July 27, 2015
In the news:
Tensions are heating up between the U.S. and China as officials now believe that the Chinese hackers who acquired millions of personal records from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management are linked to China’s civilian intelligence agency. Security experts claim that this intelligence is gold for hackers trying to penetrate the U.S. national security system. If this connection is true, China poses a huge cyber threat to U.S. national security and intelligence with the acquired digital information. Although the recent failures at the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and Wall Street Journal are believed to be unrelated, government officials fear that a large-scale cyber-attack is approaching due to the recent Chinese breach in U.S. security.
Due to recent events with Russia’s new revealing of more fighter jets and bombers from Sukhoi, U.S. Pentagon Generals claim that the country poses the greatest security threat to the United States. Officials have stated that these Russian advances are potentially more dangerous than China’s cyber-attacks, Iran’s nuclear deal, and threats by ISIS.
A major breakthrough for the UN occurred on July 21 when the World Food Program announced that its first shipment to Yemen successfully arrived since conflict erupted in the state. The goal of this shipment is to reach the increasing numbers of civilians in desperate need of help as conflict continues. The boat docked at a port in Aden and has been locally helping people, but officials say that the goal is to reach more people throughout the entire state. An updated humanitarian report states that between July 3 and July 15, at least 165 civilians have died and 210 injured due to the fighting. The majority of these casualties were caused by airstrikes, but street fighting has also taken a toll on lives. Although the ship arrived on June 26, it had to wait a little over three weeks to open its doors.
Around the web:
Destruction and Rape in South Sudan. Four years ago, South Sudan became the world’s newest country. Currently a civil war is being waged and civilians are suffering immensely. Human Rights Watch provides an interview with South Sudan researcher Sky Wheeler about her report on the devastation occurring in the fledgling nation.
When Americans Watched the Skies. From the beginning of World War II until the creation of advanced radar and communications systems in 1959, American civilians watched the skies and reported on what they saw as part of the Ground Observer Corps, a volunteer branch of the U.S. Army Air Forces. Read all about how these ordinary civilians helped protect America on War is Boring.
On the blog:
Why Should Millennials Care about IHL? Millennials are inundated with information constantly from their smartphones and social media. Much of this information relates to armed conflict, but many millennials are unaware of the existence of international humanitarian law and the fact that wars have limits. Read on the blog about why it is important for millennials to be aware of IHL.
Experiences at the 2015 Youth Leadership Summit. An IHL Action Campaign team member from Orange County, California shared on the blog how her experiences at the Youth Leadership Summit inspired her to adopt the strengths each team showed in preparing and presenting their Action Campaigns to effectively reach a broad audience to spread IHL awareness.
Situation Update: Afghan Taliban. Earlier this month, the leader of the Afghan Taliban declared his support for peace talks with the Afghanistan government. Read on the blog about how the situation is developing.