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Background: North Korean Nuclear Program

By Kevin Banks | May 18, 2017

North Korea is a hot topic right now so I thought it would be worthwhile to give some background into their nuclear program. In 2006, 2009 and 2013, North Korea tested atomic weapons and in 2016 tested another, larger weapon with a yield of 10-30 kilotonnes[i]. It’s worth noting that the atomic bombs dropped in World War II were…

Mamluk Heraldic Devices in Jerusalem – Part III

By Kevin Banks | February 18, 2017

Section III: Four Key Aspects of Salah al-Din’s Character In the final analysis, Salah al-Din was a multi-layered character who, it seems, gave careful thought to how best to achieve his goals. Though contemporary chroniclers and modern historians differ in opinions as to Salah al-Din’s abilities and motivations thereby coloring the lens through which we…

Enterprise Architecture: Theory vs. Practice

By Kevin Banks | December 20, 2016

The primary source for the information related to the “theory” of successful enterprise architecture (EA) contained in this paper is the course text by Jeanne Ross, Peter Weill, David Robertson, Enterprise Architecture As Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution. In their book, Ross, Weill and Robertson lay out a solid, theoretical foundation for establishing…

Salah al-Din: Characteristics of Conquest – Part I

By Kevin Banks | February 11, 2017

Had there been no slaughter of the Muslims of Jerusalem in 1099, the name “Salah al-Din” might never have risen from obscurity to become one of the greatest names in the history of “Holy War”.  Yet the slaughter did take place and as a result, locked the Franks and Muslims in a bloody battle of…

The Implementation of Shari’a in Germany and the United States

By Kevin Banks | February 11, 2017

“…The European Union, a singular example of democratic constitution and integration of different cultures, can prove that there is an alternative formula to cultural uniformity or domination: a dialogue which respects different cultures and their representatives, as long as these different cultures are ready to respect the fundamental values of man” Thus Romano Prodi, former…

Salah al-Din: Characteristics of Conquest – Part II

By Kevin Banks | February 18, 2017

Section II: Salah al-Din’s Victories at Hattin and Jerusalem While there is debate as to Salah al-Din’s abilities in the realm of military tactics and strategy , his victories at the Horns of Hattin and Jerusalem were both decisive. In the case of Jerusalem, it was the accomplishment of a long-stated goal – the liberation…

Global Diffusion of the Internet XIV: The Internet in Iraq and Its Societal Impact

By Kevin Banks | February 11, 2017

This is a link to a two-year research project I conducted which was published in the Communications of the Association for Information Systems: http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/ vol24/iss1/10/ This research project was completed in 2009 and covers the societal impact of the Internet under Saddam, during the U.S. led invasion, and concludes with the impact of the newly…

Piracy in the Barbary – Part II

By Kevin Banks | February 11, 2017

Section II. Failure of European Powers to Suppress Corsair Activity At the end of the 18th century the Barbary regencies had survived two centuries of pressure, of blockades and bombardments by the much more powerful European states. Better yet, they had known how to exploit the threat of capture to obtain regular presents and payments greater…

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طاليا وألمانيا تتعادلان وديا دون أهداف

By Kevin Banks | November 16, 2016 |

إيطاليا وألمانيا تتعادلان وديا دون أهداف ميلانو- “القدس” دوت كوم- رويترز – تعادلت ألمانيا بطلة العالم وإيطاليا بدون أهداف في مباراة ودية ممتعة، الثلاثاء، شهدت إهدار الفريقين سلسلة من الفرص في آخر ظهور لهما هذا العام. ولعب المنتخب الألماني بدون العديد من لاعبيه الأساسيين، في ظل غياب توني كروس، ومانويل نوير، ومسعود أوزيل، وجيروم بواتنج.…

Трамп – Меркель: нас обоих прослушивали при Обаме

By Kevin Banks | March 17, 2017 |

http://www.bbc.com/russian/news-39309834 Президент США Дональд Трамп на первой встрече с канцлером Германии Ангелой Меркель заявил, что они оба стали жертвами прослушки во время правления его предшественника Барака Обамы. “По крайней мере у нас, возможно, есть что-то общее”, – заявил он Меркель. В 2014 году немецкие власти публично высказывали подозрения, что американские спецслужбы могут прослушивать телефоны высокопоставленных…

המרכז הקיצוני של טראמפ: הנשיא הנבחר רוקד על שתי החתונות

By Kevin Banks | November 14, 2016 |

מאז שנבחר רוקד טראמפ על שתי החתונות. לאחר שמינה את איש הממסד ריינס פריבוס לראש הסגל שלו, הציב בתפקיד יועצו הבכיר את סטיב בנון, נציג הצד האפל, האנטי־ממסדי, ששמו גם נקשר באנטישמיות ההודעה על המינויים הראשונים של דונלד טראמפ חילצה מהפרשנים והפוליטיקאים בארה”ב דאבל טייק קלאסי וקומי. תחילה בא המבזק על מינויו של יושב ראש…

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