Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Jihad, Cellphone Ads, and Atlantis (Link Round-Up 9/11/12)

[via about.com]

US embassy in Egypt, consulate building in Libya attacked over anti-Muhammad film
The attack in Libya came after a Stars and Stripes which had been flying at half-mast to mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks was torn to shreds by protesters who scaled the wall of the US embassy in Cairo.

Reports suggest both incidents were sparked by anger over a film which was produced by expatriate members of Egypt's Christian minority resident in the United States.
11 years after 9/11, global jihad goes local
To paraphrase an old political axiom, all jihad is local. But that doesn’t mean the West can rest easy. There can be no return to the 1990s, when the world ignored Afghanistan’s civil as a local matter, allowing the Taliban to take over and turn that country into a springboard for bin Laden. That could happen to Mali, or to Somalia, or once again to Afghanistan.

But dealing with local jihad requires a very different set of strategies, political and military, than the “global war on terror” conceived by the Bush administration and refined by the Obama White House. The good news is that small holy wars require much less blood and treasure. The bad news is that they call for skills the U.S. is often found lacking: the art of making political consensus (in Washington as well as in the countries where the jihad is being fought), the ability to work with Muslim populations rather than their tyrannical rulers, and superb intelligence work.

Just as bin Laden’s body was buried at sea, it’s time for the U.S. to cast off its old strategies and find new ways to fight a global war on local terror.
Salman Rushdie's third-person take on his "Satanic Verses" ordeal
Bookstores were firebombed—Collets and Dillons in London, Abbey’s in Sydney. Libraries refused to stock the book, chains refused to carry it, a dozen printers in France refused to print the French edition, and more threats were made against publishers. Muslims began to be killed by other Muslims if they expressed non-bloodthirsty opinions. In Belgium, the mullah who was said to be the “spiritual leader” of the country’s Muslims, the Saudi national Abdullah al-Ahdal, and his Tunisian deputy, Salem el-Behir, were killed for saying that, whatever Khomeini had said for Iranian consumption, in Europe there was freedom of expression.
Shahid Khan: The New Face Of The NFL And The American Dream
The sole owner and CEO of Flex-N-Gate, he built one of the biggest automotive parts suppliers in North America almost from scratch from his headquarters just 35 miles away and now employs more than 13,000 people at 52 factories around the globe. Sales reached $3.4 billion in 2011. FORBES estimates his net worth at $2.5 billion, placing him in the top half of the soon-to-be-released 2012 Forbes 400.

An enormous accomplishment for anyone, it’s more like a Mars landing for a middle-class kid from Pakistan who flew into Illinois for an engineering degree at 16 and never left. Khan’s is the kind of only-in-America success story that has filled boats and planes with dreamers for the past 150 years, one that gives a face to an ironclad fact: Skilled, motivated immigrants are proven job creators, not job takers.
Thailand, soon to meet the fate of Atlantis?
Songsuda Adhibai, co-founder of S+PBA, an architecture firm that made headlines recently when it designed a Bangkok cityscape floating on water, says the Thai capital’s future flood problems are not just about building dykes and ferrying in sand bags. Long-term solutions are needed, she says, ones which plan ahead beyond just managing water and consider the whole layout and function of the city.

“Don’t ask [so] far ahead about serious flooding,” says Songsuda. “Bangkok is a city that doesn’t have a master plan.”
Modern-day slavery is everywhere - including your home
To highlight the overall problem, the US State Department offers a run-down of some of the intersections of American life and global involuntary servitude. In a typical day, Americans can wear, use, and consume items made or processed by men, women, and children in what the agency calls "modern day slavery." While there is growing public awareness of fair-trade labeling that may help consumers avoid goods affected by trafficking, the State Department sponsors an interactive website – http://slaveryfootprint.org – that allows you to calculate "how many slaves work for you" based on your consumption patterns . The site also offers ways consumers can help reduce human trafficking.
Selling Samsung Phones With ‘Gangnam Style’
There are a lot of winning things about South Korean rapper Psy’s horse dance. It’s pretty easy, for one. It’s equally entertaining when replicated by a person wearing a giant duck costume or a teenager in his suburban garage. But can it sell a fridge? Samsung thinks so. On Friday, South Korea’s electronics giant announced that Psy, who made the horse dance a global phenomenon in his video “Gangnam Style,” would be one of the new faces for its Zipel line of refrigerators.

There is a delicious irony in the deal — and one that Psy must embrace wholeheartedly. The rapper’s over-the-top lyrics and antics in his hit video flay the hyperconsumer culture of Seoul’s tony Gangnam neighborhood and South Korea in general. But it’s an agile piece of satire. Psy is managed by YG Entertainment, one of South Korea’s top three entertainment companies and one of the key agents that perpetuates the same high-gloss pop culture he mocks. Psy’s making fun of himself and the world he inhabits, but he’s celebrating it at the same time by delivering a product that encapsulates K-pop’s key hallmarks — an insanely catchy song and a video that is pure eye candy. Horse dancing around fancy kitchen appliances (whether Samsung decides to go that route or not) is such a natural extension of the video that it could easily be a scene left on the cutting room floor.

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