Jihadists to change tactics to avoid air strikes

Change of the game plan

Experts says US-led air strikes will spur shift in IS jihadists’ tactics as they are expected to return to guerrilla warfare. Jihadists who swept like an army across Iraq and Syria are expected to return to guerrilla warfare and melt into the population to avoid heavy losses from US-led air strikes, analysts say. The Islamic State group, which has captured ... Read More »

Memory and Regret: Jenny Holzer’s “Dust Paintings”


Is an exhibition ever too beautiful for its own good? Jenny Holzer’s new show at Cheim & Read, Dust Paintings, is ravishing. But the sensuality of these text-based abstractions, done in oil on linen in mostly muted colors, runs counter to their content, which is derived from declassified government reports of brutalization and death during the Afghan War. At what point ... Read More »

Isis releases 49 hostages taken at Turkish consulate in Mosul

The Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu (left), boards his plane with the hostages near the Syrian border. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

The hostages, 46 Turks and three Iraqis, were seized on 11 June as Islamic State militants took control of swaths of Iraq and Syria Dozens of hostages captured when Islamic State (Isis) fighters seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul in June have been freed and returned to Turkey. The 49 hostages were captured in the Iraqi city on 11 June ... Read More »

Exiled Muslim Brotherhood Leaders are Finally in Turkey

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Gamal Abdel-Sattar one of the leaders of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood organization who were recently asked to leave Qatar announced that three exiled members of the organization arrived to Turkey. Gamal Abdel-Sattar said “we are in the place that will enable our struggle.” President Erdogan had told reporters on Monday on his way to Doha that the exiled Brotherhood figures ... Read More »

Yemen: Houthi rebels and militia clash in Sanaa

Yemen has seen an intensification of protests and clashes involving Houthi rebels

Fighting between Shia rebels and Sunni militias in Yemen has escalated, with clashes on the edge of the capital. Armed rebels, known as Houthis, shelled buildings of the state TV and the main Sunni Islamist party, Islah, in Sanaa. Hundreds of residents have fled their homes and international flights to the city have been suspended. About 40 people have been ... Read More »

France carries out first air strike in Iraq

'We will only intervene in Iraq'

PM will inform parliament about conditions of forces’ engagement to weaken Daesh. PARIS – French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow. “This morning at 9:40, our Rafale planes carried out a first strike against a logistics depot of ... Read More »

Sierra Leone starts nationwide lockdown to stop spread of Ebola

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS No one will be allowed to leave their homes for three days Volunteers will go door-to-door educating people on the dangers of the virus Aid group warns the lockdown will drive people “underground” (CNN) — Sierra Leone starts a three-day nationwide lockdown Friday in an effort to halt an Ebola outbreak that has left thousands dead in the ... Read More »

Google Acts Like Privatized NSA: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

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In interviews with BBC and Sky News, WikiLeaks founder explains how Google’s behavior, though legal, is like that of surveillance agencies. Google’s practices are “almost identical” to those of the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, Julian Assange has said. The WikiLeaks founder made the charge Thursday in interviews with the BBC and Sky News. He spoke from the Ecuadoran Embassy ... Read More »

Some Final Words on New Zealand’s Crazy Election Campaign


The 2014 New Zealand election has been overrun by grubby scandals, mass surveillance accusations, hackers, bloggers, spies, political black ops, indigenous Maori radicals, and a larger-than-life German internet millionaire by the name of Kim Dotcom. New Zealand, with its population of just under 4.5 million, has never seen anything like it. Unsurprisingly these ructions are causing consternation among the political and media classes. The six year honeymoon ... Read More »