Je Suis Charlie (Until Je Get Scared)

 

Je Suis Charlie (Until Je Get Scared)

The New York Times tweeted today that the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which found itself the victim of a gruesome massacre, “long tested the limits of satire.” I did not know that there were limits to satire or that the Gray Lady, which often unintentionally engages in the art form, had managed to uncover them. The implication here is one that will surely become as tediously explicit in the hours and days ahead as it is familiar: If you “provoke” Muslims by mocking their religion, then you’ve only yourself to blame for what happens next. Continue reading

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Tailored coercion Competition and Risk in Maritime Asia

March 2014
Tailored coercion Competition and Risk in Maritime Asia
By Patrick M. Cronin, Dr. Ely Ratner, Elbridge Colby, Zachary M. Hosford
and Alexander Sullivan
Table of Contents
I. Introduction 5
II. Introduction: The Contours of Tailored Coercion 8
in Maritime Asia
III. U.S. and its Allies’ Responses 11
IV. Responding to Tailored Coercion: 21
The Diplomatic, Institutional
and Legal Dimensions
V. Conclusion: The Agenda Ahead 24
http://www.cnas.org/sites/default/files/publications-pdf/CNAS_TailoredCoercion_report.pdf

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Maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea

  • Author: Gustavo Plácido dos Santos
  • Source: Intelligence unit
  • Published: 19 March 2014
  • Filed: 19 March 2014

Fighters with the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), pictured in 2008 (Photo: Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Summary

  1. Maritime insecurity incorporates a range of criminal activities, including piracy, smuggling and illegal fishing.
  2. The Gulf of Guinea has recently surpassed the more infamous Gulf of Aden as the epicentre of maritime insecurity.
  3. It is likely that the United States will increase its naval presence in the Gulf of Guinea during 2014.
  4. It is likely that the EU will also participate in an international intervention in the region, though this could possibly be stalled.
  5. It is likely that the international community will push West African countries to legislate for the deployment of armed security guards on their vessels and agree to greater inter-state collaboration.
  6. The potential conflict of interests between the international community and shipping companies over armed guards and/or external intervention will likely force a consensus approach that will possibly fail to address the root of the problem.
  7. It is highly likely that the above moves will lead to a temporary increase in violence in the region.
  8. As such, maritime insecurity in the region is likely to increase throughout 2014, and Benin, Togo and Guinea-Bissau, in particular, are likely to witness an increase in criminal activities across their territorial waters.

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Azerbaijan to transfer Iranian prisoners to Iran soon

Baku, March 19, IRNA – Based on coordination between Iranian embassy in Azerbaijan and the Azeri government, a number of Iranian nationals imprisoned in Azerbaijani jails will be transferred to Iran soon, said an official with Iranˈs embassy in Baku on Wednesday.

Mohsen Molaee told IRNA that he had visited prison number 11 of Azerbaijan Republic today and met with Iranian prisoners.Heavy costs of traveling to Azerbaijan for the prisonersˈ families who want to visit them and also heavy costs of living for the prisoners themselves were their major concerns, Molaee said.

The prisonersˈ main demand was to serve the rest of their prison sentences in Iran, Molaee added.He said he had distributed some food and cash among Iranian prisoners during his visit. Continue reading

Israel Prepares for Possible Attack by Hijacked Malaysian Plane

As the possibility–however remote–grows that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 may have been hijacked and taken to a hidden location, Israeli authorities are preparing for the possibility that the hijackers might attempt to use the Boeing 777 to mount an attack. 

According to the Times of Israel, Israel’s Channel 2 has revealed that Israeli air defenses have been boosted, and approaching civilian aircraft will be asked to identify themselves far earlier.

Though the flight was presumed at first to have crashed, whole or in pieces, into the ocean, passive satellite transmissions from the aircraft suggest that it made a deliberate course change and may have headed north into central AsiaContinue reading

INTERPOL has Warned for Years that Terrorists Could Use Stolen Travel Documents

By: Anthony Kimery  03/14/2014 ( 1:28pm)

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In May 2007, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble warned the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security that countries which do not provide their border control officers at airports and other points of entry with direct access to INTERPOL’s database on Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) are leaving their citizens exposed to grave danger.Noble told US lawmakers that terrorists’ use of stolen travel documents represents a gaping hole in global security.

The INTERPOL chief — a former Department of Treasury Under Secretary for Enforcement – said “The decision therefore by [then] Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to give Customs and Border Protection [CBP] officers access to INTERPOL’s database by the end of 2007 is one which should be welcomed as a significant step forward in enhancing border security.”“Clearly,” Noble told the committee, “the next step is for all border officers at all airports and other points of entry in all countries around the world to be given access to INTERPOL’s SLTD database, and for the support network to be put in place to ensure that any country registering a hit can immediately receive any necessary follow-up information.” Continue reading

Saudi Arabia to supply Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles – report

Published time: February 15, 2014 04:14

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Frustrated by the deadlock of the second round of Geneva 2 talks, Saudi Arabia has reportedly offered to supply the rebels with anti-aircraft missiles. Meanwhile Russia has accused the US of once again hijacking peace talks and pushing for regime change.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Russian-made antitank guided missiles and Chinese man-portable air-defense systems are up for grabs, already waiting in warehouses in Jordan and Turkey.
An Arab diplomat and several opposition figures with knowledge of the Saudi efforts have told WSJ that these supplies are likely to tip the battlefield scales, as the rebels will become capable of taking on the government’s air power and destroying heavy armored vehicles.

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