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VOICES FROM COUNTER TERROR EXPO 2010

The second edition of the Counter Terror Expo took off in London on April 14, 2010 with participants drawn from all sectors of the security industry across the globe to include also, decision makers, both nationally and internationally, allied industries, the broad security family in and around the world, other interest groups outside the security world – the public sector representatives, other private sector representatives, visitors, to name, but a few.

Counter Terror Expo 2010 LogoNever before has an event which is just in its second year drawn such a genuinely concerned and enthusiastic crowd. The long queue of people at the Olympia venue of the exhibition waiting to be vetted and ushered in surpassed that often seen in a new hit film and to the credit of Mr Peter Jones and his great team, the whole event was excellently managed.

Hear it fresh from some of the exhibitors as they made out time to talk about their products and the event.  After all, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Excerpts of their quotes as recorded by our editorial team led by JOHN ADUMA, editor, Vigilance -The Security Magazine

As President Obama and Congress consider their next move on the crisis in Iraq, they must take into consideration the cost to the U.S. and American taxpayers when our nation goes to war.

Carl PlantSir, I've seen many articles that insist coding and computational thinking should be the building blocks of the UK’s IT curriculum. While this is true, it might not be enough, unless combined with the practical application of coding. This means teaching children how to use technology to solve physical, real-world problems.

In January 2013, terrorists launch an attack in Algeria on the Tigantourine gas facility. April sees the detonation of two bombs near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. The savage killing of Drummer Lee Rigby takes place in Woolwich in May. In September, terrorists enter the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi and cause multiple deaths and injuries in a sustained gun and grenade attack. The last days of 2013 witnessed two suicide bombings targeting crowded places in the Russian city of Volgograd.

this Bechkam has got beckhamnerosity!

DB…man with a beckhamnerous heart!

DB…man with a beckhamnerous heart!

People often talk about export in terms of commodity - agricultural produce and manufactured goods. In the past this might be true, but in this day and age, this narrow view about export no longer holds water because in a globalised world we should expand the scope of export to include such things as services, human brands, technical expertise/know-how, transatlantic labour mobility, etc.

Troubled by the very eruptive tendency of the Middle East and the various internecine wars in and around the world with children and youngsters often getting caught in the cross fire, with attendant destruction of lives, property including the ecosystem and all its biotic content, poet John Aduma in drawing the attention of the world in this poem to the madness of wars and how they do affect children in and around the world, laments that the children’s only sin is that they are innocent. As the poet writhes with pain having sleepless nights because of the plight of these children, Vigilance wonders if the United Nations is equipped and strategically placed to ensure lasting peace in our world.

The bodies of children whom anti-government protesters say were killed by government security forces lie on the ground in Huola, near Homs May 26, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
The bodies of children whom anti-government protesters say were killed by government security forces lie on the ground in Huola, near Homs May 26, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

Personal security or body guarding is a rapidly growing field.  Also known as close personal protection or executive protection, personal security generally refers to measures taken to ensure the safety of VIPs or other individuals who may be exposed to elevated personal risk.

The uprisings of the last two years in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria broke out spontaneously without a prior ideological compass that might have helped the people of the region see the way ahead once the governments of those countries had been overthrown. This ideological void led to the creation of a political void after the collapse of those regimes, and the principal beneficiaries of this new development have been the Islamists as well as ex-members of the deposed regimes. Now we see the Islamists enjoying substantial political clout in Tunisia and Egypt and a remarkable degree of influence on post-Qaddafi politics in Libya. The question that now poses itself is: Given this new reality, can the world henceforth coexist peacefully and productively with the Islamists?

Not many facets of political science have given its students as many headaches as definitions. Those who have used words like “terrorism” are probably aware of the rather ambiguous nature of such descriptions. The word “revolution” is another example showing somewhat similar difficulties. Nevertheless, to me a revolution is a political phenomenon that is made up of three major stages: the first is the ideological framework, which is normally provided by intellectuals; this not only analyzes the situation at hand (descriptive), but it also proposes a way out of a seemingly unwelcome status quo (prescriptive).

HUSAM DUGHMAN, POLITICAL SCIENTIST AND COMMENTATOR ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS
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When a popular uprising started in Tunisia less than two years ago, it took the world by surprise. Not many observers had anticipated the outbreak, let alone the success, of popular uprisings in a region far better known for the longevity of its tyrants and despots.