We offer you a bit of political poetry by Skip Tenczar
The election was the crime of the century,
Says the man whose lying is rudimentary.
Trump knows the heat is near,
So he spews myth and fear
As a tactic to avoid the penitentiary.
Part One: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict echoes BLM
We have a conversation with James Gelvin about the current conflict in Israel-Palestine.
As the Palestinian minority takes to the streets, Israel is having its own Black Lives
Matter moment. There are many parallels between the US and Israel in this respect. Human rights are being violated. Israel has declared itself a Jewish state, though many Palestinians live there, and are being marginalized and poorly treated.
bio: James L. Gelvin is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his B.A. from Columbia University, his Master's in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has taught at Boston College, Harvard University, MIT, and the American University in Beirut. A specialist in the modern and contemporary social and cultural history of the Arab East, he is author of five books: The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2017); The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2012, 2014); The Israel-Palestine Conflict: A History (Cambridge University Press, 2005, 2007, 2014, 2021); The Modern Middle East: A History (Oxford University Press, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2020); and Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (University of California Press, 1998); along with numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes. He is also editor of The Contemporary Middle East in an Age of Upheaval (Stanford University Press, 2021), and co-editor of Global Muslims in the Age of Steam and Print, 1850-1930 (University of California Press, 2013). His books have been translated into Italian, Portuguese, Hungarian, Turkish, Arabic, and Polish. In 2015, Gelvin received the Middle East Studies Association’s Undergraduate Education Award.
part two: A conversation with Dr. Terry Thompson: National cyber defense ...think The Colonial Pipeline hack
There are no easy solutions to shoring up U.S. national cyber defenses.
· Software supply chains and private sector infrastructure companies are vulnerable to hackers.
· Many U.S. companies outsource software development because of a talent shortage, and some of that outsourcing goes to companies in Eastern Europe that are vulnerable to Russian operatives.
· U.S. national cyber defense is split between the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, which leaves gaps in authority.
The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and the SolarWinds hack were all but inevitable – why national cyber defense is a ‘wicked’ problem https://theconversation.com/the-colonial-pipeline-ransomware-attack-and-the-solarwinds-hack-were-all-but-inevitable-why-national-cyber-defense-is-a-wicked-problem-160661
bio: Dr. Terry Thompson has been a member of UMBC’s adjunct faculty since 2002. He has developed and taught courses in cybersecurity, national security, and contemporary Russian politics at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has over 40 years of professional experience in security and intelligence including 30 years with the U.S. Government, most of which was at the National Security Agency. He served for 12 years at Booz Allen Hamilton, retiring as a Vice President in 2014. During his Booz Allen career, Dr. Thompson led or participated in cybersecurity engagements with clients in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom and with the U.S. Government. He helped Middle Eastern clients establish and evolve national cybersecurity programs, and contributed to their national strategies, resilience programs, and cyber human capital development. In his initial Booz Allen assignment in 2003, Terry was part of the Government-Contractor team that designed the organizational structure and defined the initial roles and mission for the National Cybersecurity Division at the Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. Thompson completed his B.A and M.A at Wayne State University and his Ph.D. in Russian Studies from Georgetown University. He has presented at cybersecurity conferences in Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates and published in Network Middle East. Dr. Thompson is a member of the Advisory Board for the Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy at New York University, Abu Dhabi.