Islamic State group (ISIS) (ISIL) (Daesh)

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After Nice, Don't Give ISIS What It's Asking For
Hussain, Murtaza
Article
2016
Not much is yet known about Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the 31-year-old man French police say is responsible for a horrific act of mass murder last night in the southern city of Nice. In the wake of th...
After Paris
Malik, Kenan
Article
2015
Some have seen the terrorism as the consequence of French foreign policy in Syria. Yet we should be wary of seeing these attacks as a response, however perverted, to French, or Western, foreign policy...
Apostasy, Blasphemy and Free Expression in the Age of ISIS
Namazie, Maryam
Article
2015
The right to religion comes with a corresponding right to be free from religion.
Benign State Violence vs. Barbaric Terrorism
Peppe, Matt
Article
2015
The US and UK target for assassination civilians that allegedly have a connection with ISIS. Such operations are performed without a trial. Peppe discusses how the governments of these countries justi...
Connexions Library: Middle East Focus
Website
2009
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on the Middle East.
The Deciders: The disastrous Iraq policies that led to ISIS were not President Bush's
Hay, John
Article
2015
In May 2003, in the wake of the Iraq War and the ousting of Saddam Hussein, events took place that set the stage for the current chaos in the Middle East. Yet even most well-informed Americans are una...
Fake news about the Rojava revolution
Fredman, Nick
Article
2017
Sharply different opinions have developed among the radical left in recent years towards the Syrian radical democratic movement led by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) -- an initially Kurdish-based fo...
From Israel to ISIS: Harper's 'Orwellian' Foreign Policy
Dobbin, Murray
Article
2014
It’s getting difficult to remember a time when the Canadian Parliament actually tried to make principled decisions regarding foreign policy and our place in the community of nations.
From Sykes-Picot to "Islamic State": Imperialism's Bloody Wreckage
Mather, Yasmine
Article
2014
When the Jihadist group Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) changed its name and declared the establishment of the Caliphate, it did so with the release of a promotional video entitled "The End of ...
IS and climate change - an inconvenient truth for Republicans
Cole, Juan
Article
2015
US Democratic presidential contender Martin O’Malley sparked controversy last month by saying that the conditions for the rise of the so-called Islamic State (IS, also known as Isil, Isis or Da'esh) w...
ISIS Church Bombings Kill 47 in Egypt
Ditz, Jason
Article
2017
Ditz details two recent ISIS attacks in Egypt targeting Christian churches and followers.
ISIS and the IDF: Canada's Double Standard: Who are the Real Terrorists?
Walberg, Eric
Article
2014
Why can westerners join the Israeli Defense Forces while westerners joining Islamic State are despised and killed? In what sense is the IDF scenario any less reprehensible than the IS one?
ISIS Slave Market Puts Women and Girls on Same List as Cattle
Ensler, Eve
Article
2015
I am thinking of the price list leaked out from the ISIS Sex Slave Market that included women and girls on the same list as cattle. ISIS needed to impose price controls as they were worried about a do...
ISIS Thrives on the Disunity of Its Enemies
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2015
The aftermath of terrorist attacks such as the massacre in Paris are a bad time to produce new policies, but they provide ideal political conditions for a government to take radical, if ill-thought-ou...
The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising
Cockburn, Patrick
Book
2014
Though capable of staging spectacular attacks like 9/11, jihadist organizations were not a significant force on the ground when they first became notorious in the shape of al-Qa'ida at the turn of cen...
'Let's Bring In Our Pentagon Spokesman' - Bombing Syria
Editor
Article
2015
If you want to get close to the 'defence' establishment, you better be close to the 'defence' establishment: ideologically, sympathetically, 'patriotically'.
Living in Pitiless Times: Baghdad, Beirut and Paris
Prashad, Vijay
Article
2015
A week of horrible carnage -- bomb blasts in Beirut and Baghdad and then the cold-blooded shootings in Paris. Each of these acts of terror left dead bodies and wounded lives. There is nothing good tha...
NBC News Releases the Long-Awaited Trailer for its Summer Horror Film About ISIS
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
ISIS now officially poses a bigger threat to the "U.S. homeland" than the one posed by former title-holder Al Qaeda.
Nothing Succeeds Like Failure
Turse, Nick; Englehardt,Tom
Article
2015
The U.S. has been warring with the Islamic State (IS) for more than a year now. The centerpiece of that war has been an ongoing campaign of bombings and air strikes in Syria and Iraq, thousands upon t...
'Only I and my paper were prosecuted': Journalist who exposed Turkey's hospitality for jihadists
Article
2015
Jihad fighters are treated in Turkey with state complicity; Journalist Dogu Eroglu of the opposition daily BirGun (One Day) was prosecuted.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - September 19 2014: Spying, terrorism, and protest
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2014
Coverage of spying, terrorism, and protest. Articles on how the ISIS (Islamic State group) comes to be using American weapons; the U.S. government's secret plans to spy for American corporations; the ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 23, 2016: Workers and Climate Change
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Working people -- and most of us are workers -- are affected by climate change in every aspect of our lives. As climate change worsens, our lives will worsen. If we are successful in bringing about th...
Political correctness demands diversity in everything but thought
Blum, William
Article
2016
For 50 years I've been painstakingly cataloguing the brutal militarism and human-rights violations of US foreign policy, building up in the process a very loyal audience. To my great surprise, when I ...
Report: Hundreds of Civilians Killed by U.S.-Led Bombing of ISIS in Iraq and Syria
Currier, Cora
Article
2015
A new report from a group of journalists and researchers says that hundreds of civilians have died during airstrikes by the U.S. and other nations fighting the Islamic State, a marked contrast to the ...
70,000 Kalashnikovs: Cameron's "Moderate" Rebels
Fisk, Robert
Article
2015
Not since Hitler ordered General Walther Wenck to send his non-existent 12th Army to rescue him from the Red Army in Berlin has a European leader believed in military fantasies as PR Dave Cameron did ...
Trump's Muslim Ban Will Only Spark More Terrorist Attacks
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2017
Donald Trump's travel ban on refugees and visitors from seven Muslim countries entering the US makes a terrorist attack on Americans at home or abroad more rather than less likely. It does so because ...
Wag The Dog -- How Al Qaeda Played Donald Trump And The American Media: Responsibility for the chemical event in Khan Sheikhoun is still very much in question.
Ritter, Scott
Article
2017
Once upon a time, Donald J. Trump, the New York City businessman-turned-president, berated then-President Barack Obama, back in September 2013, about the fallacy of an American military strike against...
Where does ISIS come from?
Scharf, Miriam
Article
2016
A review of Abdel Bari Atwan, Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate. Rosa Luxemburg said that capitalism would end in either socialism or barbarism. Looking at the Middle East, as hopes of democracy ...
Why Do Jihadis Seem So Evil?
Malik, Kenan
Article
2015
The day before the Paris carnage, two suicide bombers killed at least 40 people in a Shia district of Beirut. The week after, two suicide bombings of street markets in Nigeria killed 49 people. Faced ...
Why States of Emergency and Extreme Security Measures Won't Stop ISIS
Article
2015
There is little sign that the G20 leaders gathered in Turkey have understood the nature of the conflict in which they are engaged. ISIS's military strategy is a unique combination of urban terrorism, ...

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ISIS Destroys Memorial & Church of Armenian Genocide in Der Zor, Syria
Massis
2014
ISIS has destroyed the on-site monument to the Armenian people who perished in the deserts of Der Zor in the Genocide of 1915. The church and memorial contained irreplaceable bones of the martyred dea...
ISIS-Turkey Links
Research Paper
Phillips, David L.
2015
Is Turkey collaborating with the Islamic State (ISIS)? Allegations range from military cooperation and weapons transfers to logistical support, financial assistance, and the provision of medical servi...
24 reasons ISIS are wrong: Muslim scholars blast Islamic State
2014
A large group of Islamic theologians addressed the head of the Islamic State in an open letter, articulately accusing the movement of practices that have nothing to do with Islam, even rejecting the e...
A year after James Foley and Steven Sotloff murders, more awareness of risks
Mahoney, Robert
2015
Journalists who regularly cover violence are considered a hard-boiled bunch. But a year ago this month, even the toughest were crying. There was no emotional body armour to deflect the horror of the b...