Archive for April, 2016

News and Analysis (4/4/16)

Monday, April 4th, 2016

His spray of high-powered rifle fire through the “House of Peace” mosque window “was the first in an unprecedented wave of anti-Islam incidents that swept the country in the aftermath of the Paris attack” but now he and his Muslim neighbors seek “forgiveness and reconciliation”:

“VandaSec’s work has sparked wild rumours suggesting someone inside the DWP is running ISIS-supporting accounts, or they were created by intelligence services as a honeypot to trap wannabe jihadis”:

An interview with U.S. Army Special Operations Officer and a global psychological warfare-counterterrorism analyst unveils his letter to Sen. Diane Feinstein that “demonstrates either enormous ineptitude … or something more insidious”:

“Momentum for the illegal oil drilling of Syrian territory by Murdoch, Cheney and the gang is aided by the [pretense] that Golan Heights is already part of Israel. Afek Oil and Gas refers to their newfound field simply as ‘northern Israel'”:

Those unhappy with the court decision want to be able to force men to touch women. No doubt there are those who would like to force women to let men touch them:

A now declassified 93-page document not only “reveals that there was ‘no operational tie between Saddam and al Qaeda’ and no WMD programs. The report reveals that the intelligence community and the US Department of Energy” knew it:

White racists show up in “full gear” to demonstrate against what they describe as “Arab radical Islamists team[ing] up with Nation of Islam/Black Panthers and White anti American Anarchist groups” but turn tail when outnumbered by New Black Panther Party counter-demonstrators:

“This week, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published an editorial that answered once and for all the question ‘Is Charlie Hebdo racist?'” by implying that all Muslims, “by just existing and practising, are part of a continuum that climaxes” in terrorism:

Google has removed the application from its store but refuses to state which policies the app violates on the grounds that it “does not comment on individual apps”:

News and Analysis (4/2/16)

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

“It turns out that the best predictor of foreign fighter radicalization was not a country’s wealth … [n]or how well-educated its citizens were, how healthy they were, or even how much Internet access they enjoyed. Instead, the top predictor was whether a country was Francophone”:

“While the teacher reports her statements were made in the context of trying to make a point about negative stereotypes, District officials do not believe that the teacher exercised the appropriate sensitivity expected of the District’s educators” — School District statement:

“[P]eople are not usually led to jihadist groups by religious faith.” As a former CIA officer observed, “They only became religious once they joined the jihad.” Thus, “[i]t is not through mosques but through the Internet that such jihadists discover their community”:

“While older men are more likely to be degree-holders than their female counterparts, younger women are more likely to have degrees.” While “the trend for girls to outperform boys had been well observed among non-Muslim students for some time … ‘it is very new among Muslims”:

“The regime has clamped down on private donations to extremists … and carried out airstrikes against ISIS. They deny they are supporting the terror group, but many feel it is the underlying Wahhabi Salafi ideology [shared with ISIS] that is the wider problem”:

“[T]he Nusra Front and rebel militias captured a village overlooking a major highway … [which] along with heavy government airstrikes that killed more than 30 civilians near Damascus this week, threatened to completely dissolve the truce …[and draw] Russia back into the conflict”:

“The communal grave, on the north-eastern edge of Palmyra, is the only one found so far in the city by the Syrian forces, the source said. It held the bodies of both civilians and Syrian army members captured by Islamic State … [and] many women and children …[,]  some …beheaded”: