Tag Archives: Terrorism

Mar 4 2012

Car Bomb: from Belfast to Baghdad

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Belfast on 21st July 1972 will always be remembered as a black day for those covering the history of the troubles in Northern Ireland, for it is the day that the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) set a precedent which … Continue reading

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Sep 14 2011

Moving on from the ‘War on Terror’

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Ten years have passed since the tragic events of September 11th 2001. Over 3,000 people died in the brazen assault on New York’s Twin Towers. Lives were shattered, families torn asunder and a nation lay shocked in the debris of … Continue reading

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Sep 8 2011

Securing the State and Liberty: Reflecting on 9/11

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Joseph S. Nye, writing on the most recent asymmetric threat to the state, that of cyber war, has echoed what has become the pre-eminent challenge faced by a democratic state; how to remain free and secure. Threats from the cyber … Continue reading

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Jun 16 2011

Cyber terrorism and war, the looming threat to the industrialised state

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Earlier this month the EastWest Institute held its second worldwide summit on cyber security. Hundreds of government and industry leaders, from over 43 countries, attended to discuss the looming threat of increasing war and criminality within the cyber domain. Major … Continue reading

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May 2 2011

End of the ‘War on Terror’?

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This morning a familiar image was again splashed across the newspapers but this time (at least in the West) the mood was celebratory. Ten years on, with wars fought, lives lost, civil liberties curtailed and billions spent, Bin Laden has been killed – taken out by Special US forces deep within Pakistan.

The march of history has continued and American persistence has finally delivered results.

It hasn’t taken long for commentators to weigh in and there are still a lot of unanswered questions. At the top of this list, are questions surrounding Pakistani’s apparent failing to locate bin Laden within their country’s boarder, no less the fact he was within yards of their elite military academy deep within the country.

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Apr 19 2011

Freedom of speech: extremism & terrorism

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Freedom of speech is a civil liberty at the core of democracy but when it comes down to exercising this right, the reality of upholding this principle can often be fraught with difficult compromises. There can be no better a … Continue reading

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Mar 31 2011

Angels & demons

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In August 2010, the venerable New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), an organisation whose origins lie in post-war legal struggles for civil rights in America, filed a legal challenge against the US government. The case was a joint action … Continue reading

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Feb 1 2011

The dangerous gamble

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is currently dealing a last-ditch, risky hand in response to ongoing protests. He is calling the police away from most streets, announcing that prisoners have “somehow” escaped from four prisons and, as some have suggested, is possibly … Continue reading

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