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The Third Wave

In case anyone needed reminding, the recent global terror alert illustrates that, 15 years after its first attacks on America, Al Qaeda is thriving. The coup in Egypt and the chaotic aftermath of the Arab awakening is only going to add more militants to this army of radicals. Failed revolutions and failing states are like incubators for the jihadists, a sort of Pandora’s Box of hostility and alienation.

Read Here – Daily Beast

Boston Bombing Shows America Has Grown Up

Public reaction to the Boston Marathon bombings and the identity of the perpetrators reveal a very different nation from the one reflected in the traumatised and occasionally hysterical responses to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. The magnitude of the two attacks was, of course, very different — thousands were killed and major national landmarks were destroyed or damaged in 2001, whereas the Boston bombings killed three people and injured roughly 260. Still, it was the first major attack on the US since 2001 and the contrast between now and then is instructive.

Read Here – Gulf News

Tracking China To Its ‘Superpower Moment’

NEW YORK — Eleven years ago today, some two dozen Japanese citizens were among the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terrorist attacks that brought down the World Trade Center. The date is now immortalized as “9/11,” and its aftermath has changed the world in countless ways. With the benefit of hindsight, the world may well look back and take note of July 13, 2012, as another defining moment — the date of China‘s true emergence as a regional power and player, if not quite a superpower by traditional definitions.

Read Here = Japan Times

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