Monthly Archives: February 2015

Enough about Islam: Why religion is not the most useful way to understand ISIS – by J.M. Berger

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/order-from-chaos/posts/2015/02/18-enough-about-islam-berger#.VOe6ADL3WVU.twitter A new article about ISIS in The Atlantic has reignited the perennial debate over the relationship between jihadist terrorism and the religion of Islam. The article, by Graeme Wood, repeatedly emphasizes the “Islamic” in Islamic State, calling out what … Continue reading

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From a Private School in Cairo to ISIS Killing Fields in Syria – by Mona El-Naggar

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/19/world/middleeast/from-a-private-school-in-cairo-to-isis-killing-fields-in-syria-video.html?_r=2

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Made in prison: Copenhagen and the Paris attacks

Originally posted on Strife:
By Charlie de Rivaz: The cafe in Copenhagen where the gunman attacked. Photo: Benno Hansen (CC) When news trickled through about Saturday’s attacks in Copenhagen, it was difficult to avoid a sense of déjà vu. Another…

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Women as tools: on the selective fetishization of female resistance fighters – by Roqayah Chamseddine

http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/22050 The fetishization of women during times of war, especially women in combat, can be argued as being a reification of patriarchal power; the patriarchal view of female violence as being a demonstration of chaos reimagined as tolerable and even … Continue reading

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Libya’s Arab spring: the revolution that ate its children – by Chris Stephen

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/16/libyas-arab-spring-the-revolution-that-ate-its-children?CMP=fb_gu “It was better under Gaddafi,” says the young Libyan student, studying the froth bubbling over the top of his cappuccino in a cafe in Tunis as he contemplates the revolution that swept Muammar Gaddafi from power four years ago. … Continue reading

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If you’re white, you’re an expat.

From Siliconafrica.com By Mawuna Remarque Koutonin “In the Western lexicon of human migration there are still lot of remnants of a white supremacist ideology, with hierarchical classes of words created to differentiate White people from the rest of humanity, with … Continue reading

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Australian journalist released from Egyptian jail, but 40,000 political prisoners remain

From Middleeastmonitor.com  by Ben Norton “After serving almost 400 days for a crime he did not commit, Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been released from an Egyptian prison. The Australian Greste, along with Al-Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy, an Egyptian-Canadian dual … Continue reading

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