HomeFeaturesDailyBriefingsRapidReconSpecial ReportsAbout Us

Global Crisis Watch: Trouble Spots in 30 Minutes

The latest Podcast edition of Global Crisis Watch has been produced and released by ThreatsWatch friends Nick Grace and Sasha Eckstein. (Download the audio here.)

In this week's edition, Dr. Abdiweli Ali of Niagara University details the situation in Somalia which has shamefully been permitted to decline as the al-Qaeda franchise ICU Islamists make their return to Mogadishu. His segment is a must listen.

Also not to be missed is a candid interview with Indonesian Counterterrorism and Security Consultant Noor Huda Ismail. He is performing what can only be called 'field investigation' on the various Indonesian terror threats, including al-Qaeda's South Asian arm, Jemaah Islamiyah. I had the opportunity to sit in on the call from Washington, DC to Jakarta and assure you that the ground level insights offered by Mr. Ismael are worth your time in the second segment.

While I spoke briefly on Iran and Pakistan in the final segment, it is of significantly less value than the discussions with Dr. Abdiweli Ali and Noor Huda Ismail. Their input offered ground-level insights, while mine was a quick fly-over at 10,000 feet by comparison. Even still, I managed to mis-speak on precisely where the Iranian abduction of the 15 British sailors and Royal Marines. It apparently did occur outside the riverine areas of the Shatt al-Arab and indeed in open Gulf waters. Consider that CBS News reported that "A fisherman who said he was with a group of Iraqis from the southern city of Basra fishing in Iraqi waters in the northern area of the Gulf said he saw the Iranian seizure." Chalk it up to a traveling/working weekend and too short of an information ramp-up time before speaking, which is always inadvisable. Perhaps one should do better at heeding one's own advice to others?

At any rate, I have been a sporadic listener to Global Crisis Watch in the past (don't make the same mistake), only recently becoming a habitual listener checking in every Monday morning. Take a trip to trouble spots in 30 minutes each week and make Global Crisis Watch part of your regular Monday commute.