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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2961

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Webcam Hacking : when high-tech fails, low-tech or no-tech is the way forward

I have recently noticed that most, if not all, of my friends have covered the built-in webcams of their laptops with a translucent tape, in the wake of growing menace of web cam hacking, the method in which hackers tend to use this particular accessary for malicious purposes with the aid of pieces of software installed in the computer systems of unsuspecting victims or remote administration tools (RAT), while gaining access to them remotely.

Webcam Hacking : when high-tech fails, low-tech or no-tech is the way forward
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Rip Tides: the hidden killers on idyllic beaches

The tragic deaths of five young, Tamil men of Sri Lankan origin on Sussex beach in England brought the cumulative death toll to 12 in a week in Britain, in similar circumstances, caused by a hidden, deadly phenomenon that lurks near the shores in the ocean, literally in any part of the world – the rip tides.

Rip Tides: the hidden killers on idyllic beaches
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Menace of Drugs: Rodrigo Duterte’s Way of Dealing with It

Judging by the gruesome specter of bodies with gunshot wounds in cities across the country, Rodrigo Duterte, the newly elected president of the Philippines, didn’t appear to have minced his words when he authorized - and even appealed to - the police and anyone with a penchant for killing to take on drug lords, drug addicts and dangerous criminals.

Menace of Drugs: Rodrigo Duterte’s Way of Dealing with It
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Upping the ante: PM Modi takes a decisive step over Kashmir Issue

For years, if not decades, India’s response to the incidents involving Kashmir, the restive northernmost region of the country, has been fairly passive, unless they grew into full-blown military conflicts, which, fortunately, used to be short-lived.

Upping the ante: PM Modi takes a decisive step over Kashmir Issue
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The Need of Taking the Events in the Middle East Seriously

The falling oil price has started grabbing headlines again, despite experiencing a few spikes in recent months, owing to the combined impact of the sentiments and the infectious optimism of influential speculators.

The Need of Taking the Events in the Middle East Seriously
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Inspiration for a Long March (Padayatra): Look across the Palk Straight

As the much-talked-about Padayatra, launched by the Joint Opposition in Sri Lanka, entered the third day, the organizers may be trying their best to salvage the credibility of the move – and that of potentially- similar moves in future – in the presence of obvious cold-feet got by some of those who took part at the outset in the movement, judging by the dwindling crowd participation.

Inspiration for a Long March (Padayatra): Look across the Palk Straight
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Catch-22: the West at War with a Part of Itself

Once, a journalist asked Harold Macmillon, the former British Prime Minister, what a prime minister most feared and he instantly replied, “Events, dear boy, events.”

Catch-22: the West at War with a Part of Itself
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Coup in Turkey: Recep Tayyip Erdo?an proves that invincibility can be illusionary and porous

Judging by the way the ‘coup’ that took place on Friday night in Turkey started, then thinly spread out in Ankara, the capital, and ran out of steam in a matter of hours, the whole fiasco bears all the hallmarks of sheer amateurism on both military and propaganda fronts.

Coup in Turkey: Recep Tayyip Erdo?an proves that invincibility can be illusionary and porous
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Juno: NASA’s probe in Orbit around Jupiter

NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, moved past yet another astronomical equivalent of a milestone this week, when, Juno, the spacecraft that they sent in 2011, finally managed to position itself in an orbit around the gas giant, Jupiter.

Juno: NASA’s probe in Orbit around Jupiter
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Brexit: the harbinger of doom on other global alliances?

When I predicted the likelihood of the Brexit two weeks ago in my weekly column, I didn’t use a crystal ball to catch a glimpse of what was to come; nor did I subject my observations to a relentless political analysis in the hope of coming up with the exact outcome.

Brexit: the harbinger of doom on other global alliances?
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