Center for Strategic Communication

A Tale of Two Places – Dabiq and Rumiyah

[ by Charles Cameron — Rumiyah is a city for sure, Dabiq not so much ] . The Islamic State has a new magazine out, and it’s titled Rumiyah, not Dabiq. Here’s the first inside page of the first issue of Dabiq, together with the cover of the first issue of Rumiyah: And...

Syria and drawing the web of tensions

[ by Charles Cameron — with a Magnus Ransdorp squib in its tail ] . The issue is complexity, and how you represent it. The case in point is Syria. Here’s a diagram that suggests complexity as a sort of crazy weaving, all straight lines and colors: This *simple* chart...

New York Times correction ouroboros

[ by Charles Cameron — irresistible but sad, sad, sad ] . Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party presidential candidate, flubbed a question about Aleppo in an interview: That’s not great. The New York Times then corrected him: Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor and...

Quick notes on intelligent intelligence, 2

[ by Charles Cameron — on a quote from my fellow whacky Brit, Geoffrey Pyke ] . Whacky? From a short description of the man by his biographer, Henry Hemming: Geoffrey Pyke, an inventor, war reporter, escaped prisoner, campaigner, father, educator–and all-around...