Sunday, November 15, 2015

The 10 Deadliest Terrorist groups on Earth

Carrying out severity and adverse psychological impact, terrorist groups are the biggest threat to civilization itself. Their unparalleled barbarism aided by their contorted understanding of religion and politics puts nearly all of them high on the most wanted list by governments across the world.

10. Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
This Marxist-Leninist terrorist group of Colombia is better known by its acronym – FARC and is considered as the kingpin of illegal drug trade across the world and terrorist activities in the Latin American country. This organization was established in 1964 and currently it constitutes approximately 12 thousand combatants with thousands of supporters from the rural areas. The obtained extortion money from multinational corporations and wealthier classes is invested for the betterment of poor peoples.

9. Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK)
Known by its Kurdish initials, PKK, this group was established on November 27, 1978 in Turkey and has since been fighting for the sake of an independent Kurdish state. Officially designated as an international terror group, PKK’s working region constitutes Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq. The PKK is currently the biggest belligerent in the world’s battle against the Islamic State, and is being hailed even by Western powers for the same. This, however, does not reduces its official status, at least not in the eyes of the Turkish government.

8. Hamas
Acronym for “Harakat Al-Muqawama Al-Islamia”, Hamas is a socio-political terrorist group of Palestine, which was founded in 1987 as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. This organization was established with the aim of carrying out Jihad against Israel, and to secure the freedom of Palestine from Israeli ‘occupation’. Known for its suicide bombers, this terrorist group is significantly supported by Hezbollah in its operations against Israeli government and civilians. A top EU court has recently ruled that Hamas be removed from terror group lists of EU countries.

7. Hezbollah
Backed up by Iran and Syria, this Lebanese terror group emerged from the Lebanese civil war of 1982, and is considered the biggest foe of Israel and Sunni Arab countries. According to a CIA report, this organization boasts of support from 41 percent of Lebanese population and is involved in multiple humanitarian and social activities within the country.

6. al-Nusra Front
al-Nusra Front, or Jabhat al-Nusra, which means “The Support Front for the People of Al-Sham” in Arabic, is a branch of al-Qaeda operating in Syria and Lebanon. Headed by Abu Mohammad al-Julani, the significance of this terror group lies in it being the strongest supporter of Syrian rebels fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian Civil War. Although hailed by experts as “one of the most effective rebel forces” in Syria, the group has been designated as a terrorist organization by the UN, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Turkey. One of its main opponents is, however, the Islamic State.

5. Boko Haram
This Nigerian terror group was notorious for its acts of barbarism but it became a very serious threat after the abduction of over 250 Nigerian schoolgirls, which led the most powerful of world leaders take notice of its brutality. Boko Haram, which translates to ‘Western education is sin’ in English, continues to operate without much resistance because of the failure of Nigerian government in tackling socio-economic issues in the region of its operation.

4. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan
Located in the federally administered tribal areas along the Pakistan-Afghan border, this terrorist organization comprises several Islamist militant groups. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (also called the Pakistani Taliban), was established in December 2007 by Baitullah Mehsud, a notorious Pakistani militant who died on August 23, 2009. Pakistani Taliban, however, targets elements of Pakistani state, but according to several intelligence agencies, top cities of the United States are conceived as its main target. It rewrote a chapter on cowardice by attacking a school in Peshawar, killing children as young as nine.

3. Taliban
Derived from the Pashto word for “students”, Taliban is well-known for being one of the few militant organisations to have been in charge of a country – Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. Founded by Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban took Afghanistan back into the middle ages with their strict imposition of Sharia and Islamic laws. It received active support of the Al-Qaeda, and was overthrown in the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

2. Al-Qaeda
The biggest “brand name” among all terrorist groups in the world, this extremist Islamic group was established in 1989 by Osama Bin Laden. Under his leadership, the Al-Qaeda carried out the 9/11 attacks on US, which led to the Afghan war culminating with the death of bin Laden in May 2012. Now headed by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Al-Qaeda is notorious for its integrated network and powerful strategies. Al-Qaeda constitutes thousands of individuals who have accomplished proper military training.

1. Islamic State
Al Qaeda is a brand name, but Islamic State is the devil itself. Officially known as ISIL or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant/Syria), the Islamic State controls northern parts of Iraq and the Western parts of Syria, within which it has formed its own government. Founded by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State has carried out acts of barbarism so brutal that even the Al Qaeda had to condemn it. The IS constitutes of fighters from all over the world, with British Muslims the highest from any Western nation. The group is known for organising slave markets, where they trade off captured women of their enemies, particularly of the Yazidi sect, and killing of children.

Facts and statistics on Terrorism

In 2014, a total of 13,463 terrorist attacks occurred worldwide, resulting in more than 32,700 deaths and more than 34,700 injuries. In addition, more than 9,400 people were kidnapped or taken hostage. In this report we describe patterns of worldwide terrorist activity with respect to changes during the year, geographic concentration, casualties, perpetrator organizations, tactics, weapons, and targets.

Although terrorist attacks took place in 95 countries in 2014, they were heavily concentrated geographically. More than 60% of all attacks took place in five countries (Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Nigeria), and 78% of all fatalities due to terrorist attacks took place in five countries (Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria).
The number of terrorist attacks in 2014 increased 35% and total fatalities increased 81% compared to 2013, largely due to activity in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. In certain countries, including Greece, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Russia, terrorist attacks and total fatalities decreased.
The 81% increase in total fatalities was, in part, a result of certain attacks that were exceptionally lethal. In 2014, there were 20 attacks that killed more than 100 people, compared to two such attacks in 2013.
Terrorism in 2014 was marked by numerous kidnappings and hostage-taking events. More than 9,400 people were kidnapped or taken hostage in terrorist attacks in 2014, three times as many as in 2013. This trend was concentrated in certain countries, including Iraq, Nigeria, and Syria, and was particularly influenced by an increase in attacks that involved large numbers of hostages.
On average, there were 1,122 terrorist attacks, 2,727 deaths, and 2,899 injuries per month worldwide in 2014. There were 2.57 fatalities and 2.87 injuries per attack, including perpetrator casualties.
More than 6,200 of the 32,700 people killed in 2014 (19%) were perpetrators of terrorist attacks. Perpetrators were killed intentionally in suicide attacks, accidentally while attempting to carry out attacks, or by security forces or victims responding to attacks.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Global warming facts and statistics

what is global warming? how does global warming affect you? why should we worry? what are some of the facts? is global warming a hoax?  I personally believe we pay too much attention to some of these things rather than tackling the most important problems facing the world today. Some people are dying today just because they cannot get food to eat yet we worry about the year 2100. I am not saying we should ignore the dangerous effects of global warming. global warming is real and we should all do our parts to help break the cycle. What I'm trying to say is that, we must focus on the most important problems first. Lets fight the most critical problems such as poverty and hunger first.

here is an interesting post I found while searching online
"While many liberal politicians are trying to pass legislation to prevent further global warming, they are facing harsh criticisms from the conservative media. Many Fox News personalities as well as radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and several conservative internet blogs have claimed that the recent north east snow storm is proof that global warming is a myth. Global warming is a term that many suggest was made popular by former Vice President Al Gore. In 2006 David Guggenheim directed a film titled “Inconvenient Truth” which was a informative film about Al Gore’s message of man’s responsibility for global warming. Many advocates say that the proper term would be “climate change”.
Global warming suggests that through man made pollution, we are damaging the planet’s ozone layer, increasing the sun’s affect on planet earth. Global warming has many supporters, including thousands of scientists who claim to have proven that the issue is real and should not be ignored. Recent studies have shown that the temperatures of 2009 were among the top warmest temperatures since satellites started keeping records. A similar study also suggested that the previous decade, 2000-2009, was the warmest decade in almost 2000 years. Global warming supporters believe that there are several ways to reduce the threat of climate change. These methods include transitioning our main energy sources from coal and other fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources such as solar power, wind power, hydropower, biomass energy and geothermal energy just to name a few.
There are many politicians in both houses of congress that are making global warming their top priority. However, the conservative media is making their goal very hard to achieve. This week in the north east, there was one of the worst snow storms in recent years. Washington D.C. got a majority of the snow which actually canceled scheduled hearings dealing with global warming. The talking heads of the right claimed that the record breaking snow storms in Washington D.C. disproved all of the science that supports global warming. One republican elected official had a picture taken of him with his family next to a big igloo that they made out of the snow and called it “Al Gore’s new home”. This was an obvious attack on the former vice president’s efforts to warn the public of this important issue. Another republican politician was reported saying something along the lines of it’s going to snow in Washington D.C. until Al Gore cries “uncle”. Rush Limbaugh went on an angry rant saying that the recent snow storm was another nail in the coffin on global warming. Some Americans believe that these conservatives are turning an important global threat into a political issue. Many people will suggest that a snow storm in the north east in February does not disprove global warming. If you or someone you know has ever smoked a cigarette and did not develop cancer, that does not disprove the fact that cigarettes cause cancer. Even though most birds and some insects can fly, that does not disprove the laws of gravity. Many of these conservatives should take a look at the overwhelming amount of evidence that prove global warming is a real thing.
Whether you believe that global warming is real or not, we should all agree that it is a good idea to reduce man made pollution. Making our planet a cleaner and safer place will benefit all of us. The conservatives that are trying to make this into a political issue should think about our future. It is possible that global warming can destroy our planet. If that happens it will be the global warming critics who will hold the blame for blocking progress on preventing the situation in the first place. This issue should not be political. It is a real threat that can affect every living person in this world."

credits: "whataretheywaitingfor"