Streatham attack: preventing terrorist atrocities will require more than tough noises from simple-minded ministers
www.prospectmagazine.co.uk
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@davidallengreen: "other than temporarily keeping people off the streets, putting people in prison is invariably an expensive exercise in making society worse"

On September 11, Blind Luck Decided Who Lived or Died
www.theatlantic.com
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"We try so hard to downplay and outright ignore the role chance clearly plays in life, moving through it oblivious to the randomness of fate, controlling everything we can in the hopes that it will help with those things we can’t control."

11/09/2019
Does Political Violence Work?
sluggerotoole.com
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“you’re more likely in America to be killed through auto-erotic asphyxiation than through terrorism and yet I think the war on auto-erotic asphyxiation is unlikely.”

08/04/2019
The caliphate crumbles: the last days of Islamic State
www.newstatesman.com
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Includes a brief interview with Shahmina Begum.

24/02/2019
Shamima Begum will not be allowed here, says Bangladesh | UK news | The Guardian
www.theguardian.com
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“Bangladesh asserts that Ms Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen. She is a British citizen by birth and never applied for dual nationality with Bangladesh … There is no question of her being allowed to enter into Bangladesh.”

21/02/2019
Stanley McChrystal: ‘I Think I Am at Peace’
link.medium.com
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Fascinating @FT interview by @JananGanesh.

The Get-Rich-Quick Scheme That Almost Killed a German Soccer Team
www.bloomberg.com

Fascinating. Fake terrorism in a failed attempt to play the German stock market.

It Takes More Than Money to Make a Marshall Plan
www.cfr.org
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Adjusting for inflation, US has spent 50% more on reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan than on the Marshall plan.

Molenbeek was Loubna Lafquiri’s home, too
www.politico.eu
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Brave testimony two years on.

22/03/2018
How Europe Saved Global Air Travel From the U.S. Laptop Ban
www.thedailybeast.com
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Hooray for @Bulc_EU!

11/07/2017
US misfires in online fight against Islamic State
www.yahoo.com

How not to do psyops.

02/02/2017
‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’
www.politico.com
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9/11 as seen from Air Force One.

Belgium denies NSA helped in Salah Abdeslam manhunt: report
www.politico.eu

Countering the spin swallowed by Buzzfeed.

23/08/2016
Present at the Creation
foreignpolicy.com
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How ISIS really was created (part 1 of 3).

19/08/2016
Excitement, hatred and belonging: why terrorists do it
www.newstatesman.com
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Interesting book, interesting review.

Robert McLiam Wilson on Belfast and Paris
m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk

As you would expect.

New Uncertainty for Lebanese Banks
carnegieendowment.org
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US anti-money laundering legislation has wider consequences.

14/07/2016
Charles Michel’s failed bid to restore confidence
www.politico.eu
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The Belgian Prime Minister had one job...

07/04/2016
Belgium is No Failed State
www.gmfus.org
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Sir Michael Leigh with a breath of sanity.

05/04/2016
Why ISIS Is Winning the Social Media War
www.wired.com
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Excellent piece (thx @tochitruestory).

29/03/2016
Brussels Airport stays closed a 7th day, snarling Easter holiday travel
www.usatoday.com
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I'm in @USAToday! (Name misspelled).

29/03/2016
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