Posts Tagged ‘ISIS’

  1. Trump’s hyperbolic shorthand


    April 7, 2016 by AK

    Back to Zeynap Tufekci’s insightful op-ed in The New York Times. Trump comes across as a talented populist with a fine ear for his electorate’s whispered aspirations: He uses Twitter as a kind of gut focus-group polling to pick up and amplify messages that resonate. Also, while his rally speeches may seem rambling, after having watched many, …
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  2. ISIS smuggling routes and Russian airstrikes


    December 7, 2015 by AK

    The Financial Times ran this primer to ISIS’ oil business almost two months ago. Four out of the five smuggling routes taking ISIS crude from Syria into Turkey entered the Hatay province, crossing its eastern or south-eastern border. In October-November 2015, Pieter van Ostaeyen’s maps designated the area adjacent to that section of the Turkish border …
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  3. How deadly is Islamic originalism?


    November 15, 2015 by AK

    The literal meaning of Islamophobia is fear of Islam and its adherents, and with every act of terror committed by Islamists this fear appears more understandable, if not justified. Neither ISIS nor Al-Qaeda is representative of all Islam of course, but ISIS’ doctrine as well the slightly less extreme Saudi version seem to be typical …
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  4. Don’t make concessions to a cheating player


    March 10, 2015 by AK

    I have written on the “squeeze Iran, disarm Ukraine” line of geopolitical thinking in this post, and JCass discussed it in the comments to this entry. In three sentences, the logic in question is this: “Putin has nukes, thus must be reckoned with. Let’s admit he has legitimate claims (Ukraine is a pseudo-state anyway) and …
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