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    The Hill: Countering Mexico’s criminal insurgency means offsetting largesse and threats

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    By TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is wrapping up a three-day trip to the states of Guanajuato, Jalisco and Colima, some of the Mexican states most impacted by criminal violence. AMLO, as the president is called, undertook the trip to demonstrate his support for efforts to pacify those violence-wracked states. But with Mexico in the midst of a full-blown criminal insurgency, a presidential visit likely will do little to quell the violence. Mexico’s criminal insurgency can be solved only through a holistic counterinsurgency strategy.

     

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    The Hunt: Iran promises retaliation for cyber attacks, terrorism likely

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    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    After a string of attacks on its weapons systems and nuclear facilities, Iran is warning that it will retaliate. On this week’s edition of The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green, Torchstone Global Vice President Scott Stewart says terror attacks are very probable.

     

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    Leaked police docs reveal crypto’s role in dark web bioweapons trade

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    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    A leaked INTERPOL manual covering the trade in chemical and biological weapons on the dark web includes advice for transacting in and seizing cryptocurrencies. The manual, titled ‘Investigating Biological and Chemical Terrorism on the Darknet,’ coaches law enforcement on best practices for infiltrating the dark web’s contrabandist subcultures. As well as advising investigators on how to transact in cryptocurrency, it also explains how to create an undercover identity, use the Tor browser and access dark web community forums such as Dread.

     

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    Analyst: Lopez Obrador trying to show drug cartels not in control of Mexico

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    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — Facing heat over increasingly bold acts of narco-violence, the president of Mexico is set to begin a tour of states being disputed by the drug cartels.

    His first stop on Wednesday is Guanajuato state, where gunmen on July 1 murdered 27 recovering drug addicts in Irapuato. There, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will talk with Gov. Diego Sinhue about crime and tour a gasoline refinery in Salamanca — where a criminal group last month abandoned an explosives-laden car after being spotted by the army.

     

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    Iranian Response to Attacks on its Nuclear Program

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    By TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    A number of mysterious incidents have occurred in Iran over the past several weeks, among which were the June 25 explosion at a ballistic missile production facility in Khojir and the July 2 explosion in a factory at Iran’s main nuclear production facility in Natanz that was reportedly producing a new generation of centrifuges. Due to the opaque nature of Iran, it is difficult to get a clear idea of exactly what is happening and whether these fires and explosions are linked. We don’t know for certain if these incidents are attacks or merely industrial accidents that outside forces are trying to claim as attacks to cause internal problems for Iran.

     

  • Asia Times: Tokyo 2020 seeks to survive the Olympic curse

    By TorchStone Asia Specialist, Howard Snyder

    “It’s a problem that’s happened every 40 years – it’s the cursed Olympics,” Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso remarked before a parliamentary committee last March. Aso had a point. The 1940 Summer and Winter Olympics, scheduled to be held in Tokyo and Sapporo, respectively, were canceled due to World War II. Forty years later, the United States and 64 other countries boycotted the 1980 Moscow Summer Games to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Now, as we approach the one-year countdown to the postponed and rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, how will the “40 year curse” affect Tokyo 2020 and beyond?

     

  • The Hunt: Air Force Sergeant charged with targeted killing of federal officer

    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    An Air Force sergeant who is already in jail for the killing of a California sheriff’s deputy was charged this week with murdering a federal security officer in Oakland. In this week’s edition of The Hunt with WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green: Scott Stewart, VP at Torchstone Global, discusses the situation, which may be a case of domestic terrorism.

     

  • Asia Times: Understanding and navigating Hong Kong’s security law

    By TorchStone Asia Specialist, Howard Snyder

    At the end of May 2020, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) approved a draft of a new national security law that aims to ban and punish sedition, secession, terrorism, foreign intervention and other activity posing dangers to national security in Hong Kong. The NPC is expected to draft a final version of the law and will enact it by including it in the Hong Kong Basic Law within the next few months.

     

  • The Hunt: FBI mistakenly reveals name of Saudi diplomat linked to 9/11 hijackers

    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    In a court filing, the FBI inadvertently revealed the name of a Saudi diplomat suspected of helping the 911 hijackers. But in this week’s edition of The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green, Scott Stewart, tactical intelligence expert and V.P. at TorchStone Global, says the revelation won’t likely lead to an arrest.

     

  • Fugitive ‘Chapo’ hitman allegedly murdered in suspected Sinaloa cartel double-cross

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    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    EL PASO, Texas — Ten days after escaping supervised release in San Diego, a convicted Sinaloa cartel enforcer and two family members have been murdered in Culiacan, Mexican newspapers report. The body of Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, a.k.a. “El Chino Ántrax,” was among three found Saturday inside a BMW X-5 sports utility vehicle registered to his sister, El Sol de Culiacan reported. The vehicle was abandoned on a dirt road just east of the city. The other two victims were his sister, Ada Jimena, and his brother-in-law Juan Guillermo Garcia, El Sol reported.

     

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