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Archive for September, 2012

Force-Multiplying Outrage!

The revulsion to the anti-muslim film called ‘Innocence of Muslims’ generated widescale protests throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The film being made in the US it sparked furious protests outside US diplomatic enclaves and other American symbols in many countries where one has to contend with anti-US feeling barely below the surface even […]


Walking Through History

Former EWI Board Member and a friend beyond compare Frank Neuman made me an offer I could not refuse, to spend a few days in his villa on the beach near Alicante on the eastern coast of Spain. Even though Frank is in-waiting for a complicated heart procedure he journeyed from New York to be physically present as our host, giving new meaning to the phrase ‘’an invitation from the heart’’. One cannot be grateful enough for the opportunity of visiting Granada 500 kms to the south and 100 kms to the north, Valencia. Once the German Ostrogoths (East Goths) (466-84) completed the conquest of whole of Spain, the Gothic and Romans lived 150 years under different codes till King Recceswinth imposed (c.654) a Visigothic common law on both. When King Roderick seized the throne early in the 8th century his rivals appealed to the Muslim leader Tarik Bin Ziyad, whose victory (711 AD) in a battle near Medina Sidonia ended the Visigothic kingdom and inaugurated the Moorish period.


International Security Issues (Part 2)

International Security Issues increasingly involve non-traditional factors, parameters of which “symbolize security from the threat of disease, hunger, unemployment, crime, social conflict, political repression and environmental hazards” (Ginwala, 2002), human security being defined as “protecting the vital core of all human lives in ways enhancing human freedoms, human fulfillment, and fundamental freedoms constituting the essence of life, and protecting people from critical and pervasive threats and situations” (Ogata, 2002). Human security focuses on the protection of individuals, rather than defending the physical and political integrity of states from external military threats.


International Security Issues (Part 1)

In the traditional sense security is considered as freedom from risk or danger of destruction and/or annihilation, national security being freedom of the national state from danger of destruction by war, physical violence aggression, etc from outside.  Having a monopoly of power the nation state is responsible for defending its citizens deprived of the power […]