Center for Strategic Communication

Al-Nusra and Daesh: a joy, a grief and a prayer

[ by Charles Cameron — reading the Quran & hadith concerning the fates of Fr Hanna Jallouf, Alan Hemming, and Peter Kassig ] . L-to-R: hostages Fr Hanna Jallouf, Alan Hemming, and Peter Kassig ** I rejoice that Jabhat al-Nusra has released the Franciscan...

The Cockroaches of War. And of Jihad

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a “zen”] John Robb had a cool post on the ultra-radical takfiri insurgency ISIS/ISIL and their self-proclaimed Sunni “Caliphate“, the Islamic State, whom he gave as an example of “the cockroaches of war”:...

REVIEW: American Spartan by Ann Scott Tyson

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen’] American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant by Ann Scott Tyson  When I first posted that I had received a review copy of American Spartan from Callie, it stirred a vigorous...

Jottings 16: updates on Religion & Crimea

[ by Charles Cameron — some more reasons to take note of the religious aspects of the Ukraine / Crimea / Russia situation ] . It’s not as though I can keep on top of the situation, but I can at least jot down for you some URLs that will exphasize the...

Bomb Syria?

[by Mark Safranski a.k.a. “zen”] There is much ado about a prospective Western (i.e. American) aerial campaign to bomb the Iranian allied Alawite-Baathist dictatorship Syria over use of chemical weapons against primarily al Qaida allied Sunni Islamist...