Blood in the streets: London grapples with a wave of home-grown terror attacks

The city of London has been in the news lately and as good reason can tell; it hasn’t been for all the right reasons.

A string of terrorist attacks has plagued the city leaving Londoners to question the ability of the security establishment in doing their job – to protect them.

It is has become evident to the observing eye that something needs to change in the way security matters are dealt with.

London 2017 terror attacks

A raft of fixes have been thrown around including a review or total rewriting of the civil liberties that the west is has been known for in an attempt to deal with the problem at hand.

These attacks have played out at a time when Britons were in the middle of election campaign process.

The prime minister Theresa May had called a snap election as a way to ‘strenthen her hand’ at the negotiating table as the UK begins the process to exit the European Union (EU).

Her plan didn’t turnout as expected leaving her with anything but a majority in the parliament, a weaker hand is what she got.

She has now had to form a coalition government.

The Grenfell fire incidence only her election loss off the front pages of major newspapers and other media; and stirred public anger at her government handling of fire.

Pressure on her was only compounded.

It is reported that 58 perished in the fire that gutted the 20 floor building. Preliminary findings at the time found an unresponsive fire alarm system and highly flamable materials to blame.

So much in a span of a few weeks.

The threat of terrorism has grown over the years shifting from attacks effected by terrorists from lands afar to attacks effected by people from those very communities; a trend that has been termed as ‘home-grown terrorism.’

The individuals are radicalised by consumption of videos produced by terrorist organisations.

They are literally talked into carryingout these terrorist attacks.

Most of the recent attacks have been carriedout by ‘lone’ attackers who have never gone to jihad training camps in the middle east.

The effective use of the internet as a radicalisation tool by jihadist organisations has led to governments piling pressure on social networking sites and video streaming sites like Youtube to regulate content on their platforms.

Law enforment agencies have had extensive legal battles with social networking companies in an attempt to gain access to what are often secure sites.

In the grand scheme of things, the influx of refugees is viewed as a security risk with head of the EU’s police agency warning of the potential for attacks as EU citizens who have been fighting alongside terrorist movements, such as the Islamic state, return to their countries of origin.

Islamic state continues to loose more ground as opposing forces of the Syrian army backed by it’s alies advance as well as strikes from the US led coalition inflict more losses; forcing some of the fighters of European origin to their return home countries.

This state of affairs is not helped by reports of some terrorists escaping to other countries disguised as refugees.

That said, I want to bring your attention to the more successful attacks carriedout in the UK versus the many foiled attacks on main land Europe.

It doesn’t add-up, many of these attacks happening post Brexit.

It’s as though Britain is not as safe compared to the other countries that are still part of the EU.

One can safely say: that the UK’s decision to leave the protective walls of the European Union castle have left it vulnerable to attacks by a gang of bandits (terroristis in this case).

Given that main land Europe has an ‘open door’ policy of admiting refugees from countries like Syria, Yemen and Libya it’s interesting to see how attacks are foiled in the EU countries but not foiled in the UK.

This might sound like a conspiracy theory but in the world of unexpected happenings that seem to advance a particular agenda, one can not rule out this text as a possible explanation the recent events.

And with no end in sight to the fight against terrorism coupled with the changing forms of terrorism, the debate on the evil of terrorism and how to deal with it can only grow louder.

@Amajunidpost

London attacked

The city of London has been in the news lately and as good reason can tell; it hasn’t been for all the right reasons.

A string of terrorist attacks has plagued the city leaving Londoners to question the ability of the security establishment in doing their job – to protect them.

It is has become evident to the observing eye that something needs to change in the way security matters are dealt with.

The Sadness about televison… and the people who find it irresistable

Watching television
Until last year, the Ugandan media landscape was gased with foreign programming in the form of soap operas, south African drama, you name it.

This had placed a ceiling on the growth of the local entertainment industry advertently or inadvertently and was evidenced by the relegation of the Ugandan local performing arts, like dramas and comedy shows to crumbling theatre stages and entertainment local bar revellers.

The average of say soap operas on one of the channels was 3 and all running concurrently in the same day. And this is only a conservative estimate.
Other stattions had even more.

The late nights would have their own set of shows.

Well, as you ought to be the know by now, their was a directive passed by the Uganda Communications commission requiring all media houses to air local indigenous content by upto 70% at a minimum of their content.

One could claim that this was NRM’s gift to the entertainment industry and particularly the performing arts, since they are the biggest beneficiaries of this policy decision.

The industry has largely grown out of it’s own effort without a lot of incentives from the government.

That’s besides the point.

When you look at the content and the class of viewers its intended for and looking at the general makeup of our population, you easily conclude most viewers shouldn’t be watching.

It’s fascinating how we prefer the likes of NTV, NBS, channels that are targeting the middle class to which most of the population doesn’t belong.

NTV was the most watched station followed by NBS and Bukedde in a survey carriedout last year. Should it assumed that most of their viewership is ‘middle class.’

There is a lot of tolerence for fantasy or wishful thinking by most. Television is unreal by it’s nature. It’s a fictional representation of events much like movies.

The recent 70% local content has only localise the fictionality much like the effect of dubbing of most movies. Suprisingly, local movies are also dubbed.

Sadly more and more people continue to endulge and even flirt with whatever fanatsies aired on televisons every hour of the day.

My lyrics of the week

Music

Viva La Vida – Coldplay

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes
Listened as the crowd would sing
Now the old king is dead long live the king
One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
Missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
Once you’d gone there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was a wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of
drums
People couldn’t believe what I’d become
Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
I know St Peter won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

Hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
I know St Peter won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

#jdc_playlist

Genesis 2017: What a normal day looks like in Uganda

Chess

You see when it comes to media and it’s business of condensing society’s intricate features into words, animations or carefully layed letters, getting it right eludes many and only a few ever capture it live and in HD. For those that do, it’s hard to stay consistent.

For many a people news finds them through television, radio, and print.

Of these, television tends to be popular and overhypes stories whilst delivering the latest developments instantly in the moment.

Radio is more like an mp3 player who’s selection is set by another party to serve their purpose and so is never completely under your control. But it does meet the expectation of being as news source at some point.

Print, under which Newspapers fall, is more authoritative for the reason that it features digested stories and so unlikely to miss out important details unless it’s intended. And that’s why I think print is far more reliable than other forms of news dissemination.

A negative to it is it’s lag in terms of delivery especially for a generation on steroids that finds comfort in being the first to know.

All media is subject to manipulation and will serve it’s masters purpose.

But what’s the catch especially when one can predict the near future with instant updates?

It’s a wild chase that only attempts to offer mental excitement and only offering more and even more options of what could be without zeroiung into anything exact.

Stories of the day, perhaps the week

Today, the stars seems to have aligned and painted a picture of what Uganda is like on a normal day. These are my best headlines for the day and maybe for the week. Have a look.

How reshuffle changes UPDF
The removal of Gen Edward Katumba Wamala as chief of defence forces has…

Speaker Kadaga calls Justice Kavuma court order ‘stupid’
In a surprise ruling on Monday, Justice Steven Kavuma ordered Parliament not…

Kadaga, URA’s Akol lock horns on Shs 6bn…
At about 3pm on Monday afternoon, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga drove into parliament…

Acholi MPs drag Besigye into Akena murder…
Because his wife Winnie Byanyima stood surety for both Matthew Kanyamunyu and…

KCCA runs out of cash, fails to pay…
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has said it is cash-strapped and may…

Ugandan road workers accuse Chinese bosses of low…
In interviews conducted between January 6 and 7, workers of China Railway…

It’s mere coincidence that they feature in The Observer of January 11 2017