SITREP: A glance at the news for March 20, 2015

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Welcome to the SITREP.

A SITREP is a situation report covering stories of global importance. These reports will provide you with crucial details of world events at a glance. Here’s your briefing for this morning.

President Obama reaffirms commitment to Palestinian State: The President of the United States reaffirmed the US commitment to the creation of a Palestinian State in a phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu made a campaign promise that such a state would not occur, in essence derailing the peace process.The politician has tried to back away from his promise since winning the election.

Judge says no public review of Eric Garner grand jury: A Staten Island judge rejected arguments by the New York Civil Liberties Union that the public had a right to know why the grand jury failed to indict the police officer that killed Eric Garner on camera. To date, the only person arrested in the incident is the man who filmed the killing. The killing sparked protests and violence aimed at officers of a department that disproportionately targets black Americans.

Anti-Censorship site being censored: GreatFire.org, a website that allows Chinese citizens to view censored webpages has been the target of a massive Distributed Denial of Service attack. The cost to stay online during the attack is roughly $30,000 per day. Most believe the Chinese government is responsible for the attack.The issued a public plea for help.

General Dempsey tries to bolster Iraqi puppet government: General Dempsey was in Baghdad this month attempting to gain assurances from a crumbling Iraqi government that it would act to stem sectarian violence. Because the Iraqi government was unable to beat the Islamic State on the field and ethnic militias have sent the IS forces into retreat, many Iraqis are questioning the need for a government in Baghdad. This is another nail in the coffin of the Iraqi government. The Iraqi national government will be propped up by the US as long as the business contracts with Western corporations are honored. The breakup of the Iraq grows more likely by the day.

Pwn2Own hacking contest begins: A Korean named JungHoon Lee successfully hacked Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. He walked away with $225,000 in prizes money. He managed to gain root access to newest version of Chrome using an exploit hidden in a website hosted on his computer.