My mom and I (Israeli) have planned a two-day vacation in Jordan for this weekend, but I'm worried about ISIS and terrorism. If you've been in Jordan recently, what does it feel like in terms of safety? We would be crossing via Aqaba and spending one night there and one night in Petra. I'm starting to get cold feet, especially since I'm concerned that whatever the actual danger level I might feel too anxious to enjoy the trip, but everything's paid for and I'm hesitant to back out. MeFites, can you set my mind at ease, or at least give me a realistic sense of what it's like for tourists in Jordan at the moment? Thanks.
I'm sure I heard somewhere that one definition of terrorism includes the criterion that the perpetrators must have a vote in the country where they live, the idea being that those who don't have a vote are freedom fighters, whereas those who can vote cannot justify acts of aggression because they have a democratic means of recourse and are therefore terrorists. Except that I now discover that I might have dreamed the whole thing. Is this ever used as a definition of terrorism? If so, which individuals or organisations have used it?
I'm looking for the identity of this Pakistani counterterrorism expert. In this [YT] documentary, the Chinese transliteration of his name appears as 古尼‧伊纳亚特‧欧拉‧罕‧尼亚文. Any ideas?
In ISIS-style execution videos, the captives make a speech blaming and condemning the US/West before they are killed. Why? [more inside]
One of many painful aspects to the James Foley tragedy is that the US attempted rescue, but was in error as to the location of the hostages. I wonder - is there not some geolocating device, maybe even a microchip, that could be required for journalists and tourists/hikers entering a war zone? I can understand that it would be an intolerable risk for soldiers and spies, but Foley was leaving an Internet café when he was abducted - not trying to live a hidden life.
So. We are Americans planning to spend a week in Turkey in two weeks. Should we reconsider? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend neutral documentation of "enhanced interrogation" / "torture" under the Bush presidency, the changes during the War on Terror? [more inside]
I'd like to read some different perspectives on war and violent mentality of certain groups. [more inside]
Is Beirut safe right now to visit? I heard about the Ashrafieh bombing recently -- is that known as a not-so-safe area, or are attacks really an "anytime, anywhere, no safe zones" sort of thing? Aside from bombings, if there's an angry mob are they likely to react particularly violently toward Americans, or would we just blend into the scenery?
I have upcoming business travel scheduled in Nairobi and recent reports have me more than a little alarmed. [more inside]
I'm trying to find out the title and author of a near-future geopolitical thriller written sometime back in the 90's. [more inside]
Can anyone tell me about terrorist-like attacks perpetrated, or verifiably planned, by governments against their own people, with the intent of blaming other parties? [more inside]
A squirrel chewed through the window screen and broke into our apartment. How can we live with the windows open again? [more inside]
What's the best neutral, digestible, comprehensive primer to politics in the Middle East? [more inside]
Where can find I data for TV ratings and/or newspaper sales before, during and after September 11th, 2001?
Where can find I data for TV ratings and/or newspaper sales before, during and after September 11th, 2001?
What recent, mainstream, non-political comic books have featured terrorism as part of the plot? [more inside]
Can anyone identify the T-shirt brand/design on the terrorist in these CCTV screen captures (linked)? How about the sneakers? [more inside]
So let's say a Jack Bauer-type had to stop a terrorist from blowing up a nuclear power plant... Where within the plant might the final showdown take place? [more inside]
If I go to a local engineering college and a friend of mine turns out to be a terrorist, will the government torture me? Or am I just being paranoid? [more inside]
How many additional people would die per year because of exposure to radiation if every flyer in the US was examined with a backscatter X-ray machine? [more inside]
I'm looking for a list of foreign governments receiving aid (military and developmental) under the auspices of the GWOT (global war on terror). BUT, not aid related to either Afghanistan or Iraq. For example, since 2001, how much has the US provided places like Colombia, the Philippines and Indonesia to fight terrorism? The more official and exhaustive the source (GAO, CRS) the better. Thank you for your time!
In Thomas Friedman's weak OP-ED entitled www.jihad.com, he writes: “Let’s not fool ourselves. Whatever threat the real Afghanistan poses to U.S. national security, the “Virtual Afghanistan” now poses just as big a threat. The Virtual Afghanistan is the network of hundreds of jihadist Web sites that inspire, train, educate and recruit young Muslims to engage in jihad against America and the West.” If this is true, could someone provide examples? I mean, I'm sure they're using the internet to recruit people, but this makes it sound far more sophisticated than I would have assumed.
Let's say you had the fastest super-computer the world has ever seen, and you were a villain who wanted to take over the World with it. How might your super-computer make that happen for you? [more inside]
What was said in trials of '2006 transatlantic aircraft plot' to overcome objections to how practical manufacturing explosives in flight is ? [more inside]
Browsing today's newspapers here in Scotland it would seem that there is an anti-Scottish feeling pervading the whole of the USA after the compassionate release of the Pan-Am bomber last week. Question1: Am I right in thinking that this is the case, or is it just right wing neo-con nonsense eminating from the Fox News stable? Question2: If this anti-Scottish feeling does exist, how best can I explain that we the UK/US public have been sold a lie by our Governments and that this guy was merely a patsy? [more inside]
Regarding the Lockerbie bomber, recently released and returned to Libya, where he was given a heroes welcome (in defiance of Obama's warning that such a homecoming would affect American/Libyan relations)....has anyone read an article, perhaps in the foreign press, explaining the feelings Libyans (the people, not the whacky regime) have for this guy?
I am collecting examples of the “Ticking Time Bomb Scenario” in fiction, film/tv, and journalism. [more inside]
Why is the Taliban not on the US or UK proscribed lists of terrorist organisations? [more inside]
So how vulnerable is the Internet to some sneaky worm attack that targets Windows? It looks like organised crime is running increasingly sophisticated malware attacks to control large numbers of clients, if I were a bad person I could imagine a smart, quiet rootkit or similar that infected many, many machines then went live and could be very disruptive. [more inside]
What are good (non-Alex Jonesy, please) documentaries, websites, and other resources that explore and explain al Qaeda, the Taliban, and all related matters? [more inside]
I'm going to be studying in Jerusalem next year, and I'd really like it if one of my friends could come and visit me. The only problem is her father - he is very resistant to the idea, and undoubtedly gets his concerns from the news - which we know has an awful tendency of sensationalizing things beyond recognition. I was hoping you guys could help me put something together that she could show her father, to hopefully help assuage some of his fears. I mean, we're not planning on road-tripping down to Gaza or anything! [more inside]
Have any literary theorists or critics, or professors of literature, written about literary terrorism? By literary terrorism, I mean the use of flash violence to shock subvert political or cultural structures. I will especially appreciate studies that explicitly analyze these techniques in comparison with concrete terroristic acts.
After hearing this story on NPR this morning about the Harmony Database of al Qaeda correspondence, I began wondering what other public databases like this exist out there that are ripe for analysis and picking apart. I'm looking specifically for things like this related to the "War on Terrorism" and the Iraq War, but older stuff would be good too.
What would happen to the financial markets if they were attacked by terrorists? [more inside]
I am looking for the definitive book on the United States involvement in Central and South America. Can anyone recommend one -- or several, I suppose? [more inside]
A year or two ago there was a news story about Israel awarding medals to several agents of their government for acts of terrorism against Egypt and the United States (in the 70s I think). Formerly they had been denounced by the Israelis as "rogue" agents or some such. Anyone have a link to the story?
How do I know if a company I want to buy stocks in funds terrorist groups? [more inside]
I am flying soon. I would like to bring a bottle of water to security, a nice plain Muji style bottle, with a custom label on it. What should be pasted on it for this lame, meaningless, nearly silent protest? What will not get me violated or detained, but will clearly state the idiocies of fear we are now enduring? Or is this horrible, this idea?
Comfort my wife's fears. She has recently developed a phobia of flying and we are leaving on a flight on thursday. [more inside]
Why can't I take a book on a plane? [more inside]
I have a 16 year old daughter traveling from Newark Airport to London Gatwick on Sunday ... [more inside]
"It is absolutely not true, I did not call him a terrorist. I'm ignorant. I don't even know what the word means." [more inside]
Why aren't people who bomb or plan to bomb abortion clinics considered terrorists? [more inside]
Flying Robot Planes? The analysts seem to think there is no good way to stop these things. Why isn't the government interested in using the wisdom of crowds to prevent terrorist attacks? [more inside]
Was what we were told about Flight 93 a myth? [more inside]
I loved Hotel Rwanda. What particularly hooked me was the film's unflinching realism in showing civilization as it is slowly being encroached and oppressed by large-scale terrorism which casts a shadow of uncertainty and danger on even the most mundane routines of daily life -- a sort of real-life Night of the Living Dead. Other similar films are Salvador, Missing and The Killing Fields. I also enjoyed the recent The Constant Gardener. What else will I like? [more inside]
How many Al-Qaeda number twos are there? [more inside]
Is it illegal in some places to deny the existence of terrorism or the severity of terrorist activity? If so, where? [more inside]
I need help finding a book that I read about 15 years ago. I think I checked it out of the Illinois State Univerity library. It may have also been found in boing boing or some other ezine. I don't know the author or the title. It was possibly a farcical or possibly a practical guide to domestic terrorism. It listed the practicalities of hitting domestic targets and what havoc it would wreak.
What is Osama bin Laden's legal status? [more inside]
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