By Geoff Moore On March 16th, the Kurdish flag went up in government buildings around Kirkuk, the disputed city that lies between the Kurdish and Arab parts of Iraq. This decision, taken by Governor Najmadeen Karim, was followed by a … Continue reading Putting the ‘flag’ in a Kirkuk Conflagration
Despite numbering in the few thousands, the followers of this branch of Islam have been branded a major security threat by the Algerian state. Now, they are facing both a crackdown and a propaganda war. By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson In … Continue reading The Ahmadis of Algeria: the government’s most convenient security threat?
By Geoff Moore Last night, on January 24th, news broke about President Donald Trump’s plan to issue an executive order which would ban citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entry into the United States. This … Continue reading How will they greet us now, Mr. President?
By Larissa Schober As Donald Trump’s inauguration finally happens today, and with world politics trying to adapt to this new reality, many are left wondering how we got here. I found myself amongst them, and I tend to think back a … Continue reading From New York City to Portland: an outsider’s view of Trump’s America
By Katerina Karakatsanis On the 2nd of March, Northern Ireland will hold new elections. Although Northern Ireland went to the polls as recently as eight months ago, these early elections are the result of the breakdown of the power-sharing government. … Continue reading The Broken Land of Orange and Green: Once Again Causing Headaches for Westminster
“At best you can run a lil’ company … at worst, I could run the whole country” By Geoff Moore This week in Tunisia, public hearings began as part of that country’s Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC). This Commission, an … Continue reading Truth, Post-Truth, and Nothing but the Truth
By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson More than one and a half years ago, a faction of the Sahel-based terror group al-Mourabitoun pledged allegiance to IS. Why did IS only accept their pledge now? The faction in question is a cadre led … Continue reading Islamic State just accepted a pledge of allegiance from al-Mourabitoun. Why now?
by Katerina Karakatsanis Search the Twitter hashtag #TomadeVenezuela (Takeover of Venezuela) and you will see videos and images of Venezuelans protesting the streets yesterday, including the violence that occurred. Venezuela’s divide between President Maduro’s rule and a coalition of opposition … Continue reading Why are people protesting in Venezuela?
By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson With two different commanders claiming they are running the show, who really is in charge of ‘the world’s deadliest terror group’? On 2 August, Islamic State (IS) announced in their newspaper an-Naba that Abu Musab al-Barnawi … Continue reading Who’s in charge of Boko Haram?
By Geoff Moore The “Jungle” camp of Calais, in northern France, was thrust back into the headlines late last month when French President Francois Hollande declared the camp would soon be completely dismantled. This comes about seven months after the … Continue reading Morality and Reality in the Jungle