Friday, 22 May 2009 17:38
by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra (EPOS)
EPOS Insights
Imagine terrorists with nuclear weapon in their hands! The recent developments in Pakistan point at the feasibility of such a scenario with horrendous consequences for the world. These developments are going to add a new dimension to international terror discourse. Pakistan’s Dera Ghazi Khan nuclear site and its adjacent compound has become the target of terrorists on many occasions. It has faced at least one ground attack by more than a dozen gunmen.
Wednesday, 06 May 2009 00:00
by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra (EPOS)
EPOS Insights
With the Taliban writ running large in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan a retrograde medieval practice has come to life with utmost impunity with the imposition of religious tax (Jizya) on the minorities in the region. The Sikh families living in Qasim Khel and Samma Feroz Khel areas of Orakzai agency in FATA have reportedly fled the area as the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) devastated their houses and shops because they could not pay the tax fixed to the tune of 50 million Pakistani rupees, about one million US dollar
Saturday, 25 April 2009 17:39
by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra (EPOS)
EPOS Insights

Perhaps after the 9/11 incident in 2001, the 26/11 (the Mumbai terror attack on 26 November 2008) is the terror attack to which the world turned its attention with serious concern. It was the first attack on India which assumed multinational character as the terrorists held hostage British, US, Israeli and some other nationals.

Friday, 24 April 2009 23:20
by Franz Gustincich (EPOS)
EPOS Insights

How can a terrorist operation like that of the 11th of September, be financed? Which are the channels used by Bin Laden’s ‘multinational’ of terror to subsidize the peripheral offices (the cells), which guarantee the supply of (arms, explosives, counterfeited documents) and maintain the high level of specialization of its members (terrorist training)? The answers furnished in this article might hold some surprises.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009 00:00
EPOS Insights
The differences between Eastern European countries facing the global crisis are as important as the similarities and they mostly regard the ‘initial conditions’, that is, the situation in each country before the crisis unfolded. Some of these so-called ‘initial conditions’ concern the different relative openness in terms of trade and FDIs of the economic systems, domestic and external imbalances, external debt sustainability, the degree of financial deepening, the role of the banking sector and domestic credit compared with GDP expenditure structure and, last but not least, the progress in the transition process.
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