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Retired Naval Flight Officer and recently retired defense contractor - with a few other jobs thrown in for good measure. Now living permanently in Maine having spent the last 15 years in Maryland.

The Sudan – What is our stake in this unstable part of the world?

Discussion area for 16 March Beyond Labels.

The Sudan has seen Religious, Ethnic and other rifts that have drawn the attention of the world – albeit not with recent broad attention. Are we attentive to this part of the world? Should we be, and how so?

Some links follow (lots to read)  but feel free to provide is you have some of your own for reading. Tried to capture those from diverse sources.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudan

http://www.sudan.net

http://www.hrw.org/africa/sudan

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/su.html

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/07/23/a-history-of-violence-4

Is Internet Connectivity a Net Gain?

I have posted a Brief Presentation as discussed on Monday to: www.manorhousestudio.com under the INTERNET page.

The ability and reliance on Internet connectivity can be a plus for business, personal use and educational purposes, but can it be a threat to the same? How about the military and government agencies?

When we broke this week the subject was recommended for discussion during next week’s meeting, and we’ll focus there – especially considering recent revelations on Internet over the last few days. Will attempt to post relevant material in the next couple of days.

Snowden, Clinton, Hacking, Philanthropy, etc. (just a couple of references. 

1. http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/edward-snowden-wants-to-return-us-115697.html#ixzz3TPSe2800

2. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/03/us/politics/hillary-clintons-use-of-private-email-at-state-department-raises-flags.html?_r=0 

3. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/12/18/sony-hack-timeline-interview-north-korea/20601645/ 

4. http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/bulletins/2013/2013-03.html

5. http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/gwens-appearance/ford-foundation-netgain-conference-internet-philanthropy-and-progress