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On SecurityMar 3, 2020 | 15:54 GMT
'The Turner Diaries,' by National Alliance leader William Pierce, provides a blueprint for conducting terrorist operations as an underground organization.
The Right-Wing Extremist Threat in Context: External Extremist Actors
Last week I had the opportunity to speak with someone in the process of setting up a protective intelligence program at a large corporation. During our conversation about various concerns and threats, the topic of the current wave of right-wing extremist attacks arose. We discussed how that threat manifested itself differently when the actor was an outsider versus an insider, as well as steps the company could take to protect itself against these threats. After thinking about that conversation for some days, it occurred to me that there might be broader interest in the topic, and that it might be worth writing on it to place the threat posed by right-wing extremism into context. With that in mind, I have decided to address external right-wing extremist actors and insider extremists.
Contributor PerspectivesDec 25, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Whether and how people celebrate Christmas is clearly a complicated affair, bearing only a subtle relationship to Christianity itself.
The Geopolitics of Christmas
Whether and how people celebrate Christmas is clearly a complicated affair, bearing only a subtle relationship to Christianity itself. The contemporary, increasingly international version of Christmas is less a religious festival than a celebration of affluence, modernity, and above all Westernness. Without anyone willing it, Christmas has become part of a package of Western soft power.
Contributor PerspectivesApr 23, 2018 | 17:54 GMT
Seventeen-year-old schoolgirl Eri Yoshida became the first woman to play professional baseball with men in Japan when she took the mound at the weekend in a new independent league.
Women Claim Their Places in the World of Baseball
In 2018, the idea that a national baseball team from the Dominican Republic would be qualifying for the sport's largest international tournament for the first time in history might surprise those who know baseball well. After all, the Dominican Republic is home to a large number of Major League players and has enjoyed success in international competition. But in late March, this was the reality for the Dominican women's national team after their undefeated run through the Pan-Am qualifier handed them one of the 12 spots for the Women's Baseball World Cup (WBWC). The international profile of the tournament, which will be held in the United States for the first time this August, is sizable: The 2016 edition held in Korea drew fans from 198 countries. These fans, either online or in person, viewed at least some part of the competition, chalking up 6 million online views alone.
On SecurityMar 27, 2018 | 08:00 GMT
A picture shows evidence technicians in Round Rock, Texas, searching for evidence at the site where serial bomber Mark Anthony Conditt ended his life with a self-inflicted bomb blast.
Motive Matters: Why the Austin Bomber Wasn't a Terrorist
Mark Anthony Conditt left a lengthy recording in which he reportedly confessed to the bombing spree that plagued Austin, Texas, and even outlined how he constructed each of the devices he deployed. However, what he did not provide in that message was any indication of motive based on ideology, hate or politics. In fact, according to an account of the recording published by the Austin American-Statesman, authorities have noted that Conditt felt no remorse for the killings, describing himself as a psychopath. Despite the fact that a white bomber did kill two people who were racial minorities and wounded two others, there is no evidence to suggest that this was a hate crime or an act of domestic terrorism. It is quite possible to terrorize a city without being a terrorist, which brings us to the key question: Just what is terrorism?
Contributor PerspectivesSep 18, 2017 | 13:32 GMT
Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor (L) competes with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas on Aug. 26.
The Big Bout and the Evolution of Sporting Tastes
Apart from a certain fascination with Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky" movies, I've never been much of a fan of the fighting sports. It's not that violence repels me (I grew up playing American football, after all), but it's more my perception that the brutality on display lays bare too much of humanity's dark side. For those who haven't seen a mixed martial arts (MMA) match, for instance, it quickly becomes clear that the institution deserves its moniker of blood sport.
On SecurityJun 29, 2017 | 11:04 GMT
The age of encryption is not a fatal blow to counterterrorism efforts, and as long as authorities continue to utilize valuable low-tech intelligence methods, they will be able to adjust to this new reality.
Finding Low-Tech Solutions for High-Tech Terrorism
Encryption will become ever harder to crack and will only be more widely used in years to come, resulting in more and larger digital “black holes,” or safe spaces where terrorists and criminals can communicate and store data. When authorities' ability to monitor the communications of terrorist suspects is limited, they are deprived of important information streams that they typically use to conduct threat assessments and counterterrorism investigations. However, the age of encryption is not a fatal blow to counterterrorism efforts, and as long as authorities continue to utilize valuable low-tech intelligence methods, they will be able to adjust to this new reality.
Contributor PerspectivesApr 24, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
Remembering Pat Tillman
Remembering Pat Tillman
April 22 marked the 13th anniversary of the combat death of U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman, arguably the most notable American casualty of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Readers in the United States are likely to remember the highlights of Tillman's story. A standout at safety for Arizona State University, Tillman was a late selection of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals in the 1998 draft. As a professional, he earned a reputation as a hardworking, smart and dependable player; he drew praise in the media when he turned down a significant pay raise from the St. Louis Rams, opting to stick with the Cardinals. In today's world of professional sports, where everyone is quick to note that "it's a business," leaving millions of dollars on the table was a rare display of principle and personal sacrifice. But for Tillman, the real sacrifice was yet to come.
AssessmentsJan 26, 2017 | 09:45 GMT
The Untapped Potential of Lake Victoria
The Untapped Potential of Lake Victoria
Sub-Saharan Africa has never produced what, at least on a global scale, could be regarded in the field of geopolitics as a great power. But the continent continually has been molded by its own clearly defined power dynamics, the geographic foundations of which have remained recognizable throughout history. The region in East Africa surrounding Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, is one such place where geography remains central to the landscape of power today. The East African Community combines Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania into a single economic and political bloc. While the organization does not exactly bring the area under unified rule, it has helped knit the region's interests together, strengthening its position. Perhaps most notable development has been the creation of a transport infrastructure that has helped tame the fractured geography of the region. This effort is still a work in progress, but the emphasis on rail and road
On GeopoliticsNov 16, 2010 | 09:56 GMT
Geopolitical Journey, Part 3: Romania
For Romania, national sovereignty has always been experienced as the process of accommodating itself to a more powerful nation or empire. Part three in a series.
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