Early notes on McCants’ The ISIS Apocalypse

[ by Charles Cameron — a couple of grace-notes while I’m working on my review of Will McCants‘ book, The ISIS Apocalypse ] . One: My first note concerns the elegant way in which McCants‘ view of the changing state of IS eschatology as it has developed in practice conforms to Max Weber‘s theory of […] Read more »

Hourani / Ignatius, Clint Watts / Buddhism, Hindutva / Dhimmitude

[ by Charles Cameron — some unexpected and enlightening juxtapositions ] . Three textual DoubleQuotes: The first, as you’ll see, consists of two brief excerpts from David Ignatius‘ Atlantic piece, How ISIS Spread in the Middle East, which is worth your attention as a follow up to Graeme Wood‘s What ISIS Really Wants, and mentions […] Read more »

Of royalty and wildlife

[ by Charles Cameron — observing with interest the slow turning of the tides ] . That was then: When King George V went to Nepal in 1911, he killed 39 tigers, 18 rhinoceroses and 4 bears. http://t.co/J462ghqHKA pic.twitter.com/qCQzsGFqOy — Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle) August 3, 2015 This is now: Meet the houbara bustard, an endangered […] Read more »

Hipbone update & request for your vote!

[ by Charles Cameron — 3 Quarks Daily, Boston Apocalyptic conference, LapidoMedia, World Religions and Spirituality Project, Bellingcat, Loopcast, Pragati, Sembl ] . First, please vote! . My story, War in Heaven, is in the running for the 3 Quarks Daily Arts & Literature Prize. 3 Quarks Daily is a great aggregator site, I’m honored […] Read more »

Browsing in bin Laden’s library

[ by Charles Cameron — always interested in other people’s books, & with a keen eye for eccentric choices ] . ** Every terrorism library – and every terrorist’s library, too, maybe – should have at least one conspiracist book in it, and Bin Laden’s library apparently had several – I’d likely count America’s “War […] Read more »

Bin, Brennan and Baghdadi: how many heads hath a snake?

[ by Charles Cameron -- even after death, snakes can bite you -- plus a quick look at someone Baghdadi may have termed an "effeminate pilot" ] . Major Mariam Al Mansouri, first female UAE's pilot who took part in the strikes against #ISIS pic.twitter.com/AnqVrshaZ7 — Jean Pierre Duthion (@halona) September 24, 2014 ** For […] Read more »

President Obama: “We Will Degrade and Ultimately Destroy ISIL”

Watch on YouTube In an address from the State Floor of the White House, President Obama spoke to the nation tonight about ISIL -- and our comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group. The President reiterated that as Co... Read more »

Sanctified payback, blowback

[ by Charles Cameron -- so IS is using waterboarding? meditating on copycattism as a jihadist strategy ] . ** Here’s the basic news, from Adam Goldman and Julie Tate, Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded, in the Washington Post today: At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an […] Read more »

Jottings 13: on matters of porcine theology

[ by Charles Cameron -- with a sidelong glance at anti-Imperialist cows ] . ** The news was in an AP post headed Pig heads in boxes sent to Jewish targets in Rome: Italian police say they are searching for the sender of pig heads to Rome’s main synagogue, the Israeli Embassy and a city [...] Read more »