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Ten theses on security in the 21st century

openSecurity has closed as a section of oD—temporarily, it is to be hoped—because its funding has expired. Here, some of the themes emerging from these three fertile years of publishing are distilled. Below are some emblematic pieces—with signals to the series of which they were part.

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Protecting the state over against the citizen doesn't make anyone feel safer.

Understanding suicide attacks

Policy-makers and the mainstream media dangerously oversimplify the motivations and implications of suicide bombings.

From the archive: An absolute right

Manfred Nowak, UN special rapporteur for torture, criticises the use of "extraordinary rendition" and indefinite detentions, warning that torture spreads "like an infectious disease."

Iran supported Britons' kidnap

Iran supported Britons' kidnap, Taleban replicating tactics of Iraqis, PLO calls for dismantling of militia groups...

Mounties pick up ETA suspect in Quebec

Indonesian Islamists remain unfazed after their leaders' arrests; ETA suspect nabbed in Montreal; Lebanon army suspected of gross abuses...

Insurgency vs. terrorism

With their aims often understood in existential terms, terrorists will never be as successful as insurgents

Taliban alter strategy with ground offensive

Taliban alter strategy with ground offensive, bomb kills 75 near Baghdad mosque, Israeli tanks enter the Gaza Strip...

Zaidis call ceasefire in Yemen

Shia rebels agree to government ceasefire in Yemen; remaining Fatah loyalists flee Gaza; sentences for Sarajevo bombers cut...

State of emergency in Palestine

State of emergency in Palestine, Jemaah Islamiyah true ‘leader' arrested, troop surge complete in Iraq...

Lebanon buries Eido

Anti-Syrian sentiments aired at the funeral of Walid Eido; Sunni mosques targeted in Iraq and Iran; House of Lords rules UK troops must observe European law...

Kurdish separatists call ceasefire

Kurdish separatists issue ceasefire, UN report condemns Hamas boycott, violence threatens to spread to West Bank...

Hamas storm Fatah security HQ

Hamas storm Fatah security HQ, Jemaah Islamiah leader arrested, CIA recruits Sudanese infiltrators...

Uighurs in Albanian limbo

Uighurs in Albanian limbo, bombs in Istanbul, Nairobi and Baghdad, Thais rally for Buddhism...

Does the UK need more anti-terror laws?

Lawyer and human rights activist Geoffrey Bindman argues against impending additions to Britain's already cumbersome and problematic baggage of anti-terrorism law.

Lost in translation

Spanish language experts grapple with problems of translation as the Madrid bombing trial nears its end.

Iran to mediate Philippine crisis?

Jihadi palingenesis in Iraq, Basque separatist leader arrested, Turkey reiterates desire for PKK offensive...

Turkey denies entering Iraqi Kurdistan

Turkey refutes incursion claims, Osama bin Laden alive and well, crackdown on liberties in Pakistan...

Ninja rebels disarm in the Congo

Ninja rebels disarm in Congo, Iranian Arabs protest against Tehran, insurgency intensifying in Thailand...

ETA end ceasefire

ETA end 15-month ceasefire, court throws out Guantánamo trials, NATO: Iran not supplying Taleban...

Three months on, Baghdad still not secured

Ugandan rebels have had "massive impact", protesters force investigative panel into military abuses in Thailand, Turkey's northern Iraq obsession...

US counterterrorism critiqued

Martin Scheinin, UN special rapporteur on human rights and terrorism, warns the Bush administration that its policies may do more harm than good.