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Dr. Philip H.J. Davis is our New Member at RIEAS International Advisory Board. Dr. Davis is Director at the Brunel Center for Intelligence and Security Studies (UK).

Yannis A. Stivachtis, "Searching for Jutice and Salvation: Islamic Fundamentalism as a Challenge to Western-Centric International Order: The Case of Al-Qaeda", RIEAS: Research Paper, No. 136, (October 2009).

 

The Mediterranean Council for Intelligence Studies (MCIS) was established at Madrid (Spain) on the 23rd of September 2009. John M. Nomikos (RIEAS Director) was elected as chairman of MCIS.  

RIEAS editorial pilfered, appears verbatim in Greek newspaper

On September 13, 2009, a weekly Greek newspaper carried a verbatim translation of one of our lead editorials that was published on August 23 under the title “Invisible 2”. The purported “author” of this “revelation” article was a person the newspaper identified as a former ambassador of Cyprus to Washington. 

We have no way of knowing whether the weekly newspaper knew that it was publishing our pilfered editorial. Since we are essentially old fashioned, we also dare say we hesitate to believe a former ambassador would stoop so low. We have already alerted the weekly Greek Newspaper senior editor. We hope he will act accordingly, find out exactly what happened, and publicly set the record straight.

We understand that it is increasingly difficult for any editorial staff to be able to catch cases as the above in the age of the Internet. Nowadays, depending exclusively on the honesty of authors is a weak defense. This present pitiful case of plagiarizing tells a lot about both the “writer” of the article, whoever he might be, and the cast-iron principles of our times.

We are glad to see our opinions re-published and re-distributed by others who find that our commentaries present thoughts worth wider dissemination. Our material is copyrighted, but open to re-publication provided a clear and prominent citation of the source is present. This is a basic courtesy that costs nothing.

 

Amikam Nachmani, Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University (Israel), published a new book entitled: “Europe and its Muslim Minorities – Aspects of Conflict, Attempts at Accord”, Sussex Academic Press (UK), 2009. This book presents a comprehensive picture of the causes and effects of Muslim immigration to the West. It discusses the population explosion in the sending countries, coupled with their declining availability of jobs and increasing desperation. The author describes the current context of Western countries with their shrinking populations and projected workforce shortages, and considers the readiness of the Continent in general and specific countries in particular to allow Muslim communities access to Europe’s future and wealth or, conversely, to keep them apart. At the heart of the problem lie issues such as the readiness of the immigrants to adapt to European standards and Western culture, Europe’s and Christianity’s traditional intolerance of the “other”, and the determination of the followers of Islam not to lose their identity. In such a fluid and complex situation, there are few immediate solutions or overriding certainties, but one thing stands out: attitudes of Islamophobia and Europhobia do not adequately explain the dilemma. 
Shahar Or, “Psychological Victory – The Palestinian Terror Organization’s Media Strategy”, RIEAS: Research Paper, No. 135, (September 2009).

Δρ. Μαρία Αλβανού
(Εγκληματολόγος- Ειδικός σε θέματα Τρομοκρατίας – Αναλύτρια στο RIEAS)

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Τα τελευταία χρόνια και ειδικά μετά την 11η Σεπτεμβρίου, αλλά και τις αιματηρές επιθέσεις στο Λονδίνο και τη Μαδρίτη, η ασφάλεια των ευρωπαίων πολιτών από τρομοκρατικές ενέργειες θεωρείται και προβάλλεται από τις κυβερνήσεις ως υπ’ αριθμόν 1 προτεραιότητα για τη λήψη μέτρων. Το Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο είναι ένα από τα κράτη που έχει εισάγει «δρακόντεια» νομοθεσία με δικονομικές διαδικασίες εναντίον των υπόπτων για τρομοκρατικές ενέργειες που έχουν εγείρει την κριτική όσων υπερασπίζονται τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα. Στις 10 Ιουνίου η Βουλή των Λόρδων (Δικαστικό Τμήμα) αποδοκίμασε τέτοια μέτρα, βασιζόμενη στην απόφαση 3455/05 της 19 Φεβρουαρίου 2009 στην υπόθεση A. and Others v. the United Kingdom. Πρόκειται για μια απόφαση που δυστυχώς πέρασε απαρατήρητη και ασχολίαστη στη χώρα μας. Κι όμως έχει τεράστια σημασία, γιατί οριοθετεί μέχρι που επιτρέπεται να φτάνουν τα κράτη που έχουν επικυρώσει την Ευρωπαϊκή Σύμβαση για τα Ανθρώπινα Δικαιώματα με τα μέτρα καταπολέμησης της τρομοκρατίας, ώστε να μη θίγουν τελικά τα ίδια αυτό που διατείνονται ότι προστατεύουν: την ασφάλεια των ανθρώπων. Read more

RIEAS’s Director, John M. Nomikos (PhD) had a meeting with Dr. Konstantinos Giakoumis, Deputy Rector, Professor of Art History and Western Civilization at the University of New York based at Tirana, Albania.

Mrs. Aya Burweila, RIEAS Senior Analyst, is currently a student for the Certificate in Terrorism Studies from the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St. Andrews (UK).

 

The International Intelligence Ethics Association (IIEA) and Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies present the 5th International Conference on the Ethics of National Security Intelligence (March 11-12, 2010, USA). Read more.

 

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