CNN: “The United States must beef up its cyber defenses or suffer as it did on September 11, 2001 for failing to see the warning signs ahead of that devastating terrorist attack, the Secretary of Defense told a group of business leaders in New York Thursday night.” Leon Panetta referred to the situation as a “ “pre-9/11 moment.”
IPS: Donald Green, professor of political science at Colombia University, has given an interview on the causes of hate crime in which he asserts that such acts “don’t stem from economic competition”, but rather “fear of the unknown – and from ideals of masculinity.”
Salon: Leading race scientist Jean Phillipe Rushton has passed away in Canada. “The man who sparked a firestorm of controversy and protest in the late 1980s with his theories about the correlation between genital size and intelligence, and in later years was the head of a right-wing fund that has long supported the research projects of academic racists from around the world, was 68.”
ABC24: “A woman claiming to be a ‘Sovereign Citizen’ was arrested after she refused to exit her vehicle during a traffic stop and drove away, hitting two Memphis officers in the process.”
National Post: Anti-Muslim pastor Terry Jones was eventually turned away from the Canadian border, only hours before he was due to speak in Toronto.
Comment: The Guardian: Mona Eltahawy defends her protest against the AFDI’s controversial anti-Jihad adverts on the New York subway and asserts that her actions were consistent with the principle of free speech.