World View: Thousands of Egyptians Protest 'Brotherhood Constitution'

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  • Thousands of Egyptians protest the 'Brotherhood Constitution'
  • Israel approves 3,000 new settlement homes on the West Bank
  • Bankster types take over the computer malware detection industry

Thousands of Egyptians protest the 'Brotherhood Constitution'

Thousands of Egyptians streamed into Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on Friday to protest actions by the government of president Mohamed Morsi. For several days, there have been protests over Morsi's constitution decree, ten days ago, giving himself dictatorial powers. But now there's a second reason: Egypt's Constituent Assembly, consisting mostly of members of the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Morsi himself is a former leader, has rushed a draft of the new Egyptian constitution to completion. The new draft constitution, called by protesters the "Brotherhood Constitution," follows Islamic Sharia law and contains some clauses restricting freedom of speech. Morsi claims that once the new constitution is approved by a national referendum in the next couple of weeks, he'll rescind his decree giving himself dictatorial powers. LA Times and Al-Jazeera

Israel approves 3,000 new settlement homes on the West Bank

The Palestinian Authority is describing as a "slap in the face of the world" a decision by Israel to approve the constitution of 3,000 new homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The announcement comes a day after the United Nations General Assembly overwhelming voted in favor of a resolution, strongly opposed by Israel and the United States, to recognize the state of Palestine as a non-member observer state. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was extremely critical of Israel's decision, but also said that he will not file complaints accusing Israel of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Court (ICC). "We now have the right to appeal the ICC, but we are not going to do it now and will not do it except in the case of Israeli aggression," he said. Jerusalem Post and AP

Bankster types take over the computer malware detection industry

When your home computer or your corporate network gets hacked, and someone steals your bank account information, it's often because of a "zero day bug," meaning an exposure that's been in the Windows software or other software for years. There are research groups that attempt to find and identify these bugs. They then notify Microsoft or other software vendor, and the software vendor issues a patch for the software that fixes the exposure. Or at least that's the way it used to work. Now these research groups are keeping the information private, and then selling it to corporate spies, foreign governments, or criminal enterprises. Companies like Vupen or NSS Labs, who are in this business, may be small fry compared to the banksters who caused the financial crisis by knowingly creating and selling trillions of dollars in synthetic subprime mortgage backed securities, but they're in the same category. Dark Reading

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