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Is Russia responsible for Kalashnikov related deaths?

Is Russia responsible for the Kalashnikov perpetrated violence? Ok, the other way round, is US responsible for the advanced military technology that perpetrates violence? Again, I am not suggesting, just asking questions. Link below references to above questions.

Indian components used in IS explosives: report : http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/indian-components-used-in-is-explosives-report/article8281293.ece

As we evolve while these experiences with violent struggles are unfolding, we will realize, chain of custody is fundamental ethical concern to ownership.

(The above was writen on Feb 25, 2016 and uploaded in Oct 2016).

How ‘black money’ saved the Indian economy

BBC News: How ‘black money’ saved the Indian economy
A few years ago, he proposed that instead of both bribe-givers and bribe-takers being held criminally responsible for their actions, only the bribe-taker should face sanctions.
 It is a simple change, but radically alters the relationship between the two parties.
It means people who give bribes no longer have a shared interest in keeping their nefarious activity secret.  Freed from the risk of prosecution, bribe-givers would have a powerful incentive to reveal corruption.
How ‘black money’ saved the Indian economy
(the above was written on Feb 21, 2016 and uploaded on Oct 2016)

Zika, should we be scared?

When Europeans invaded Latin America, endogenous population got a whole of new world bacteria and viruses along with them. Europe was considered very filthy by most historian when compared to Asian or Latin American continent. More so, close proximity of Spain to Morocco/ Algeria, and Italy and Greece to Libya provided an easy access to a swath of bugs from the African continent, just because these geography had optimal conditions for growth and living.

Despite the hype and scare, I believe, we should be able to handle it with minimum morbidity or impact –
1. As you might have seen from my BBC clip, we may have Zika in our population. If that’s the case, we may have the required immunity
2. India is way ahead in its drive to produce the vaccine, even ahead than developed world countries like US.
We have to understand the history of this continent, they are often isolated from most infections. When Europeans invaded Latin America, they brought along with them, a completely new set of bugs (bacteria and viruses), which the endogenous population was never exposed to. Lack of exposure created lack of herd immunity. Europe, during those days, was considered very filthy by most historian as compared to Asian or Latin American continent. More so, close proximity of Spain to Morocco/ Algeria, and Italy and Greece to Libya provided an easy access to a swath of bugs from the African continent, just because these geography had optimal conditions for growth and living. All sorts of creatures existed and spread out from from here. I am sure, Zika too might have arisen here. It will be no surprise if African or Asian continents have minimal morbidity or impact, I mean minimal,not zero.
Not to forgot, when Europeans invaded Latin Anerica, they brought a lot of infections and the endogenous population lacked herd immunity and were wiped out in big numbers.

Syrian refugee crisis

I trust, they can be well absorbed in their religious, ideological, cultural and environmental (RICE) milieu far better in any of the Middle East nations. In fact, it’s a huge misfit to try to assimilate them in a hugely different environment other than RICE, mentioned above. This goes both ways, for those displaced and for those have to bear the brunt of absorbing those displaced within their (European) community.

Syrian refugee

We are essentially dealing with ethical dilemma on handling humanitarian issues involving massive displaced population from Syria and surrounding region, primarily consisting of Muslims. That’s how I am formalizing the problem statement.

I see multiple interrelated issues –

  1. Refugee crisis and its origin
  2. Regional population primarily of Muslim origin
  3. Ethical and Humanitarian concern on ownership

Let’s understand what happens when we try insulate our universal values:

First, it originated in Syria. Why? Imposing Its western view of value system and norms of democracy. Iraq is fresh on our mind. The world has seen what happened after displacing and overthrowing Saddam. Saddam was brutal but his regime, barring very select few, had achieved a homeostasis. He established an ecosystem if not an order, not necessarily to our liking, but from chaos to stability devoid of our democratic norms.

Syria is the same boat. Reprisal is the norm in such regimes. When there is an outcry, a rebellion against such practices, world and especially the western powers cannot be mute spectators. Intervention in Iraq and Syria are not necessarily borne out of oil diplomacy, its values that were gravely compromised.

What followed was a culmination of vicious events, power vacuum, severely affected Sunni against Shia regime and the monstrous formation of ISIS that further engendered human values and unleashed total chaos. A chaos of epic proportion that resulted in untenable condition that stretched human tolerance beyond acceptable living.

Who should own it? We see soft and hard issues. It’s a displacement of massive population practicing Muslim faith pertaining to Middle East. Their ideology, cultural and ethnic origin makes assimilation an easy fit within similar regional set up. Displacement on such massive scale needs a systemic approach to manage the issue and solve the problem. Who should own the cost of re establishing this displaced population. Well, it’s fruitless to go into the root cause and pinpoint the owner/s. It’s a humanitarian problem and this should be handled by humanity alone, to call it specifically, piecemeal cherry picking l, approach and reactive approach is unlikely the solution so is a rationale based on hyphen emotions. Ethical dilemma is because we don’t know who should own this spillover from refuges.

European countries decided of living in a world with value framework, ground rules that form the fabric that holds their individual countries together. Let’s look at this issues individually. Bystander issues cannot take central stage when it comes to handling such an issues. Notorious elements, and malignant ones, like terrorist.

We need a systemic approach in understanding different factors and after unraveling, strategies can be made on how best to handle. On refugee crisis, I trust, they can be well absorbed in their religious, ideological, cultural and environmental (RICE) milieu far better in any of the Middle East nations. In fact, it’s a huge misfit to try to assimilate them in a hugely different environment other than RICE, mentioned above. This goes both ways, one for those displaced and two for those have to bear the brunt of absorbing in their community.

Clash of Values

Now, let’s look at other angles. Intolerant practices and will full ignorance of norms. Muslims, in general, have a highly intolerant attitude towards other faith, to the extent of violently reacting when opposed to certain practices. It’s not Charlie Hebdo alone, Paris Massacre, Sex attacks in Germany etc., they all point towards a clash of values. These are all maladjustment to cultural and ideological norms. Why should one perpetrate another round of injustice on these West European? It’s natural destination for immigration to be in the western world. Everyone wants to enjoy the fruits of civilization and a community based on scientific and rational thoughts. So is this quest for western destinations but, they should be absorbed locally, within the RICE constraints.

An accepted norm of a guest, they follow the norms of their hosts. It’s surprising that the refuges haven’t, as a class, followed those norms. It’s a by stander effect, that some notorious elements crept in and inundated and overwhelmed not only the law and order but the infrastructure and amenities created by the institution.

The secret pact that became a scapegoat for all of the Middle East’s problems

Four maps that explain the chaos of the Middle East

How almost everyone wants a piece of Mosul

The history of Mosul, in five maps

Is fear of change at the root of Europe’s anti-immigrant backlash?

Is fear of change at the root of Europe’s anti-immigrant backlash?

Muslims in Europe: A Short Introduction
Justin VaïsseMonday, September 8, 2008

Muslims in Europe: A Short Introduction

Muslim Integration in Germany
Jonathan LaurenceWednesday, November 28, 2012

Muslim Integration in Germany

Immigration Policy in France

Immigration Policy in France

Muslim Integration in Germany

Muslim Integration in Germany

Islam and Social Democrats: Integrating Europe’s Muslim Minority

Islam and Social Democrats: Integrating Europe’s Muslim Minority

How to Integrate Europe’s Muslims

How to Integrate Europe’s Muslims

Integration or Emancipation?

Integration or Emancipation? (Muslime in Deutschland brauchen Emanzipation)

Displacement in the Muslim World: A Focus on Afghanistan and Iraq

Displacement in the Muslim World: A Focus on Afghanistan and Iraq

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