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Is the biggest problem 'fear itself'?
The West needs to beat Islamism on the battlefield of ideas.
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Tara has also recommended Inside Isis Inc: The journey of a barrel of oil.
Follow the journey of a barrel of oil from the oilfield to refinery and markets to see how the Isis production system works, who is making money money from it, and why it is proving so challenging to disrupt
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Before we get too carried away with the horror of ISIS and its 'successes', Olivier Roy points out their weaknesses.
Globalized terrorism is no more effective than conducting aerial bombings without forces on the ground.
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Kenan Malik has written some interesting pieces on the identity aspects of ISIS, particularly after the recent Paris attacks. Here's one.
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If you haven't time to read Cockburn's book then maybe try a podcast. This one is from Newshour Extra on the World Service, and is 55 minutes.
Owen Bennett-Jones is joined by an expert panel to discuss the forces fuelling the phenomenon known as global jihad. Where do fighters come from and what is the appeal of the organisations they join? There are now many jihadi groups but why does Boko Haram attract fewer foreign fighters than the organisation that calls itself Islamic State? We hear how Islamic State governs and about the relations between some of the biggest members of the al-Qae...
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Another new post from a few days ago, about a module that makes it easy to create an API endpoint using a Gulpfile.
Sometimes we want to pipe files from a web server into Gulp.Sometimes we want to pipe files out of Gulp into a web server.But sometimes we want Gulp to simply *
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Patrick Cockburn has an article in the London Review of Books asking whether ISIS is in its final days.
The war in Syria and Iraq has produced two new de facto states in the last five years and enabled a third quasi-state greatly to expand its territory and power. The two new states, though unrecognised internationally, are stronger militarily and politically than most members of the UN. One . . .
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Tara recommends Al Qaeda Makes a Comeback from the NBC News site.
It's been overshadowed by ISIS in recent years, but the older terror group is showing renewed strengths via its affiliates around the world.
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This is another useful read from Kenan Malik, about how Jihadists' estrangement draws them towards ISIS.
They are as estranged from Muslim communities as they are from western societies
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This is a review of Cockburn's book on Spiked Online.
Patrick Cockburn’s study of ISIS indicts both Saudi Arabia and the West.
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This is the main thing to read if you have time between now and the discussion. Raises many interesting points about the origins of IS. There are also some podcasts, articles, and book reviews below.
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A new post about creating blog themes that are independent of any particular static site generator.
There are [lots of static site generators (SSG)](https://www.staticgen.com/),written in a variety of languages and many of them are incredibly powerful. But whe
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For a number of years Mark Birbeck has been involved in helping to bring about the semantic web, and has consulted, written and spoken widely on this and related topics. He is the originator of the W3C's RDFa standard, and most recently he has been working on a number of semantic web projects for the UK government.
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  • stakk
    CEO, 2014 - present
  • Sidewinder Labs
    CEO, 2014
  • LevelBusiness
    CTO, 2010 - 2011
  • Backplane Ltd.
    Managing Director, 2011
  • Shopa
    2013 - 2014
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The year the West terrorised itself
www.spiked-online.com

The West needs to beat Islamism on the battlefield of ideas.

The Attacks in Paris Reveal the Strategic Limits of ISIS - The New York ...
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Globalized terrorism is no more effective than conducting aerial bombings without forces on the ground.

A search for identity draws jihadis to the horrors of Isis | Kenan Malik...
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They are as estranged from Muslim communities as they are from western societies

Why do Islamist groups in particular seem so much more sadistic, even ev...
www.theguardian.com

Jihadis view themselves as waging a war against the west that, in their eyes, is an all-encompassing monster, the source of all manner of ho

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Two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), teams once again with...

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Probably one of the best Pembertons you'll find in Amsterdam, if not all of the Netherlands. Serves great coffee, and if you get the chance, try the venison.
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