Is Hezbollah less dangerous to the United States? (Daniel L. Byman, Brookings)

Get terrorism analysts around a bar (always a disturbing scene) and ask them which group is most formidable, and you’re likely to get a surprising answer. It’s not the Islamic State, or even al-Qaida and its various affiliates. Rather, it’s the Lebanese Hezbollah, often darkly praised as the “A-Team” of terrorist groups, and the regularly trumpeted threat the group poses.

What’s wrong with the United States’ Southeast Asian allies? (Greg Raymond, East Asia Forum)

The Philippines and Thailand are not acting like US treaty allies are supposed to. While the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte seems somewhat of an outlier, his anti-Americanism is only the latest instalment of instability in the US–Philippines relationship. Thai–US relations have also suffered since the 2014 military coup and Thailand now appears to be seeking closer military ties with China. But these countries’ disagreements with the United States do not necessarily mean they want a change to the status quo in Asia.

Crooks exploit a zero-day in WordPress eCommerce Plugin to upload a backdoor (Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs)

Experts from the White Fir Design discovered cybe rcriminals exploited a zero-day flaw in an e-commerce plugin for WordPress to upload a backdoor.

Security audit reveals critical flaws in VeraCrypt, promptly fixed with a new release (Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs)

“VeraCrypt is much safer after this audit, and the fixes applied to the software mean that the world is safer when using this software.”

The NHS – is it all about the money, money, money? (Paul Hobday, openDemocracy)

As Jeremy Hunt and Simon Stevens appear before the Health Select Committee in an emergency session on NHS finances, Paul Hobday explains why ‘where’s the money coming from’ is the wrong question.

Sri Lanka. Mr. President, please explain (South Asia Monitor)

President Maithripala Sirisena’s remark at a function held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on October 12 that the CID, FCID and the Independent Commissions are politicised, has also been politicised within hours.

The ugly truth about Bangladesh’s successful attack on poverty (Naomi Hussain, South Asia Monitor)

Apart from our impressive cricket team, spectacular cuisine, and the fact that your clothes were probably made in Bangladesh, the world’s 8th biggest country (by population) punches well below its weight in terms of international recognition.

Pakistan. Poverty and Terror (Idrees Khwaja, South Asia Monitor)

The very rich and very poor have one thing in common — the rich will do anything to protect their wealth and the poor will do anything for a meal. Does terrorism factor in their quest for a meal?

Anticipating Pakistan’s next moves in Afghanistan (Anand Arni, Pranay Kotasthane, South Asia Monitor)

From a Pakistani perspective, 2016 has been a tumultuous year for its relationship with its western neighbour. First, the Pakistan-led Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG), meant to draw in the US and China along with Afghanistan while excluding India, drew a blank. Then, Pakistan was left fulminating as a new arrangement began to take shape between Afghanistan, India and the US in the form of a trilateral dialogue. While new equations were being formulated at the diplomatic level, the situation on the Durand Line worsened – the Pak-Afghan border transit points at Torkham and Chaman faced multiple bouts of closure, infuriating the Afghan government and also adversely impacting the livelihood of people on both sides.