Birmingham, a little light relief in tough times

[ by Charles Cameron — all tweets guaranteed safe for the workplace ] . Steven Emerson made the mistaken claim on Fox News that Birmingham is an all-Muslim enclave — and has withdrawn his claim and apologized fulsomely in the aftermath. While Emerson is not an “expert” I’d follow or trust, I have to admit […] Read more »

Paris: best resources

[ by Charles Cameron — where I’m finding clarity in the fog, and grateful for it ] . From my point of view, the most calm-headed and significant tweet thus far today must be Will McCants‘ offering of scholarly context: Insulting the prophet — a helpful scholarly review of the concept in Islam — […] Read more »

Dabiq, also Palestinian TV show satirizes IS

[ by Charles Cameron - ISIS video, early Dabiq reference, satirical response ] . . You may recall that almost exactly a year ago, Shiite truck drivers in Anbar province were stopped by ISIS patrols, questioned as to the exact form of Islamic prayer, and executed when they didn’t give an approved Sunni response. The […] Read more »

Satire! Fake! Hoax! Internet! [correction on p.16 below the fold]

[ by Charles Cameron -- and yes, "p.16 below the fold" is pretty much the news equivalent of "at the back of the bus" ] . A prime-time Dutch TV news show, De Wereld Draait Door, regularly includes a satirical segment, and the other day the segment editors spliced together a number of snippets of [...] Read more »

Shoma Choudhury talks to the CIA & Taliban, more or less

[ by Charles Cameron -- two talks from India's THiNK2013 conference, one about the Taliban and US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the other a tale of India / Pakistan Partition ] . Here, Indian journalist Shoma Choudhury interviews Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, one time Taliban ambassador to Pakistan and author of the book, My Life with [...] Read more »

Ahrar-ul-Hind, Ghazwa-e-Hind?

[ by Charles Cameron -- in which the "second shoe" of Islamist eschatology will land on India ] . . Bill Roggio, over in Long Wars Journal a day or two ago, posted an article titled Pakistani jihadists form Ahrar-ul-Hind, vow to continue attacks. In it, he introduces the group, Ahrar-ul-Hind: A new global jihadist [...] Read more »

How to Lose a War: A Primer

[by Mark Safranski a.k.a. "zen"] Since Pakistan is now attempting to get its victory over the United States in Afghanistan formally ratified, now seemed to be a good time to reflect on the performance of American statesmen, politicians and senior generals. It has occurred to me that we have many books and papers outlining how to [...] Read more »

The Promise and Pitfalls of Humor and Ridicule as Strategies to Counter Extremist Narratives

CSC members H. L. Goodall, Jr, Pauline Hope Cheong, Kristin Fleischer and Steven R. Corman have just published a new article in Perspectives on Terrorism.  The abstract is below, and the article is available (free) here. Rhetorical Charms: The Promise and Pitfalls of Humor and Ridicule as Strategies to Counter Extremist Narratives In this article we provide a brief account of the uses of humor, in particular satire and ridicule, to counter extremist narratives and […] Read more »