Jihad 2.0: the Making of the Next Nightmare

You are about to enter the ultimate minefield. Let’s start with 28 EU leaders discussing the Western Balkans at a recent summit and blaming – what else – "Russian aggression" in the EU’s backyard. Cue to a Montenegro prosecutor raging that "Russian state bodies" staged a coup attempt during the October 2016 elections to stop the country from joining NATO. And cue …

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France Prepares Pro-AlQaeda Intervention in Syria

It seems like France is looking for excuses to extend the war on Syria. On May 25 the French news agency AFP published a propaganda piece about Arab horse racing in Idleb: The spectators broke out into a lively line-dance and shot celebratory gunfire into the air as each muscled creature blasted past the finish …

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Islamic State in Asia: Saudi-Funding and Naive Policymakers Endanger Region

Recently, terrorist attacks have unfolded across Indonesia, a militant network disrupted along the Thai-Malaysian border and full-scale military operations including aerial bombing deployed as Philippine troops fought to take back Marawi City on the southern island of Mindanao, all linked or affiliated with the Islamic State. A dangerously deceptive narrative is being crafted by US …

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How Israeli Moves in Jerusalem are Scotching Trump’s ‘Ultimate Deal’

A decision by Donald Trump this Thursday could prove fateful for the immediate future of Jerusalem, the wider Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the region. He must decide whether to renew a presidential waiver, signed by his predecessor, Barack Obama, that expires on June 1. The six-month waiver delays implementing a law passed by Congress in 1995 …

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Erdogan Forms ‘Syrian National Army’. Wait, What?

What is a Sultan without a Janissary corps? Not a whole lot. Perhaps this is why Turkey has now formed the Syrian National Army. Yes, that's right. It's a Syrian "national army" formed by Turkey. Erdogan has been talking about such a force for months now – since February earlier this year. A new report reveals first steps …

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7 in 10 Smartphone Apps Share Your Data with Third-Party Services

Our mobile phones can reveal a lot about ourselves: where we live and work; who our family, friends and acquaintances are; how (and even what) we communicate with them; and our personal habits. With all the information stored on them, it isn’t surprising that mobile device users take steps to protect their privacy, like using …

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900,000 Brits Too Fat to Work, Study Claims

Almost 900,000 people in Britain are out of work because they are overweight, according to a new study. The figure is five times higher than official records suggest. According to Professor Dame Carol Black, a former rheumatologist consultant, the actual number of people claiming welfare payments because of obesity is around 880,000, many times more …

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