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Citizen Leadership: The Missing Piece In Terror “War” Strategy

first_imgIn the wake of growing violent attacks worldwide by Islamic jihadists and increasing threats of more attacks in Western nations, President Obama, on February 18, addressed an international summit of 65 countries at the White House, Washington, D.C, on strategies for combating rising violent Islamic extremism. However, given the ideological, religious, cultural and military complexities posed by The Islamic State In Iraq & Syria (ISIS), a prudent strategy to “degrade,” subdue and “ultimately defeat” ISIS may not be governments going to war with ISIS.  “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting,” Chinese military general and philosopher, Sun Tzu said.  Therefore, if ISIS is to be subdued and defeated, world leaders must realize that governments don’t need to fight another costly war because there are many potent and unexplored non-governmental and non military alternatives to defeat ISIS. Here are at least five reasons why governments must step aside and take on supportive roles while citizens originate strategies and lead the efforts against the growing jihadists’ violence.First, limitation of government is seen in the venue and participants of the White House summit and all other government-led initiatives. I was not invited. If you are reading this article, you probably weren’t invited. Selection of the inaccessible confines of the White House, as a venue to seek the solution to a problem that governments have no experience solving limits access to the universe of talents, needed to brainstorm for such a solution. Deliberations about terror strategies are best conducted in the communities where the people live, work and play. By removing the barriers limiting citizens participation, the best creative citizens-led initiatives and proposals to tackle violent extremism can emerge in neighborhoods or citywide, statewide, regionally, nationally or internationally. How about an international contest of creative ideas to counter ISIS ideology? It’s cost effective and makes a lot of sense!Second, governments need to step aside because they are ill prepared for the complexities of the ideological, religious, cultural arena where the ISIS crisis exists and thrives. Seeking to win over billions of Muslims worldwide, President Obama was quick to emphasize that the war on extremists is not a religious war. “We are not at war with Islam, we are at war with those who have perverted Islam,” he said. Really? Well, after more than a decade of military engagements in the Islamic countries of Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan, costing thousands of American lives and trillions of taxpayers’ dollars, the region is still unstable and violent! Western governments have not invested a penny or dollar in citizens’ initiatives or ballot questions in post-conflict countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone or Sudan or in Islamic countries. Funding of ballot initiatives tied to the Universal Declarations of Human Rights is a great and cost effective strategy for peaceful co-existence.Unilateral Western government actions independent of Western citizens’ input were woefully inadequate in bringing democracy, stability and peace to the regions dominated by Muslims. It’s time to try a different solution that aims to tackle the problem from its source and bring on board the best minds in our world.The third reason why governments must step aside is found in the saying; “Two heads are better than one.” Clearly we have seen the disastrous results of the governments’ head. Now it makes sense to assess the unexplored anti-jihadists ideas and strategies from the heads of citizens. In ISIS, the world is facing a cowardly and weak foe, who claims to be killing for God but are not brave enough to unmask their identities. Hiding behind scrubs that veil their scary faces, ISIS puts out gruesome videos and invites folks to come and join a murderous campaign of beheadings, cruel amputations, horrific burning of human beings alive- all in the name of a God so weak he can’t fight for himself but relies on cowards to carry out his biddings. And yes, scores of Western citizens have left their wealthy countries to answer the barbaric call to become suicide bombers in hopes of being rewarded with a fleet of virgins in paradise. While such idiotic violence and the primitive worldview it aims to create has not been successfully defeated with Western military capabilities, elementary school students worldwide, if given the chance and incentives, are capable of coming up with more sophisticated strategies and ideas to degrade and defeat the ideas ISIS is promoting. It makes sense to unleash the full potentials of the human family in tackling the problem of terrorism that affect everyone.Forth, unlike government actions which are always complicated by politics and sometimes lacking in logic, citizens-led solutions are far superior. For example, while ISIS has one year experience in beheadings, amputations and curtailing religious and personal freedoms, Western ally, Saudi Arabia can boast of decades of experience in the exact same deeds that ISIS is projecting worldwide. The Saudis are kings of public beheadings, curtailing religious freedoms, amputations, prohibition of female drivers and public floggings.  Although the Saudis were majority of the culprits in the 9/11 bombing, illogical government retaliations targeted Iraq and Afghanistan while sparing Saudi Arabia because of politics. Unlike governments which are not seen as equal opportunity dispenser of justice worldwide, citizens can operate in a more logical and less political environment.Fifth and finally, citizens must demand leadership in terror strategy because based on the record; citizen’s leadership trumps government actions. From the American revolution to the French revolution to independence movements across Africa and elsewhere, citizen’s leadership can be credited for change rather than government actions. Just as citizens of South Africa, Kenya, Tunisia and African Americans took matters into their own hands after the failure of governments worldwide to find a solution, now is the time to demand a change in leadership in dealing with the terror threats from ISIS. Governments must step aside and citizens must begin deliberations on strategy and implementation immediately. Let the best ideas lead in the battle of ideas that ISIS is waging.Torli H. Krua, a native of the Republic of Liberia is a former refugee from Liberia and human rights activist based in Boston, MA, USA. Krua  is founder of Universal Human Rights International (UHRI) and co-founder of YOUNG-Africa Inc (www.young-africa.org) (www.fightebola.us) and The Bush Chicken News (www.bushchicken.com). UHRI promotes immigrants rights in the USA and participatory democracy through ballot initiatives in Africa. Krua may be contacted at: harlankrua@gmail.com or 857-249-9983.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Stubbs, Puzz send Panthers into Niclai

first_imgJake White and AJ Stubbs each had 15 points, Isaac Puzz added 14 more and the McKinleyville Panthers boys basketball team beat its rival, the Arcata Tigers, 70-56 Monday night, breaking a tie between the two teams for third place in the Big 5 Conference and securing the last available ticket to the Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament.“We love to battle with Arcata,” McKinleyville head coach Sonny Tripp said. “We knew tonight was going to be a great game.”The Panthers showed up prepared, quickly …last_img read more

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Oakland A’s to play Big League Weekend in Las Vegas

first_img What A’s winter ball performances can tell us about the second base race There will be baseball in Las Vegas again.The A’s announced on Tuesday that the Las Vegas Ballpark, home of the A’s triple-A affiliate Las Vegas Aviators, will host two 2-game series during spring training.The Cleveland Indians will play the A’s twice from February 29 and March 1. The Chicago Cubs will play the Cincinnati Reds in a two-game series on March 7 and 8.Related Articles …last_img

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Geocaching Reveals Lost Ancestors

first_img SharePrint RelatedHow to throw an awesome New Year’s geocaching bash in 5 easy stepsNovember 10, 2015In “Community”The Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”Out with the old, in with these two new souvenirs!November 8, 2018In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs” Danny and Laura “Cachn’Zoom”A race to find a newly published geocache uncovers a century-old piece of family history. Laura and Danny geocache under the name Cachn’Zoom. The experience helped the husband and wife team from North Carolina connect family ties back to earliest days of the United States of America.Laura and Danny know geocaching introduces them to new sights, experiences and friends.Laura says, “I have met some wonderful new adventurous friends since I started caching. I’ve been rappelling, rock climbing, hiked for miles and miles, gone on ‘geo-road trips’, and seen more waterfalls in the past year than I have in the past ten years!”But nothing could prepared them for a recent cache run on a newly published historical series of geocaches. Laura says it all started with a competitive flair. Laura writes, “I am notified when new caches are published. I don’t always make a mad dash for the FTF (First to Find), however on this day Danny and I were able to head out to try and beat a few of the ‘FTF hounds’ in our area. Gotta keep them on their toes!”She says they had already claimed a couple FTF’s when they arrived at a cache in the series called, “Adam Cooper – Long Ago But not Far Away – Fairview.” The team wouldn’t claim an FTF on that geocache.According to Laura, “Upon our arrival, we noticed our good buddy RobinMohawk already there.  He had just signed the log and re-hid the cache and enjoyed watching us finish the search. Just as I was replacing the cache, I heard ‘Mr Cachn’Zoom’ say ‘I don’t believe it.’”Danny by headstone of his ancestorThe geocache is hidden with permission near the burial site of a pioneer settler, Adam Cooper. Danny was exploring other tombstones when Laura says, “Danny proceeded to inform us that he had found the grave of a distant ancestor, John Lanning – a pioneer.” Lanning had died more than 170 years ago. Danny also found the marker for Lanning’s wife,  Sarah Whitaker.Laura says, “When we returned home he verified the discovery with the genealogy report of his family.  John Lanning is my husbands ‘great, great, great, great, great grandfather’ and Sarah Whitaker is his ‘great, great, great, great, great grandmother’, on his mother’s side of the family.”Ruth, Dare2Geocache, placed that geocache. She says she discovered some local heritage as well, “I had a blast researching our local history to create both the Fairview and the Spring Mountain historical series.  We have so many “local treasures,” as I’m sure most communities do.  [They are] places that people pass by daily and never know exist, or they never know the details that make these places so interesting.”The story of Danny and Laura’s family discovery spread fast. She says, “Most folks are amazed and are surprised to learn we located this while ‘geocaching’.  We would have never located this without geocaching.”The couple just returned from vacation and are already playing catchup with local geocaches. Laura says, “Thanks to all the geocachers who keep this adventure going and growing!  There were at least ten new caches published in my area while I was away for a week!”Laura and Danny do not expect the discoveries to stop any time soon. She says they’re looking forward to, “hours and hours of more fun and adventure!”Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Be a Part of What’s Next for Geocaching

first_imgWhat’s Next for Geocaching2015 is set to be a big year for geocaching. While winter (in the Northern Hemisphere) is typically our slowest time of year, this year the gears have been turning and new ideas have been assembled. We’ve been busy innovating, creating, and experimenting—and it’s all been fueled by you, the geocaching community. In the first edition of What’s Next for Geocaching, you’ll learn how Geocaching HQ and the 9-million-strong geocaching community have come together to forge new tools, features and upgrades. Plus, you’ll have a chance to be involved, too.Innovation and Inspiration, Fueled by YouAt Geocaching HQ, one of the many reasons we love geocaching is the creativity and inventiveness of the community that molds and shapes the game. To honor that creativity and inventiveness, we’re making a concerted effort to put the geocaching community at the forefront of inspiration for what we’re working on. The first step: listening.Meet Jayme!Meet Jayme. She has been a geocacher since 2008 and has earned nearly 9000 smileys. Now, she serves as the User Insights Analyst at Geocaching HQ. Jayme is responsible for bringing the voice of the geocaching community into the product development process.She says, “We want to delight geocachers. To do so, we know we need to listen to the community’s needs, wants, and desires.”To get a read on the community’s needs, Jayme organizes player surveys, forum discussions, geocacher play-testers and games. You read that right, games! Geocachers are invited to participate in activities called innovation games. These specially designed exercises help us better understand what geocachers want and even help guide the future of geocaching.Jayme says, “There is a feeling of collaboration when a certain group of people are given a challenge and have to come up with a solution together. The games encourage thinking outside-of-the-box, working with other people, and they open up players’ eyes to how others geocache in other parts of the world and how challenging it can be to build a product that serves all geocachers, everywhere.”So far, geocachers have played innovation games at the Geocaching Block Party and at Mega-Events in Germany and Spain. This year, Geocaching HQ’ers will be hosting games at even more Mega-Events around the world to learn what geocachers need to create the ultimate toolset for their geocaching experience.Get InvolvedThroughout 2015, we’ll be releasing a series of geocacher-inspired features. We think they are pretty awesome and we hope you will too.To start, Geocaching Premium members will get a sneak peek at the new Advanced Search tool. It’s been completely retooled, revamped and streamlined based on geocaching community feedback. Now you’ll be able to find the exact adventure you want, easier. Keep an eye out for an email with more details.It doesn’t stop there. Throughout the year, there will be more opportunities to have your voice heard and influence the future of geocaching. There are a few ways to take part:Take advantage of your Geocaching Premium sneak peeks and send us your feedback.Sign up to participate in innovation games at the Geocaching Block Party and other Mega-Events.*Watch the User Insights thread in the Geocaching Forums for opportunities to give feedback.Sign up for Tips & Tricks to receive surveys about geocaching ideas and innovations.We can’t wait to show you more of What’s Next for Geocaching, so stay tuned!*More information about innovation games coming soon.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related2020 Geocaching HQ souvenir momentsDecember 10, 2019In “Learn”Geocaching Employee Spotlight: Tom, Veep of Marketing & MerchApril 10, 2016In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 5, 2011January 5, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

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Air-to-Water Heat Pumps

first_imgMost air conditioners and heat pumps sold in the U.S. — including most split-system air conditioners and ductless minisplits — are air-to-air heat pumps. During the winter, these appliances extract heat from the outdoor air and deliver warm air to a house through ducts or small fan-coil units. During the summer, these appliances deliver cool air to a house and dump unwanted heat into the outdoor air.Another type of heat pump, an air-to-water heat pump, produces hot water (or chilled water). When used for air conditioning, an air-to-water heat pump is called a chiller. Almost all air conditioners cool an air stream by blowing air past a copper coil. In a conventional split system air conditioner — called a DX (or “direct expansion”) system — the fluid in the copper coil is a refrigerant. In a chiller-based system, however, the fluid in the copper coil is water (or in some cases, a solution of water and antifreeze).When used for space heating, an air-to-water heat pump fills the role usually held by a boiler; it requires a hydronic (water-based) distribution system. The heat pump makes hot water; the hot water can be pumped through fin-tube baseboard units, in-floor PEX tubing, or a fan-coil unit. (A system with such a fan-coil unit is called a hydro-air system.) The fan-coil unit can be a small wall-mounted unit that looks like the indoor unit of a ductless minisplit system, or it can be a large fan-coil unit connected to a conventional forced-air duct system. Hydronic systems have pluses and minuses The main reason that American homes usually use ducts to distribute heat is that most Americans require air conditioning. In climates where air conditioning isn’t required — for example, in northern Europe — space heating systems are usually hydronic… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

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Uttarakhand BJP expels four workers

first_imgUttarakhand BJP on Tuesday expelled four workers and office-bearers for working against party-supported nominees in the ongoing panchayat polls in the State. Party’s State unit general secretary Rajendra Bhandari issued the letter expelling four more party functionaries on the direction of the State BJP president.Total 94 Dehradun district BJP Mahila Morcha president Maya Pant was among those expelled on Tuesday. This takes the total number of party workers expelled by the BJP for anti-party activities so far to 94, State BJP media in-charge Devendra Bhasin said. State BJP president and Nainital MP Mr. Bhatt had said discipline is the party’s topmost priority and those who breach it will be dealt with sternly. The party has served a notice to its Raipur MLA Umesh Sharma Kau and sought an explanation within three days. Mr. Kau was served a notice on October 6 after an audio clip went viral in which he was heard purportedly asking for votes for an Independent candidate.last_img read more

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Baptism of fire for Maroons

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Far Eastern forges decider against Ateneo Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated University of the Philippines’ retooled roster gets an acid test right in its first game in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup when the Maroons battle San Beda in the main game in the inaugurals Sunday.Tip off is at 4 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan with the Maroons to unveil prized acquisitions Ricci Rivero and the exciting Kobe Paras against the Red Lions, the reigning three-time NCAA champions.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re still working on our chemistry,” UP assistant coach Ricky Dandan said. “San Beda will be a big test for us.”The Maroons finished a fighting second to Ateneo in the UAAP last season, defying all pretournament predictions by ousting Adamson in the Final Four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRivero and Paras will join a solid core that already has Bright Akhuetie and Juan Gomez de Liaño and their coming to UP will be more than enough to plug the hole created by the departure of Paul Desiderio, who is now in the PBA. View commentslast_img read more

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Shahid Afridi reveals he preferred limited-overs cricket over Tests

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said he preferred limited-overs cricket over the Test format. Afridi is known for his fiery batting style ever since his 37-ball century in one day internationals in 1996.Afridi was new to international cricket, just two days old to be precise, when he took Sri Lanka’s bowlers for cleaners in his first ODI innings to smash the then fastest ever hundred in the ODIs during a KCA Centenary Tournament match in Nairobi on October 4.Back then, only two formats were played — Tests and ODIs.Two years later, Afridi made his Test debut and went on to play 27 matches in the traditional format. He played his last Test in 2010 before retiring from the format to prolong his limited-overs cricket.Read – Shahid Afridi in trouble for keeping chained lion at homeAfridi finished Test cricket with 1716 runs from 48 innings scoring five centuries and eight fifties at an average of 36.51. In fact, his Test average was far more superior to his ODI and Twenty20 Internationals averages of 23.57 and 17.92 respectively.Afridi played 398 ODIs scoring 8064 runs and bagging 395 wickets.Afridi was undoubtedly one of the biggest entertainers both with bat and ball and that quality earned him the nickname of “Boom Boom” Afridi and a legion of fans across the world.”For me in today’s times, Test cricket, no way. I loved playing One-Dayers. I feel if you don’t enjoy something then you are forcibly trying to do it and I never liked being forced into anything,” the 38-year-old was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times.advertisementEven after his retirement from international cricket, Afridi remains one of the most sought after players in T20 leagues across the world.”With T20s and T10s our careers too have stretched. Lesser the overs ina format, our careers will carry on for longer time,” he said.Afridi will next be seen in action in the second edition of the T10 Cricket League from November 23. The star all-rounder is the batting coach and icon player for the Pakhtoons.last_img read more