Is it Still 1968? A Conversation with Michael A. Cohen (Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations)

Today, I spoke with Michael A. Cohen, regular contributor at The Boston Globe, about his new book, American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division (also available on iTunes here). We talk about the chaotic U.S. presidential election of 1968, which not only bears a striking resemblance with the 2016 election, but sowed the seeds for many political currents running through the United States today. Michael also offers his advice to passionate aspiring journalists and writers. Listen to our conversation, check out his last book, Live From the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the Twentieth Century and How They Shaped Modern America, and follow him on Twitter @speechboy71.

Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Response to Polio outbreak in the Lake Chad Basin (John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations)

The public reappearance of polio in northeast Nigeria is a disappointment.

What the Hell Happened to My Republican Party? (Max Boot, Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations)

The party of principled conservatism, of promoting freedom at home and abroad, has become a party of conspiracy-mongering, authoritarianism, and white power.

Sustaining Fuel Subsidy Reform (Varun Sivaram, Douglas Dillon, Council on Foreign Relations)

Fuel consumption subsidies threaten the fiscal and economic health of countries around the world. Economists widely agree that the subsidies, which reduce consumer prices for petroleum and natural gas below free-market prices, often strain government budgets, fail to target poverty efficiently, and distribute benefits unfairly. Yet, political barriers often obstruct practical policy changes; for example, the prospect of street protest discourages sensible subsidy reform. Still, over the last two years, governments around the world have taken advantage of the plunge in oil prices and reduced or eliminated subsidies. Recognizing that low oil prices can mitigate the increase in consumer bills caused by subsidy reform, ten countries have, since 2014, completely eliminated subsidies on at least one type of fuel, and a further twelve countries have reduced subsidies. This advances U.S. economic, geopolitical, and environmental goals because subsidy reform can reduce world oil prices, instability in strategically important countries, and wasteful use of fossil fuels, which contributes to climate change. In particular, recent reforms in India, Indonesia, Ukraine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria all bring strategic benefits to the United States.

Resurgent Sikh fundamentalism in the UK: time to act? (Sukhwant Dhaliwal, openDemocracy)

Growing confidence among resurgent Sikh fundamentalist networks in the UK was evident in recent protests against inter-faith marriage. A desire to control Sikh women’s relationship choices is a key focal point for their mobilisation.

Magento card-swiping malware hides stolen card data in legitimate images (Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs)

Security experts have spotted an interesting exfiltration technique adopted by crooks to exfiltrate card data from Magento platforms.

Political Cyberattacks: Senior Turkish Government Officials Affected by Advanced Malware (Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs)

Experts at ElevenPaths, a Telefonica’s cyber security unit, provided further details on political cyberattacks leveraging on advanced malicious codes.