Streatham attack: preventing terrorist atrocities will require more than tough noises from simple-minded ministers
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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
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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."

Does Political Violence Work?
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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.”

The caliphate crumbles: the last days of Islamic State
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Includes a brief interview with Shahmina Begum.

Shamima Begum will not be allowed here, says Bangladesh | UK news | The Guardian
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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.”

Stanley McChrystal: ‘I Think I Am at Peace’
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Fascinating @FT interview by @JananGanesh.

The Get-Rich-Quick Scheme That Almost Killed a German Soccer Team

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

It Takes More Than Money to Make a Marshall Plan
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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
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Brave testimony two years on.

How Europe Saved Global Air Travel From the U.S. Laptop Ban
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Hooray for @Bulc_EU!

US misfires in online fight against Islamic State

How not to do psyops.

‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’
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9/11 as seen from Air Force One.

Belgium denies NSA helped in Salah Abdeslam manhunt: report

Countering the spin swallowed by Buzzfeed.

Present at the Creation
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How ISIS really was created (part 1 of 3).

Excitement, hatred and belonging: why terrorists do it
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Interesting book, interesting review.

Robert McLiam Wilson on Belfast and Paris

As you would expect.

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

Charles Michel’s failed bid to restore confidence
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The Belgian Prime Minister had one job...

Belgium is No Failed State
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Sir Michael Leigh with a breath of sanity.

Why ISIS Is Winning the Social Media War
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Excellent piece (thx @tochitruestory).

Brussels Airport stays closed a 7th day, snarling Easter holiday travel
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I'm in @USAToday! (Name misspelled).

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