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Focus on the Regions: Bouira, Algeria Learning to Live without Terrorism

These past 12 months have been unusual for the Wilaya (province) of Bouira, some 50 miles south-east of the capital Algiers. This is because no single young man has joined the Islamist resistance groups that have roamed in the province’s mountains and use them as launching pads to attack cities and villages all around. Previously targeted by fiery speeches of terrorist recruiters, Bouira’s youth are now looking for jobs, with money coming from the government to combat criminal activity such as drug trafficking, theft and other criminal acts....
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The Big Jelly Ball of Global Insecurity: Terrorism is now a Permanent Fixture

The recent attempt by a young Nigerian man to down a US airliner brought back the topic of terrorism on the front pages of newspapers around the world. While the attempt failed given the fast reaction of passengers, as well as the poor execution of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged terrorist, the impact has been important; the visibility of Al-Qaeda and global terrorism has increased considerably as a result. Although no one was harmed, Al-Qaeda managed a good media coup whether it directly planned it or not. The would-be terrorist has also prompted a lot of attention on Yemen, its poverty, mismanagement and potential to become a new haven for international terrorism in a manner similar to Afghanistan or even Somalia. ...
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