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March 31, 2014
This rhetoric [against Al Jazeera] is not new. Egypt seems to draw inspiration from the very country criticizing it – the United States. Over the past decade, the US not only detained but tortured al-Jazeera journalists under counterterrorism policies. Now, as its War on Terror diffuses into support for an increasing number of local – and secret – wars on terrorism across the globe, the tactic of imprisoning journalists seems to be catching on.
The Guardian’s Rozina Ali writes, “Egypt’s al-Jazeera trial was inspired by America’s global war on journalism.” source
19:52 // 4 months ago
March 30, 2014
thepoliticalnotebook:

Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa and photojournalist Ricardo Garcia Vilanova returned home today after six months held captive by an Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria. Above, Espinosa greets his son Yerai on the Torrejon military airport in Madrid.
Photo: AFP/Getty

This is so great. 

thepoliticalnotebook:

Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa and photojournalist Ricardo Garcia Vilanova returned home today after six months held captive by an Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria. Above, Espinosa greets his son Yerai on the Torrejon military airport in Madrid.

Photo: AFP/Getty

This is so great. 

(via afternoonsnoozebutton)

15:14 // 4 months ago
When Zain Abidin Mohammed Husain Abu Zubaydah and Muhammad Shams al-Sawalha were teenagers, they scoured record shops in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, desperately trying to track down the video for “Billie Jean,” the latest single from Michael Jackson’s global smash album “Thriller.” Sawalha and everyone else knew his friend as Hani, who was a huge fan of Jackson and would sometimes “dance foolishly” when Sawalha put a cassette of the King of Pop’s music into a tape deck. Eventually, they scored a grainy copy of the video and watched it over and over again as they tried to mimic Jackson’s signature dance moves. Those were the innocent days of the mid-1980s, Sawalha said, before Hani became an alleged terrorist mastermind.
Al Jazeera obtained diaries of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner from Pakistan, sharing some great insight on the life of Hani before he was taken to Gitmo.
14:52 // 4 months ago
March 20, 2014
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February 25, 2014

More than fifty students killed in attack on Nigerian boarding school

  • 59 male students at a boarding school in northeast Nigeria were either shot or burned to death on Monday night, by militants aligned with Islamist militia Boko Haram. The attacks were part of an ongoing wave of violence that’s seen the terrorist organization kill more than 300 Nigerians in just the last month, including twin village raids that claimed more than 100 lives each last week. source
15:45 // 5 months ago
February 12, 2014

Trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber to begin later this year

  • November 3 Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will officially go on trial just before the end of 2014, much earlier than the September 2015 timeline proposed by his defense team, more than 18 months after the attacks he stands accused of carrying out with his brother, Tamerlan. Tsarnaev’s attorneys argued that they needed more time to prepare for trial, as a result of “sluggish” responses from government organizations, but Judge George O’Toole Jr denied the request. source
14:12 // 5 months ago
January 15, 2014
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December 30, 2013
inothernews:

For the second consecutive day, a terrorist bombing has struck the Russian city of Volgograd, this time killing 15 people aboard a bus.  No one has claimed responsibility for the twin attacks, but authorities suspect Doku Umarov, a Chechen separatist who has urged his followers to commit terrorist acts leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.  (Photo: Reuters via the New York Times; caption info via the Times)

Brutal. Let’s hope this is not a harbinger.

inothernews:

For the second consecutive day, a terrorist bombing has struck the Russian city of Volgogradthis time killing 15 people aboard a bus.  No one has claimed responsibility for the twin attacks, but authorities suspect Doku Umarov, a Chechen separatist who has urged his followers to commit terrorist acts leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.  (Photo: Reuters via the New York Times; caption info via the Times)

Brutal. Let’s hope this is not a harbinger.

18:44 // 7 months ago
December 5, 2013

Bombing, shooting in Yemen confirmed to be deadliest act of terror in 18 months

  • 52 doctors and nurses were killed in a coordinated attack that targeted Yemen’s Ministry of Defense, according to government officials. Several foreign nationals have been reported killed in the attack, including doctors from Venezuela and the Phillipines.
  • 162 people were injured during the attack, which began after both a car bomb was detonated outside of the ministry; however, authorities have yet to confirm how many gunmen and responding military personnel died in the attack. source
15:44 // 7 months ago
December 2, 2013
11:59 // 8 months ago