This posting shall remain permanently pinned to the top of the Thought Front website for the duration of the Trump presidency, and may be updated periodically.Read more "Editorial: Trump Must Resign or Be Removed"
The year 2016 may go down as the greatest nadir in American and world history since perhaps the Cold War: there was the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, an affront both to democracy and humanity itself; continued humanitarian crises around the world, including deliberate bombing of civilians in Syria, and less-publicized crises in […]Read more "So What Good Things Happened in 2016?"
Indeed, Thought Front was dark for a number of days. I could give very compelling excuses for why that was (like the fact that I am in the middle of graduate school applications), but the fact of the matter is that, since Election Day, I simply could not stand looking at the news. To see […]Read more "Al Qaeda: “We Must Benefit From Trump’s Presidency Before A Possible Coup”"
Two weeks ago, Thought Front reported on the fact that both Islamic State and Al Qaeda spinoff Jabhat Fatah al-Sham were rooting for Donald Trump to win the presidential election. And now, they are at it again. The Twitter account Al-Maqalaat (@Al_Maqalaat_Ps), which appears to be connected to JFS and threw its support behind Trump, […]Read more "Terrorists Are Still Ripping on Trump Online"
Given all the media coverage of Islamic State, the terrorist group Al Qaeda has become increasingly marginalized in public discourse, seeming almost passé. Indeed, Al Qaeda has lagged far behind IS in attempting to gain territory in Syria, possibly explaining why its Syria branch officially spun off in July and became Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. However, […]Read more "Al Qaeda Says ISIS Is Too Violent"
Terrorist organizations in the Middle East are well aware of American politics, including the 2016 presidential campaign. Numerous experts believed that Republican candidate Donald Trump’s anti-Islam rhetoric, particularly his call for a Muslim entry ban into the United States, would create a wealth of material for Islamic State to use in its propaganda. (However, initially […]Read more "The Terrorists Are Rooting for Trump"
In July, Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, Jabhat al-Nusra, officially spun off from the terrorist organization and rebranded itself as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (“Front for the Conquest of Syria”). The actual reasons for the spinoff are still not entirely clear, nor what it indicates as to the state of affairs within Al Qaeda. Prima facie one […]Read more "Al Qaeda’s Unconvincing Explanations for Fracturing"