Africa: The new terrorism breeding ground

Digamber Eslampure | guest writer The recent terrorist attacks in Mali and Algeria are not once-in-a-blue-moon events in Northern and sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, they are the tipping point of terrorism in Africa. Terrorism in the continent is growing rapidly. The international community is not giving proper heed to these incidents. The attacks on the gas plant in Algeria, the execution of some of the hostages, and the capture of the town Konna, indicate a growing menace of terrorism in Africa. Interestingly, the government of Mali failed to handle the situation. Then, they got support from the French government. The French military intervention, along with other African nations’ support, allowed the Malian government to recapture…

Tale of two different ideologies

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Writer At the U.N. General Assembly, anti-American protests took center stage. If you read between the lines of different state heads it is clear that the United States is facing a difficult situation in the Muslim world. President Obama addressed the assembly by saying the recent attacks were not simply an attack on America but an attack on the fundamental principles of the U.N. As expected, Muslim leaders around the world questioned America’s freedom of expression, and they asked for some restrictions on sensitive issues such as religion. Some of them asked the United States to change its approach toward the Muslim world. Israel supported the U.S. value on freedom of…

Is nuclear energy safe enough?

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Writer The demand for energy has been increasing consistently, and it will only get greater. But natural energy resources such as coal, water and oil are rapidly being depleted and can no longer meet the demand, forcing nations to search for alternative energy resources. Nuclear energy gave hope for future energy production, but some incidents forced us to fundamentally rethink using it. Nuclear energy currently provides only 6 percent of the energy used. The debate about nuclear energy safety gained momentum in recent years, especially after the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011. There have been other nuclear power plant accidents in the past. The Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986…

Mulsim protests target U.S. embassies

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Writer From Morocco to Malaysia, from Tunis to Khartoum, anti-American protests have erupted and mainly target U.S. embassies. The protesters claim the main reason for their actions is the film, “Innocence of Muslims,” which was created in America. This film denigrated the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, and the Islamic community perceived the film to be blasphemous. However, the severity of the protests and attacks indicates that the motives go far beyond the film. If the reason is that the film was made by an American, then why is it necessary to attack the embassies of Britain and Germany? The protests initially started in Egypt, where an angry mob gathered in front of…

Bad weather hurts global food prices

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Writer Global food prices are increasing daily, leaving families around the world struggling to make ends meet. However, bad weather is making the problem worse. According to the World Bank’s Food Price Watch report released last month, food prices increased by 10 percent in July alone, mostly due to a major drought in the United States, and dry and hot summers in Eastern Europe. The dry summer in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan is adding further pressure on food prices, while below average rainfall in India is also a cause for concern. The United States’ Climate Prediction Center expects that the emergence of El Nino in the coming months is likely to…