Monthly Archives: March 2016

From Demographic Fatalism to Demographic Optimism

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French Appeasement Déjà Vu

France was aware of Khomeini’s terror-driven worldview, and of his prescribed school textbooks, which brainwashed Islamic youth in France and other countries into hating the “arrogant great Western Satan.” However, France preferred to sacrifice long-term national and homeland security interests … Continue reading

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French Appeasement Déjà Vu

Yoram Ettinger The French intent to recognize Palestinian statehood in Judea & Samaria, if the Israel-Palestinian negotiations fail, reflects the French policy of appeasing Palestinian terrorism (since the 1960s) and Islamic terrorism (since 1978). Rather than sheltering France from terrorism, … Continue reading

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Turkey: Official Advice: High Degree of Caution

Advice levelsTurkey overall, exercise a high degree of caution– Pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media about possible new safety or security risks.– Ankara and Istanbul, reconsider your need to travel– Provinces of … Continue reading

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Turkey: Official Advice: High Degree of Caution

hozint, DiplomaticWire Latest advice, 31 Mar 2016 We continue to receive information that indicates that terrorists may be planning attacks in Turkey which could take place at any time. Further attacks in urban centres are expected. We now advise Australians … Continue reading

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War and Madness: A Retrospective of Five Years of Reporting on the War in Syria

They vary in orientation from the radical secularism and socialist outlook of the Syrian Kurds in autonomous “Rojava” to the murderous and apocalyptic Sunni jihadism of the Islamic State.Along the way, one may find the Iran-oriented Shi’ite Islamism of Hezbollah … Continue reading

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War and Madness: A Retrospective of Five Years of Reporting on the War in Syria

JONATHAN SPYER The rise of extreme Salafi Islamist groups from the womb of the rebellion confirmed the trend. On January 23, 2012, the foundation of the Jabhat an-Nusra li-Ahl ash-Shām (Support Front for the People of the Levant) was announced. … Continue reading

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How Syria’s Uprising Spawned a Jihad

Five years after the emergence of peaceful protests against Assad’s rule, Syria is witnessing the first sustained reduction of violence since the eruption of the country’s civil war. A “cessation of hostilities” backed by Russia and the United States is … Continue reading

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How Syria’s Uprising Spawned a Jihad

Kathy Gilsinan This month marks five years since the start of the Syrian uprising—a movement that, for a brief period in March 2011, looked like it might bring peaceful change to an authoritarian state. By that point, the presidents of … Continue reading

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The Dark Web Is Too Slow and Annoying for Terrorists

As a communications platform, a site on the dark web doesn’t do what jihadis need it to do very well. It won’t reach many new people compared to “curious Googling,” as the authors point out, limiting its utility as a … Continue reading

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