Got your back Roshan Deen

ROshan_Deen_Haripur_2012 In the summer of 2012 whilst surveying entrepreneurs of circumstance in Haripur in Northern Pakistan I met a street cobbler named Roshan Deen,  he sat on a make shift plank upon an open sewage line, amongst all that darkness Roshan Deen’s attitude was brighter than any star in the Milky Way! one of the most content and joyous people I have ever met, sheer defiance in the face of his circumstances.  The experience lead to much introspection and questioning of my own machinery of want.

A little over a year later Peace Through Prosperity has re-visited Haripur and as of last week completed the mini-MBA program designed to help and assist entrepreneurs of circumstance like Roshan Deen to grow their businesses and build a better future for themselves and their families.

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A year on and Roshan Deen’s defiance has been beaten and his spirit broken, he has lost his spot, his health and his mojo!  it pains to learn and see such human spirit undone before us. All is not lost, Roshan Deen participated in our mini MBA program and I am confident team PTP over the coming few months will help Roshan Deen and the many others we are engaging with turn their fortunes around where they have taken a downward turn and help others find flight.

Roshan Deen we got your back…

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Roshan Deen was the face of our 2012 Christmas, Eid and New Year Campaign.

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Opportunism

A New Day Valley of Ait Ami

“…violent extremism is neither constrained by international borders nor limited to any single ideology. Groups and individuals inspired by a range of religious, political, or other ideological beliefs have promoted and used violence against the homeland.” Department of Homeland Security

Humble opinion… it is too inwardly looking by definition to be effective.

It should be about ‘our homeland’ not ‘the homeland’… (that’d be planet Earth ignoramus).  Recognise our community is global. (its been 50 years since he had a dream! and it was colourful ignoramus) Think of the many not the few. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Gain altitude in your view. Recognise the marginalised as such. Stop viewing the marginalised as alien threats that need to be neutralised.

Prevent. (and I don’t mean PREVENT – though well meaning our gov has botched up its implementation) Prevent radicalisation and you would not need to counter violent extremism or counter terrorism.

Preventing radicalisation has to be neither constrained by international borders nor limited to any single ideology.” Peace Through Prosperity

Prevent radicalisation by enabling the marginalised to have a fair shot at achieving prosperity to the best of their abilities in their own environment.  Do not try to fix what is not broken, help them improve upon what they have.

We started Peace Through Prosperity a little over a year ago to to do just that: Prevent radicalisation. We are not into countering violent extremism or counter terrorism because countering it means we let the opportunity to prevent it slip.

Its about how you view them and hence they you.

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Al-Qaeda’s new problem: Talent crunch!

Talent_War_Terror On July 22 Al-Qaeda in Iraq launched attacks on the prisons of Abu Ghraib and Taji, freeing as many as 800 prisoners. On July 27, an attack in Benghazi, Libya, freed more than 1,000 inmates, on July 29 more than 150 heavily armed Pakistani Taliban (affiliated to al-Qaeda) attacked the prison in Dera Ismail Khan freeing more than 250 prisoners and then drove away in a convoy in one of the most heavily militarised regions in the world.

Whether elements from within each one of these states was involved or not is not the object of this post, lets examine why Al-Qaeda has adopted a new tactic as suggested by Ahmed Rashid in the FT. Mr Rashid it is simple, it is a talent crunch that is being addressed by prison breaks! its head hunting with IEDs and AK47s!

There has been an influx of Al-Qaeda jihadists into Syria with the hope of creating an Al-Qaeda state in Middle Earth but engaging the Syrian Army backed by urban warfare specialists (Hezbollah) in a warped conventional sense has lead to unexpected heavy losses and hence a shortage of necessary talent in Syria and other theaters where Al-Qaeda and its affiliates are operating. No where else have Al-Qaeda jihadists faced such stiff opposition as they are facing in Syria from the Syrian national Army and Hezbollah (who have more experience of fighting in urban theaters than the Al-Qaeda jihadists). Al-Qaeda though suffering losses is committed to the cause, calling in re-enforcements from as far afield as Pakistan! The net effect of which has been a global talent crunch for Al-Qaeda that is being addressed by prison breaks.

Right now for Al-Qaeda recruitment and on-boarding cannot keep up with the losses in the field! and for that we have Syria’s tyrant and the Hezbollah to thank!
This is a great opportunity if our policy makers can capitalise on it – the opportunity to deal a significant long term blow to Al-Qaeda and its ability to commit and export terror!  A significant win for our camps in the Long War! At the moment our policy makers in London, DC and Brussels are guilty of the same sin as the Pakistani ISI…  looking both ways!  and there is much to be learned from the outcome of the ISI dancing with the devil!

Those of us who live in the realm of common sense know that targeting the ability of an organisation to acquire talent affects the ability of the organisation to operate effectively in the ‘now’ as well as its ability to grow in the future. Its time for soft war to take the front seat, its time to dent the ability of extremist networks to recruit and retain, time to go to war on their talent! its time to support Peace Through Prosperity; a preventive approach — intervention before individuals are radicalized and recruited.

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