Understanding and countering IS

by Stanly Johny A member among the allied forces of the Iraqi security forces and Shia militiamen watches a weapon getting prepared for fighting against the Islamic State group outside Fallujah, in Iraq on Tuesday.   A blend of military experience and jihadist ideological vigour is what makes IS the most formidable terror machinery of…

Politicians from Both Sides of the Aisle: Corruption Has Destroyed America

  Pervasive corruption in modern America has been thoroughly documented. There are some very juicy quotes from high-level insiders about corruption in the USA. Jon Schwarz has rounded up a good collection of recent quotes on corruption from both sides of the aisle: • “Now [the United States is] just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for…

The fatwa of ‘Ayatollah’ al-Sisi

By David Hearst   If Egyptian religious authorities say it is haram to read Middle East Eye, it is not their fatwa but Sisi’s Sunday was a midsummer’s day whose barmy warmth lulled Londoners like me into a false and strictly transient sense that all was right in the world. I logged onto my email.…

Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Mansour 1: Sisi 0

By David Hearst   While Al Jazeera’s reporter Ahmed Mansour was briefly but unduly detained in Berlin, Egypt’s president Sisi roams Europe unchallenged In 2004, only one news organisation stayed in Fallujah to report one of the bloodiest battles the US fought in the Iraq War. It was only thanks to Al Jazeera’s reporter Ahmed Mansour…