What happened to ‘Man like Fatlum?’- The inside Story of the British Suicide Bomber of Ramadi

Tourists and bohemians love rummaging through the stalls on Portobello Road with its shimmering trinkets and shaggy clothes fit for an art student. To the locals it’s a “joke ting”, a skank to bring tourists from all over the world to sample the latest authentic “efnik” fad. Down the road on Golborne… Read more“What happened to ‘Man like Fatlum?’- The inside Story of the British Suicide Bomber of Ramadi”

Why Did Jund Al-Aqsa Join Nusra Front in Taking Out ‘Moderate’ Rebels in Idlib?

The recent push by Nusra Front into Idlib and the defeat of Jamal Marouf’s Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF) has brought a little known group, Jund al-Aqsa, into prominence in the West. Jund al-Aqsa, or The Soldiers of Aqsa (referring to Islam’s third holiest mosque in Jerusalem), is an independent battalion… Read more“Why Did Jund Al-Aqsa Join Nusra Front in Taking Out ‘Moderate’ Rebels in Idlib?”

A Deep State of Mind: Tunisia’s Deep State Could be Combatted by Democratic and Social Reforms

  Following the assassination of Chokri Belaid, many opponents criticized Ennahda, the ruling Islamist party, with either direct involvement in his killing or helping to create an atmosphere where such events could take place. The Ennahda party’s response to Belaid’s assassination was curious. They completely rejected the allegation that they… Read more“A Deep State of Mind: Tunisia’s Deep State Could be Combatted by Democratic and Social Reforms”

The Syrian Brotherhood’s Man in London: An Interview with Zuheir Salem

Out of all the places to meet Zuheir Salem, the number two man of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood (SMB), a David Brent-style office in Alperton, north London, is probably the least expected. The office of the SMB is so elusive that even the security guard does not know what the… Read more“The Syrian Brotherhood’s Man in London: An Interview with Zuheir Salem”