Courtesy: Intelligence Fusion Newsletter.


  • Here’s your weekly rundown of the global security landscape, highlighting key incidents that have taken place from each region in the last seven days;

MIDDLE EAST & ASIA

Indonesia

A series of clashes were reported this week between Indonesian security forces and militants in West Papua Province. The clashes involved militants from the Kelompok Kriminal Bersenjata (KKB) group and took place in the Mayuberi, Makki and Serambakon areas. In a separate incident, two soldiers were captured and killed by militants from the West Papua Liberation Army, leading to an operation aimed at pursuing the group responsible. The clashes come after security forces launched an operation across West Papua following the death of a senior intelligence official earlier in the year.

The relationship between security forces and the local population in the area is poor, and security forces have frequently been accused of rights abuses during previous operations, often leading to displacement of civilians. Clashes are expected to continue across the province as the operation continues, leading to displacement and clashes in isolated rural areas.

EUROPE

Europewide

Over the past seven days there have been numerous Palestine Solidarity protests across Europe. Among those involved in these protests have been the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) and Palestine Action; both groups are anti-Israel who realise their aims through targeting businesses involved in Israel in any fashion.

The main difference between the two is that Palestine Action appears to be largely based in the UK and engages in direct action protests (Elbit Systems is its current target). While Palestine Action has been targeting Elbit, BDS has been increasing its rhetoric against Puma, AXA Insurance, Hewlett-Packard and Soda Stream. As the protests have occurred over the last seven days, the rhetoric and direct action against these businesses appears to have increased in what appears to be an attempt to capitalise on the situation and increase the pressure on these businesses.

These current circumstances would indicate that activist threats against the people, assets and reputation against businesses with real or perceived interests in Israel appears to be increasing at this time. Businesses with real or perceived interests in Israel can likely anticipate activists targeting them through protests and online smear campaigns.

AFRICA

Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said the country will begin a trial run for generating power from the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam during the upcoming rainy season between June and August. The ministry warned that “no force can disrupt” its efforts to fill the dam, which will reach full generating capacity in 2023. Egypt, which along with Sudan relies on Nile water resources, said it will manage water shortages caused by the filling.

A final agreement between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan on the operation of the dam is yet to be reached. Talks held in Kinshasa in April of this year ended with no progress. Both countries have condemned Ethiopian intransigence in negotiations while Ethiopia accused Egypt and Sudan of efforts to “internationalise” the dispute. Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has warned of unprecedented instability in the region if Egypt’s water supply is affected. Egypt and Sudan carried out joint air drills during the Nile Eagles 2 exercise in late March/early April.

NORTH AMERICA

Zitacuaro, Mexico

On 17th May, authorities discovered eight men and one woman shot to death and left inside a vehicle along a road in the Ignacio Zaragoza neighbourhood of Zitacuaro. The act is believed to have been perpetrated by members of the Familia Michoacana criminal group under the command of Medardo Hernandez Vera, alias Mantecas. The killings would be related to the sale of drugs.

The Familia Michoacana, with the help of its allies, is currently fighting the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG) in the area of Zitacuaro and in the wider state of Michoacan for control of territory to produce, traffic and sell drugs. Cartel activity in Mexico accounts for the majority of violent incidents in the country, and tactics and levels of violence have increased recently in the area, with the use of explosives attached to drones being used in a number of attacks by the CJNG against rivals and armed forces.

SOUTH AMERICA

Venezuela

On Monday 17th May, a FARC dissident leader was allegedly killed by Colombian special forces during an operation in Venezuela.

FARC dissidents claim that one of their leaders, known by the alias Jesús Santrich, was killed along with five others by Colombian special forces. The incident allegedly took place on the side of the Serranía del Perijá mountain, located on Venezuela’s western border with Colombia.

Santrich was one of the chief negotiators for the FARC but rejected the 2016 peace accord after two years when he became wanted by the United States on drug trafficking charges. He eventually fled to Venezuela, where he co-founded the Segunda Marquetalia and announced a new offensive against the Colombian government.

Both the Venezuelan and Colombian government have yet to confirm the incident, which, if true, may further deteriorate relations between the two countries. It would mean that Colombia violated Venezuela’s sovereignty, and that Venezuela harboured FARC dissidents, possibly confirming an alliance between the Venezuelan government and the Segunda Marquetalia.

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The Right amount of time – by Seth Godin via his newsletter


The right amount of time [ https://p.feedblitz.com/r3.asp?l=178341185&f=1081591&c=7682007&u=5102652 ]

Eventually, the culture figures out how much time we’re supposed to spend on something. They call it the “right” amount. How long an education should take, or an RFP. How fast to deliver on an order. How long to shop around for a new car. How much time to spend with a patient. How much time should be devoted to learning a new skill or engaging with a new idea…

If you spend about the same amount of time as everyone else, you’re likely to get about the same amount of benefit.

There are two other choices, worth considering:

– Spend significantly more time than anyone else thinks is reasonable. Charge appropriately. Perhaps this will lead to an extraordinary outcome.
– Spend far less time than you’re supposed to, and invest that time into processes and alternatives and benefits that everyone else is overlooking.

Changes in the culture often happen when someone is gutsy enough to reorganize the time stack.


Weekly newsletter of Stoic Teacher – Issue #6
Weekly newsletter of Stoic Teacher – Issue #6

 

Peaceful Warrior | Carpe diem | 1080p
 
Let it go
Learning to accept your past is a process, and isn’t always easy, particularly if it was traumatic or heartbreaking. First, you need to allow yourself to see your past for what it was. Acknowledge your thoughts and feelings, without judgment; there is no wrong or right way to do this.
As you unravel all there is to see and learn from your past, you may want to curl up in a ball and store it all away again; this is normal. Remember that accepting your past is not about wanting to change or forget about it; it’s about altering your perception of it so that you can live more freely.
The moment you begin to accept the past is the moment you begin your healing journey. This is the start of letting go, moving on, and living more for the present. Give yourself time. Remember that this is a process, not a race or a competition.
 
Amor Fati
“It’s Not What Happens to You, but How You React to It That Matters.” ~ Epictetus
In his book Man’s Search for Meaning, Dr Frankl wrote about the psychological impact of life as a prisoner in the Nazi concentration camps of World War II. His mother, father, brother, and pregnant wife were all killed in the camps. Dr Frankl describes in chilling detail how his captors took from him virtually everything of personal value and basic human dignity.
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” —Viktor Frankl
The only thing that the Nazis were unable to take away was his choice of responding to the deprivation, degradation, and trauma to which he was subjected. He made a conscious decision to focus his energies on “owning” that small but all-important space between the stimulus (whatever was said or done to him) and his response to it.
His ability to retain that degree of psycho-spiritual autonomy in the most horrific circumstances imaginable provides a remarkable example of intrapersonal strength, grace under extreme duress, the power of personal choice, and the Serenity Prayer in action.
Amor Fati (Love for Fate)
No matter how powerful, strong, wealthy, you are — you can never overcome fate. So, it’s a thing you can’t control- no matter what. Period.
Instead of fighting with it, struggling against fate, stoics were taught to love their fate.
Loving your fate is practising acceptance. Acceptance towards the uncontrollable parts of life — that’s how you avoid your emotional suffering.
 
‘’Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity’’ -Seneca : Stoicism
I think this Stoic quote is perhaps the most powerful and closest thing to a superpower: "Don't seek to have events happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do happen" : Stoicism

Quotes on Aristotle’s 11 Virtues, From Courage to Wit | Inspiring Quotes


Quotes on Aristotle’s 11 Virtues, From Courage to Wit

Aristotle was not just a great philosopher; the ancient Greek scholar also wrote about poetry, drama, comedy, biology, physics, politics, and music. His thirst for understanding the world seemed boundless. When his works were studied in the Middle Ages, he became known as not just a philosopher but “The Philosopher.” In the poet Dante’s 1472 epic poem Divine Comedy, Aristotle is called “the master of those who know.”

Living in the fourth century B.C., Aristotle was the student of the renowned philosopher Plato and in turn became the tutor of Alexander the Great, then the prince of Macedonia. Serving at the royal courts, Aristotle became deeply concerned with how people might achieve eudaimonia, a Greek word meaning to flourish as a human being. To Aristotle’s mind, thriving in life was all a matter of character and virtue.

Aristotle believed that humans could learn to be virtuous by making a habit of moral acts — in other words, if you practiced acting like a good person, you would eventually become good. “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them,” he wrote in Nicomachean Ethics, one of his most influential works. “Men become builders by building and lyre players by playing the lyre; so too we become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.”

Aristotle saw virtue as a balance between two extremes. The brave person, for instance, was one who avoided acting like a coward (considered a vice) but was also not rash or foolhardy (a vice on the other end of the spectrum). He believed moderation brought out the best in all people and made human society harmonious.

In his ethical works, Aristotle discussed the chief virtues a good and moral person should strive to possess as character traits. Here are Aristotle’s thoughts on 11 of the most important virtues.

COURAGE

Courage involves pain, and is justly praised; for it is harder to face what is painful than to abstain from what is pleasant.

TEMPERANCE

By abstaining from pleasures we become temperate, and it is when we have become so that we are most able to abstain from them.

LIBERALITY (GENEROSITY)

Of all those who are called virtuous the liberal are probably the best liked, because they are helpful; and their help consists in giving.

TRUTHFULNESS

Falsehood is in itself bad and reprehensible, while the truth is a fine and praiseworthy thing.

FRIENDLINESS

The best friend is he that, when he wishes a person’s good, wishes it for that person’s own sake.

JUSTICE

Justice is often regarded as the sovereign virtue, and ‘neither evening nor morning star is such a wonder.’

MAGNANIMITY

It is proper to a magnanimous person not to nurse memories, especially not of evils, but to overlook them.

RIGHTEOUSNESS

The man who gets angry at the right things and with the right people, and also in the right way and at the right time and for the right length of time, is commended; so this person will be patient… because a patient person tends to be unperturbed and not carried away by feelings.

MAGNIFICENCE

The magnificent man is like an artist; for he can see what is fitting and spend large sums tastefully.

AMBITION

We blame both the ambitious man as aiming at honour more than is right and from wrong sources, and the unambitious man as not willing to be honoured even for noble reasons.

WIT

Wit is cultured insolence.

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New Age… BS… auto generated


By unveiling, we reflect.

This life is nothing short of an unveiling source of magical manna. Today, science tells us that the essence of nature is nature.

Although you may not realize it, you are non-dual.

Yes, it is possible to obliterate the things that can exterminate us, but not without inspiration on our side. Without potentiality, one cannot heal. Suffering is the antithesis of faith.

Illusion is born in the gap where self-actualization has been excluded. Where there is greed, guidance cannot thrive. The complexity of the present time seems to demand a deepening of our dreams if we are going to survive.

Only a child of the planet may inspire this evolution of manna. We can no longer afford to live with suffering. You may be ruled by yearning without realizing it. Do not let it eradicate the healing of your circuit.

It is in ennobling that we are re-energized.

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Word of the Day


WORD OF THE DAY
Canardkə-nardPart of speech: nounOrigin: French, mid 19th century
1An unfounded rumor or story.2A small winglike projection attached to an aircraft forward of the main wing to provide extra stability or control, sometimes replacing the tail.
 
Examples of Canard in a sentence “Contrary to the rapidly spreading canard, the actor would not be making a special appearance after the show.” “Joseph added a canard to his design, hoping it would stabilize the airplane prototype.”