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Are we fighting a just war against the Islamic State?

Posted by Gwilym David Blunt on October 13, 2014 at 6:17am 1 Comment

For the past three weeks a multinational coalition has been engaged in an air campaign against the Islamic State. We've been told the fight will be a long one, but will it be a just one?

In the linked post I question whether air strikes are sufficient means to the end of defeating IS and protecting innocent civilians. This is not a simple theoretic question, but a pressing policy issue. The people of Kobane have been fighting a concerted IS attack for several weeks and air support has not yet been able to turn the tide. If they are defeated it will almost certainly result in a massacre. Perhaps it's time to seriously consider putting boots on the ground. 

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#Cyberpeacefare #2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by Al LeBlanc on October 11, 2014 at 8:56am 0 Comments

Congratulations ! to Malala Yousafzai (17-year old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by Taliban for advocating female education) and Kailash Satyarthi (Indian Gandhian children's rights activist) for being awarded shared Nobel Peace Prize.

(Two Courageous Advocates for Peace.  An inspiration to "us/all").

#Cyberpeacefare #It Can Be Done

Posted by Al LeBlanc on October 10, 2014 at 8:34pm 0 Comments

"The man who misses all the fun

Is he who says, "It can't be done"

In solemn pride he stands aloof

And greets each venture with reproof

Had he the power he'd efface

The history of the human race:

We'd have no radio or motor cars,

No streets lit by electric stars

No telegraph nor telephone

We'd linger in the age stone

The world would sleep if things were run

By men who say, "It can't be done."

Author Unknown

(Cyberpeacefare- a…


What Do I Learn from the E-Book

Posted by Wu Ning on October 10, 2014 at 4:15am 0 Comments

What will our world be like in the next fifteen to twenty years? “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds,” tell us what policy planners in the US foresaw:

l  The empowerment of the individual at a scale never before experienced will be the most prominent trend of the future. Technological innovations in information, automation, manufacturing, resource management, and health will be the primary causes of this megatrend.

l  The second megatrend will be demographic shifts of a growing global middle class, increased urbanization, more migration, and aging populations across societies.

l  As the world’s population reaches over 8 billion people, a third megatrend will challenge societies to face stresses on the availability of food, water, and energy.

l  The final US-envisioned megatrend will be the diffusion of power between states (e.g., a relative decline of the West and a more powerful China and India) as well as the…


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