Archive for May, 2010

Raid on Aid Ship: The Israeli Miscalculation

Monday, May 31st, 2010

A country’s long term security primarily depends on it’s good relationship with it’s neighbors. Failing that, such a country has to ensure that it has enough deterrence to prevent any hostile action from it’s enemies. Since the state of Israel has been unwilling or at least unable to improve it’s relationship with neighboring states and has particularly kept the public opinion of these countries hostile to Israel, the only option left is deterrence via the threat of nuclear weapons and the reliance on powerful allies such as the U.S., the U.K. and France to name a few. For this strategy to be effective, Israel has to ensure that:

  1. no regional power in the middle east will ever aquire any type of mass destruction weapon
  2. Israel retains a significant military advantage in terms of technology and firepower
  3. the western powers will always intervene to protect Israel against any attack

The problem that arises in the long term is the difficulty to ensure a monopoly on nuclear weapons’ technology that has been developed more than 50 years ago. Eventually the neighboring countries will acquire such technology. Moreover, as shown in the Vietnam and Korean war, an inferior conventional firepower and technological disadvantage can be made up through expending more manpower. The long term demographic situation in the region makes this option more than likely. Lastly, will the western powers always be willing to sacrifice to save Israel? The answer to this last question cannot be necessarily affirmative due to the shift of economic and military power towards the far east and China in particular which might cause new challenges to keep western powers busy to retain their geostrategic position.

In view of this, Israel has been and is still arogantly wasting precious opportunities for peace. The latest developments will definitely damage Turkey’s relatively neutral stance towards Israel as the killings of Turkish nationals will likely inflame nationalistic feelings among the Turkish population. Israel may have gotten rid of 10 enemies and made millions more in a single miscalculated step.

Oil spills that do not make the news

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The media coverage of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is yet another example of media bias that only accounts for western countries’ lives and interest. Multinational oil companies pollute and destroy the environment of poor countries and all of that goes almost unnoticed. Human rights seem to apply only to white skin humans, the rest of humanity being somehow excluded. Read the following article for some facts: Pollution at foreign sites can be traced to U.S. oil demand.

Ubuntu 10.04 – Old bugs back and new useless “features”

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

I recently upgraded from a stable Ubuntu 9.10 to the newly released 10.04. In my early adoption of Ubuntu 9.10, I faced problems with my Wireless USB dongle (LightWave LW-UWNC) that were subsequently fixed through patches that made my Wireless interface reliable. Upon my automated upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10, the old illness was back again. No way to get the wireless working again. Failing to find any solution to the problem, I finally decided to revert back to version 9.10 (at the cost of several hours of work in order to reinstall back all needed software).

Now, as a developer, I am puzzled by the kind of methodology the Ubuntu team is following to keep track of bugs and their fixes. How is it possible to fix a bug and get it back again in an “upgrade”? Moreover, I still do not comprehend the purpose of moving the minimize, maximize and close window buttons to the left and smaller than before. What’s the added value? This is the kind of decisions that may deter potential users from adopting Linux. People want a system that works out of the box and bug free! New features and eye candies although seemingly appealing do not add much value. Those who are after these changes may stay on Windows or Mac and pay the price. I do not believe Linux should strive to beat Microsoft on its own ground. Linux should shoot for stability and providing bug free solid software with good support for all drivers. Offering a good free alternative to Windows away from the consumer driven market is the way to go for a wider adoption of Linux by the average user.

Riyadh Flooded on May 03, 2010

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Images showing flooded areas in Riyadh on May 03, 2010

Chagos Islands aka Diego Garcia – How people got expelled from their land to make room for the U.K. & U.S. military bases

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

This shocking story is about the terrible actions of the British government in the 1960’s that has been unheard of to most people over the years. Two thousand innocent people were made to leave their homes to make way for an American air base. Read more… Also read Diego Garcia islanders battle to return and Man vs marine in the Chagos Islands.