Monthly Archives: March 2011

Inspire #5: between front and back covers

[ by Charles Cameron — cross-posted from Zenpundit ] * Okay. When what goes into the opening paragraphs of an editor’s note at the front of a magazine corresponds pretty exactly to what’s on the back cover, you have a … Continue reading

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Of war and miracle: the poetics, spirituality and narratives of jihad

[ by Charles Cameron — cross-posted from Zenpundit ] * Issue #5 of the AQAP magazine Inspire is now available for viewing. I am reasonably confident that with attention focused on such things as al-Awlaki‘s response to the various uprisings … Continue reading

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The war in Libya, the backstory of an idea

Humanitarian intervention, like the NATO war in Libya, is a modern concept with a genealogy, according to British documentarian Adam Curtis. Curtis locates the beginning in the 1960s, with the Biafran war.  That’s when media mechanisms connecting human suffering to … Continue reading

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Keeping Up with the Jones’s

There’s an old joke about two explorers walking through the dry veldt grasses and coming across a lion.  As they back away, one turns and starts running. The other calls out, “Why are you running so fast?  You can’t outrun … Continue reading

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Soon soon coming of the Mahdi?

[ by Charles Cameron — cross-posted from Zenpundit ] * Okay, I’d say things are heating up. Here’s a screen grab from what we are led to believe is a recent video from Iran, made with government backing as described … Continue reading

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Fear oil, not nuclear?

Are international concerns about Japanese atomic problems skewed?  Could our media-fueled worries lead us to poor energy policy decisions? It seems counterintuitive to think, but consider this chart from ProPublica: Oil and coal, some of the leading global energy sources, … Continue reading

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Big “L?” Or little?

One of the online communities I am a member of, one which happens to be “hyperlocal,” i.e. its participants are mostly within 5 miles of my home, has a very active political forum. Although there are few people in my … Continue reading

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