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Societal Impact of the Internet in Indonesia

By Kevin Banks | February 11, 2017

The Internet, once the exclusive domain of computer scientists and government agencies, has become a global, information phenomenon, reflecting the best and worst of human society. It facilitates and empowers movements that seek social change, yet at the same time facilitates the spread of terrorism and empowers terrorist organizations in their recruitment, propaganda and indoctrination…

Iraqi Reconciliation-Economic Proposal: Hydrocarbon Revenue Sharing

By Kevin Banks | February 11, 2017

This was a proposal I crafted in 2008 to address the dispute over equitable distribution of Iraqi hydrocarbon revenues. Goal of Proposal: This proposal seeks to address the issue of the equitable management of the Iraqi hydrocarbon sector, and the equitable distribution of the revenues generated therein. Overview: The government of Iraq will form a…

Gravity is Out of Date

By Kevin Banks | April 1, 2018

Update: 13:30CST It’s baaaack.  The Tiangong-1 crashed into the South Pacific somewhere northwest of Tahiti at 8:16PM EDT. ——- For those who have seen the movie ‘Gravity’, you know that the Chinese space station Tiangong-1 plays a major role.  It is, in fact, the ‘lifeboat’ that saves Sandra Bullock’s character.  The only problem? That scenario is no longer…

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…

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…

Mamluk Heraldic Devices in Jerusalem – Parts I & II

By Kevin Banks | February 11, 2017

One of the most significant events in the history of Islam was the decision by the Abbasid caliph al Mutassim to import young Turks from the Central Asian Steppes as slaves to serve as highly trained, mounted archers. This process of importing these young Turks would continue for centuries and would soon change the course…

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…

Piracy in the Barbary – Part I

By Kevin Banks | February 18, 2017

It will suffice to say that an extreme ignorance, a grossness without equal, and an inconsistency which disconcerts the most measured approaches are today the foundation on which the government rests. The dey is an imbecile who has outbursts of puerility like a child and who reflects on nothing, before or after giving his orders[1].…

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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…

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.…

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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