nagorno-Karabakh © Michael Cruickshank

This year, 2017, marks 100 years since the inception of the Soviet Union – the communist mega state which dominated much of Eurasia for the majority of the 20th century. While its achievements and its crimes are well documented, what is often overlooked is the legacy of the USSR fueling very modern violence.

One major achievement of the Soviet Union was to unite a vast array of different ethnic and national groups under a single ideology – namely communism, and a single government – Moscow. To achieve this it used a variety of tactics, ranging from propaganda, to economic development, resettlement, violent suppression, and the occasional act of political concession. But for all of its attempts, it was never particularly successful. Continue reading

Charlottesville news roundup

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The news of the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville is still sinking in as well as the explosion of violence at the right winged march there (in addition to the disgusting reaction by Donald Trump in his speeches). Especially the “white liberal class” seems genuinely shocked about the events and surprised though it should not have been any surprise in the first place. BLM activists as well as left winged activists and some investigative journalists warned about right winged terrorism again and again.

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