Manchester bombing: don’t blame the New York Times for printing leaked information (video)


An editor’s first instinct is always to publish. And the news executives at the New York Times will not have had to think too long and hard about the ethical issues when images from the investigation into the Manchester bombing … Continue reading

The Channel programme: helping vulnerable people or nudging them towards radicalisation? (The Conversation) (video)


Stephanie Petrie, University of Liverpool Referrals to the British government’s deradicalisation programme Channel are on the rise, it has been reported. The Channel programme was imposed on all local authorities in England and Wales as part of the 2015 Counter-Terrorism … Continue reading

ISIS the world’s richest terror army (BBC This World documentary) (video)


In September, I blogged about the hollow morality of the UK & US refusing to pay hostage ransoms to ISIS because it “rewards” the crime and “puts others lives at risk”. Apart from saving lives, among the key reasons for … Continue reading

Are you kidding me? “Pure political calculation” is why Republicans refused a congressional debate about war with ISIS (video)


The Republican party in congress has turned rejecting any policy proposed by the Obama administration into an art form and made partisan political calculation their raison d’être.  That is why the current congressional term has been the least effective in … Continue reading

Jon Stewart: You cannot fix the Middle East by waving a magic bomb (video)


“Jon Stewart doesn’t like the ‘Crusade-y vibe’ of Obama’s coalition against ISIS America has two choices when it comes to ISIS, said Jon Stewart on Thursday night’s Daily Show: President Obama’s traditionally “nuanced vision of a non-omnipotent America projecting power selectively,” … Continue reading

Raising the UK terror threat level from “be afraid” to “panic” feeds public fear and that is what the government wants (video)


Theresa May has raised the UK government‘s official measure of the likelihood of a terrorist attack on British soil to “severe” from “substantial”.  Exactly what are ordinary members of the public supposed to do with that information?  There is nothing meaningful … Continue reading

Does refusing to pay ransoms to ISIS prevent further terrorism? (video)


The US Treasury Department estimates that various European nations have paid around US$168m in ransom money to jihadist abductors, including Islamic State (IS), since 2008 – an average of US$28m per year.  This number is denied by the German, French, … Continue reading

Jihawg pork bullets – infantile and offensive this is gun nuts at play (video)


“These bullets don’t just kill — they send Muslims to hell. An Idaho ammunition maker has introduced pork into their bullets, meant, the manufacturer says, as a deterrent against Islamist terrorists who are forbidden by religion to eat pig. Due … Continue reading