“The challenge in Pakistan is to reach the target audience with our message before the extremist groups can push them towards a hard conversion to their ideology. With most recruits, this happens somewhere between age 12-18, while subtle indoctrination begins much earlier. We think showing the true face of terrorists and the end results of […]
by NETA C. CRAWFORD for THE COSTS OF WAR PROJECT (WATSON INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AT BROWN UNIVERSITY) on MAY 22, 2015: SUMMARY EXCERPT: This report summarizes the separate toll of war on civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan and describes some of the ways the wars in each of those countries, while still having distinct features […]
via CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES on JUNE 1, 2015: Post-9/11, how is the United States finding the money to fight its wars? CSIS Senior Adviser and former Marine Corps Colonel Mark Cancian explains.
Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 15, 2015: Great journalists invite us to be companions with them on their journeys to extraordinary places. Carla Power offers such an invitation in her new book, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey […]
by HEKMATULLAH AZAMY for GANDHARA (RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY) on APRIL 30, 2015: KABUL, The Afghan Taliban are apparently in a catch-22 over the emergence and rise of the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan. The hard-line insurgent movement sees losing its fighters and commanders to IS as a strategic threat to its very survival in […]
compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 21, 2015: Italian authorities said today that the captain of a migrant boat and his deputy have been arrested on suspicion of people smuggling — with as many as 800 feared dead when a ship loaded with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya on Sunday night. […]
Video above from AFP: Iranians were out shopping ahead of the Persian New Year Nowruz. The Iranian new year, which begins on March 20, coincides with the first day of spring compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary: Wishing those who celebrate it a Happy Nowruz (Nowruz Mobarak) from the Silk Roads, to Iran, to the […]
via AJ+ on MARCH 16, 2015: Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen is a tiny restaurant with a big mission: serve up plates from countries that the United States government is in conflict with. From video journalist Will Yurman in the United States.
by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on FEBRUARY 17, 2015*Updated on February 24, 2015 w/new related pieces: The self-styled ‘Islamic State’ Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts. I keep seeing some assertions about it that strike me as exaggerated […]