Posts by Kevin Banks

Hamas and the Indoctrination of Palestinian Children-Part I

“For Palestine is a sacred Islamic land that has been forcibly seized by the Zionists, and it is the duty of Muslims to conduct a holy struggle to regain it and to expel the invader from it.” –Hamas Introductory Memorandum, Article 7 . “…exterminate the Zionist germ…” [an 8th grade Palestinian textbook, page 117.] “We…

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Societal Impact of the Internet in Indonesia

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…

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Piracy in the Barbary – Part II

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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Salah al-Din: Characteristics of Conquest – Part I

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…

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Iraqi Reconciliation-Economic Proposal: Hydrocarbon Revenue Sharing

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…

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

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…

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Mamluk Heraldic Devices in Jerusalem – Parts I & II

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…

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

“…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…

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Enterprise Architecture: Theory vs. Practice

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…

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طاليا وألمانيا تتعادلان وديا دون أهداف

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.…

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