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World must start preparing for strategic terrorism

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Several powerful trends have aligned to profoundly change the way the world works. Technology allows stateless groups to organise, recruit and fund themselves in an unprecedented fashion. That, coupled with the extreme difficulty of finding and punishing a stateless group, means that such groups are positioned to be lead players on the world stage. They may act on their own or as proxies for nation-states that wish to duck responsibility. Either way, stateless groups are a force to be reckoned with.

Meanwhile, a different set of technology trends means that small numbers of people can obtain incredibly lethal power.

Throughout history, the lethality of weapons technology has inexorably increased. Bronze weapons were better than those made of stone; steel later outdid bronze; guns replaced bows; and so forth. Each new generation of weapons technology was deadlier and more lethal than its predecessor. Yet a general rule prevailed: successively more lethal weapons required succe…

Hindu Nationalism versus Indian Nationalism & Narendra Modi

By Ram Puniyani:

The debate around Hindu Nationalism and Indian Nationalism is not a new one. During colonial period, when the rising freedom movement was articulating the concept and values of Indian nationalism, the section of Hindus, keeping aloof from freedom movement asserted the concept of Hindu Nationalism. The debate has resurfaced again due to the one who is trying to project himself as the Prime-Ministerial candidate of BJP-NDA, Narendra Modi. In an interview recently (July 2013) said very ‘simply’ that he was born a Hindu, he is a nationalist, so he is a Hindu Nationalist! His Party President Rajnath Singh also buttressed the point and took it further to say that Muslims are Muslim nationalists, Christians are Christian Nationalists. So one has a variety of nationalisms to choose from!

Modi’s putting 2+2 together and claiming to be a Nationalist and a Hindu and so a Hindu nationalist is like putting the wool in others eyes. Hindu nationalism is a politics and a category with…

Narendra Modi : The Controversial Indian PM candidate

Narendra Damodardas Modi (born 17 September 1950), popularly known as NaMo, is the 14th and current Chief Minister of Gujarat, a state in western India, representing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP and the centre-right National Democratic Alliance for the upcoming 2014 Indian general elections.
Mr Modi is undoubtedly controversial. As a Hindu nationalist, he is accused of turning a blind eye to the slaughter of Muslims in communal riots in Gujarat back in 2002 (though he denies responsibility). Congress party leaders hope that by having him as their candidate, the BJP will alienate India’s Muslim and secular voters.
From humble roots as the son of a tea-shop owner to running for leadership of the world's biggest democracy, Modi has methodically built a fervent fan base. But, a deeply polarizing figure, he has made many enemies along the way, even within his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Supporters believe he has the drive needed t…

West, Breeding Ground for Terrorism

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Let’s make no bones about it, the menacing threat of ‘nuclear terrorism’ does not come from some ruthless jihadist cluster, but from the hard-nosed Western nuclear powers who form the core of the NATO alliance, and keeping intimidating and threatening the non nuclear weapon states.

The history of US imperialism is replete with stories of unilateral belligerent military strikes, gory massacres and socio-cultural aggression. In this no-holds-barred brinkmanship, the US and its allies have sought to impose their writ on other nations, more so on those who have refused to swear allegiance to Uncle Sam’s hegemony. The blatant war-mongering and sinister desire to inflict suffering on others is best explained by these words of American writer Andre Vltchek.

“West has always behaved as if it had an inherited, but undefined, right to profit from the misery of the rest of the world. In many cases, the conquered nations had to give up their own culture, their religions, ev…

US Imperialism, Hegemons, Hypocrisy & History

As the most powerful force in world history over the last four or five centuries, imperialism has carved up whole continents while oppressing indigenous peoples and obliterating entire civilisations. Related to power, it may be an individual endeavour where talent, skill and professionalism are deployed to achieve greatness and glory through conquests and occupation. An imperialist nation uses military power to defeat other nations and assert its greatness.

The US claims to be a democratic government, but its foreign policy has little tolerance for democratic values, rights or economic and political freedom. The American invasion of the Philippines, Mexico, Vietnam, and political intervention in Asian and African countries is well known. How the US overthrew the governments of Iran and Chile are also on record.

Another example is the United States` fight for independence against Britain. When the war was over, a Declaration of Independence was immediately issued and the consti…

Why & How to Be a Skeptic?

Sometimes in this world the best defense from spammers, misinformation dispatchers, rumor-mongers, and their ilk is to take a skeptical perspective. According to dictionary Skeptic is:
a person who questions the validity or authenticity of something purporting to be factual. a person who maintains a doubting attitude, as toward values, plans, statements, or the character of others. a person who doubts the truth of a religion, especially Christianity, or of important elements of it. Philosophy a member of a philosophical school of ancient Greece, the earliest group of which consisted of Pyrrho and his followers, who maintained that real knowledge of things is impossible. any later thinker who doubts or questions the possibility of real knowledge of any kind.
The adage if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, does not offer the same protection it once did, with the modern age's offerings of computer generated images and the like.
How to be Skeptic!
Listen closely or read ca…