Jack earlier flagged the day's lead story, from the AP: another American citizen might be targeted for a drone strike.
How's security looking at the Winter Olympics? The answer appears to hover somewhere between good and disastrous. “I’ve never seen a greater threat in my lifetime,” declared Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Tex.) on Fox News Sunday. "[S]omething will detonate, something will go off." The Hill has details on McCaul's apparent inability to mince words. For her part, Janet Napolitano, head of the U.S. delegation to the Games, shared cautious words of optimism on the security front on CNN's "State of the Union."
Meanwhile the LA Times cites U.S. intelligence officials who have expressed frustration with the Russian government's failure to cooperate about threats to the Olympic Games coming from inside the country. But according to American ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, the U.S. is "quite satisfied" with the information being provided by Russian security officials.
Yesterday the International Atomic Energy Agency announced that Iran has agreed to take seven new measures to allay suspicions that it has been designing an atomic weapon, reports Reuters. One of the measures: for the first time, Iran will provide information that will allow the IAEA to assess Iran's need for fast-functioning detonators, which have non-nuclear uses but could also be used to set off an atomic device.
The Israeli military executed an airstrike against a Palestinian militant accused of firing rockets into Israel, critically wounding him and injuring a bystander, reports the New York Times. The strike is the country's third against a particular militant in Gaza in three weeks and marks Israel's return to "targeted killing" since the beginning of a cease-fire more than 14 months ago.
A three-day ceasefire theoretically allowed hundreds of civilians to leave the Syrian city of Homs, but the evacuations took place amid fire, which the rebels and the Bashar al-Assad regime blamed on each other, says the BBC. More than 500 civilians were evacuated from the city yesterday, according to Reuters. Sunday marked a second day of attacks on a UN humanitarian convoy that attempted to deliver food to a besieged part of the city, reports the Wall Street Journal. Elsewhere, in central Syria, extremist Islamic rebels killed 20 civilians in an attack on an Alawite village, writes the Associated Press.
“The ultimate results, as has become very obvious with respect to MOOCs, are eminently counter-productive, harming the very people US foreign policy should be reaching out to: the young who are hungry for an education and yearning to link back to the global mainstream,” Afsah wrote in an email.
Contemporary technology promises a vista of freedom unlike anything in the human past -- freedom, in particular, to communicate ideas. The Internet, in its organic way, has stubbornly resisted efforts to control and restrict it. Nobody can be happy with everything that happens online, and much of what’s out there is destructive. The dilemma we face -- the discussion we should be having -- is whether we want those acting in our name to use the tools they condemn to halt the conversations they don’t like.