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CITIES IN THE 21st CENTURY: A Primer

Book Review

John Matthew Barlow reviews John Lorinc's new book, Cities: A Groundwork Guide. Last year marked the first time that the majority of the world's population lived in cities; Lorinc's introduction to the subject offers a timely, and lively, critique of the issues confronting cities and humanity as a whole as we confront this radical restructuring of our way of living in the urban century.

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  • Cities: A Guide

    Book Review

    John Matthew Barlow reviews John Lorinc's new book, Cities: A Groundwork Guide. Last year marked the first time that the majority of the world's population lived in cities; Lorinc's introduction to the subject offers a timely, and lively, critique of the issues confronting cities and humanity as a whole as we confront this radical restructuring of our way of living in the urban century.

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  • The Hurt Locker

    Review

    Eric Randolph reviews Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, and notes a shift in film-making sensibilities from the war-as-heroics paradigm of earlier Hollywood, towards the everyman's war-as-hell model that has now lodged itself in Western cultural consciousness.

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  • Architecture & Biopolitics

    Interview

    Berlin-based writer Daniel Miller's October 2008 interview with Swedish philosopher and SITE Magazine Editor-In-Chief Sven-Olov Wallenstein, on his new book Biopolitics and the Emergence of Modern Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009).

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  • Wired For War

    Symposium

    The second symposium in CTlab's 2009 series, focused on Peter Singer's new book, Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century (Penguin Press: 2009), ran from 30 March to 2 April. Singer and half a dozen scholars from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Austria debated the use and ethics of robots in war.

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  • DEFCON 17

    Current Intelligence

    Tim Stevens reports back from the DEFCON 17 conference in Las Vegas: are hackers thinking meat isn't just meat anymore?

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CONTRIBUTORS

Editor: Michael A. Innes // posts // web
Contributor: Matthew Barlow // posts // web
Contributor: Christopher Albon // posts // web
Contributor: Charli Carpenter // posts // web
Contributor: Brad Evans // posts // web
Contributor: Eric Randolph // posts // web
Contributor: Tim Stevens // posts // web
Contributor: Marisa Urgo // posts // web
Alumni: Kenneth Anderson // Marc Tyrrell

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Tuesday
29Dec2009

A Dangerous New Era

The most surprising piece of information coming out in the aftermath of the Christmas Day attack on a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit has come from al-Qaida itself.  Today's claim of responsibility from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) includes the surprising reason for the attack.  The attack was a response to air raids against AQAP elements in Yemen earlier in December.  That means the group had the technical and logistical capabilities to perpetrate significant acts of terrorism against the US mainland within weeks, and suggests they are a significant threat to foreign nationals and energy infrastructure in the Persian Gulf.

This could be a sign of things to come. Al-Qaida's senior leadership under pressure along the Afghan-Pakistan border may outsource their mainland US plots to any number of affiliates and operational cells.  Senior affiliate leaders in Algeria, Somalia or Yemen could be making operational decisions in the name of the entire movement without prior permission from its Af-Pak-based leadership.  This kind of distributed decision-making could make it much harder for counterterrorism officials to target and disrupt the operational commanders who may be plotting major attacks against the US mainland.

Current news reports often characterize Yemen as a new ground for al-Qaida, but this is misleading.  Al-Qaida has been operating in Yemen for quite some time.  Little did we know we were in such dangerous new era.

Reader Comments (1)

I think the timeline for their claim is a bit off.

See: http://www.talkleft.com/story/2009/12/28/194929/84

Dec 29, 2009 at 5:15 | Unregistered CommenterPete

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