All posts by Marco Lombardi


The UK response to current terrorism. The financial element – by Nick Ridley and John Grieve

Since 2001 the UK law enforcement have held that it is essential not just to concentrate upon the suspects, means and motives, but  also to consider the changing nature of the target. In stark terms, Bin Laden demonstrated the advantages retained by the terrorist:

  •  the element of surprise and choice of weaponry
  • the ability to change targeting at will
  • the option of returning to a target, if a previous attack was unsuccessful
  • above all, access to individuals who are prepared to die in order to achieve their operational objectives.

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Tra bisogno di sicurezza e diritto alla riservatezza – by Chiara Fonio

Il recente scandalo delle intercettazioni illegali nato all’interno di Telecom, ci porta a fare  alcune considerazioni generali riguardanti il delicato rapporto tra sicurezza e nuove tecnologie. Occorre innanzitutto ricordare che il fenomeno della sorveglianza elettronica non è affatto una novità. In ambito nazionale il caso FIAT scoppiato nel 1971 aveva già messo in luce alcune pericolose tendenze derivanti da ingenti archiviazioni di dati ai danni dei dipendenti.

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“Jihadi threats” The Islamist response to the Pope’s speech – by Maria Alvanou

On May 13 1981 Mehmet Ali Agca, a Muslim of Turkish origin, attempted to assassinate the late Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square. A lot has been written regarding the reasons behind this attempted assassination that was never fully investigated. Today, 25 years after, threats for assassinating the new Pope Benedict XVI have been transmitted through Internet. On a website used by rebel movements in Iraq, a message posted by the Mujahideen’s Army announced that members of the organization would “smash the crosses in the house of the dog from Rome.” The Internet statement by the Mujahideen Shura Council, continued with the words: “We tell the worshipper of the cross that you and the West will be defeated, as is the case in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya…We shall break the cross and spill the wine….God will help Muslims to conquer Rome….God enable us to slit their throats, and make their money and descendants the bounty of the mujahideen”. The Iraqi militant group, an umbrella organization led by Iraq’s branch of al Qaeda, vowed a war against the “worshippers of the cross” in response to a recent speech by Pope Benedict on Islam that sparked anger across the Muslim world.

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Russian Federation – recent amendments of the official list of terrorist organisations – by Nick Ridley

On the 28 July 2006 the Russian Federal authorities updated their official list of entities which are officially proscribed by the Russian government as terrorists organisations. It contained several organizations, including Jamaah al Islamiya, the Pakistan based Lashar-e Toba, Hizb u Jahar, and the Muslim Brotherhood.It was noted that, despite the current conflict in Lebanon and Gaza, the Russian list omitted to proscribe HAMAS and Hezbollah.

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The attack thwarted by the british authorities and issues of european counterterrorism policy – by Maria Alvanou

On Thursday, August 10, the British police announced that it deterred a terrorist blow that would astonish international community with its intensity. The information speaks of a plan, that- if realised- it would exceed in deadly result the attack of September 11. The terrorists – passengers on board flights from London with destination cities of USA – would use simple daily electronic appliances in order to detonate explosive materials hidden inside bottles for example of sports drinks and blow up at least 10 airplanes above American territory in almost one simultaneous blow. The British authorities have arrested up to now 24 suspects and prosecuted 11, mainly British citizens of Muslim religion, some of Pakistani origin and aged from 17 up to 35 years.

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Hamas and Hizbullah kidnappings: the political and strategic implications – by Maria Alvanou

Over the past two weeks, Israel has taken arms against two fronts, in the north and south, precipitated by kidnappings of its solders. The military operations of the Israeli army have resulted in an escalated war that brought again international attention to the sensitive area of the Middle East. Understanding the objectives and goals both on political and strategic level of the kidnapping organizations and state-actors behind them may help to comprehend essential parameters of the conflict and its importance in the international scene.

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Al-Zawahiri: sulla rete il 22 giugno 2006 – by Marco Lombardi

Ieri, 22 giugno 2006, il “secondo” e “il teorico” di al-Qaeda, Al-Zawahiri, ricompare nella
rete con un video di circa 3 minuti. L’iconografia è quella usuale: discorso diretto in
camera, dito alzato a minaccia e incitamento per sottolineare i punti chiave, fucile
automatico appoggiato alla sua destra, copricapo bianco e veste grigia (elegante e
ordinata). Lo sfondo scuro non è riconoscibile. La firma è quella conosciuta di uno dei
circuiti mediatici jihadisti: As-Sahab.

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