Monthly Archives: February 2015

Thinking Aloud: Pushing All of Algeria’s Buttons

Feb. 28, 2015 by Darius In the deserts of southern Algeria, protests against the government occur almost every day.  Near some towns, youths have closed roads with blockades of burning tires.  Clashes with riot police and soldiers are becoming more … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Murder in the Heart of Moscow Has Hallmarks of Professional Hit”

“Murder in the Heart of Moscow Has Hallmarks of Professional Hit” Bloomberg Businessweek, February 28, 2015 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-28/murder-in-the-heart-of-moscow-has-hallmarks-of-professional-hit “The Friday night killing of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov just outside the Kremlin, in one of the most closely watched areas of Russia, … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: I Am an Atheist Blogger Too

Feb. 27, 2015 by Darius Yesterday, a blogger in Bangladesh was hacked to death on his way home from a book fair.  Avijit Roy, a US citizen born in Bangladesh, is thought to have been killed by Islamist extremists for … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Hybrid War: The Real Reason Fighting Stopped in Ukraine – For Now”

“Hybrid War: The Real Reason Fighting Stopped in Ukraine – For Now” Reuters, February 26, 2015 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/02/26/hybrid-war-the-real-reason-fighting-stopped-in-ukraine-for-now/ “President Vladimir Putin understands how insurgencies work better than any other Russian leader.  We are watching this play out right now in Ukraine.  Before … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Paradise Now”

Feb. 26, 2015 by Darius I recently saw the 2005 Palestinian/Israeli film “Paradise Now” and found it to be a very thought-provoking film. “Paradise Now” takes place in the West Bank, where two Palestinian youths, friends since childhood, are recruited … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Fear of Islamic State Revives Afghan Mujahideen”

“Fear of Islamic State Revives Afghan Mujahideen” The Washington Post, February 25, 2015, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/fear-of-the-islamic-state-spawns-a-renegade-afghan-militia/2015/02/24/2089b406-b091-11e4-827f-93f454140e2b_story.html “The 25 men who gathered last week in a poor enclave of this ancient city bore the scars of a lifetime of war.  One lost four … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: A Look at Central Asian Fighters in Syria, Part II

Feb. 25, 2015 by Darius [I recently attended a fascinating event on Central Asian fighters in Syria and especially how they are recruited over the internet.  Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, the speaker asked that the event … Continue reading

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