Meltdown, No Mouth Must Scream

[ by Charles Cameron — two powerful graphic images, one simple truth ] . ** From a purely graphic angle, the two images mirror one another quite nicely, and arguably the meltdown is the cause for the need to scream. I generally try to avoid politics, but when it leaks over into the same religious […] Read more »

Fake and authentic Dabiq #15s

[ by Charles Cameron — noting a further IS propaganda effort to frame its terror as a war against Christendom ] . Fake Dabiq 15: Fake version/s of #SIS English mag, #Dabiq 15, are circulated on twitter. Not 1st time bogus #ISIS/ #AQ mags surface pic.twitter.com/yYUK0Bc71T — Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) June 9, 2016 Clicking through […] Read more »

Turnabout is fair play?

[ by Charles Cameron — fascinated as always by the interweave of worlds ] . If not causality, then at least correlation? Batman goes to Iraq to save the caliphate from the Joker, and other parallels; my latest http://t.co/7PECNZX9O0 pic.twitter.com/rkciaYLv79 — J.M. Berger (@intelwire) August 19, 2015 I’m really not sure which came first, the […] Read more »

On LapidoMedia: Mullah Omar’s death strengthens al-Baghdadi’s claim to the caliphate

[ by Charles Cameron — Mullah Omar, the Prophet’s cloak in Kandahar, & the title “Amir al-Mu’minin” ] . A man prays at the Shrine of the Cloak of the Prophet, Kandahar. Photo: Tomas Munita/AP ** My latest for LapidoMedia begins: ON THE FIRST anniversary of the death of US journalist James Wright Foley, the […] Read more »

Intellectuals and their Romance with Political Barbarism

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Martin Heidegger, Eric Hobsbawm and Ezra Pound A  meandering post inspired by Reason Magazine and Charles Cameron. Reason.com is best known for giving a scrappy libertarian take on current events, crime, technology and pop culture, but recently, an article by Charles Paul Freund touched a deeper, darker vein of twentieth century history […] Read more »

Brief brief: from cost-benefit to apocalypse

[ by Charles Cameron — a bullet train of thought re Daesh from the New Yorker ] . ** George Packer, in Why ISIS Murdered Kenji Goto a couple of days ago, connects a longer distance between ideas faster than the bullet train from Beijing to Guangzhou… The Islamic State doesn’t behave according to recognizable […] Read more »

De-Romanticizing the Islamic State’s Vision of the Caliphate

CSC has released a new white paper entitled De-Romanticizing the Islamic State’s Vision of the Caliphate.  The Executive Summary is below, and you can download the full PDF here. Executive Summary Calls for restoration of the Caliphate are a regular feature of Islamist extremist communication, most recently and notably that of the Islamic State (IS) who in mid-2014 declared a new Caliphate and named their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as Caliph. This paper analyzes the extremist vision […] Read more »

De-Romanticizing the Islamic State’s Vision of the Caliphate

by R. Bennett Furlow, Kristin Fleischer and Steven R. Corman Calls for restoration of the Caliphate are a regular feature of Islamist extremist communication, most recently and notably that of the Islamic State (IS) who in mid-2014 declared a new Caliphate and named their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as Caliph. This paper analyzes the extremist vision of the Caliphate from a strategic communication point of view, revealing its vulnerability. Extremists construct a narrative of an […] Read more »

Respective results of Jihad vs Democracy in a “wild” DoubleQuote

[ by Charles Cameron -- not sure of the original provenance, but the content speaks for itself ] . Infographie jihadiste pour dire que les frères musulmans ont eu tort de croire en la démocratie en rejetant le jihad pic.twitter.com/XNQY6igDct — David Thomson (@_DavidThomson) September 21, 2014 ** The French text reads: A jihadist infographic […] Read more »