"What's that buzzing sound?" Foreign Policy's
third annual War Issue focuses on what it calls "Barack Obama's Secret Wars," including My Drone War
, in which a Pakistani journalist for Newsday
and the NYT
describes what drone warfare looks and sounds like from the ground; The Obama Doctrine
, which argues drone warfare is a failing strategy in both Yemen and Pakistan; The Evolution of Drone Warfare: A Photo History, 1917-2010
, and more
. The package also includes two takes on cyberwar - Cyberwar is still more hype than hazard
and Cyberwar Is Already Upon Us
- along with a lot of interesting links
What al-Qaida Really Wants: An Islamic Caliphate in Seven Easy Steps.
German newspaper Der Spiegel
offers a look at an Islamist plan for success by 2020, courtesy of journalist Fouad Hussein, who claims close connection with al-Qaida's inner circle. But does that inner circle really call the shots
anymore? And how reliable are long-term global plans
, anyway? [first link via The Agonist]
This is Baader-Meinhoff.
Extensive info about the West German terrorist phenomenon of the 1970s, compiled by a guy whose father was head of the US Army's Bomb Disposal unit in Berlin
(aka the Red Army Faction) was on the run. Other leftist "urban guerillas" included Movement 2 June
and the Socialist Patients collective
. The detailed timeline
, art criticism
, terrorist bios
and info about 1970s terror groups in the Mid-East and South America
make fascinating reading. There's also the Joe Strummer connection
, of course.
Ok, this one's weird.
On May 11, "Jacksonville, Fla., police arrested a Fort Stewart soldier after finding him armed, wearing black clothes and leaving a power plant where he allegedly left an explosive." The story got a tiny bit of play
, but searches at CNN
turn up no sign of it, despite the possible terror angle and a bond set at $5 million. Days later, a follow-up story
(can't find the original) quotes a detective saying, "This has been blown way out of proportion." Bizarre cover-up? Or really nothing worth mentioning?