Occupy Wall Street Goes Global: An Opinion

Occupy Wall Street Goes Global: An Opinion

According to October15.net, the official website of the October 15th, 2011 day of global protest related to Occupy Wall Street, on October 15th, 1,039 events were held in 87 countries around the world. Looking more broadly, according to Occupytogether.org, the main website for all Occupy movements, there are currently 2,301 cities hosting Occupy Together events worldwide, including Occupy New Orleans and a smaller community in Slidell.

The Post 5/1/11 World?

The Post 5/1/11 World?

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks on the twin towers, there was shock and horror. In the not-so-immediate aftermath, there was a lot of sweeping rhetoric about the “post-9/11 world.” These grand statements were somewhat understandable. The world, or at least America’s relationship with the world, changed after 9/11.

Bin Laden is Dead, but His Legacy Lives On

Bin Laden is Dead, but His Legacy Lives On

Osama bin Laden, the founder of the al Qaeda terror organization and mastermind of the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001, was killed by U.S. operatives late on May 1st. Without a doubt, bin Laden's death can be considered a considered a major milestone and offers closure for the American public.
At the same time, however, U.S. efforts in the Middle East remain far from over. It can be argued that events in the region are continuing to unfold as bin Laden hoped, and even expected, they would.

How Governments Control the Internet

How Governments Control the Internet

When the use of the Internet boomed in the 1990s, a set of problems led the US government to consider and eventually impose online regulations. During the 1920s, amateur radio hobbyists transmitted frequencies in enormous numbers, clogging the airwaves and interfering with one another. Broadcasts became a threat to the safety of maritime practices, a burden on naval communications, and created a generally chaotic environment that needed some organization. The sinking of the Titanic catalyzed congressional legislation regulating the ether. For Internet, that catalyst was pornography.

Is Social Media Helping or Hurting Dissidents?

Is Social Media Helping or Hurting Dissidents?

In a speech broadcasted throughout his nation, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi condemned the recent uprising in Tunisia that led to the ousting of Ben Ali, a fellow North African dictator. “Any useless person, any liar, any drunkard, anyone under the influence, anyone high on drugs can talk on the internet, and you read what he writes and you believe it,” Gaddafi calmly explained, speaking from the library of his palace. “Should we become the victims of Facebook and [Wikileaks] and Youtube?”

The Wikileaks Effect

The Wikileaks Effect

Wikileaks, an international government watchdog organization, stated on their twitter account 3 months ago that, “The coming months will see a new world, where global history is redefined.” Wikileaks’s statement came immediately after they informed the world that their next major release of classified documents was going to be several thousands of diplomatic cables.

Yemen: A State to Watch in 2011

Yemen: A State to Watch in 2011

Yemen is increasingly becoming an area of serious concern for the United States. In the last ten years, at least three major terror plots have originated in the country: the 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole, the failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas day 2009, and the shipping of bombs concealed within computer printers to the U.S. in November of 2010.

Bush vs. Bush: An Analysis of Foreign Policies

A Second Korean War? Doubtful

A Second Korean War? Doubtful

On Tuesday, North Korea fired over a hundred artillery rounds onto the border island of Yeonpyeong, destroying dwellings and killing four South Koreans. The South responded by firing about eighty rounds of their own across the border...

NATO makes cybersecurity a priority

NATO makes cybersecurity a priority

NATO released a new Strategic Concept on Friday, which stated this about the internet:

12. Cyber attacks are becoming more frequent, more organised and more costlyin the damage that they inflict on government administrations, businesses,
economies and potentially also transportation and supply networks and other
critical infrastructure; they can reach a threshold that threatens national and
Euro-Atlantic prosperity, security and stability. Foreign militaries and