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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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Dailymotion has launched a dedicated space for its

first_imgDailymotion has launched a dedicated space for its coverage of music festivals over the summer.The Orange-owned video site has launched Summer Music Festivals. The site will stream performances from festivals in the US, UK, France, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, and Hungary throughout July and August, featuring bands including Queens of the Stone Age, Suede, Neil Young & Crazyhorse, Arctic Monkeys, Blur, Wu Tang Clan, Slayer, Lamb of God, 30 Seconds to Mars, Snoop Lion and Justice.Viewers will be able to embed players into their own social media pages to share with friends as well as watching the events live on Dailymotion. Archive footage from the festivals will also be available on the site for up to three months.Dailymotion’s summer festival coverage will kick off with this week’s Volt Festival in Hungary, followed by Les Eurockéennes in Belfort, France, the Cruilla Festival in Barcelona, Jazz à Vienne in Vienne, France, Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival in New York, Astropolis in Brest, France, Dour in Belgium, Tout un Foin in France, Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland, Balaton Sound by Lake Balaton in Hungary and Kendal Calling in the UK, all in July. In August it will stream coverage of the  Open Air Festival in Derbyshire, the UK and Rock en Seine in France.last_img read more

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Google has launched its lowprice Chromecast HDMI

first_imgGoogle has launched its low-price Chromecast HDMI streaming stick in 11 countries outside of its home market of the US. The device is available now in Canada and 10 European countries:  the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden.“Since announcing Chromecast in the US, we’ve grown to include more of your favourite apps and websites. Those numbers will continue to grow, and we want to bring Chromecast to more people around the world,” said Chromecast vice president of product management, Mario Queiroz, announcing the expansion.Google said that apps available on the device in Europe would include Google’s own Google Play Movies and Google Play Music stores, as well as Netflix in the territories where the OTT service is live.It also said it is working with local content providers to add more content to the device. In the UK, the BBC’s iPlayer is available at launch, in France TV Pluzz and SFR TV apps can be accessed with CanalPlay due to be added soon, while Watchever is available in Germany with Maxdome coming soon in this market.“Chromecast will keep getting better. We recently opened up Chromecast to developers, and in a few short weeks more than 3,000 developers worldwide have signed up to bring their apps and websites to Chromecast. You’ll soon have more TV shows, movies, videos, sports, music and games to choose from,” said Queiroz.The device is available to buy now on Amazon, Google Play and in stores like Currys PC World, Saturn and Media Markt. In the UK it is priced at £30 (€35.80).last_img read more

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Combat sports specialist CSI Sports has secured ca

first_imgCombat sports specialist CSI Sports has secured carriage for its Fight Sports HD channel with cable operator and digital-terrestrial broadcaster DNA in Finland.The deal will give DNA subscribers the opportunity to view live WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO boxing World Title events, Championship Kickboxing, K-1, Mixed Martial Arts and combat sports-related documentary and reality programming.DNA viewers will also be able to watch past fights from HBO Championship Boxing.“We are extremely pleased with our co-operation with the Fight Sports network and the possibility to offer DNA TV customers exciting fight nights, tournaments and lifestyle programs of different fight related content,” said Jarmon Haikonen, VP of entertainment business DNA.“We are pleased to be expanding the Fight Sports reach with wide distribution on leading pay TV operator DNA in Finland. Our channel performance in Europe and Asia has continued to deliver distribution in new markets while we continue to invest significantly in live and original programming”, said CSI Sports co-CEOs Richard and Craig Miele.last_img read more

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Telecom Italia TIM has revealed that it has sign

first_imgTelecom Italia (TIM) has revealed that it has signed a non-disclosure agreement with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) and Enel with a view to starting talks about the possible sale of its fibre network.The discussions will centre around the potential integration of TIM’s fibre network with the Open Fiber infrastructure, owned by CDP and Enel.TIM said that the goal of the talks is to verify the feasibility of such an operation, the related procedures and the perimeter of activity subject to a possible agreementThe sale of TIM’s infrastructure has been a key goal of activist investor Elliott Management, whose supporters dominating the TIM board seized control of the direction of the company’s strategy at the turn of the year after the previous CEO, the Vivendi-nominated Amos Genish, was ousted.Elliott had previously engineered the removal of Vivendi’s control of TIM’s board.TIM’s board approved a new strategic plan in January that included the opening of discussions with wholesale fibre network provider Open Fiber, with “all possible options” including a sale of the TIM network, on the table.TIM said that the strategy “marks a discontinuity with the past” and focuses on taking action “to unlock value”.Elliott’s push for the separation of TIM’s infrastructure is linked to a government plan to create a single network infrastructure for Italy combining the assets of TIM and Open Fiber.Genish had opposed Elliott’s desire for a separation of infrastructure. The company’s previous strategic plan, supported by Vivendi, ad envisaged a tripling of entertainment platform TIMVision’s base by 2020, among other things.last_img read more