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The Military-Financial-Industrial Complex

almost 5 years ago

Stories from major newspapers this week have examined this moment of crisis for American foreign policy in the Middle East. Afghanistan is expected to receive more American troops, while a run-off is being held due to election fraud. The President’s brother works for the CIA, Al Qaida is attacking ...


Empty Food Fetish

almost 5 years ago

While sustainable agriculture is rapidly becoming one of the looming issues of our time, a myth-based propensity toward naturalness may be stripping the movement of any effectuality.

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Nasir al-Wahayshi on Khalid Shaykh Muhammad

almost 5 years ago

Well that didn't last long. Nasir al-Wahayshi, the head of AQAP (who many people seem to under estimate, which I think is a mistake) has three articles in this issue, including a back of the magazine (this issue is a bit thicker than earlier offerings) piece on Khalid Shaykh Muhammad. Much of the ...

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Warning: Humorless

almost 5 years ago

I am attempting to maintain good humor, but as a warning to those who read this blog: please properly cite the material you gain from this blog. Much of what I post is public knowledge, but if you are using my posts, ideas or translations in published material do properly cite Waq al-waq ...

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Sada al-Malahim 11

almost 5 years ago

As a couple of commentators pointed out in the comments section last night, issue 11 of Sada al-Malahim is now out. I downloaded it last night, but given my writing schedule I am attempting to limit myself to only one article a day, which is rather difficult to do. The one I read today was rather ...