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Posts Tagged ‘9/11’

Pak-India Composite Dialogue: An Analysis

By Raja Farrukh Zeb   The two states Pakistan and India started their formal dialogue at the end of 1947, to talk about the payment of money to Pakistan along with a share in the assets, which India denied at first. The two countries also held meetings in 1972 to discuss the issue of the […]

NATO’s Importance to the Security of the United States

By Cynthia M. Lardner   A Conversation with Jamie Shea, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Putin’s backing the Afghani Taliban

AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner Many different radicalized extremist groups operate in Afghanistan, including the Afghan Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS. While ISIS and the Taliban share an ultraconservative interpretation of Islam with the avowed purpose of advancing radicalized Islam, the difference stops there. Whereas ISIS and al-Qaeda have adopted a global jihad against […]

The demagogue Boko Haram and the radical flight of terrorism

By Ogunniyi Abayomi   An ideology of a malignant affair that eludes a destabilizing compromise to fulfil the fanatic verse of the book in the name of religious belief.

Suing governments over terror no sure thing despite U.S. Sept 11 law

Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters   By Mica Rosenberg Families of Sept. 11 victims and others who may seek to sue foreign governments accused of supporting terrorism in the United States still face significant legal hurdles, despite a boost from passage of a law allowing such cases to proceed.

Poetry

Alex Smailes   By Don Krieger

Donald Trump’s Stint with Islamophobia

Timothy A Clary/AFP   By Sabena Siddiqi Donald Trump is quite a well-known personality around the world, even before his election campaign most people would have identified him as the host of the NBC show ‘The Apprentice’. Last year he resigned from his contract at NBC to start an election campaign. Having no great achievement to his […]

Observations of an Expat: Trump and NATO

Bill Pugliano   By Tom Arms So much of diplomacy is common sense. You make a promise. You keep it. That is a simple and easily understandable rule of life. You break the promise and you suffer the consequences.

The Real Danger

KPBS photo   By Don Krieger Six weeks after 9/11, the Patriot Act passed, granting police and federal authorities broad rights to search and hold American citizens without due process. As a nation, we willingly submitted to this sacrifice of our freedoms, and so handed our tormentors a far greater victory than they could have imagined.

Combatting Violent Extremism

Francois Lenoir/Reuters   By Cynthia M. Lardner The fight against violent extremism is being fought by a shift in global consciousness resulting in a collective effort by governments, NGOs and stakeholders, including individuals at the local level. Radicalized extremism, which has nothing to do with religion, is an ideology founded on inducing fear of imagined […]

US Dept of Justice admits growing problem of terrorism – from the ultra-right

EPA photo   By Rupen Savoulian The Washington Post published an article in mid-October 2015, stating that the American government’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is finally redressing the growing terrorism problem inside the United States – no, not the much-hyped and exaggerated threat from the Islamist camp, but the real and growing menace of ultra-right […]

The Cost of an Unending War in Afghanistan: A Lesson to Learn

AP photo   By Ratnesh Dwivedi One of the largest military engagements the United States has been involved in after the second world war is in Afghanistan. The war in Afghanistan began on 7 October 2001 as the armed forces of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, France, and the Afghan United Front (Northern Alliance) launched Operation Enduring […]

Pakistan raps Trump over vow to free doctor who helped track bin Laden

Reuters/Fayaz Aziz   By Kay Johnson (Thomson Reuters Foundation)   Pakistan angrily criticised Donald Trump, frontrunner for the U.S. Republican presidential nomination, for saying he would force the country to free a jailed Pakistani doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The ultra-right emerges from a swamp of bigotry

By Rupen Savoulian A group of heavily armed anti-government militia members, having taken over several government buildings, are currently destroying archaeological sites of critical importance and building their own infrastructure in defiance of the laws of the land.

Brussels and the enigma of international security

By Sattar Rind European security has failed badly and is not working, something we have for a long time been hearing, especially after 9/11, when European countries’ security measures had supposedly been increased. This was proved further following the 7/7 attacks in London, the tallest claims of any such strengthening falling for the world to see.

Back to square one!

By Shakeel Haider It’s no more a unipolar world but a world with a total breach of peace and harmony. History either repeats itself or not but the world situation looks like very much like the decade of the 1980s.

Observations of an Expat: The Nuclear Security Summit

By Tom Arms Brussels was devastating. So was Paris, London, Madrid and of course the horrific destruction of the soaring twin towers of New York. Now just think how much more worse it would have been if the suicidal religious fanatics had a nuclear bomb.

Muslim women in the eyes of the Western media

By Semra Dehamna Muslim women stand out in the Western media as a tool employed to distort the image of Islam and Muslims, helping the interests of the huge media machine run under a Zionist influence with the objective providing distorted stereotypes of Muslim women.

Are we serious in wanting to eliminate ISIS?

By Sattar Rind Many writers, intellectuals, government or non-governmental think tank personnel and scholars are writing about and discussing the cause of ISIS’ birth.

A dream for Afghans: Peace

By Shakeel Haider Peace in Afghanistan is an old dream, much as its history. Tumultuous circumstances have remained present in Afghanistan for ages but after the Russia-Afghan war and American invasion following 9/11, matters have been made worse.

Ghana opens its doors to two Guantanamo detainees

By Adisa Amanor Wilks …not forgetting Syrian refugees and two other prisoners from Rwanda Ghana is feeling benevolent early in the new year, with the announcement that it will welcome displaced refugees from Syria, resettle two Guantanamo detainees and two other prisoners from Rwandan.

Cold (World) War II

By Sattar Rind The second phase of the Cold War started on September 30, 2015 when Vladimir Putin gave his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The Changing Face of Britain: Islamophobia

  By Sabena Siddiqi Islamophobia is back again in British politics. More frequent attacks on mosques and gradual, growing support for far-right groups reminds us that anti-Muslim feeling is on the increase. The perspective on Islam has changed since 9/11, it is simply not so easy anymore for Muslims living in the West.

Notes from America: My Mosque, My Imam and Me

By Ahmed Tharwat In a time of crisis and in the absence of rational thinking, people express grievances differently. In America, the mass shooting in San Bernardino has further radicalized anti-Muslim feeling.

Action against Corruption

  By Sattar Rind ‘Politics of the 90s’ is a popular phrase for the people of Pakistan who had observed their country’s activities throughout that decade. It could be characterised as the politics of conflict and confrontation between the Pakistan Peoples Party, PPP and the Pakistan Muslim League, Nawaz Sharif‘s group, PMLN.

Poetry

  By Don Beukes

The Myth of Lessons Learned

  By Sattar Rind Does anyone learn from history? I guess not, as it seems to be a preverbal axiom, everyone phrasing it solely for the sake of dictum without understanding the corporal meaning of concealed or revealed persuasion it requires most.

Let them fight: ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban

  By Sattar Rind One can hardly believe that all three world renowned and dangerous terrorist organisations are currently at extreme loggerheads and quarrelling, killing each other’s fellow commanders in Afghanistan; each attempting to gain the upper hand over one another.

Bleeding Pakistan and Future Strategy

  By Fehmeedah Khalid The Peshawar incident is not a mere terrorist attack on our children but an attack on our future.

The ups and downs in Pak-US relations

By Sattar Rind The US was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Pakistan, doing so within two months and six days of the country’s independence in 1947. Since then both have observed many ups and down in their correlation.