Tag: FBI

So, Farewell then, Hazma bin Laden

Thursday, 1 August, 2019

A poem composed on the reported death of Hazma bin Laden, terrorist, and son of Osama bin Laden, terrorist icon, who always found a warm welcome at Al Jazeera, in those heady days when it gleefully aired his rantings to Qatar and the world.

So, Farewell then, Hazma bin Laden

You dreamed of striking at the heart of the “Crusader-Zionist alliance”
Although, sometimes the enemy was “hypocrite, apostate regimes”
You had hoped for the Big One.
Like your dad, Osama
Who organized the most murderous act of terrorism in living memory ā€“
But US special forces put a halt to his gallop in 2011.

You were being groomed as a future leader of al-Qaida
Somewhere between Afghanistan and Pakistan
In between watching porn and imagining mass slaughter
And sorting dates and figs.
Then, a US drone swung by
A Predator, perhaps

Suddenly, a hissing noise breaks the silence
Instinctively your mates dive for cover, but to no avail;
The missile blows the tent to shreds.
You died from burns, flying shrapnel and the crushing blast.
And no one shed a tear.
And someone gave a cheer.


Apple is losing more than the name game

Tuesday, 22 March, 2016 1 Comment

With the announcement of a new phone, called the iPhone SE, and a new iPad Pro, “we now have a dizzying number of choices to make when considering which Apple smartphone or tablet to buy, and all have almost identical sounding names,” wrote Nick Statt yesterday in a Verge article titled Apple is losing the name game. But it’s not just the name game that’s being lost. The thrill is gone, as the late, great B.B King put it.

A smaller iPhone, a cheaper watch, a new iPad Pro… It was as everyone had expected. On the social media channels, one could feel the lack of excitement and the eagerness for the event to end. Truly, the Steve Jobs era is over. Yesterday’s highlight, if one could call it that, was Tim Cook’s criticism of the FBI.
Apple Watch The Apple CEO hit the US intelligence and security service hard right from the start of his keynote, challenging the agency on unlocking the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists. This was the wealthy, powerful Cook playing the underdog, the good guy in a fight with the bad guys. But following this morning’s terror attacks in Brussels, we can expect more demands for even more power for the intelligence and security services as the fanatics seek to turn our cities into war zones. And it won’t stop at unlocking their phones, either.

Apple has built its devoted following on people who delight in cool new things. Encryption is very important, no doubt, but Tim Cook’s job is to develop and deliver products that will actually enthuse Apple’s customers. He’s not doing that. Tellingly, Jony Ive, the company’s Chief Design Officer, did not attend yesterday’s event. Maybe he was at his desk, designing something that will bring back the thrill that’s gone.