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Saturday, March 14, 2009
Solution: Iran's Nuke
France to help develop Saudi, Egyptian, Gulf nuclear programs
DEBKAfile Special Report
March 14, 2009, 7:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
French nuclear giant offers stake to Arab interests
France has injected fresh momentum into the Middle East nuclear race by inviting Gulf nations to take a minority stake in the French nuclear giant Areva (CEPFi.PA), DEBKAfile's military sources report.
After a meeting with French president Nicolas Sarkozy Friday, March 13, the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Moubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, said the two leaders discussed the possible purchase of French military materiel and the issue of energy and nuclear reactors. He also referred to Kuwait and other Gulf countries taking a one-to-five percent stake in the world's biggest builder of nuclear reactors.
Paris has a separate deal with Egypt.
The cash-strapped Areva is 90-percent state-owned. Investment from partners in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia could also help Areva strengthen its standing in a region that is interested in developing nuclear energy
Areva is the only nuclear concern dealing with all aspects of nuclear energy production - from uranium mining and its enrichment to the recycling nuclear waste. The US is represented on its board of directors by AREVA Inc.
The Bush administration signed contracts for building nuclear power-generating industries with Saudi Arabia (Dec. 2, 2008) and the United Arab Emirates (Jan. 15, 2009). Our Middle East sources report that the proposed Arab stake in the French corporation came up in US president Barack Obama's conversation with Saudi King Abdullah Friday ahead of OPEC's weekend conference. He presumably asked how the French connection fitted in with these contracts.
DEBKAfile: Potential Gulf involvement in the French nuclear industry has four key aspects:
1. A one-to-five percent stake may only be the starter for more substantial control.
2. Paris is ready to open its international nuclear establishment for Arab interests to come in by the front door.
3. The Gulf states can be expected to use this access to win a dominant role in the world's two leading energy markets – oil and nuclear power.
4. They can also use their access to advanced nuclear technology for creating the infrastructure for developing a military nuclear industry to rival Iran's. According to DEBKAfile's military sources, Saudi Arabia's weapons program is already a lot more advanced that officially admitted.
Right after Washington signed its nuclear contracts with Saudi Arabia and the UAR, an official in region remarked: "The clear message to Iran is: If Tehran insists on pursuing its nuclear program, we the Arab countries in the region are going to have one, too although without enrichment."
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Vincent Fumo (D) Convicted on 130 Charges
Although you'll have to read to damn neart the end of this AP story to find Mr. Fumo's party affiliation....
Via way way down there on Yahoo News: A multimillionaire banker and lawyer, Fumo was the longtime ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee
Labels: Economic Terrorists
Feds waste resources
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles are pursuing a 6-month prison term for a Los Angeles man who pleaded guilty in December to one misdemeanor count of uploading pre-release Guns N' Roses tracks, according to court documents.
Kevin Cogill was arrested last summer at gunpoint and charged with uploading nine tracks of the Chinese Democracy album to his music site — antiquiet.com. The album, which cost millions and took 17 years to complete, was released November 23 and reached No. 3 in the charts.
The sentence being sought — including the calculation of damages based on the illegal activity of as many as 1,310 websites that disseminated the music after Cogill released it — underscores how serious the government is about punishing those for uploading pre-release material.
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Islamic Party of Turkistan .
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Friday, March 13, 2009
Iran;s revolution running out of steam
"In the First Year After the Revolution, We Were Alone… [30 Years Later] We Have ( BOUGHT ) Many [Allies] Around the World… We Are the Leading Power in the Region"
Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: "What is the state of Iran [today], after 30 years of the Islamic revolution?"
Shariatmadari: "The [Islamic] Revolution is still alive in Iran. [In fact, after] 30 years, it is more alive than it ever was before. The revolution and its ideas are being exported to other Muslim countries.( AT GREAT $ COST )
"In the first year after the revolution, we were alone. We did not have many friends or allies around us who shared our convictions. Today the situation is different. We are no longer alone, but have many [allies] around the world. ( BOUGHT AND PAID FOR )
"This can be seen in Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey and throughout the Islamic world. [In fact,] even some non-Muslim countries are supportive of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and have adopted its mottos and ideas. ( FOR THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY WILL SAY WHAT WE WANT )
"Thirty years after the revolution, we are the leading power in the region in terms of military [abilities], technology, science, medicine and nuclear technology."
Says our Iranian:
Conficker modified for more mayhem
According to Symantec the Conficker worm has been modified to cause more damage. Previously the worm had only contacted about 250 domains a day, to look for commands and download new code. Symantec report that there is a new variant of Conficker using an algorithm which will contact up to 50,000 domains a day. The new domain generation algorithm also uses one of a 116 possible domain suffixes.
This is expected to make life harder for anti-virus specialists, ICANN and OpenDNS to block the domains that Conficker will use and makes it much more likely that Conficker will be generating addresses that point to legitimate sites. Although Conficker generates the domain name from a random combination of letters and should be creating domains that point to largely unused addresses, it is possible to find companies who have domains who's names match the generated addresses. For example, the previous generation of the worm is expected to call wnsux.com on March 13th, a domain owned by Southwest Airlines.
The change in domain generation is accompanied by a more aggressive approach to keeping the worm alive. Conficker will now detect a wide range of anti-virus and security software, looking for processes containing strings such as wireshark, unlocker, tcpview, sysclean, regmon and hotfix, and kill those processes in an attempt to remain undetected.
The new strain of Conficker has been dubbed W32.Downadup.C by Symantec. The security company has already observed it being pushed out to systems previously infected with earlier Conficker versions. Estimates of the number of systems already infected with the worm range from several hundred thousand to several millions, which has led to Microsoft offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the Conficker creators. So far, no one has claimed that reward.
The question is whether and when the Conficker bot herder will set the infected systems a specific task such as sending spam, orchestrating a denial of service attack or creating a Fast Flux network for phishing. The worm has, fortunately, yet to be set a task and has only been contacting domains and spreading itself through various means, but even that action has been causing some problems for infected sites.
- Conficker becomes a more flexible worm, a report from The H.
- Conficker to disrupt legitimate domains in March, a report from The H.
- Microsoft, ICANN and others, move to block Conficker, a report from The H.
- OpenDNS to block Conficker, a report from The H.
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Kudos while we were down
Kudos while we were down..
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