Treasury’s War on the Islamic State

The U.S. fight to bankrupt the Islamic State, like the wider military campaign to degrade and destroy the terrorist outfit, will be a long, drawn-out affair, said the Treasury Department’s David Cohen, who heads the unit that tracks terrorist financing. Given that the group is “the best-funded terrorist organization we …

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Today is Saturday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2014 with 67 to follow. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury and Venus. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include British historian …

Quote of the Day

“There is a mix of indoctrination and seduction. They upload photos of bearded Prince Charmings on Facebook.” ~DOUNIA BOUZAR, a French anthropologist, on the Islamic State efforts to recruit young women from Western countries to be fighters or wives of fighters. Quotation of the Day – NYTimes.com.

Celeb birthdays for Oct. 25, 2014

Singer-actress Barbara Cook is 87. Actress Marion Ross is 86. Country singer Jeanne Black is 77. Pop singer Helen Reddy is 73. Singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 70. Singer Taffy Danoff of Starland Vocal Band is 70. Guitarist Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest is 67. Actor Brian Kerwin is 65. …

The Man Who Queered Broadway – The New Yorker

Biographies, when they matter, can act as a kind of corrective to the subject’s boorishness. All that the star could not achieve in life—tenderness, care, responsibility toward others—doesn’t get vanquished in great studies so much as explained and folded into the grand story of the complicated, arresting self. The British …

When cybersecurity threats come from the inside – The Washington Post

AT&T acknowledged earlier this week that in August an employee had gained unauthorized access to some customers’ personal data — including Social Security and driver’s license numbers. The breach, which a person with knowledge of the investigation told The Washington Post affected roughly 1,600 customers, was tiny compared with the millions of consumers affected by breaches …

A Bigger World of International Law – NYTimes.com

THE HAGUE — Pubudu Sachithanandan, a trial lawyer from Sri Lanka at the International Criminal Court, is a long way from where he started. But like so many other lawyers here in the city of international justice, he is, geographically at least, not far from where he went to graduate …