U K: The War On Terror Became A War On Women And Children
Part II Part I
By Victoria Brittain *
The British security services quickly returned to a post-9/11 stance on overdrive. The same MI5 intelligence agents who had interrogated Moazzam while he was in U.S. custody asked to meet him again to get his thoughts on who might be behind the attacks. However, three years in U.S. custody and five months at home occupied with his family and his book had not made him a likely source of information on current strains of thought in the British Muslim community.
Terrorism: From Boston to Bengaluru
By Ajai Sahni
Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, ICM & SATP
Two dramatic terrorist attacks, one in Boston – during the iconic annual Boston marathon – in the US, and the other in Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka in India, have once again provoked frantic assessments of a ‘resurgence’ of terrorism and hand-wringing regarding the ‘failure’ of states to contain or neutralize this threat. Such assessments are misconceived for more than one reason. First, it must be clear that the expectation that any kind of security blanket can be a 100 per cent guarantee against any possibility of terrorism is utterly wrong. Indeed, the idea that the US has been ‘free of terrorism’ since 9/11 as a result of dramatic institutional transformations and initiatives by the Government, is factually utterly incorrect.
Environmental Agenda In Polls
By Sarfraz Ali *
Environment has never been matter of concern for Pakistan and the tendency goes further chronic as all mainstream political parties, bracing for participation in the forthcoming polls, have placed environment issues at the bottom of their draft manifestos for 2013 elections.
Europe Bidding Adieu To Justice and Solidarity
By Roberto Savio*
For a long time it was a given that while Europe was based on defending a more just society, with social values and solidarity, the United States was based on the glory of individualism and competition, and anything public was considered “socialist”. One of the main accusations of the last electoral campaign in the United States was that Barack Obama had an unspoken design to change the United States into another Europe, beginning with health reform.
UK: The Political Damage Thatcherism Wrought
By Roberto Savio*
The flood of elegiac articles on former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is in itself a good measure of how we have all become Thatcherites without realising it. Only those who are not graced by a young age can see how the world and politics have changed so deeply since her days that it is correct to call her a “great revolutionary”.
US: Why the Boston Bombers Succeeded
By Scott Stewart
Vice President of Analysis
When seeking to place an attack like the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing into context, it is helpful to classify the actors responsible, if possible. Such a classification can help us understand how an attack fits into the analytical narrative of what is happening and what is likely to come. These classifications will consider factors such as ideology, state sponsorship and perhaps most important, the kind of operative involved.