In order to stave off the possibility of a brokered convention this year, Donald Trump has hired Paul J. Manafort, a veteran political operative and lobbyist who helped Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan clinch their nominations at past conventions. In a way, Trump’s choice of Manafort is fitting: not only is he a veteran of […]Read more "Trump’s New Adviser Has a Long History of Working for Fascists"
After the conviction of Officer Peter Liang for the shooting death of Akai Gurley, it seemed activists could breathe a sigh of relief knowing that this would be a rare occasion where an NYPD officer would actually face punishment for manslaughter that resulted from his reckless and negligent behavior. But activists were stirred up yet […]Read more "Why No Leniency for Pedro Rosales and Jessica Aguilar, Ken Thompson?"
On Tuesday, we witnessed another tragic terrorist attack carried out by ISIS. This time it was Belgium. The episode rang familiar after the Paris terrorist attack by ISIS in November, although this year alone the group has also been responsible for attacks in Turkey, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Libya. Media coverage of the Belgium […]Read more "ISIS Is Losing"
A major criticism of strategic bombing is that there are regularly unintended consequences that hurt civilians. As mentioned on this blog, bombing ISIS oil resulted in higher prices for food and heating oil, forcing people to burn furniture. Other bombing that hypothetically hurts the regime has also dealt a blow to civilians, such as the […]Read more "The Unforeseen Consequences of Bombing ISIS"
In yesterday’s batch of propaganda, Daesh included a photo essay showing daily life in a small town near Syria’s Tabqa Dam. According to Google Translate the town is Medinhjamilh, whose nickname is the “Class City,” although I could find no references to anyplace in Syria with that name. The array of propaganda photos, accompanied by […]Read more "Pringles Are Available in ISIS Territory"
As I have discussed twice before, ISIS periodically puts out propaganda photos of nature. The reason for it is still not entirely certain, although multiple experts speculated that the point is to show how ISIS rule has created an idyllic, euphoric caliphate. And it turns out that, based on an item in this week’s propaganda, […]Read more "ISIS Loves Forests"
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