The One and Only Significant Story About WHATSAPP’s Privacy Debate By Amir NOUR for the Saker Blog “It’s only hubris if I fail” (Gaius Julius Caesar) Two years ago, almost to the day, I wrote a piece in these same columns. What I thought was an important topic, namely the close and dangerous relationship between the GAFAs and transhumanism, went somewhat unnoticed, compared to other more pressing issues on the
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By: Amir NOUR for The Saker Blog “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything” (Attributed to Gilbert Keith Chesterton) The dramatic turn for the worse in the evolution of humanism and in the dizzying advances in science and technology has triggered heated debate among great thinkers and writers of the 20th century. And the
By Amir NOUR for the Saker Blog “Science without conscience is nothing but ruin to the soul” (François Rabelais) Lately, the world famous business magazine, The Economist, has received quite a bit of international media attention; and understandably so. Indeed, close to the end of each year, going back decades, it publishes an eagerly awaited special edition, which predicts the major political, business and social trends and events of the
By Amir NOUR for The Saker Blog “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” (Albert Einstein) A red alert in an age of fear, anger and extremes In anticipation of its 2018 edition, the well-regarded Munich Security Conference issued a report which aimed to serve as a useful compilation for an impressive gathering of
By: Amir NOUR for the Saker Blog “We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can’t bomb it into peace” (Michael Franti) David and Goliath in an upside-down world President Donald Trump doesn’t seem to share Georges Clemenceau’s view that “war is too serious a matter to be left to the military”. All the more so, perhaps, since the French statesman is also said to have coined the acerbic
By: Amir Nour for The Saker Blog “War: A massacre of people who don’t know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don’t massacre each other” (Paul Valéry) A nation and a world transformed Until recently, historians have looked at the past essentially through Eurocentric or Western-centric lens. Their worldview has therefore been heavily centered on and biased towards Western civilization, chiefly in the form
By Amir NOUR for the Saker Blog “The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born, now is the time of monsters” (Antonio Gramsci) Introduction: Between “apparent” and “real” History Alvin Toffler, one of the world’s leading futurists, is often quoted, and with good reason, as saying that the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who
by Amir Nour (1) « In the emerging world of ethnic conflict and civilizational clash, Western belief in the universality of Western culture suffers three problems: it is false; it is immoral; and it is dangerous » Samuel Phillips Huntington « The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order » Dear friend, I have just read the great question you have asked me about the world’s future according to the American Neo-conservative’s vision.
By Amir NOUR Convinced that terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes, is unacceptable and unjustifiable, member States of the United Nations were finally able to adopt, on September 8, 2006, a common approach within the framework of the “United Nations global counter-terrorism strategy ». But, ten years later, the “international community” has yet to agree on a consensus definition of the common