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Strange Maps

371 - Charting the Cherry Blossom Front

about 5 years ago

“The man of breeding never appears to abandon himself completely to his pleasures; even his manner of enjoyment is detached. It is the rustic boors who take all their pleasures grossly. They squirm their way through the crowd to get under the trees; they stare at the blossoms with eyes for ...

Waq al-Waq

AQAP Audio Tape

about 5 years ago

There is a new AQAP audio tape, with an accompanying transcript, that has been posted to jihadi forums. I'm downloading it at the moment. This tape was teased in the last issue of Sada al-Malahim.

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Al-Qahtani in Sada al-Malahim

about 5 years ago

Nayf Muhammad al-Qahtani's article in Sada al-Malahim on Saudi's most wanted list of 85 suspects gives some good background information on a handful of current leaders, particularly al-Wahayshi, Qasim al-Raymi and Said al-Shihri. (I'm not going to do a full analysis here, as I am writing an ...

Daylight Atheism

Poetry Sunday: Leaves

about 5 years ago

Today's Poetry Sunday features the American poet Sara Teasdale. Like other female writers of the nineteenth century, she lived a quiet and reclusive life, yet was acclaimed in the wider world for compositions showing far greater skill and beauty than her seemingly limited perspective should have ...

Waq al-Waq

Guantanamo (Again)

about 5 years ago

Letta Tayler of Human Rights Watch has this article at Salon. My favorite part is Murad Zafir's quote. Murad is an old friend, and if you know him, then you can't help but picture him saying this and double-up in laughter. One of my favorite DC conferences was one from last summer in which Murad ...