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FOCUS – May 19, 2022. By Seth J. Frantzman, Defense News. Israel is putting its soldiers through a series of simulations and live drills as part of a program called Edge of Tomorrow, the government announced this month. The program falls under the Defense Ministry’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development and is carried out with local defense company Elbit Systems. Israel launches Edge of Tomorrow program to improve lethality, bring in new tech

 

TODAY:

  • AROUND THE WORLD
  • DEFENSE – MILITARY – SPACE
  • TECH & DIGITAL

 

AROUND THE WORLD

Africa

Canada

  • May 19, 2022. By World Nuclear News. Westinghouse and the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a project to locate an eVinci microreactor in Saskatchewan, while an MoU between McMaster University, Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) and Global First Power (GFP) will further examine the feasibility of deploying USNC’s Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) at the university or an affiliated site. Canadian MoUs advance microreactor deployment : New Nuclear

Central Asia – Russia

  • May 19, 2022. By Richard Pomfret, East Asia Forum. In 1991, the five Central Asian economies were republics of the Soviet Union, with trade and transport oriented towards Russia. Over three decades of independence, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have built railways, roads and pipelines to the east and south and diversified trade partners, distancing themselves from Russia. The war in Ukraine is accentuating these processes. Central Asian economies don’t need Russia

China – UN

  • May 20, 2022. By HRW. The upcoming visit to China by the United Nations high commissioner for human rights should highlight the need for justice for victims of violations and accountability for those responsible, Human Rights Watch said today. High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet is scheduled to visit China during the last 10 days of May 2022, the first visit to China by a UN human rights commissioner since 2005. UN: Rights Chief’s Credibility at Stake in China Visit

Europe – Hungary

  • May 20, 2022. By Kerstin McCourt, HRW. On Monday, EU ministers will discuss, for the fourth time, the systematic breakdown of the rule of law in Hungary. This scrutiny, under the process laid out in article 7(1) of the founding treaty of the EU, has been slow and lackluster. Meanwhile, fundamental rights continue to deteriorate in Hungary as its autocratic government entrenches power and jeopardizes the EU bloc’s unity. EU Needs to Hold Hungary to Account

France

  • May 19, 2022. By World Nuclear News. The French nuclear power operator EDF says that the programme of inspections and repairs related to the stress corrosion issue means it has increased the hit it expects to take to its earnings by a further EUR4.5 billion (USD4.7 million) from the EUR14 billion estimated at the start of May. EDF revises up cost of nuclear power plant outages : Corporate

Hamas – Russia

Iran

  • May 20, 2022. By Al-Monitor. Deputy commander of Iran’s police Brig. Gen. Qasem Rezaee issued a severe warning against Iranian protesters infuriated by a sharp steep in prices of basic food products.  Iran vows harsh crackdown on economic protests
  • May 20, 2022. By HRW. Iranian authorities have arrested several prominent activists on baseless accusations amid labor union strikes and ongoing protests against rising prices, since May 6, 2022, in dozens of small towns, Human Rights Watch said today. Those arrested include a prominent sociologist and four labor rights defenders. Iran: Arrests Amid Economic Protests

Libya

Russia – Circassians

  • May 19, 2022. By Paul Globe, The Jamestown Foundation. Tensions between Moscow and the Circassians, both within Russia and abroad, have reached a boiling point. The driving factors are numerous and multi-varied. In part, they stem from long-time Circassian efforts to promote their national language and identity, to return Circassians living abroad back to their North Caucasus homeland, and to secure international recognition for what they argue was an act of Russian “genocide” against them in 1864 (Caucasus Times, April 25). More recently, frictions have erupted because of Circassian declarations of solidarity with Ukrainians in their resistance to Russian aggression. On the other side, the Circassians have been growing angrier over President Vladimir Putin’s apparent conviction that he is now in a position to suppress the identities of peoples inside the Russian Federation, just as he is seeking to do with Ukrainians abroad. Indeed, strains between the Circassians and Moscow are presently even higher than they were in 2014, when Putin and the Circassians clashed over the holding of the Winter Olympics on the site from which Russian forces deported that nation on May 21, 1864. Today, both two sides appear more committed to achieving their mutually exclusive goals than ever before. This situation could easily lead to an explosion—one that might begin in the North Caucasus but would quickly send shockwaves outward. Tensions Between Moscow and Circassians Reach Crisis Proportions

Russia – Ukraine (on the ground, impact, reactions, consequences)

Scotland

  • May 19, 2022. By World Nuclear News. EDF Energy has started removing the used fuel from the core of Hunterston B’s Reactor 3, an advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) that shut down in November 2021. Defuelling is the first stage of the nuclear decommissioning process. Hunterston B defuelling operations begin : Corporate

Somalia – USA 

Syria

Syria – Jordan

Syria – Russia – Turkey

USA – Asia

DEFENSE – MILITARY – SPACE

TECH AND DIGITAL

  • May 19, 2022. By Daniel L. BymanHeidi BeirichRashawn Ray, and Suzanne Maloney, Brookings. On March 31, in honor of the launch of his new book, “Spreading Hate, the Global Rise of White Supremacist Terrorism”, Brookings Senior Fellow Daniel Byman discussed the evolution of the white supremacy movement’s tactics with Brookings Senior Fellow Rashawn Ray and Global Project Against Hate and Extremism Co-Founder Heidi Beirich. The Twitter Spaces panel was moderated by vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program, Suzanne Maloney. Spreading hate: How the white supremacist movement continues to mutate in the digital age
  • May 19, 2022. By Mark MacCarthy, Brookings. On March 17, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport of the United Kingdom submitted its revised Online Safety Bill to Parliament. It is a sweeping proposal to throw a regulatory net around social media companies and search engines while still preserving their role as public platforms for robust discussions of issues of public importance. What U.S. policymakers can learn from the U.K.’s Online Safety Bill
  • May 19, 2022. By Frank Nagle, Brookings. While there is little debate that digital forces are playing an increasingly crucial role in the economy, there is limited understanding of the importance of the digital infrastructure that underlies this role. Much of the discussion around digital infrastructure has focused on broadband availability (which is certainly important), but the role of free and open source software (FOSS or OSS) has gone underappreciated. FOSS—software whose source code is public, is often created by decentralized volunteers, and can be freely used and modified by anyone—has come to play a vital role in the modern economy. It is baked into technology we use every day (cars, phones, websites, etc.), as well as into various aspects of critical infrastructure including our finance and energy systems. Strengthening digital infrastructure: A policy agenda for free and open source software

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