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Guantanamo (Again)

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over 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 ...

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Danish?

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For all our Danish speakers out there, and seeing as how I come from good (or at least hearty, as family legend says we were chased out of Denmark a few hundred years ago for vague criminal activities) Danish stock I'm embarrassed to say I am not one, but nevertheless, those who do speak it can now ...

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The Politics of Jihadi Forums

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I have been watching with interest over the last two days how the AQAP statement of responsibility has been moving around the al-Faluja forum. First it started in the general forum, where I read it last night, then earlier today it moved over to the section reserved for official statements, and now ...

The View From Europe

The Last Act of Jean-Marie Le Pen

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over 5 years ago
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With each new session of the European Parliament comes an inaugural period during which a president is elected. So then why is an 80 year old, anti-Semitic, right-wing extremist suddenly in the captain's chair? While the European Union waits for its new leader, it is a ceremonial tradition for the ...

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Election Thoughts

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over 5 years ago

For those of you with a subscription to Jane's Intelligence Digest, be sure to check out Brian's analysis of the election delays in Yemen. For those of you without a subscription, well, sorry ...

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AQAP Claim of Responsibility

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According to a statement posted to jihadi forums, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is claiming responsibility for the suicide attack that killed four South Korean tourists and a Yemeni guide in Shibam last week. This should not surprise anyone, or at least anyone who has been following events in ...