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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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Not the smartest of guard dogs, +Jan Macvarish​, ​, ​, +felicie krikler​
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I'm finally admitting defeat with Google Drive. I paid for a subscription to try and back up photos and code via the Mac OS desktop app, but it has to be the worst piece of software ever written by an intern. Constantly loses connection, crashes, pushes the CPU to 100%...it really is rubbish.
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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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I'm looking forward to convening a session on Ayn Rand at this year's Battle of Ideas festival at the Barbican, in October. If any of my friends in cyberspace are thinking of going to the conference, the early bird ticket price ends tomorrow (Tuesday 9th), so get in quick.

Details of the session and its impressive speakers are below, and from there you can also find details of all the other sessions, as well as ticket information.

http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/2014/session_detail/8986
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"While the specification is a work in progress, JSON-LD largely succeeds. It makes it possible to introduce Linked Data principles and vocabularies into existing JSON data without changing the data structure or application code. By the same stroke, the simple, readable structure of its JSON makes it easy to use..."

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Linked Data is a powerful tool for sharing bibliographic metadata. By combining the decentralization of the web with the use of globally defined metadata vocabularies, data from many sources can be tr...
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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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