Gun violence

How the anonymous worldwide internet made ISIS international

29 May 2017

Guest post by SARWET ABDULLA MOHAMMED,Australia / University of Southern Queensland, Humanities and Communication Since the revolution in technology and ISIS many things in different fields have been changed. Communications is one of the fields which have been developed. As a consequence the internet has come to have an impact on human life, particularly on communications from a distance. The beginning of the internet was in 1969, so then is also the beginning of building a world which is called the ‘Global Village’. The characteristics of the internet are likely to be the main cause of growing this new technology quickly and having an impact on all aspects of everyday life. For instance, sending information fast causes us to use the internet as an alternative to post mail. Multimedia is likely to be the main reason to use the internet instead of other channels like newspapers, radio, and television. In terms of the military, it is clear that at the beginning the internet was used for military purposes in the age of the Cold War, when the Soviet Union in 1957 sent the first satellite into space. Then the USA felt insecure in the field of military information, particularly in…

Refugees - a rational and humane response to the crisis

02 Jan 2017

Refugees – a rational and humane response to the crisis – has bothered me since I first encountered groups of Syrian shoeshine boys in West Beirut at Christmas 2013. ‘Those boys should be in school,’ I thought. Soon I learned there were not enough school places. The government couldn’t cope with the numbers. Even the informal street schools run by charities were often full. At best they could offer classes only part of the day. in any case their families couldn’t afford to give the boys time off work. There’s no welfare. A conference of Middle East experts was held during World Refugee Week 2016. Participants recommended a number of actions. These included giving more education in refugee camps, updating international law on refugees, and measures to reduce extremism. The conference statement is reproduced below. ‘A response to Middle East Migration: 31 December 2016: The following statement is signed by some of the participants in the conference on Migration, its Genesis and Causes hosted by Initiatives of Change and the Next Century Foundation during World Refugee Week 2016. We believe it represents a consensus view of participants: Action to support Refugees in recently established camps in the Middle East:…

How the saints help us

18 Oct 2015

John Henry Newman and hope in Christian life · Hermann Geissler, Osservatore Romano (English Version) Sept. 11, 2015. Reproduced by permission. In a discourse on Saintliness the standard of Christian Principle, Newman develops these ideas. As usual, he starts with the conscience, that instinct of the heart which tells “the difference between right and wrong, and is the standard by which to measure thoughts and actions” (Mix 83). The light of conscience is given to us to guide the soul in its journey towards heaven: “to tell us our duty on every emergency, to instruct us in detail what sin is, to judge between all things which come before us, to discriminate the precious from the vile, to hinder us from being seduced by what is pleasant and agreeable, and to dissipate the sophisms of our reason” (Mix 84). To perform this function the conscience “needs to be regulated and sustained. Left to itself, though it tells truly at first, it soon becomes wavering, ambiguous, and false; it needs good teachers and good examples to keep it up to the mark and line of duty” (Mix 83). According to Newman, the tragedy is that these necessary teachers and examples are…

Margaret Thatcher: Tribute to a Successful Revolutionary

12 Apr 2013

Margaret Thatcher: Tribute to a Successful Revolutionary

I met Margaret Thatcher as she was entering Thames Television headquarters in London during the 1979 election campaign, after which she won the first of three successive election victories. She was interested that I was holding a copy of a recently-published book about appearing on television: It’s Your Turn Next. Margaret Thatcher on the platform I’m grateful that Margaret Thatcher did come to power in the UK. She proved to be Britain’s greatest peacetime Prime Minister in modern history and a strong, though not uncritical, ally of the United States. She restored the British people’s sense of self-confidence and purpose. She reminded us that Britain had already written glorious unique pages in European, indeed world history, and had the potential to make further magnificent contributions if we would accept necessary reforms. Told once that a report with which she disagreed was based on facts, she replied: ‘Facts! I’m here to change the facts!’ That is why she was admired by so many and achieved the highest approval ratings of any leader of her Party in modern times, 62%. She took tough decisions in economic management that had been dodged for years in the name of political…

Gun Control: Message from Mayor Bloomberg

04 Apr 2013

This post introduces the nationwide coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns. It outlines the history of the coalition, and features a personal message from Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City. The writer of this blog, Michael H. Collins, is author of The American Panorama: A Comprehensive Guide to the Culture of the United States, available from Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City and Co-Chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns A personal message from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg In March 2013, Mayor Bloomberg wrote me to give details of the campaign by him and some 900 other mayors to combat the scourge of illegal guns across America’s towns and cities. This post publicizes the mayors’ initiative as a contribution to the debate on effective measures of gun control. Readers from other countries which have problems of gun violence will also find the post of interest. Michael Bloomberg writes: ‘’Dear Mr. Collins: ….In New York City, cracking down on gun criminals and traffickers has helped us drive crime down to record lows. But even though we’ve made New York the safest big city in the nation, the threat of gun violence remains, and…