The Islamic terror attack on the offices of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has prompted spirited defenses of freedom of expression from the French government and its Western allies. The Western defense of freedom of expression in the face of attacks by Islamic fundamentalists has not always been so unequivocal, however. Indeed, from the [...]
Much more on Father Frans van der Lugt’s view of the Syrian rebellion — and of coverage thereof in the media — including extensive translated quotes from three articles that Father Frans published in Dutch and an interview in French. My new contribution to The BRICS Post here.
Much has been written over the last week about Father Frans van der Lugt, the Dutch priest who was murdered last Monday in Homs, Syria. But in all that has been written about Father Frans and all the praise that has, undoubtedly justifiably, been heaped upon him as a man of peace, it is remarkable [...]
Apart from the over 100,000 people that are estimated to have been killed, the most dramatic statistic illustrating the humanitarian crisis entailed by the ongoing war in Syria is surely the over 2 million Syrians who are estimated to have become refugees in neighboring countries. Many of these refugees are being housed in camps set [...]
Diana West was kind enough to ask me to do an interview on The Jihadist Plot. Even better, Diana asked several questions that go beyond the book itself to related current issues such as the war in Syria and the Boston bombings. Here is a small excerpt: DW: You make a strong case that on [...]
- May 1st, 2013
- Tags: Abdul-Hakim Al-Hasadi, Abdul-Hakim Belhadj, Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion, Al-Qaeda and the Syrian Rebellion, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Boston Bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Jabhat al-Nusra, Libyan Intervention, Libyan War, September 11 Benghazi Attacks, Syrian Rebellion
A new video has emerged showing a large crowd of supporters of the Syrian rebellion singing an apparent ode to the 9/11 attacks that celebrates Osama bin Laden as “America’s worst nightmare.” For the clip, as well as the context of the rally it documents, see my new report at WND here.
While the Obama administration hastens to recognize the recently formed and supposedly “inclusive” Syrian National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, recent reports from in and around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo make clear that Syrian rebel forces on the ground consist virtually exclusively of jihadists, including self-avowed veterans of the [...]
There has recently been a small stir in the American media, as media organizations from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal to the Associated Press have finally gotten around to acknowledging a “presence” of al-Qaeda and like-minded jihadist groups among the Syrian rebel forces seeking to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad. [...]
German intelligence estimates that “around 90” terror attacks, which “can be attributed to organizations that are close to al-Qaeda or jihadist groups,” were carried out in Syria between the end of December and the beginning of July. As reported by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, this was revealed by the German government in a response to [...]
A report from Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), which attributes the Houla massacre to anti-Assad rebel forces, has given rise to controversy. Critics have accused the FAZ and other sources, which have likewise reported this alternative version, of disseminating regime “propaganda.” If, however, the alternative version is indeed regime propaganda, then it would appear that the UN [...]