Syria Is A Black Box

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Amid the killing, the horrors, and the tragedies in Syria, there’s also an ideological civil war among eleven players and even more agendas. In addition to exchanging bullets and bombs, in this war, every claim from one player is instantly challenged by another’s counter-claim.

We might have described Syria as an abyss or black hole had the civil war occurred during Hafez al-Assad’s regime. Under his son Bashar it’s a black box.

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The (De)X Files 07/12/16: Bitcoin = Energy, Encrypted Facebook, Son Of Bin Laden, The Italian Job, Elites In Retreat …

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The (De)X Files is my weekly aggregate of a few stories, essays, articles, an academic paper here and there, and (ugh) “think pieces” (only the awesome ones) from as wide a net as I can cast across the web. (The net is exceptionally wide, thanks to Inoreader.)

My selections are of the important, the surprising, the troubling, the enlightening, the inspiring, the amusing, the sublime, and the offending, along with some commentary, analysis, speculation, and prediction.

On tap: Bitcoin = energy; encrypted Facebook; Son of Bin Laden; the Italian job; elites in retreat …

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The (De)X Files 07/07/16: Mapping The Dark Web, Weaponized A.I., & Digital Bank Heists

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The (De)X Files is my (sorta) daily aggregate of a few stories, essays, articles, an academic paper here and there, and (ugh) “think pieces” (only the awesome ones) from as wide a net as I can cast across the web. (The net is exceptionally wide, thanks to Inoreader.)

My selections are of the important, the surprising, the troubling, the enlightening, the inspiring, the amusing, the sublime, and the offending, along with some commentary, analysis, speculation, and prediction.

Have a story to discuss? Tweet it to me at @thinkdeadly or email it to thinkdeadly1911@gmail.com.

On tap: mapping the dark web, those “damn emails,” weaponized A.I., Chilcot, digital bank heists, Arthur Ashe, China’s innovation economy, and fighting extremism …

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