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Friday Links

Like all the best IR blogs, we’re going to share some interesting things we come across. We’re  going to do a weekly round up of interesting things every Friday morning, this week:

An article from the Guardian on American gun use raises some interesting questions about security priorities. It notes that  ‘there have been fewer than 20 terror-related deaths on American soil since 9/11 and about 364,000 deaths caused by privately owned firearms’. It asks, ‘what if we no longer thought of this as just a problem for America and, instead, viewed it as an international humanitarian crisis – a quasi civil war, if you like, that calls for outside intervention?’

Terrorism however remains in the news as events in the Westgate shopping centre, Nairobi, unfold. al-Shabaab have been live tweeting the attack, and this stands as the latest example of al-Shabaab utilising modern technology and social media to get their message across; something which this report from last year explores in great detail.

The British Media continue to speculate about the involvement of British citizen Samantha Lewthwaite  in the Nairobi attacks despite al-Shabaab stating that they don’t use women in the battlefield.

A British artist paid tribute to the soldiers and civillians of WWII who died on D-Day by carving human sillhouettes into the sand of Aromanches, “The idea is to create a visual representation of what is otherwise unimaginable – the thousands of human lives lost”.

The build up to the Football World Cup in Qatar is killing 1 person a day as slavery, forced labour and brutal conditions are an everyday relaity for the workers building the stadiums and infrastucture for the 2022 event.

Boeing have recently tested an unmanend f-16 fighter jet. Officials said they would be great for training pilots who could use them for target practice. However it seems like the latest step down the road  towards automated killing machines.