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Virtual Martyrs: Jihadists, Oculus Rift, and IED Drones

Virtual Martyrs: Jihadists, Oculus Rift, and IED Drones

Terrorism Futures Series

For some decades now, jihadists (radical Islamists) have relied upon suicide bombings—primarily via individually carried and vehicular borne (VBIED) explosives—as a distinct form of terrorist attack. Individual martyrdom, as a blood sacrifice to god, is an integral component to many suicide bombings and utilized collectively for terrorist group cohesion...

14 Dec 2014

Does the US – Led War on Terror Pose a Challenge for Civil Liberties?

Does the US – Led War on Terror Pose a Challenge for Civil Liberties?

Terrorism

Although liberties like freedom of speech, religion, assembly and press, the right to due process, and the right to privacy have been solidified in most Americans, they seem to be antithetical to the necessity of security and all that it entails during a time of national crisis, such as...

30 Nov 2014

Please Sir, Can I Have Some More? How Britain’s Vulnerable Live on the Outskirts of Poverty

Please Sir, Can I Have Some More? How Britain’s Vulnerable Live on the Outskirts of Poverty

Poverty

One in five people in the UK live below the country’s official poverty line according to the charity Oxfam. If you compare the UK to my home country of South Africa, which has roughly the same population (59 million to Britain’s 64 million) but a GDP ranking in the...

19 Nov 2014

The U.S. – China Climate Deal and Global Warming

The U.S. – China Climate Deal and Global Warming

Environment

      The pledge by the two largest polluters to reduce and limit their greenhouse gas emission, particularly carbon dioxide by 2030 was hailed by many environmental agencies and policy makers as a step forward against the threats of climate change. Climate change is a long-term shift in...

17 Nov 2014

Bullying and Safeguarding Our Public Schools Environment

Bullying and Safeguarding Our Public Schools Environment

Education

  Bullying can have serious long-term effects on the children involved. School officials, teachers and parents have a responsibility to prevent it from happening and to take an action to correct this behavior and ensure interventions is available. Having a policy in place, parents and schools will have a...

16 Nov 2014

Still Strangers: The Rise of ISIS and the Muslims of Germany

Still Strangers: The Rise of ISIS and the Muslims of Germany

Immigration Policies

Once again, as ISIS rampages in the Levant, the Muslims of Germany have come under scrutiny. And the behaviour of a group of radical Muslims have not helped matters. In September this year a group of Salafist Muslims, led by Sven Lau aka Abu Adam, 34, a German who converted...

13 Nov 2014

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