15. September 2007

The Power of Nightmares – Behind the Scenes of the Politics of Fear

I recently finished watching a fascinating series of documentaries by Adam Curtis for the BBC, which is available as a free download: The Power of Nightmares

It explains in three parts how politicians (especially in the USA and Great Britain ) use the fears of people to ensure their power. It also tells the history of islamic terror groups. A short trailer explains it the best:

» read on!

Topics: documentaryfearislamistspoliticsterrorUSA

5. March 2007

US copying laptop hard disks upon entry (including passwords)

According to Fefe, a German blogger, U.S. officials copy hard disks of laptops upon entry. They even insist on the disclosure of passwords so they can decrypt files. Allegedly they even take people into coercive detention to retrieve the passwords.

Fefe’s sources are one member of the (German) Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and one employee of SAP. He also claims to have received confirmation for this from “two other large companies”.

Scary thing… and one more reason to delete the U.S.A from the list of potential travel destinations.

Topics: laptopsprivacyUSA

24. February 2007

Muslims are less supportive of terror than Americans

Those who think that Muslim countries and pro-terrorist attitudes go hand-in-hand might be shocked by new polling research: Americans are more approving of terrorist attacks against civilians than any major Muslim country except for Nigeria.

The cited article (“The myth of Muslim support for terror“) points out that this result does not mean that Americans are “closet terrorist sympathizers”. It rather shows that the common stereotype of the terror supporting Muslim is void.

Be careful of stereotypes… they do more harm than good.

Indeed, the far-too-frequent stereotyping of Muslims serves only to reinforce the radical appeal of the small minority of Muslims who peddle hatred of the West and others as authentic religious practice.

(via Fefe)

Topics: IslamprejudicesstereotypesterrorUSA

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