Category Archives: International

The Cyber Threat Environment

A Cyber Security Month Special This year’s unreported story is the surge of organized crime hacking from Russia, The Ukraine, Bangladesh, and China. Over the past 3 years, Russian organized crime cybercrime attacks have multiplied 10 times. The modern threat appears to encompass 3 areas, financial theft, ransomware, and identity data mining. Attackers are beginning to change tactics to match new internet habits. Instead of the old-line email schemes, the sophisticate malware such as Svpeng are targeting mobile devices and social media. They are also exploiting software vulnerabilities. Sofacy is a syndicate closely associated with the Russian Republic and it attacks governments’ cyber systems and people like us who are connected to the government. There are some threats which use the internet to attack the internet, such as Mirai botnet, which caused widespread outages in October Read more

Trump World 7-8

From Tweets to Speeches, North Korea to a highly scrutinized meeting with Putin, from healthcare to deregulation and a job surge the world of Donald Trump is busy and diverse. You can hardly keep up. In spite of all of the distractions, history will remember the speech and Ambassador Haley at the UN Security Council. Those are what matters.

Doomsday Clock Set to 2.5 Minutes to Midnight

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) has announced its decision to move its Doomsday Clock forward to two and one half minutes to Midnight, last Friday at 10 AM (EST). Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington DC, BAS Executive Director and Publisher, Dr. Rachel Bronson announced that " This year’s Clock deliberations felt more urgent than usual. On the big topics that concern the board, world leaders made too little progress in the face of continuing turbulence. In addition to the existential threats posed by nuclear weapons and climate change, new global realities emerged, as trusted sources of information came under attack, fake news was on the rise, and words were used in cavalier and often reckless ways. " The eighteen-page companion report, "It is two and a half minutes to midnight" (edited Read more

Brexit Defeat for Globalism and Bureaucracy

The People of Great Britain voted almost 52% to 48% to leave the Bureaucratic European Union. The EU is in trouble. The rumbling is starting in Italy, France and elsewhere. European Markets will be shaken, but in the long run Britain is a place to be. British and American Markets look to be down but not as much as Europe. The globalists are in a panic and already trying to figure out the next 20 moves to mitigate the vote. Globalism is declining in popularity worldwide. Their big fear has to be losing here in America this November. The vote was a victory for Democracy over Bureaucracy in the place that started the modern movement a thousand years ago. It was a vote for national self determination over the bureaucrats determining everything. It was a vote to control a nation's borders over open borders. The future looks bright, but self determination means the right to make Read more

White House Statement on POTUS Cuba Visit

The White House, Washington, DC ¡Hola desde Cuba! Michelle, the girls, and I are here in Havana on our first full day in Cuba. Cubans have lined the streets to welcome us, and it’s humbling to be the first U.S. president in nearly 90 years to visit a country and a people just 90 miles from our shores. Like so many Americans, I've only known the isolation that has existed between our two governments. I was born in 1961, the year of the Bay of Pigs invasion. A year later, a Cold War confrontation over Cuba pushed the world as close as it’s ever been to nuclear war. As the decades passed, the mistrust between our governments resulted in heartache for our two peoples, including Cuban Americans, many of whom have endured decades of separation from their homeland and relatives. I’ve come to Havana to extend the hand of friendship to the Cuban people. I'm here to bury the last Read more

New Years Address to the Nation

New Years Address to the Nation By: Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation " Citizens of Russia, friends, In a few moments, we will see in the New Year of 2016. The sensation of this wonderful moment between the past and the future is familiar since childhood. We look forward to it with joy, hope and excitement, believing in the best. Traditionally, we celebrate it with our families, with all our near and dear ones. Of course, not all manage to see the New Year in with their families. People have to work at hospitals and production facilities, perform their service and combat duty, defend our borders, and be on regular duty ensuring our security on land, at sea and in the sky. We are grateful to all those who are always on their post, day and night, weekdays and holidays. Today, I would like to extend special greetings to those of our service members who are Read more

North Korea Could Have Plutonium for up to 10 Nuclear Bombs

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer An 9/17/2015 article, outlining current and historical developments at the DPRK’s Yongbuong reactor site, in the Hankoreh by staff reporter, Kim Ji-hoon stated that North Korea could possess enough Plutonium to build from 7-10 nuclear weapons. According to a 2014 South Korean Defense Ministry white paper, “North Korea is estimated to possess around 40 kilograms of weapons-grade Plutonium, and it is thought to be running a program to produce highly enriched uranium (HEU)”. Lee Chun-geun, senior analyst at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, said that “ This would be enough to make between seven and ten nuclear weapons”. Further information is available at: [ including a nuclear map] and Read more

Coup Apparent in Burkina Faso

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Members of the RFP (Presidential Guard) on Thursday, have seized and are now holding the acting President, Prime Minister and two cabinet ministers of the West African nation of Burkina Faso. The action was takenin an apparent coup against the transitional government , formed after the former Burkinabe President, Blaise Compaore, was ousted after street demonstrations in the capital of Ouagadougou, last month. The ruling military council has declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew, closed the nation’s air and land borders and ordered radio stations Burkina Faso to cease broadcasting until further notice. The captured transition government officials are reportedly being held at the Presidential Palace by a group of Compore loyalists, according to an AFP report. Shots were fired in suppression of street demonstrations that erupted in Ouagadougou Read more

Russia’s Syrian Operation is Both Political and Military

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer According to western experts, Russia’s military move in Syria is both geostrategic and political. A key facet of Russian defense policy is retention of its naval supply and maintenance base at the Syrian port of Tartus, vital to its eastern Mediterranean naval operations and broader ventures. Deployment of top-line T-14 Armada tanks, heavy artillery, modular housing units for 1000 men and a portable air traffic control unit at the Latakia Airport also suggests that Russia may seek to acquire a more permanent airbase in Syria. Latakia , as a predominantly Alawite area of Syria is considered President Bashar al-Assad’s political base of support and the portion of Syria to be most easily held as an enclave in a worst-case scenario. Russia, acting in accordance with its foreign policy objectives, considers the Alawite sect of Islam a useful Read more

DCIA Expresses Concern Over Possible Iranian-North Korean Nuclear Cooperation

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer CIA Director, Robert Brennan, has warned of possible Iranian outsourcing of Plutonium production and other forms of nuclear cooperation with North Korea. Read the entire story here: Given North Korea’s determination to produce Plutonium from its Yongbyong reactor site, despite an international agreement to the contrary and Iran’s ambitious nuclear program , coupled with its geopolitics and economic need to have UN sanctions lifted in order to free billions of dollars, currently frozen when the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is implemented and its nuclear expertise (relative to the DPRK); this is a very possible scenario. Various sources have speculated that that increased cooperation between Iran and the DPRK may be an attempt by Iran Read more

DPRK Announcement: Restart of Yongbyong Reactor

REPRINT The orginal news release from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is given below: Source: Director of Atomic Energy Institute of DPRK on Its Nuclear Activities Pyongyang, September 15 (KCNA) -- The director of the Atomic Energy Institute of the DPRK gave the following answer to question put by KCNA Tuesday as regards the public opinion being built up over the DPRK's nuclear activities: Of late, institutions specializing in nuclear activities and media of the Western world including the U.S. have become vociferous about nuclear activities in the DPRK, saying satellite data made them capture fresh activity in a nuclear establishment in Nyongbyon and they are concerned about it. As known by the world, the DPRK's access to the nuclear weapons is an outcome of the U.S. hostile policy towards it. Read more

North Korea Restarts Main Reactor

*** BREAKING NEWS*** By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The head of North Korea’s Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed that the DPRK has restarted its main research light water Reactor #1 at Yongbyong. The graphite-moderated reactor (model IRT-2000) was originally imported in 1963 from a Soviet-era design, and was subsequently upgraded from 4 to 8 MWth. Read more here. A detailed account is available at: Further technical information is available at: To compare the IRT – 2000 design with the RMBK design (of Chernobyl fame) visit: The original Korean Central News Agency report is available at: This Read more

Iran Announces Discovery of Major Uranium Reserves

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A Potential Gamechanger? Iran’s announcement of discovery of major Uranium reserves in the central province of Yazd has surprised western experts and could be a nuclear gamechanger. According to Reuters, Ali Akbar Salehi, Director of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) was quoted as saying, "I cannot announce ( the level of ) Iran's uranium mine reserves. The important thing is that before aerial prospecting for uranium ores we were not too optimistic, but the new discoveries have made us confident about our reserves." Salehi went on to say that uranium exploration had covered almost two-thirds of Iran and would be complete in the next four years, according to a September 12, 2015 posting by Iran’s state news agency, IRNA. Read more

Iran Again Demands Secrecy in IAEA Meeting

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Speaking before the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna on Thursday , September 10, 2015; Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA, Reza Najafi again delivered an official warning to the UN international inspection agency not to disclose Iran’s classified information related to its nuclear sites, regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), according to a 9/10/2015 IRNA report. “Iran will not accept any heedlessness that would lead to the revelation of classified information. The demand by certain Board of Governors members to receive such information runs counter to the Agency's standard procedures”, he declared. Najafi underlined Iran’s necessity for the IAEA to redouble efforts to keep the information of Iran's nuclear program “confidential and hidden to the foreign spy agencies that attempt Read more

Iranian AF Tests Smart Bombs

The IRIAF has successfully tested smart bombs, according to a 9/6/2015 IRNA report.

The tests, involving various types of munitions, dropped from Saeghe, F4, F5, Sukhoi24 and F14 jet fighters, as well as drones was part of a larger military exercise, codenamed Devotees of the Velayat at sanctuary 5 [milirary reserve] near the northern city of Isfahan.

[ NOTE: Velayat is a shortened form of the Persian term: velayat-e fahqui or “governance of the the jurist”—a Shiite concept of a mixed theocratic/democratic form of government, resurrected by Ayatolla Ruhollah Khomeni as propagated in his 1960-70’s writings and declarations. WvB ]

Sweden Demands Answers to Russian Threat

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In a delayed and measured response to comments made by Russian Ambassador to Sweden, Viktor Tatarintsev, Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, called him in for an explanation a SFM spokeswoman said, yesterday. Speaking before a press conference in Stockholm, she responded to Tatarintsev’s earlier threat of retaliation and a more recent statement by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, referring to unspecified “retaliatory measures” to be taken in the event that Sweden was to join NATO, according to an 9/11/2015 AFP report. On Thursday, July 16 Russia's ambassador to Sweden, Viktor Tatarintsev, in an interview with the Dagens Nyheter, denounced that at what he termed as an “aggressive propaganda campaign by Swedish media.” He further stated that if Sweden were to abandon its alliance neutrality and join the Read more

Massive March For Catalan Independence Floods Barcelona Streets

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

Barcelona Police estimate that approximately 1.4 million people participated in a march for Catalan Independence from Spain, earlier today. Catalan Day marches are an annual tradition, known as the Diadia, however, this year’s added intensity is a result of an upcoming regional plebiscite that may eventually lead to the independence of Catalonia.

Local photo illustrations are available in: el Pais.

Read more in detail in an AFP story.

DE Governor’s Trade Mission to Promote Delaware to German Companies Begins Tuesday

REPRINT From the Governor's Press Office: The Governor will meet with business and government leaders in Munich and Berlin to strengthen economic ties Wilmington, DE – Having made it a top priority to ensure Delaware fully benefits from the global economy, Governor Markell will be in Germany beginning next Tuesday to strengthen relationships with German companies and business organizations. The visit follows this year’s launch of the Department of State’s ‘Global Delaware’ initiative ( and focuses on the three goals of the program: paving the way for Delaware companies to increase exports, building on Delaware’s global leadership in corporate governance and as a preferred site of incorporation, and promoting the state as a place for foreign companies to expand. “Success for our state in the 21st century means looking beyond our borders for Read more

Limited Russian Military Involvement in Syria Confirmed

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer IDM Confirms Russian Military Presence in Syria Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Yaalon, has confirmed an active Russian military presence in Syria. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday 9/10/2015, he said, "As far as we understand, at this stage we are talking about a limited force that includes advisers, a security team and preparations for operating planes and combat helicopters.“ He also termed the development "significant", according to an AP report. The move has raised US and NATO concerns. Russian foreign and defense policies are committed to preserving strategic Russian military outposts throughout the world and aquirine new ones as demonstrated bt recent Russian-Iranian naval maneuvres in the Persian Gulf, during which Russian vessels docked at an Iranian port. Russia has a key naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus containing Read more

Is North Korea Increasing Plutonium Production?

By Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer According to an analysis [1] by William Mugford and Jack Liu, posted on, interpretation of Aug 22 commercial satellite imagery may suggest that recent increased activity at North Korea's key nuclear R&D facility is a preliminary indication that the DPRK may be producing or preparing to produce weapons grade plutonium. [ Photo: (c) 2015 Wolf von Baumgart ] The site’s main reactor, located approximately 60 miles North of Pyongyang, was previously mothballed and disabled under an agreement reached at the six-party talks in October, 2007. According to the report, “Developments at Yongbyon are cause for concern and should be monitored closely by the international community to determine their purpose.” [2] The Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center consists of a 5-MWe graphite-moderated reactor (with annex), Read more

Iran Says NO to Unrestricted International Nuclear Inspection

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer As the US Senate debates acceptance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) the Iranian Defense Minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, has stated flatly that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will not be allowed access to every site that it wishes. Citing that unlimited inspections would be a violation of the IAEA and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) rules, he said that "Iran does not plan to issue permission for the IAEA to inspect every site.” , in an interview with al-Mayadeen News Network on Wednesday, September 2. Iranian Defense Minister, Hossein Deqan [FARS Photo] He reiterated that Iran would not allow any foreigner to discover Iran's defensive and missile capabilities by inspecting the country's military sites. "Missile-related issues have never been on agenda of the nuclear talks and the Islamic system Read more

Finnish Defense Ministry Confers with European and US Defense Officials

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Finland’s Defense Minister, Jussi Niinistö, attended an informal meeting of European Defense Ministers in Luxembourg last week , from September 2-3, 2015. The meeting was mainly a defense-related follow-up to matters emergent from a European Council discussion held last June, current defense matters and preparation for the upcoming (defense) Foreign Affairs Council meeting to be held at the ministerial level in November. It is anticipated the EUNAVFOR MED mission will be a major part the operational agenda. The mission, launched in June, is intended to address the current situation in the Mediterranean and mainly aims at preventing human smuggling in accordance with international law. The annual Finnish/US bilateral defense meeting was held in Helsinki on September 1 and 2. The meeting was hosted by Director General, Jukka Juusti of the Read more