SUPERPOWERS
China warns US against meddling in Hong Kong politics
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 29, 2013 – The United States refused to back down Thursday in its support for democracy in Hong Kong after Beijing accused Washington’s envoy to the city of meddling in China’s internal affairs. Song Zhe, China’s top diplomat in Hong Kong, rebuked Clifford Hart after the newly appointed US consul general said last month when taking office that he looked forward to “progress towards genuine universal su … more

WAR REPORT
British parliament rejects military action in Syria
London, England (AFP) Aug 29, 2013 – British lawmakers voted against military action in Syria on Thursday in a stunning defeat for Prime Minister David Cameron. The government was defeated by just 13 votes in the House of Commons in its bid for a “strong humanitarian response” to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. Minutes after the shock result, Cameron told lawmakers: “It is clear to me that the Brit … more

CYBER WARS
New York Times website still down after hack attack
New York City, New York (AFP) Aug 28, 2013 – The popular New York Times website remained shut down Wednesday 24 hours after hackers allied with Syria’s embattled Assad regime took claim for interrupting the service. The website nytimes.com, one of the most influential sources of news in the United States, has come up blank for many readers since Tuesday afternoon, though some were still able to access it earlier Wednesday. Experts … more

MILPLEX
Offices of German defense contractors raided in Greece bribe probe
Bremen, Germany (UPI) Aug 28, 2013 – Two German military contractors have been raided amid a probe into alleged bribes paid to Greek officials to land submarine business, prosecutors say. A spokesman for prosecutors in Bremen told Deutsche Welle Friday the offices of Rheinmetall Defense Electronics and Atlas Elektronik were searched by police seeking evidence in connection with bribery and tax evasion allegations. ” … more