Thursday, 20 November 2014

Are terrorists winning the war on terror?

  • Global Terrorism Index Report – “17,958 people were killed in terrorist attacks last year, that’s 61% more than the previous year.17,958 people were killed in terrorist attacks last year, that’s 61% more than the previous year.
    . 82% of all deaths from terrorist attacks occur in just 5 countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria.
    . Last year terrorism was dominated by four groups: the Taliban, Boko Haram, ISIL, and al Qa’ida.
    . More than 90% of all terrorist attacks occur in countries that have gross human rights violations.
    . 40 times more people are killed by homicides than terrorist attacks.
  • Once Tolerated, Westerners Are Now Targeted By Radical Islamists – “For more than a decade now, extremist groups scattered across the Muslim world have been targeting Westerners to such an extent that large swaths of territory are no-go zones, including many parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen.”
  • With Cash And Cachet, The Islamic State Expands Its Empire - “Islamist militant groups from the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt to the coast of eastern Libya are pledging allegiance to the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS. The Sunni extremist group primarily operates in the chaos of Iraq and Syria but is using chameleon-like branding and the draw of cash to get militants who focused on local issues to join their brutal empire.”
  • Indonesia: ‘Virginity Tests’ for Female Police – ‘Testing’ Applicants Is Discriminatory, Cruel, Degrading
  • Bob Marley family launches “first world cannabis brand”
  • White House Putting Up ‘Fierce’ Fight to Conceal Torture Report – “The White House is fiercely resisting the release of a 6,300-page Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, Senate aides tellForeign Policy, raising fears that the public will never receive a full accounting of the Bush administration’s post-9/11 torture practices. At issue is the report’s identification of individual CIA officers by pseudonyms. The CIA and the White House want the pseudonyms and references to other agency activities completely stricken to further protect the identities of CIA spies. Senate aides say many of those redactions are unnecessary and render the report unreadable. Now even after Senate Democrats agreed to remove some pseudonyms at the White House’s request, the Oval Office is still haggling for more redactions.”
  • Fat places $2tn burden on world economy, says McKinsey report
  • High heels may enhance a man’s instinct to be helpful – French study is the first to investigate the effect of a woman’s shoe heels on men’s behavior
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