Gülen a secret cardinal of the Catholic Church? [UPDATED]

[ by Charles Cameron — a case of Catholic taqiyya? srsly? you jest! ] . This tweet about Fethullah Gülen is just too rich in ironies to relegate to the comment section of my earlier posts, Turkey — keeping an eye out for Gülen and its follow-up, Turkey Tweeted, continued: Pro-Erdogan newspaper claims Gulen is […] 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 »

How Syria becomes Palestine

[ by Charles Cameron — on borrowing the atrocities of others for propaganda advantage ] . So @ICC4IDF uses a photo from Syria, bottom right, 2 illustrate his point @QueenWillRock @adamlambert. Enjoy Israel pic.twitter.com/6M7QysIp4T — Ben Af Rothenberg (@RisingRedStorm) June 15, 2016 and: @wake_theFup um that's #Syria. @Google image search it. @tabloidnewsxtra @stateofisrael pic.twitter.com/BSx8sssR9o — […] Read more »

A stunning reversal

[ by Charles Cameron — Dabiq vs the Qur’an — again, it’s the formal precision of the reversal that inrerests me ] . ** It is not the fact that the Islamic State delights in killing infidels that surprises me, it’s the utter reversal of the Qur’an’s own emphasis on the value of a single […] Read more »

DoubleQuoting Trumps and Cruzes

[ by Charles Cameron — various angles on graphical thinking in two Republican presidential campaigns ] . To start with, here is presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeting a humorous, tasteless and wildly unfair DoubleQuote in the Wild against his rival for the Republican nomination, Ted Cruz — evidence for the pervasiveness and persuasiveness of this […] Read more »

A misappropriated image?

[ by Charles Cameron — minor correction to a USG CVE tweet ] . pic.twitter.com/ofmYeFGNsx — Think AgainTurn Away (@ThinkAgain_DOS) February 18, 2016 ** I don’t think there’s any room for doubt about the Islamic State enslaving captured women and selling them. The IS magazine Dabiq, issue 4, under the heading The Revival of Slavery […] Read more »

Montenegro’s NATO Membership a Threat to Whom?

Last week, Montenegro, that tiny mountainous country, population of about 662,000 on the Adriatic Coast between Bosnia and Albania, was invited to join NATO. The invitation had been nine years in the making. Whereupon the Kremlin threw a hissy-fit. Ever since this outsized reaction, I’ve been puzzling as to why the Kremlin should care whether NATO offers membership to a “mouse that roared” – especially one that should be of no consequence to almost anyone – except for possible smugglers and gun runners surreptitiously moving contraband and perhaps humans across the Adriatic to Italy or travel agencies bringing Europeans to its spectacular coast on holidays. The closest I can come to an answer – besides the well-known argument that the Russian Federation somehow thinks that not getting along with NATO is better for the country than working with NATO – is that Montenegro was one of the last parts of Yugoslavia to separate from the rump state of Serbia; that its multi-religious population includes a substantial Serbian minority (28.7%); and that Russia and Serbia still seem to retain a special relationship with Russia acting as the protector of the latter. Read more »

ISIS: Paganism with an Islamic Face?

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a “zen“] “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Moloch, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 18:21  “They rejected the commandments of the Lord … and served Baal. They consigned their sons and daughters to the fire” – 2 […] Read more »

On sneers, smears, and mutual sniping

[ by Charles Cameron — not exactly an enthusiast of negative campaigning ] . I’ve been having a series of conversations with my friend Tom Merino recently, and a couple of days ago he suggested two quotes to me for comparison: I’ve formatted them in my usual DoubleQuotes style, but my friend calls the pairing […] 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 »