The currency will free ISIS members from the “tyrannical monetary system that was imposed on the Muslims and was a reason for their enslavement and impoverishment, and the wasting the fortunes of the Ummah [the community of Muslims worldwide], making it easy prey in the hands of the Jews and Crusaders,” according to a translation via the Site Intelligence Group.
“The easiest day of the air campaign against ISIS was the first day,” said Christopher Harmer, an analyst with the Institute for the Study of War. U.S. pilots knew the locations of ISIS command and control facilities and storage depots, and to an extent the group was taken at least partially by surprise, since it didn’t know the precise time the strikes would begin. “Past that first day or two of easy targets, ISIS predictably dispersed into the civilian population. They quit using high-power radios, satellite and cellphones, starting moving to a dispersed command and control model,” Harmer said.
In fact, the present-day phenomenon in this context has become an obligatory part of populist rhetoric in which American involvement is blamed for everything — from terrorist attacks, to the energy crises, to perhaps even the outbreak of dengue fever!
“Anti-Americanism in Pakistan: A brief history”
Nadeem F. Paracha
Reading highly recommended.
The US administration must candidly introspect whether it is the St John Philby type converts in its policymaking circles, sheer naiveté and skin-deep understanding of the regional dynamics or pure political expediency that the mother load of jihadists still survive and thrive in Pakistan. What the era after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan portends for that country and South Asia will depend a lot upon such soul searching.
Once again Ukraine finds itself in a state of revolution and war, and the outcome may affect all Europe and the United States. As accomplished author and Ukraine scholar Wendy Lower notes, the conflict over who controls Ukraine’s future is also a conflict over the interpretation of its history. With the intent of informing, and perhaps narrowing the gap between historical facts and inflammatory rhetoric, the editors of Holocaust and Genocide Studies have issued this special edition on the Holocaust in Ukraine, featuring selected articles from the past ten years. Read as a whole, these essays begin to fill in the bigger picture of the history of Holocaust in Ukraine and the Nazi occupation.
Read the issue online for a limited time.
An Iraqi deputy and son of the tribe’s leader said that the mass killings were tantamount to genocide and were an attempt by IS to wipe out the Albu Nimr tribe.
Ghazi Al-Kaoud told the pan-Arabic newspaper “Asharq Al-Awsat” on November 4 that IS gunmen were targeting the Albu Nimr tribe in a “policy of genocide” out of revenge because many tribesmen were members of the Awakening (Sahwat) movements fighting IS.
However, with good reason, MEMO has been criticized as a sometimes openly anti-Semitic “Islamist news outfit” and a “hate publisher” with close ties to Hamas. MEMO’s director Daud Abdullah has been described as an “extremist” with sympathies for jihadi terrorist groups, and the site’s senior editor Ibrahim Hewitt has been characterized as a “Muslim hardliner” and “one of Britain’s most prominent Islamic firebrands.” Hewitt also serves as the chairman of Interpal, a UK-based fund that is widely viewed as supporting Hamas and has been designated as a terrorist entity by the US government. MEMO’s Palestine Book Awards “Trustees” include not only several prominent “critics” of Israel, but also the outspoken Hamas supporter Azzam Tamimi who has repeatedly expressed his desire to become a “martyr” and asserted that Hamas “is the true representative of the Palestinian people.”
http://brandeiscenter.com/blog/the-hamas-book-club/ – 11/7/2014.
“I was selected as the consensus candidate of the Consultative Committee for the post of UN Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories earlier this year,” Cerna wrote in a comment on the blog of the European Journal of International Law, “but the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the League of Arab States both officially opposed me, which killed my candidacy.”