The paradoxical roles of luxury cars in the lives of the women of IS

[ by Charles Cameron — not particularly anxious to own a BMW — but did I once win a Rolls for a night of Bach at the Hollywood Bowl ] . Sources: Belfast Telegraph, Jihadi brides with BMW M5s Dabiq, issue #8 p.34, The Twin Halves of the Muhajirin So we’re somewhat fond of the […] Read more »

President Obama Helps Dedicate the New Edward M. Kennedy Institute

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the First Lady traveled to Boston today to celebrate the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The building — complete with a full-scale replica of the United States Senate chamber — honors the life and legacy of Edward "Ted" Kennedy, who served as a U.S. Senator from 1962 to 2009.

Located adjacent to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the Institute offers interactive exhibits, a replica of Sen. Kennedy’s D.C. office, and historic documents and memorabilia from the Senator’s life.

“The John F. Kennedy Library next door is a symbol of our American idealism. The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is a living example of the hard, frustrating, never-ending, but critical work required to make that idealism real,” President Obama said today.

President Obama Speaks at the New Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, Mass., March 30, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Trolls not Elves: a Putinesque Christmas

[ by Charles Cameron — a factory for words — ugh! ] . ** In American folklore, a Christmas elf is a diminutive creature (elf) that lives with Santa Claus in the North Pole and acts as his helper. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty has a fasacinating account in which One Professional Russian Troll […] Read more »

What We Are Reading

Key Reads   Arab League agrees to create joint military force BBC The heads of Arab League countries meeting in Egypt have agreed to create a joint Arab military force.   Iran says U.S. drone kills 2 in Iraq; U.S. denies claim Chicago Tribune Iran’s Revolution Guard says a U.S. drone strike has killed two […]

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New Article: “Who Lost Russia?” at The Chicago Progressive

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] I have a new piece up at The Chicago Progressive: Who Lost Russia? If you are old enough to remember the iconic moment when Boris Yeltsin climbed on a tank on CNN and defied leaders of a KGB coup and then watched seventy years of Soviet communism swiftly collapse, you […] Read more »

Break it Down Show – LTG Daniel P. Bolger

   Friend of ZP, Pete Turner and his partner Jon interview LTG Daniel P. Bolger, author of Why We Lost, at The Break it Down Show: The General’s Account – With Daniel P. Bolger  This is a great episode, a “must listen” event – insurgency, accountability, the GRU, the Taliban, counterinsurgency theory, ISIS, Boko Haram, strategy, […] Read more »

Ghazwa-e-Hind revisited: Husain Haqqani

[ by Charles Cameron — a highly recommended article on an often overlooked topic ] . ** Amb. Husain Haqqani has a new piece up on the Hudson Institute site, Prophecy & the Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent, which deals with the Ghazwa-e-Hind. I have quoted Haqqani before on this topic, since he is an […] Read more »

Analysis, and the question of trust

[ by Charles Cameron — who was taught to think of “longer term” as extending to our children of the seventh generation ] . Here’s the problem: ** In the Introduction to Cyber Analogies (Feb 2014, 133 pp., Emily Goldman & John Arquilla, eds) we read: The project was conceived and carried out to help […] Read more »