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22 января, 14:13

Israel pushes ahead with settlements as Trump takes office

The municipality of Jerusalem granted final approval Sunday for the construction of hundreds of new homes in east Jerusalem, while a hard-line Cabinet minister pushed the government to annex a major West Bank settlement as emboldened Israeli nationalists welcomed the presidency of Donald Trump.

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21 января, 18:00

Kelsey Montague's Street Art Went Viral When Taylor Swift Posed In Front Of Her Angel Wing Mural

“I wanted to create a piece that meant a lot to me, but that also allowed other people to become living pieces of art," street artist Kelsey Montague said about her angel wing mural that went viral when Taylor Swift posed in front of it and shared the picture on Instagram.

21 января, 14:00

Vauxhall Mokka car review – ‘It is sturdy and handsome’

I was impressed by a number of things: the acceleration is more aggressive than you expect; the drive is swift and grippyI had the Vauxhall Mokka during an ad campaign for the car, and driving past the billboards (all shiny, mustard-coloured bulk) in the actual car (a cheery, school-run blue, a rounded, friendly nose) was like seeing Myleene Klass in an M&S ad for your bra. “Mmmm…” I thought. “It’s not exactly like that in real life.” It is sturdy and handsome, without being glamorous, as befits its bid for the crossover crown, vying with the Nissan Juke and the Skoda Yeti. There’s a diesel option; I had the 1.4 petrol, all-wheel drive, which acquits itself pretty neatly. If you imagine these three cars as interns, the Mokka would uncomplainingly get you a coffee, just as you’d ordered it; the Juke wouldn’t be served in a coffee shop because of its piercings and intimidating makeup; and the Yeti would get a coffee and a sandwich you didn’t really want, leaving you feeling obscurely guilty and annoyed. So far, the Mokka has the job, right? (I don’t, incidentally, believe in unpaid internships. All of these cars deserve the minimum wage.)Despite its versatility, I was happiest in town: the fuel economy isn’t the best, but the eco alerts on the dash, even though I never really understand them, make me feel as if I’m driving responsibly. It’s an automatic and shifted gears smoothly, without complaint. The steering was biddable. If it were still an intern, you’d be wondering whether it was a little too obedient, short on initiative, a rule-taker. To resolve this, you need to get to a motorway. I was impressed by a number of things: the acceleration is sharper and more aggressive than you expect; the drive is swift and grippy. The cabin looks functional at first, designed for the kind of people who spill (wait, that’s me – this car was designed for me!), but after driving for an hour or so, I’d happily do the same again. I’ve sat in far pricier seats bellyaching about the posture and fabricating reasons to stop. Functional, user-friendly satnav and USB connections are so much the norm now that it seems faint praise, like saying “she has A-levels” or “good personal hygiene”. But there’s lots of entry-level celebrity detail, electrically controlled wing mirrors, tinted windows. Continue reading...

20 января, 23:45

The 10 Worst Celebrity Award Acceptance Speeches in History

Award acceptance speeches can often move and inspire people. However these 10 celebrity speeches shocked and even angered the viewers.

20 января, 23:01

Trump takes office with just 2 Cabinet secretaries

A deal was reached for a Monday vote on Mike Pompeo to lead the CIA, but Democrats are resisting quick votes on several others.

20 января, 22:45

US-Supported Syrian White Helmets Involved with War Crimes Committed by Rebel Groups

This article was co-authored with Disobedient Media editor Cassandra Hasenstein This article contains graphic images of violence, reader caution is advised Abstract: The Syrian White Helmets, or Syria Civil Defense Force are lauded by mainstream news sources for their humanitarian work during the Syrian Civil War. But research by Disobedient Media reveals that the White Helmets are an organization supported by the United States for the purpose of regime change in Syria. We have also directly tied this group to varying levels of involvement with war crimes committed by rebel groups in Syria as well as uncovered evidence of their potential involvement in an effort to intentionally use millions of residents in the besieged city of Aleppo as bargaining chips with the Syrian government. I. The White Helmets are Funded by the United States The White Helmets are described by media sources such as Time as being “ordinary Syrians” who simply wanted to band together and help mitigate the damage caused by Assad’s Syrian government forces. This could not be further from the truth. The Syrian White Helmets are an organization funded by the United States with the intention of using the group as part of America’s wider objective of forcing regime change in Syria. The Syrian Civil Defense Force is funded in part by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Included here are two links showing contracts awarded by USAID to Chemonics International Inc. (DBA Chemonics). The first award was in the sum of $111.2 million and has a Period of Performance (POP) from January 2013 to June 2017. It states that the purpose of the award will be to use the funds for managing a “quick-response mechanism supporting activities that pursue a peaceful transition to a democratic and stable Syria.” The second was in the sum of $57.4 million and has a POP from August 2015 to August 2020. This award was designated to be used in the “Syria Regional Program II” which is a part of the Support Which Implements Fast Transitions IV (SWIFT IV) program. This funding was used, if not entirely, then in part to finance the White Helmets. The Syrian Civil Defense Force website lists Chemonics as its primary supporter alongside NGO Mayday Rescue, who operate out of offices in Turkey, Jordan and Dubai. II. The White Helmets Were Involved With Depriving Five Million Civilians of Water Supplies in Aleppo On December 31st, Jordanian news source Al-Bawaba reported that ISIS had shut down two pumping stations on the Euphrates River to leave over five million residents of Aleppo without water. The reports appear to have originated from Iranian news source Press TV on the same day. The shutdown of water supplies to Aleppo appears to be an effort on the part of rebel groups to strike back at the Syrian government following territorial losses over the past month and came on the heels of reports that other rebel groups had similarly deprived civilians in Damascus of water for weeks. On December 3rd, a demand letter from rebels near the city of Aleppo emerged on several Twitter accounts: Twitter Post 1 Twitter Post 2 A scan of the demand letter can be seen here: In the letter, rebel groups stated that they would allow teams to restore the water supply to Aleppo if the Syrian Army and Hezbollah agreed to cease their assault on rebel held positions around the city and allow an international team of observers to monitor the ceasefire. What made this letter truly significant was the fact that one of the signatories to the document was a representative of the White Helmets: A quick reference to the Syrian Civil Defense Force website reveals the exact same logo as the one which appears in the letter: This document indicates that the White Helmets are playing a troubling role in assisting rebel groups commit war crimes against civilians. This would hardly match the stereotype of being the purely humanitarian group the Western press loves to portray them as. III. The White Helmets Have a Troubling Nexus to War Crimes and Members Often Appear to Actually be Rebel Combatants The embarrassing revelation that the White Helmets participated in the deprivation of water supplies to civilians in Aleppo comes on the heels of reports that the White Helmets were present at the scene of extra judicial killings and their that members are allegedly involved with various rebel military groups. On May 5th, 2015, the Al-Qaeda affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra committed an extrajudicial killing of a prisoner, which was filmed for propaganda purposes. In the video, members of the White Helmets are clearly seen present at the scene of the execution helping to remove the body. They did not appear to make any effort to prevent the killing. Al-Nusra’s decision to kill their prisoner was a clear violation of 75 U.N.T.S. 135 of the Geneva Convention on Treatment of Prisoners of War, and at worst an outright war crime were the victim a civilian. Images of the execution video may be seen here, though the actual footage is too graphic to publish: The damning revelations of the video forced Syria Civil Defense to put out a now-deleted statement on the incident admitting that their team was present during the execution and stating that they condemned the killing of civilians despite the fact that their members did not make attempts to protest the killing at the scene. Despite their statement claiming that they do not support the murder of civilians, there are a number of videos circulating online where members of the White Helmets openly express support for al-Nusra and other mujahedeen extremist groups who operate in Syria: Syrian White Helmet expressing support for mujahedeen operating in Syria Syrian White Helmet celebrating the al-Nusra capture of Jisr al-Shughur, Syria There are also a number of images circulating online which appear to show that members of the Syria Civil Defense Force are also members of various rebel military groups in Syria: Here a screenshot from a video run by Al Jazeera shows a White Helmet member next to a black jihadist flag: The involvement of the White Helmets in assisting rebel groups to cut water supplies to civilians in Aleppo, their failure to take steps to protest or prevent murders of prisoners of war and civilians in Syria, and the alleged involvement of their members with various rebel groups raises questions about the true nature and purpose of the organization. More broadly, the fact that the Syria Civil Defense Force is backed financially by the United States casts a cloud over the ethics and overall goals of American foreign policy objectives in the Middle East. This article was originally posted at www.disobedientmedia.com

20 января, 12:00

Ancient Wisdom for Donald Trump on Inauguration Day

There is only one way for the president-elect to be the happiest of men.

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20 января, 03:56

Чего не хватает российской нормативке или почему одна картинка говорит больше тысячи слов?

Во вчерашней заметке про новые требования по безопасности SWIFT я упомянул, что отечественным регуляторам не хватает умения визуализировать свои требования и свои документы, что сильно затрудняет применение их на практике. Я уже писал про сложность восприятия документов ФСТЭК (тут, тут и тут), но сегодня я решил чуть раскрыть эту тему. Правда, уже с другой точки зрения, а точнее с точки зрения формата представления документов. Все мы знаем про три типа восприятия информации - аудиалы (во...

20 января, 01:20

There's No Such Thing As 'Traditionally American' Music

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); When asked this week by CNN’s Erin Burnett whether Kanye West would be performing at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration ceremony on Friday, Tom Barrack, the chairman of the presidential inauguration committee, at first offered up a response that seemed suitable enough.  “We haven’t asked him,” Barrack said. “He’s been great. He considers himself a friend of the president-elect, but it’s not the venue.” Damn @kanyewest couldn't even get to perform at this friend @realDonaldTrump's inauguration b/c the event is "Traditionally American". pic.twitter.com/wu3EezncR2— Unstripped Voice (@UnstrippedVoice) January 18, 2017 Barrack could have stopped there and moved on easily enough. But he didn’t. Instead, Barrack tacked on one more reason that West, who met with the president-elect as recently as December, had not been invited to perform. “It’s going to be typically and traditionally American,” he said.  The remark has since provoked swift anger online, as many people interpreted Barrack’s use of the phrase “typically and traditionally American” as little more than racially coded language meant to imply “white,” first and foremost. West, in the way Barrack speaks of him, is not just a representative of hip-hop, but a representation of something standing in opposition to a more homogenous version of America that so many white Americans want to believe existed, but never really did.  Whatever you think of West and his music, it should not distract you from the fact that the criticism of Barrack is not only correct, but necessary. By making the remarks on CNN, the chairman of Donald Trump’s inauguration committee perpetuated a fundamental misinterpretation of the history of American music. Simply put, “traditionally American” music doesn’t exist. And for Barrack to imply that such a thing can only be defined by white artists is for him to continue on with one of America’s actual traditions: whitewashing the contributions of African-Americans and other cultures out of American history.  Whenever the U.S. has come close to a “traditionally American” music, it has almost always come from black America. The banjo, so closely associated with bluegrass, has its origins in West Africa. “The Entertainer” and “Maple Leaf Rag,” two of America’s most defining tunes, were created by Scott Joplin, a black man.  Blues, rock and roll, soul and hip-hop all have their roots in black culture, not to mention gospel and R&B. Jazz, that beautifully chaotic and winding musical form, referred to by some as  “America’s classical music,” is certainly not what Barrack was thinking of when he referred to “traditionally American” music. For if there has been an American musical tradition, it has been white performers popularizing and profiting from black music, from jazz to Motown, as black musicians turn and create a truly sound different once more.  In the early 20th century, black contributions to folk music were minimized by white historians to more closely align the sound with the rural white man. Today, in the 21st century, black Americans are struggling to have their contributions to country music ― a genre often seen as just as white as folk ― recognized in much the same way. Even some of America’s earliest popular songs weren’t American at all. “Barbara Allen,” sung during Colonial times, actually originated in England, as did the tune of the “Star Spangled Banner.” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” one of the most American-seeming songs of all time, was originally sung by the British soldiers before the Revolutionary War as a way to mock the simple-looking Americans.  In truth, perhaps the only traditionally white American sound was so explicitly racist that few would dare associate with it today. At minstrel shows in the 19th century, Northern white people dressed up in blackface and sang songs like “Zip Coon” and “Oh Susanna” while mocking black people and black music their characters were based on. The music became popular — so much so that in a sick turn, black Americans felt compelled to eventually impersonate white Americans’ humiliating impersonations of them for a chance at success in the entertainment industry.  The history of music in America is much like the history of America itself. It is shameful, chaotic, messy and confusing. And somehow, simultaneously, it is rich, creative, energetic and intertwined, too. It is a pot of culture, constantly melting together to create something thats fights against tradition, and, from time to time, creates something new. But make no mistake: There is no such thing as traditional American music. And to believe there ever has been is to misinterpret what it is that makes America great.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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20 января, 00:00

Новая статья: Обзор смартфона Wileyfox Swift 2 X: мистер Фокс

У бренда Wileyfox за полтора года существования получилось главное – не затеряться на фоне множества ему подобных. В России Wileyfox начал с грандиозной совместной акции с магазином JD.com. С тех пор магазин, мягко говоря, приглушил свою активность, а смартфоны со стилизованной лисой на корпусе продолжают выходить. И смотрятся на фоне конкурентов по-прежнему интересно

19 января, 23:48

For immigrants trapped in the Bahamas, a paradise lost

I thought about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his message of justice and equality when I joined my colleague, Kacey Mordecai, to meet with activists and human rights lawyers in Nassau, Bahamas. It was Martin Luther King Day, but this was no vacation. Images of the Bahamas evoke crystal-clear waters and white sand beaches soft as talcum. It's a place so idyllic its residents named one of its islands "Paradise." But for women, immigrants, environmentalists, and their advocates, the Bahamas is a place far from paradise. Our day began as days often do for human rights advocates. After reports emerged of a nightmare situation at the Carmichael Detention Center, where over 700 immigrants are detained, we sought to investigate. The official denial of access was swift and unbending. We would not be allowed to look. One step inside Carmichael Detention Center, Nassau, Bahamas A former Carmichael detainee detailed a life of monotony inside a 25 by 15 foot room. 40 other women and children were her roommates. The food was meager, the rations were rotten, and the stench overwhelming. Guards implemented a caste system among immigrants: Cubans were given the best treatment, including beds; then Jamaicans; with Haitians treated worst of all. It's a sadly familiar story. Haitian detainees are not just denied beds, they were refused blankets and forced to sleep like books stacked on a shelf. The detainee shared a disturbing story of a woman subjected to multiple injections during childbirth, medicine designed to delay her delivery until neither she nor her baby had a claim to Bahamian citizenship. The pattern of police accepting bribes of $1,500 per person to release detainees has become so prevalent that the Haitian community has been forced to mount a campaign to stop distraught relatives from paying the bribes. Stories of Carmichael Detention Center are passed on by those on the outside Unlike nearly every country in the Western hemisphere, being born in The Bahamas does not grant citizenship. Children born in The Bahamas to immigrant parents must apply for "Belonger's Permits," a recent invention of a 2014 immigration policy championed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchel. The new policy requires children born in The Bahamas to immigrant parents to obtain passports from their parents' country of origin. At age 18, these children have the constitutional right to receive Bahamian citizenship, a process that often takes 3+ years. Until then,, these children are treated as foreigners by their own government and denied basic education and medical care. A subsequent conversation with Marion Bethel, a prominent lawyer and women's rights advocate, who this year has been appointed for a four-year term as a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), revealed an unsettling connection between this horrendous treatment of immigrants and a lack of respect for women's rights in The Bahamas. Last year, the Bahamian public overwhelmingly voted against an amendment to the Constitution that would have allowed Bahamian women equal rights. The referendum was sabotaged by conservative religious leaders who preached that women's equality was a backdoor path to marriage equality and LGBTI rights. The Bahamian far-right also began a divisive misinformation campaign, arguing that allowing Bahamian women the same right to pass on their Bahamian citizenship as Bahamian men could lead to an invasion of foreign men who would marry them, gain Bahamian citizenship, and take over the country. As one Bahamian Archdeacon put it recently, Bahamian women "breed too much." Local advocates believe the Bahamian government thinks "they can ride the wave of paranoia back into power." A life of privation and dull routine at Carmichael Detention Center Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is at the forefront of the effort to change broken systems. In the Bahamas, our litigation team, along with the Puerto Rico-based Caribbean Institute for Human Rights, and local partners the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association exposed the inhumane conditions in which migrants are detained at Carmichael Detention Center. We petitioned for and won precautionary measures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ( IACHR) to safeguard the lives of detainees in the facility. We supported Save the Bays in its successful request to the IACHR for protective measures of its human rights defenders, and we are organizing a training for civil society leaders on how to hold the Bahamian government accountable for human rights abuses before international bodies. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights will continue to work with the people of the Bahamas until "Paradise" truly lives up to its name. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

19 января, 21:57

Soaring Need, Shrinking Budget: Big Changes Looming For Addiction Treatment Services In 2017

Addiction treatment providers agree, the opioid epidemic is in full swing. Although opioid prescriptions are decreasing for some groups including veterans, fatal overdoses related to prescription opioids still accounted for more than 20,000 deaths in the United States in 2016. Reversing this trend will require an all-hands-on-deck mentality as the country increases investments in addiction treatment services and drug abuse preventions programs. Access to addiction treatment has been a crucial tool for millions of Americans who currently receive mental health or substance abuse services through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or under the Medicaid expansion program the ACA permitted. Yet one of the Senate's first moves of 2017 was to approve a budget which would allow representatives to repeal the ACA without the risk of opposition-led filibusters. Despite assurances from the president-elect as recently as his press conference on January 11th that the ACA would be replaced immediately after its repeal, at this time Republicans have no comprehensive replacement plan or platform ready to offer the American public in lieu of the ACA. Changes to funding for state Medicaid programs will also have a big impact on people seeking addiction treatment and mental health services. One aspect of the ACA up for repeal involves federally financed expansions to state Medicaid programs. Although some states, like Texas, chose not to expand Medicaid with matched funding from the federal government, many others including conservative Ohio took advantage of the expansion to extend healthcare coverage in their state. Congress is now considering significant changes to the federal government's investment in these state-expanded Medicaid programs, further jeopardizing coverage for more than a million people. The research is clear when it comes to how important access to addiction treatment services really is. Participation in formal treatment programs including inpatient treatment and rehabilitation centers and outpatient groups is consistently shown to give the individual a real chance at an enduring recovery from addiction. Making sure people in need have access to quality addiction treatment services should be a top priority. While there is no legislation on the horizon that could bring back health insurance for millions of Americans should the ACA be repealed, there are other promising bills that could impact the general public's access to addiction treatment services. The 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law by President Obama in December of 2016, approving block grant funds to be distributed to states and spent at their discretion. The question for the Congress is whether or not this act will be funded and if it is, how the funds will be distributed to the states. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) was also approved by Congress in their last session. CARA identifies standards of excellence in addiction treatment care and seeks to bolster key initiatives including public education and emergency responders' access to overdose reversal drugs in a comprehensive plan to end addiction. Even if the ACA is completely repealed without a replacement, a fully funded CARA would provide some assistance to those in need of addiction treatment services. Ending the opioid epidemic is not a partisan issue. Congress' swift actions to repeal the ACA and Medicaid expansions without replacements does not reflect a commitment to ending our drug abuse crisis, just a refusal to prioritize the well-being of the American people. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

19 января, 19:49

Of Hacks And Men -- Trump And American Cyberdefense

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/flickr As Donald J. Trump' bizzaro world fantasy becomes our frightening reality, the President-elect has gone out of his way to remind us that the rules of administrations past no longer apply. Since the election, Trump has seized every opportunity to attack legitimate news sources like the New York Times and CNN for "fake news," all while blithely sidestepping mountains of evidence that Russia had an extensive role in his victory. Which is why The Donald's nominee for CIA director Mike Pompeo struck such an unexpectedly sane departure from the PEOTUS' line when he told senators at his confirmation that he would pursue a tougher line towards Moscow. Rather than poo-pooing charges that Moscow has been at least complicit in the plethora of leaks and hacks perpetrated in the run-up to the election, the Kansas Republican led with criticism of the Russian government, rightly dubbing them "sophisticated adversaries" against the U.S. in cyberspace. That the top intelligence man in America is having a clear notion of Russia's malignant attitude towards the country has become more important than ever, especially since the latest round of cyberattacks exposes not just the critical flaws of our political system but in some of the nation's key infrastructure as well. Sadly, despite the fact that Republicans never miss a chance to hype their role as America's national defense party in contrast with the fickle Democrats, there are a number of critical vulnerabilities in the country's security infrastructure - two of which stand head and shoulders above the rest. The first and arguably most crippling vulnerability pertains to America's electric grid. A recently detected hack in a machine associated to a Vermont utility sent shivers down the collective spines of the intelligence community. A malware code connected with a Russian hacking operation was recently discovered in a laptop associated with (but fortunately not connected to) the computer system operating Burlington Electric's power grid. An investigation is ongoing, but the conclusion drawn by the FBI and DHS in a report detailing the results of a separate investigation of the Russian hackers associated with the Vermont code is that the hackers obtained passwords using phishing techniques against email addresses harvested from Democratic emails released by Wikileaks. An attack against the power grid would not just be disastrous due to the ensuing blackout, but it would also catch the government completely unprepared. As Tom Koppel pointed out in a searing indictment of the U.S.' power grid, the administration does not have the slightest inkling of a plan to deal with such an attack. And while the Vermont hack was a scare, swathes of Ukraine were really plunged into darkness by Russian hackers in December 2015 and December 2016. Security experts have pointed out that the country is being used as a "testbed for refining attacks on critical infrastructure, attacks that could be used across the world". Predictably, and despite the fact that U.S. officials are aware of cyberattacks emanating from Russia since at least 2009, Trump has consistently questioned intelligence regarding such Russian attacks when not heaping lavish praise upon Russia's president Vladimir Putin. The second example involves critical flaws in the woefully outdated system used by financial institutions the world over to transfer trillions of dollars each day. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) system is a messaging system that most of the world's banks use to communicate payment orders. The system is used innumerable times each day to move gargantuan amounts of money - although other systems exist, none of them are as ubiquitous as SWIFT. However, the system is fraught with security holes. In June a group of hackers (possibly Russian) stole $10 million from a Ukrainian bank via the SWIFT system. Last May a group of hackers successfully stole $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank. Hackers stole the bank's credentials for international transfers and moved money it held with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to entities listed in the Philippines and Sri Lanka. But for a misspelling of the word "foundation," the thieves might have made off with more. The investigation of the breach in Bangladesh has also unearthed several other possible instances of theft using the SWIFT system in up to a dozen other banks as well. It's certainly possible that some thieves with better spelling skills have stolen more, too. According to a Russian security firm's investigation, a total of up to $1 billion may have been stolen from dozens of banks in just the past two years alone - the exact number may never be known as SWIFT does not disclose attacks on its systems. In addition, the success of the Bangladesh hackers has spurred on the Odinaff group, which is a criminal syndicate linked to Russia's Carbanak group, to develop software that steals critical information from SWIFT messages sent through infected computers. Despite assurances from SWIFT that the system is safe, such proclamations about the fidelity of a outdated system with Swiss-cheese-like security come off more like a tweet from The Donald. The SWIFT organization doesn't believe its propaganda, either. A letter addressed to member banks obtained by Reuters a month ago warns of the "persistent, adaptive and sophisticated" threats that the system is currently facing, admitting that such attacks are "here to stay." The continuing, multi-million-dollar attacks against member banks have finally forced SWIFT to acknowledge the elephant in the room. The co-op is now contemplating the adoption of blockchain technology to shore up its security, but its recent announcement raised more questions than answers. It's unclear how much the transition will cost, how long it will take and just how secure their blockchain technology will be. Whether we're talking about the electricity grid, the security of the financial system, or about the integrity of America's political institutions, one thing is clear: services we've been taking for granted are increasingly vulnerable to outside attacks. On January 20, an opinionated reality-television billionaire will morph from a Twitter tough guy to the most powerful man in the world. Should he continue down the well-trodden road of giving in to his ego and attacking America's intelligence community for saying mean things about his bestie Putin, the country's already porous defenses will eventually fall apart completely--with or without a wall. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

19 января, 15:00

RPT-U.S. investors see more automation, not jobs, under Trump administration

NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) - When U.S. President-elect Donald Trump criticized United Technologies Corp's Carrier unit in November for its plan to move some 800 jobs to Mexico, the parent-company made a swift decision to keep the factory in Indiana.

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19 января, 13:20

Новые требования по кибербезопасности SWIFT

В собственный Топ 5 международных событий по ИБ прошлого года на последнее место я включил атаки на SWIFT, систему, которая раньше не часто попадала в прицел злоумышленников. И вот в конце прошлого года, в рамках программы Customer Security Programme (CSP), SWIFT выпустила документ под названием "SWIFT Customer Security Framework. Supplementary Guide", который устанавливает набор обязательных и рекомендательных защитных мер для клиентов SWIFT. Первые (обязательные) меры являются основой для з...

19 января, 09:00

U.S. investors see more automation, not jobs, under Trump administration

NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) - When U.S. President-elect Donald Trump criticized United Technologies Corp's Carrier unit in November for its plan to move some 800 jobs to Mexico, the parent-company made a swift decision to keep the factory in Indiana.

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19 января, 06:22

Военно-морской триллер

Коммандер Уилсон полагал, что ему платят только за управление кораблём. Мысль о том, что однажды придется погибнуть на мостике “Дестройера”, защищая конвой, даже не приходила ему в голову. Он когда-то читал о воинском долге, но полагал, что умирать за родину станут солдаты противника.

19 января, 02:36

Republicans blow past Trump Cabinet controversies

If Democrats don't like it, too bad — they lost.

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18 января, 19:31

Security turns U.N. in Geneva into ghost town as China's Xi visits

GENEVA (Reuters) - Security blanketed the United Nations' European headquarters on Wednesday to avoid any risk or embarrassment to visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping, while police swiftly ended a small pro-Tibetan protest on the square outside.

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18 января, 16:41

Bitcoin in a nutshell — Transaction

Если говорить об уже существующей банковской системе, то транзакция внутри какого-нибудь Альфа-банка — это просто редактирование таблицы балансов, где уменьшается число напротив одного имени и увеличивается напротив другого. В случае с межбанковскими переводами подключаются некоторые сторонние организации, например SWIFT, но, по сути, все работает примерно так же. Когда мы имеем дело с финансовой системой на основе блокчейна, то процесс денежного перевода выглядит совершенно иначе. В Bitcoin не существует никакой общей таблицы вида , ровно как и не существует регулятора, который бы эту таблицу редактировал. В этой статье я покажу, что из себя представляет транзакция в Bitcoin, как она строится, и объясню, зачем же внутри Bitcoin добавлен свой язык программирования, про который все слышали, но никто не видел. Читать дальше →

26 декабря 2014, 11:49

ЦБ запустил аналог SWIFT для операций внутри России

Банк России с декабря предоставил кредитным организациям новую услугу по передаче финансовых сообщений в формате SWIFT по внутрироссийским операциям. Банки подключаются к услуге на основе договоров с Банком России.   "Новый сервис реализован в целях обеспечения бесперебойности и безопасности передачи финансовых сообщений внутри страны и является очередным шагом в направлении совершенствования системы услуг, предоставляемых Банком России", - сообщает ЦБ. Новая услуга позволит кредитным организациям передавать сообщения в форматах SWIFT через Банк России во всех регионах страны и без ограничений. ЦБ намерен обезопасить банки от возможных проблем в случае отключения системы международных расчетов SWIFT. ЕС в сентябре призвал к новым ограничительным мерам в отношении России, в том числе к отключению России от системы SWIFT. Однако сама компания SWIFT неоднократно заявляла, что не собирается отключать Россию от своих услуг. ЦБ заявил ранее, что цены на новую услугу окажутся конкурентоспособными.

05 июня 2014, 17:29

США все активнее используют юань во внешней торговле

  США вышли на третье место в мире после Сингапура и Великобритании по объемам использования китайской валюты. Все больше американских компаний переходят на юань при оплате импорта из КНР. Международная межбанковской системы передачи информации и совершения платежей SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) опубликовала пресс-релиз "The United States jumps ahead of Taiwan as an offshore RMB clearing centre". По данным организации, со стороны США наблюдается заметная активизация в использовании китайской валюты. Общая доля юаней в торговле между США и Китаем остается сравнительно небольшой, однако динамика использования юаня в расчетах со стороны США говорит сама за себя. По сравнению с апрелем 2013 г. в этом году доля использования юаня в сделках между США и Китаем выросла с 0,7% до 2,4%. При этом, в апреле 2014 г. объем платежей США с использованием китайской валюты в годовом отношении увеличился на 327%. Общая доля платежей в юанях с американской стороны в общемировом контексте выросла с 1,3% в апреле 2013 г. до 2,6% к апрелю 2014 г. Юань в торговле США – Китай/Гонконг; США – остальной мир: Графика: SWIFT США опередили Тайвань и вышли на третье место в мире – после Сингапура и Великобритании – по использованию юаня. Майкл Мун, директор подразделения платежей SWIFT в Азиатско-тихоокеанском регионе отметил, что это очередное свидетельство растущей роли юаня в международной торговле:  “На мой взгляд, повышение объемов платежей в юанях в сделках между США и Китаем/Гонконгом – это серьезный сигнал, который будет способствовать дальнейшему использованию китайской валюты. Хотя американский доллар все еще занимает доминирующее положение в торговле между странами, тем не менее, данные говорят о том, что США все более активно используют юань для того, чтобы поддержать свои корпорации, которые хотят расширять свои производственные мощности в Китае и все чаще оплачивают продукцию своих китайских поставщиков в юанях. Это хорошие новости для дальнейшей глобализации юаня в качестве мировой валюты”.

04 декабря 2013, 01:06

Сенсация! Юань - вторая торгуемая валюта... точно? )))

Китайский юань обошел евро в рейтинге самых торгуемых мировых валют, следует из отчета Международной межбанковской электронной системы платежей (SWIFT). Коэффициент использования юаня поднялся с 1,89% в январе 2012г. до 8,66% в октябре 2013г. Опережает китайскую национальную валюту лишь доллар США, который лидирует с коэффициентом 81,08%. Между тем доля евро упала с 7,87% в январе 2012г. до 6,64% в октябре 2013г.: сейчас единая европейская валюта занимает третье место в рейтинге самых торгуемых. По данным на октябрь 2013г., больше всего в финансовой торговле юанем пользовались Китай, Гонконг, Сингапур, Германия и Австралия. Так, на долю КНР приходится 59% сделок с юанем, на Гонконг - 21%, Сингапур - 12%, Германию и Австралию - по 2%. http://top.rbc.ru/economics/03/12/2013/892600.shtml _______________________________________ РБК, мягко говоря, отжигает .... Если реально SWIFT очень любит юань и публикует ежемесячно отчеты о расчетах в нем (надеясь на активный рост роли юаня). Собственно сам отчет на основе которого и появился материал. Читаем внимательно: RMB now 2nd most used currency in trade finance, overtaking the Euro, with a activity share of 8.66%. Что именно имеет ввиду SWIFT смотрим здесь "traditional trade finance - Letters of Credit and Collections" Торговое финансирование, конкретно инкассо и аккредитивы ...как бы это далеко не "рейтинг самых торгуемых валют". 59% из них - сам Китай, ещё 21% - Гонконг, ещё 12% - Сигнапур и только оставшиеся 8% - остальные страны из которых по 2% Германия и Австралия. Причем бурный рост, скорее всего, обусловлен во многом более корректным учетом операций самого континентального Китая. Доля Китая в международных платежах в отчете на 6-й странице и составляет в октябре0.84%. Она выросла с 0.25% в январе 2012 года, до 0.63% в январе 2013 года (когда юань обогнал рубль), после этого рост несколько затормозился: март - 0.74%, июнь - 0.87%, сентябрь - 0.86%, октябрь - 0.84%. По-хорошему, с лета экспансия юаня в общем объеме платежей прекратилась ... но все ищут сенсации. P.S.: В перспективе доля юаня в платежах, конечно, должна существенно вырасти (при либерализации рынка юаню есть куда расти), но только в перспективе. P.P.S.: Кому интересно: ссылка на раздел с отчетами SWIFT