Friday News Roundup — December 7, 2018: Remembering President George H.W. Bush; Trade Uncertainty Roils Markets; “Yellow Vest” Protests Rock France

Remembering President George H.W. Bush

Glenn Nye

Department of Defense Photo

An Increasingly Shaky “Trade Truce”

Dan Mahaffee

Wikimedia Commons

“Les Gilets Jaunes” and the Future of French Politics

Katherine Atherton

News You May Have Missed

Flawed CIA Communications System Reveals Divides with the Agency

During a stretch from 2009 to 2013, the online system used by the CIA to communicate with its human intelligence sources was compromised, resulting in the capture and execution of CIA sources in Iran and China. Now, while the problem is understood, reporting indicates that the institutional and cultural silos between the CIA’s Directorate of Operations (DO) and Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) contributed to the breach of the system and the continued difficulty in finding a replacement method for communicating with human intelligence sources. The latest reporting also suggests that the breach may have had an even greater impact, as the system was also used for communications by the Defense Intelligence Agency and British MI6 in programs carried out in cooperation with the CIA.

Study: 64% of American adults have had a Family Member in Jail or Prison

While the United States is already the proud owner of highest per capita incarceration rate in the world, a study by Cornell University and has found that 64% of American adults have had an immediate family member spend at least one night in jail or prison. The study also found that one-in-five Americans have had a parent incarcerated, and African American families were 50% more likely to have an incarcerated family member compared to caucasian families.

British Networks Scrap Brexit Debate

British leaders seem not only unable to find a way forward on Brexit, but also incapable of finding an agreeable format to have Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn publicly debate the proposed Brexit agreement that is under fire from nearly every side of British politics. While both the BBC and ITV had sought to host a debate, disagreements on the questioning format and participants were unable to be overcome.

Nigerian President Responds to Accusations of Being a Clone

Following a period of extended illness, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been forced to respond to a growing clamor that he had in fact passed away and had been replaced by a clone of his from Sudan. Addressing these reports while traveling in Poland for an international summit, the President Buhari stated, “It’s real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong.”



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