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Quick (but important) updates

Sorry for the lack of daily updates over the last few days, especially given several significant developments in the region.

In Syria, tanks and troops are rolling into the cities and towns that have hosted the largest opposition protests, according to the New York Times.

“The government has decided to choose the path of violence and repression,” said a Syrian analyst in Beirut, who asked to remain anonymous for his safety. “How far can they go in this repression? That is the question.”

Meanwhile, in Yemen, Al Jazeera reports that opposition leaders will agree to a GCC brokered deal that will have President Ali Abdullah Saleh leaving office in a month’s time in exchange for immunity.  The article speculates that the month long wait allows for further protests and the development of more extreme demands, which could challenge the stability of the country.  It’s worth noting that in all of the reporting on Yemen, there is very little discussion of what a new regime in Yemen would look like, or even how a new regime might be formed.

Finally, Iran has another virus, according to BBC News.

The malicious software – dubbed Stars – was capable of inflicting minor damage, according to the head of Iran’s civil defence organisation.

Lately, I’ve been wondering if concern over American internet security and computer hacking is overblown, just like the perceived missile gap in the late 1950’s between the US and the USSR.  This being the second virus engineered specifically against Iran, it seems that the US may be more capable in cyber warfare than anyone cares to let on.


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