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Cargo Plane Crash at Bagram (Video)

Cargo Plane Crash at Bagram (Video)

Warning: some may find this footage disturbing. A cargo plane crashed Monday at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, killing all 7 passengers aboard (Americans). . This article says, “The Boeing 747-400 —…

Jesus and Muhammad and the Question of the State

I’ve always liked Andrew Sullivan even when I disagree with him. I’m going to disagree with him, or more specifically Alexis de Tocqueville and one of his readers who quotes him: “Muhammad…

Terrorism and the other Religions

Terrorism and the other Religions

Contrary to what is alleged by bigots like Bill Maher, Muslims are not more violent than people of other religions. Murder rates in most of the Muslim world are very low compared…

Chechen Jihadis Reject Tsarnaevs (OSC)

The USG Open Source Center translates a reaction from the Caucasus Emirate Islamic insurgency on the news that the Tsarnaev brothers are accused of the Boston Marathon bombing. The CEII casts doubt…

Videos on the Present and Past of Chechnya

Videos on the Present and Past of Chechnya

Here are some videos for Saturday viewing that give a sense of the recent tragic history of Chechnya and of Russian policy toward it today. Also for print sources, see this brief…

Fathers and Sons and Chechnya

Fathers and Sons and Chechnya

The anger and embarrassment visible in the interviews given on Friday by the uncle and the aunt of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, are entirely understandable. But I…

The New Muslim World: Dictators on Trial

The Muslim world has now witnessed several instances of a former dictator being exiled under threat of prosecution or actually being forced to appear in court to face charges arising from illegal…

Top Ten Ways Islamic Law forbids Terrorism

Erik Rush and others who hastened to scapegoat Muslims for the Boston Marathon bombing are ignorant of the religion. I can’t understand why people who have never so much as read a…

Class Hatred and Bad Memories of Thatcher

Class Hatred and Bad Memories of Thatcher

The hatred for the late Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, among a broad segment of the British public has manifested itself in visible and undeniable ways in the week after her…

Working America’s 40-year Decline (Garson)

Working America’s 40-year Decline (Garson)

Barbara Garson writes at Tomdispatch.com If you had to date the Great Recession, you might say it started in September 2008 when Lehman Brothers vaporized over a weekend and a massive mortgage-based…

Iceland: Pioneer in Green, Geothermal Energy

Iceland: Pioneer in Green, Geothermal Energy

Iceland gets 26% of its electricity from geothermal power, and is a pioneer in the industry, such that Kenyan and other scientists go there for training. It has cut its carbon emissions…