Monthly Archives: January 2015

Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi Folly: Domestic Crackdown, Global Export

By Carol E.B. Choksy, Jamsheed K. Choksy, The House of Saud proclaims that it stands “in the face of those trying to hijack Islam ‎and present it to the world as a religion of extremism, hatred, and terrorism.” In Saudi … Continue reading

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PUBLICITY STUNT: ISIS’s $200m Ransom Demand

MoneyJihad Ransom demands by jihadist groups for the release of Western hostages have been averaging about $8 million per hostage over the last couple years. The $200 million recently demanded by ISIS to spare the lives of two Japanese captives … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia’s Role in the Conflict Between Shia and Sunni

-Patrick Cockburn The U.S. and its Western allies have turned a blind eye to Saudi Arabia’s longstanding and substantial support for the most extreme elements of the Sunni opposition in both Syria and Iraq. Support from Saudi Arabia and the … Continue reading

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New Massive Refugee “Crisis” Developing In Africa; will it ultimately surpass the Syrian humanitarian “crisis?”

Boko Haram’s ransacking (http://www.ibtimes.com/after-baga-attack-boko-haram-carves-out-vast-enclave-extends-cameroon-chad-1783542) of villages in northeastern Nigeria during the past three weeks has caused a massive displacement of citizens who are now spilling over the borders of two neighboring countries, with the area quickly becoming the locus of … Continue reading

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CAR data – a crisis in numbers

Over the last year, violence has continued across the Central African Republic (CAR) despite multiple cessations of hostilities agreements and attempts to end the conflict. The weeks since mid-December have seen fresh inter-communal violence break out at different locations across … Continue reading

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Who is Sajida al-Rishawi, the woman ISIS wants in exchange for Japanese hostage Kenji Goto?

BY CHONG ZI LIANG The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is reportedly demanding the release of an Al-Qaeda-linked attempted female suicide bomber, Sajida al-Rishawi, in exchange for its hostage, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. Rishawi, who is in her … Continue reading

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PSYOPS in Canada Failing to Preserve a Hard-Earned Capability

MARTIN FORGUES With the Islamic State demonstrating state-of-the-art propaganda techniques drawing thousands of foreign fighters into their ranks, psychological operations (PSYOPS) units should be deployed on the first line alongside SOF advisors and the Kurdish forces they support. As a … Continue reading

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Israeli experts: the coalition against ISIS – too little, too late

The results of the fighting against ISIS are very limited “there is lot of public relations and too little action”, one Israeli expert said. It is obvious that setbacks seem to be more evident than progress in the coalition efforts. … Continue reading

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A PESSIMISTIC GUIDE TO THE WORLD IN 2015

http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-flash-points/

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The Last Kings

BloombergQuickTake Succession in the Persian Gulf The world has only a handful of old-fashioned kings, the kind whose subjects must follow their every command. Europe’s monarchs gave way to constitutions and elected governments long ago, as did those in Japan … Continue reading

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