Tag: The Insecurity Complex

Facebook’s Metaverse Heralds a Brave New Underworld of Metacrime

That the virtual world Zuckerberg wants to invent might open this Pandora’s box of deviant digitization should come as no surprise. In fact, the metaverse was literally born out of a criminal conceit. But virtually every one of these components presents significant risks for malign exploitation, as well. Some of the threats that immediately stand […]

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Facebook’s Metaverse Heralds a Brave New Underworld of Metacrime

That the virtual world Zuckerberg wants to invent might open this Pandora’s box of deviant digitization should come as no surprise. In fact, the metaverse was literally born out of a criminal conceit. But virtually every one of these components presents significant risks for malign exploitation, as well. Some of the threats that immediately stand […]

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Fix the Olympics—or Burn Them to the Ground

In the coming days, President Joe Biden is “expected to announce” that the administration will be imposing a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, as “a way to respond to the Chinese government’s human rights abuses.” What this means in practice is that come February, the president and other government officials […]

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The Enduring Cruelty of America’s Sanctions Regime

“We try to advocate going after the commercial interests of those either engaged in corruption or perpetrating atrocities. Hitting their pocketbooks is where it really hurts, as opposed to the purely symbolic action,” says Justyna Gudzowska. Gudzowska works at the Sentry, an organization dedicated to tracking “the dirty money connected to African war criminals and […]

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American Law Firms Are Enabling Foreign Kleptocrats

There’s some truth within that reality. Unfortunately, as researchers in the spiraling world of offshoring and kleptocracy have uncovered over the past decade, legal defenses are by no means the only services American law firms now provide those who pillage populations abroad, immiserate entire countries, and then use their ill-gotten gains to build real estate […]

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The Biden Doctrine Is Not the Trump Doctrine. But What Is It, Exactly?

On Tuesday, Biden delivered his first address to the United Nations; its unstated aim was to reassure increasingly dubious allies and continue to make the argument he made early in his presidency: “America is back.” For the president, his maiden address before the international body was framed by a pair of foreign policy crises—the chaotic, […]

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“You Don’t Do That to an Ally”: Longtime French Ambassador to U.S. Scorches Biden

Araud: Well, you know, now there is no assistant secretary for European affairs. There is no ambassador to Paris. There is no ambassador to NATO. So I think that’s been playing a role. As usual, the State Department is implying that the thing was committed by a small group at the White House. But obviously […]

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The Risk of a Terror Attack From Afghanistan Is Quite Low, Actually

The Taliban also need significant economic assistance from the West. Upsetting the U.S. by allowing Al Qaeda to stand itself up again is not the way to further those goals. The cynic will argue that the Taliban are more wedded to their ideology and hatred of the West than they are to pragmatic goals like […]

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How Congress Created the Peril of Trump’s Harrowing Final Days

High-flying journalist and author Bob Woodward once again has the Beltway buzzing over a Donald Trump book. Peril, co-authored by Washington Post reporter Robert Costa, is Woodward’s third book on the former president in as many years and focuses on the president’s final, desperate days in office. Its biggest revelation thus far is that General […]

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