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Killers in the Name of God Part 2: Decline of Islam

Reading Time: < 1 minute Before Islamic extremism took hold in the Middle East there was actually a decline in Islam’s influence there as nationalism and political philosophies took root. Behind the scenes however, radical thinkers began looking for another route to greatness by way of their misunderstood history. This is part 2 in the JB Shreve and the End…

May 10, 2016
Podcasts

Killers in the Name of God – Part 1: The Caliphates

Reading Time: < 1 minute This is part 1 of the three part podcast series that look at the history of Islamic Extremism. JB Shreve looks at the early history of Islam to separate fact from fiction, or in this case revisionist history. The extremist ideas of many of the religious terrorists today were not a part of Islam’s religious…

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Global Intelligence Briefs

[FACT SHEET] BOKO HARAM

Reading Time: 5 minutes This Boko Haram Fact sheet is part of my wider in depth look at this terrorist group. You can learn more about Boko Haram with full fact sheets, timelines, backgrounders and history here. Boko Haram Fact Sheet Boko Haram is a violent Islamic fundamentalist group based in north eastern Nigeria. Their reign of terror since 2009…

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Society

Some Truth About Welfare

Reading Time: 5 minutes We all know what welfare is and as a heated and polarized election season has kicked off we will no doubt hear much about this system and its needed reform – or from some candidates its needed abolishment. Welfare, as pundits like to point out, is where our hard earned taxes go to fund those…

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Society

Brainwashing in the 21st Century – Viacom

Reading Time: 2 minutes Part 2 If you are my age you remember a time when MTV actually played music videos. Today the channel is much more active in running reality TV and award shows that feature the most provocative acts aimed to gain the most post award show attention. (At what point do people like Brittany Spears and…

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Society

Brainwashing in the 21st Century – Walt Disney Company

Reading Time: 2 minutes A look at how modern media owns the rights to influence and manipulate our perceptions from the cradle to the…

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History

1967 Six Days War Timeline – Infographic – the End of History

Reading Time: < 1 minute This is a graphic of the 1967 Six Days War timeline. It goes well with my podcasts and guides on the story. Learn more about the Six Days War here: A Complete and Balanced Guide to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Chapter 11: The Six Days War of 1967.  You can find my podcast series on the…

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History

26 Great Reads for Understanding Modern India

Reading Time: 4 minutes I still have several episodes left to completion of the series on the history of modern India but I thought I would go ahead and get this listing out. At the end of each podcast series I try to provide a listing of books that were used in researching the series. This post serves as a…

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Society

Natural Disasters and Unnatural Losses

Reading Time: 3 minutes The whole world has watched the tragedy in the Philippines unfold this past week and held our breath together as the death counts rise higher and higher. In addition to Typhoon Haiyan there were also earthquakes in Delhi India, and a cyclone that claimed up to a hundred lives in Somalia. While we might never…

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History

The Ages of History

Reading Time: 7 minutes The history of international politics and warfare can be divided into four primary eras. Each distinct era represents changing ways in which power and influence functioned and were best utilized by the nations in these periods. Recognizing these unique eras gives us insight into how nations have risen and fallen throughout history as well as…

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