December 27, 2011
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The Arab Spring in Yemen Takes a Dangerous Turn, for America
Yemeni President Ali Adbulla Saleh is adamantly insisting that he will receive medical treatment in the United States for his war wounds. President Obama’s decision to allow or reject Saleh will either anger millions or send recruits directly to Al Qaeda.
While attempting to quell the Arab Spring in Yemen Saleh kill hundreds, risked civil war, and was nearly killed by an improvised explosive device.
The revolution is still struggling to gain power against Saleh’s loyalists; however, they have forced concessions. Saleh recently resigned from his presidency. This is only a token move: his son still controls the army and his vice president is almost certainly going to succeed Saleh. The Arab Spring Movement in Yemen has won a major battle, there is still a long war ahead of them.
Now Saleh is demanding medical attention in the United States, cornering the United States into a lose-lose situation.
If the government allows the tyrant to receive medical treatment this will be a stunning blow to the Arab Spring. Saleh has killed nearly two thousand of protesters and soldiers fighting for a more honest government. By providing medical treatment, rather than arresting, Saleh the United States is condoning his actions. Just allowing him into the country communicates to the world that America is okay with those who orchestrate genocide. The revolutionaries, American peace activists, and American Muslim community would all be outraged. These groups are gaining more power every year, while doing good, it would be disastrous to take this humanitarian route.
However, America also is endangered if Obama blocks Saleh’s visit.
American investment in the Arabian Peninsula is critical to our national security. Al Qaeda splinter cells have nested and flourished in Yemen during this last year of strife while the separatist Houthis are forming a small nation-state in northern Yemen. The country is the very definition of destabilized.
If America rejects Saleh it aggravates the country. Loyalists across Yemen will be aggravated by their president’s rejects. Al Qaeda will utilize the incident for recruiting. After the rejection many Yemenis will have a lot of undirected anger at the Americans. Who better than Al Qaeda to take advantage of anti-American sentiments.
Like I said, this is a lose-lose situation: either Obama antagonizes the Muslim world or arms Al Qaeda.
This microcosm of the results of the Arab Spring reflects the part the Western World will play after the tyrants from Bahrain to Syria are cast out. Governments in exile, royal families, and other unwanted pre-Arab Spring structures will flee to Europe and America for safety. This incident displays the question: should we take in butchers while angering own citizens or reject killers and build a more fearsome terrorist threat. There are no easy answers.
Personally, I believe all dictators of genocide should have access to medical treatments, such as electric chairs and firing squads.
October 5, 2011
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Apple’s Ipad 2: $499
Amazon’s Fire: $199
India’s Aakash: $35
Connecting 220 million students with the world’s cheapest tablet: Priceless.
India drives to connect rural students
What is The “Aakash“?
It is a low-cost, high-performance computer tablet, price at $35 per device.
It is designed to proliferate knowledge through education in India, especially in rural regions. Despite its rock bottom price it still displays a 7 inch screen, plays high-definition video, streams video chatting, hosts word processing, runs Android 2.2 operation system, possesses 32 gigabyte memory, uses GPRS for connecting to the Internet from anywhere, and uses WiFi for Youtube streaming in hot spots. The Indian government will subsidized each table down to $35. This is ideal for university students because it allows them to build better human capital with their limited resources. Previously, many have been cut off from the rest of the world due nonexistent infrastructure.
The English translation of Aakask is “sky.” This tablet’s release will mark the beginning of a new dawn in education in India and the world.
What Does Aakash Mean For The Tablet Market?
Datawind, the private company manufacturing Aakash, announced that the tablet will be priced at $60 dollars for the commercial market. It will be on shelves by November. This will encroach on the tablet war already progressing in India; currently Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7 holds just under half the market and less than one in five tablets is an Apple Ipad. Dozens of other models struggle for niches. The vanguard shipment of Aakash tablets numbers 100,000. When this large-scale field test proves successful eight to ten million more will be bought by the Indian government.
Undercutting the more expensive tablets the Aakash will force innovation and a price war. Aakash forces a technological survival of the fittest; the best and cheapest technologies will overthrow the more expensive models. The economist term for this is creative destruction.
Unless other companies build a better tablet they very simply will be locked out of the market. The cunning Indian government will disseminate cheaper and higher quality tablets, with internet access, by forcing the hand of the private sector.
What Does This Mean for the Future of Indian Education?
At the unveiling today Kapil Sibal, the Indian Human Resource Minister, aptly described Aakash’s historic significance,
“There are some moments in history that will be milestones recognised by future generations. This is one such milestone. Today, we see the beginning of a dream realised, a dream in which every student in every corner of this country will have access to technology that defines the 21st Century.”
By bringing the world to the fingertips of their students schools towards increasing the quality of education exponentially. Answers to impossible questions will be just a click away.
It also forces the hand of Western education. Already, towns and cities across the Western world have already launched similar educational initiative. This is not enough; every statistic points to American and European students falling behind their Chinese and Indian counterparts. Many American colleges already distribute laptops, tablets must be given to the coming classes if American schools are to stay competitive. Otherwise, American education will fall victim to creative destruction.