Updated version of how NATO left Libya without hope

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In February of 2011, armed men who identified themselves as Interior Security stormed the home of Fathi Tarbel, a courageous Libyan human rights campaigner. His wife and kids were left shocked as they were given no explanation to the reasons behind his arrest. When Abdullah Senussi, Intelligence chief and brother-in-law of Muammar Gaddafi ordered his arrest, he sparked unrest throughout Libya. This led to the end of Colonel Gaddafi’s controversial, merciless, 42-year regime.

However, having lived in a country where teamwork had always been discouraged, they failed to join together to create a larger single force. Various different militant organisations contributed towards the eventual destruction of the regime, some paid a higher price than others. Nonetheless they all claimed the right to leadership.

This created confrontation between the different militant groups: once power had been gained through use of violence, it proved a difficult habit to break.

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Did you know you can buy British passports on the internet for £2000?

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From the safety of his embassy home in South West London, Julian Assange, founder of the controversial whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, speaks about the future of the internet and what it may mean to us all. Broadcasted to a sold out audience at the Queen Elizabeth hall via direct video link, Assange is taking part in the Web We Want festival hosted by the Southbank Centre this weekend.

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Please visit, have a read, and pledge if you can!

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My dream is to become a recognised freelance journalist, and maybe one day create a successfull subsciption magazine in which true and unbiased news stories are told by journalist employed by me! Now, I currently have a full time job so in order to gain some knowledge I am looking to do a distance learning course with The London School of Journalism. This course will cost me just over half of the money asked for. The remainder of the money will fund a project I would like to start which investigates the lifes of 57 war verterans living on the streets of Oxford. The men who gave everything they have, who now have nothing. Please visit the link below and pledge if you can!

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Beheading in the Qur’an

james-foley-isis A brutal act of inhumanity has spread like wildfire throughout terrorist organisations such as ISIS and Boko Haram. Images of western journalists kneeling in front of masked Jihads has become an all too common image in our headlines, its sad how it has become almost normal for us too see another man about to be decapitated.

Used as a form of bragging and propaganda, the harsh images are supposed to strike fear into the minds of everybody who opposes them. British and American media continue to report the barbaric act, fuelling the terrorists ambitions. But why do they behead? The men recently seen in Islamic State videos are reportedly grown in Britain and the US, so how have they got the nerve? Bought up in a civilised society, when did they become so psychotic? They must be victims of extreme brainwashing techniques and genuinely believe what they are being told, they must have no doubt.

Beheading was a internationally used form of punishment many years ago but was abandoned by all except very few. It is still a legal form of execution in Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, however, Saudi Arabia are the only country where the method is still used. Amnesty international reportedly counted 73 executions in Saudi in 2013, a majority of which were public be-headings.

Using be-headings as a form of capital punishment is very different to how the Islamic state militants we see use it. They claim there use of the callous technique is justified, they claim they are following the words of Allah, and in a round about sort of way they are. There are many different interpretations of the Qur’an, one Muslim may interpret it different from another, perhaps one more extreme then the other. Surat Muhammad, the 47th Sura of the Qur’an says “When you encounter the unbelievers on the battlefield, strike off their heads until you have crushed them completely; then bind the prisoners tightly.” or a different translation reads “When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks.”

Having read these two passages, to me they sound violent, however many scholars think they are simply just translated out of context. One may interpret them different to another and those who adopt a more violent view of Islam will see this as justification for beheading.

One of the first modern instances of using beheading as an act of terrorism was in the First Chechen War when Yevgeny Rodionov was executed for refusing to convert to Islam after being abducted. It is now commonly used by Islamic extremists all over the middle east. I suspect that the real reason organisations so widely known to us all such as ISIS carry out be-headings is to install fear into us, and the people who wish to fight them. If a Kurdish fighter, who is not particularly well paid, learns that his fate may be decapitation, then perhaps he might be discouraged to fight. Fear is a powerful weapon. The Islamic state knows every video will be put onto Western Headlines, and this is why they will continue to do it. The way they film there be-headings for all of us to see says a lot about the reasons why they do it. Propaganda for future potential Islamic state militants and scaremongering for westerners.

Cryonics – Life after death?

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When you die, what will happen to your body? Have you informed your closest family of your personal decision? Do you want to be cremated? Or do you want to be buried? Have you told them where?

What if  I told that you didn’t have to be dead forever, that your death was only a temporary state, that you could be stored upside down in a metal container in liquid nitrogen with your blood replaced by chemicals at -196 degrees for a thousand years, and then be bought back to life again. You’d think I was crazy right? Or perhaps you’d think I was reciting a scene from an Austin powers movie?

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Over a thousand people around the world have signed up to be stored like this when they pass, hoping to one day be resurrected once medical science has advanced. The practice known as Cryonics is widely controversial, breaking many religious boundaries and condemned by many.

Those who choose to be stored in cryopreservation centres such as Alcor Life Extension in Arizona, US, are choosing to cheat death, perhaps because they are ill and there is no current cure for their disease, or maybe they just do not want to die. Whatever their reasoning they are not alone, many celebrities including Music tycoon Simon Cowell have vouched for the option. Despite the huge cost, between £80,000 to £200,000, the process is not just limited to the rich and famous. Some life insurance companies offer a whole life insurance in which after the client dies, the money will be paid out to the desired Cryonics Company.

In an ideal world, cryopreservation procedures will start instantly after death, assuming the patient has informed his family of the first steps to take. In a non-ideal world, procedures will start as soon as the cryonics team arrive. Members of Alcor life extension are advised to relocate to their hospice in Arizona when they feel they are nearing the end, or if they have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

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As soon after ‘legal death’ as possible the patient will have to be stabilised, he is placed in an ice water bath, whilst blood circulation and breathing are artificially re-established using a Heart-Lung resuscitator (HLR). Once this has been achieved the patient will receive an intravenous line and protective medications will be administered. These protective medicines include the use of Anticoagulants and Anesthetics, which help maintain blood pressure, relax the muscles, and to protect the brain from reperfusion injury. Once the patient has been stabilised, Cryoprotective perfusion will be carried out – See this extract from Alcor Life extension:

A base perfusate similar to the preservation solution used during transport is circulated through the patient at a temperature near 0°C (the freezing point of water) for several minutes. This washes out any remaining blood. The cryoprotectant concentration is then linearly increased over 2 hours to one half the final target concentrations. This slow introduction minimizes osmotic stress, and allows time for the cryoprotectant concentration to equilibrate (become the same) inside and outside cells. A rapid increase to the final concentration is then made, and the final concentration is held until the venous outflow concentration equals the target concentration (approximately one hour). Temperature, pressure, and cryoprotectant concentration data are continuously monitored and acquired by computer.

Once Cryoprotective perfusion has been carried out and Cryoprotectants have been administered (chemicals which help to avoid damaging ice formation in cells) the patient will then undergo cooling. Over a period of three hours the patient will be frozen to -124 degrees using computer controlled fans circulating nitrogen gas. Once this is completed the patient is then ‘vitrified’. They then undergo the second and final stage of cooling to -196 degrees over two weeks. After this they will be moved to storage in liquid nitrogen at -196 until the time comes that they will be resuscitated.

The whole idea seems quite wonderful for the unreligious type who wants to live on forever, however, we must look at the impact this would have on the planet if, for arguments sake, one day Cryonics become a do-able, viable and popular option and medical technology became able to revive us. People would continue to reproduce, the world would begin to overpopulate as people start to be revived, countries would likely introduce birth control/reproduction control laws which would be hard to enforce. The world’s population would grow exponentially and very fast. The world would soon reach its full capacity, a point where governments and countries would start to look for resettlement in currently no-go areas, humans would start living underwater, we would inhabit the oceans, the rich and famous would start to relocate to outer space, perhaps on space stations or on mars. Outer space would become a permanent residence for a select few escaping the misery of the overpopulated earth. Other species will become extinct as our food becomes less available, vegetation would not be able to keep up with human demand. As space runs out and food becomes scarce natural selection between humans would set in. The less powerful would be left to die as the others prosper. The idea seems not so wonderful now?

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Death has and always will be a vital part of the life cycle and us as human beings have a responsibility to remember that, we must protect the planet that we live on, the planet that has given us life and in order to do that we must die. In order for our future generations to live, we must die. There are currently no laws directly involving Cryonics as the process itself does not yet work and it is unclear whether it ever will. Technologies such as molecular nanotechnology are what scientists and cryonics enthusiasts alike are depending on. If it ever became a reality what would the political complications be? Cryonics companies will fight the battle as they will feel they have a moral obligation to revive their patients, however, almost as soon as the first patient has been revived, there will be laws going through to make the process illegal.

Make of it what you will, I have faith that technology will continue to develop until things like Cryonics become a reality, I strongly believe that one day the hopes of many cryonics enthusiasts will come true, having said that who knows what complications they will meet along the way, and it is clearly not a sustainable option for the good of our planet. What would you chose? Leave your comments below.