I do NOT support ISIS (though I sympathize with their political grievances). But I am fascinated by the sophistication and quality of their recruiting materials. With everyone I watch I better understand their appeal to the “better angels” of young muslims. These are two clips from the 13-minute Islamic State recruitment video “There Is No Life WIthout Jihad”. My intent is NOT to inspire anyone to join the IS nor to build sympathy for its cause. Rather, I want to help us all better understand why some young westerns are attracted to the movement.
This looks like a great way to spend an afternoon in downtown Ramadi. I’m guessing scenes like this are more common and attractive to would-be recruits that immolation vids. But maybe I’m just old and soft.
May 14, 2015
By Stephen Gowans
The dictator of Bahrain—who, with the help of Saudi troops and tanks, ruthlessly crushed an Arab Spring uprising that demanded a representative democracy—is spending a leisurely day, today, in Britain, one of the world’s oldest parliamentary ‘democracies’, visiting a horse show with his fellow parasite Queen Elizabeth II. Britain is neck deep in the undemocratic campaign to topple the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, amply assisted by Saudi Arabia and other tyrannies of the Persian Gulf, who have provided arms, training and money to al-Qaeda and other Sunni religious fanatics to wage jihad against the secular, anti-sectarian, anti-imperialist, and anti-Zionist government of Assad. Assad must be toppled, the misnamed Friends of Syria aver, because he is a dictator who thwarted an Arab Spring uprising.
Sensitive to the legitimate demands inhered in the uprising, the Syrian government made major concessions, amending its constitution to open…
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I’m guessing Pope Francis won’t be invited to address the Knesset any time soon!
This vid is part of a series on how to pronounce “Today is the best day of my life” in various languages.
http://democracynow.org – On Monday former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced to 42 months in prison for leaking classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen about a failed U.S. effort to undermine Iran’s nuclear program. Risen later exposed how the risky operation could have actually aided the Iranian nuclear program. In January Sterling was convicted of nine felony counts, including espionage. He becomes the latest government employee jailed by the Obama administration for leaking information.
Manning believes the government should have to prove ‘intent to harm the nation or some person’ in order to convict someone of ‘espionage’. Should they?
Who you gonna believe Barack or Sy?
When the courts ruled NSA domestic spying illegal last week, it was the plain fact of that surveillance that was most important. But it also means that whistleblower Ed Snowden, cast as a traitor and spy by his critics, is vindicated.