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Shadow of Bin Laden hangs over Africa and Middle East

"There seems to be a universal consensus on the fact that al Qaeda is here amongst us and cannot simply be blown away. Considering that, al Qaeda had carried out 6 major attacks, 4 of which were against America, each attack taking years to prepare, the red alerts on travels and American embassies abroad placed immediately after Osama's death is bound to be one of so many that would follow as reprisal attacks are likely not to be immediate. Sadly, America is not the only country that has to worry for al Qaeda and what it stands for.

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Searchlight Centre for Democracy and Development, May 2011, pg 8:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_May2011.pdf#page=8


http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/fr ontline/shows/binladen/who/bio.ht ml http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al- Qaeda http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/
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Book Review Osama Bin Laden By Micheal Scheuer - nytimes.com http://www.nytimes.com/2011/
02/13/books/review/Ajami- t.html
h t t p : / / w w w . a f r i k - n e w s . com/article18310.html
TELL Bin Laden's Men in Nigeria
- May 16, 2011-05-19 by
Anayochukwu Ogba
THISDAY The Age of Osama Bin Laden Chidi Amuta PG 64 http://qyyobtrue.hautetfort.co m / a r c h i ve / 2 0 1 1 / 0 5 / 3 0 / a l - qaeda-has-sleeper-cells-across- west-africa-experts.html

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Emergence of Private Security Organizations in West Africa

"In the sub region, the recent trend in privatising security can be seen with the emergence of 'high walls, massive gates, uniformed security men and ferocious dogs' . Private security organisations can be discussed under two broad groups, namely: organised private security organisations such as private security companies that are registered as business ventures and are established with the aim of making profits.

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Searchlight Centre for Democracy and Development, May 2011, pg 3:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_May2011.pdf#page=3

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US Intervenes on Security and Drugs in West Africa

"The United States government recently expressed its readiness to work with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to enhance security in the Gulf of Guinea. The US ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Sanders, told journalists on May 30 that the approach so far adopted by the United States “has been not only to work with ECOWAS on Gulf of Guinea security but also to make sure we have a comprehensive approach with the other countries along the coast; we see ECOWAS' key role as a regional leader and a regional representative,” Sanders said."

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Searchlight Centre for Democracy and Development, June 2010, pg 10:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_Jun2010.pdf#page=10

Www.punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art201005313223295

Http://www.afriqueavenir.org/en /2010/06/02/suspected.int%E2%80%99l-drug-traffickers-on.us-wanted-list-arrested-in-liberia/l

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Bangladesh faces the permanence of slums

"Every year, around 300,000-400,000 new migrants flock into Dhaka, the bulk of which come from rural, underprivileged backgrounds and are seeking employment opportunities in the city's fast-growing manufacturing and service sectors. However, the reality they face upon arrival is grim--unable to afford decent housing, they are forced to move into large, illegal settlements.

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The future of digital politics in Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia, politics have gone digital, and digital technologies have been politicized. The next decade will be one of digital politics, and Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana outlines some of the main factors involved.

He says,

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Noviscape, Sept 2010, page 3 - 5: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/Noviscape_Sept2010.pdf

Abbott, J. P. (2004) The Political Economy of the Internet in
Asia and the Pacific Digital Divides, Economic Competitiveness,
and Security Challenges. New York: Praeger.

Atkinson, R. D. and Ham, S. (2003) Does Digital Politics Still
Matter? In The New Atlantis, Fall 2003.

Boonruang, S. (2010) New media to continue growing in importance:
Piracy, censorship remain user concerns, in Bangkok
Post, 31 January 2010.

Levy, S. (2001), Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government
-- Saving Privacy in the Digital Age, Penguin 2001,

Shearer, J. and Gutmann, P. (1996) Government, Cryptography,
and the Right To Privacy, the Journal of Universal Computer
Science (J.UCS), Volume 2, No.3, p.113

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7914828.stm

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Hacking as political protest in South East Asia

Armed with digital media, some citizens aren’t just trying to share information – they’re engaging in cyber warfare against the government.

Poomjit Sirawongprasert writes,

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Noviscape, Sept 2010, page 12: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/Noviscape_Sept2010#page=12

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2009–2010 ‘.ph’ Philippines,
http://www.digital-review.org/uploads/files/pdf/2009-2010/
chap-36_philippines.pdf

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MENA's demographic window of opportunity

MENA's population is currently about 50% below 24 years of age. By 2030 this youth bulge is expected to shift to constitute MENA's working age population. By 2030, 50% of MENA's population will be from 24 to 65 years of age. MENA will be in a special 'window of opportunity' wherein there will be an even split between working population and dependents. After 2030 the dependency ratio is expected to rise again.

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SFG Middle East Monitor, Sept 2010:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG-ME_Sept2010.pdf
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