ISIS “serves the best lattes and cappucinos around”

A propaganda booklet being circulated by ISIS promises great food, stylish technology, and cosmopolitan diversity.  The author, a British citizen named Abu Rumaysah al-Britani, then looks forward to the day when ISIS will takes over London, Paris, and Washington, D. C., “because not only will we spill your blood, but we will also demolish your statues, erase your history and, most painfully, convert your children who will then go on to champion our name and curse their forefathers.”  Bridget Johnson reports. . . . [Read more...]

Zombie democracy

Christopher Walker tells how authoritarian governments are trying to make themselves seem legitimate by constructing a facade of democracy, complete with (fixed) elections, (controlled) news organizations, and even government-sponsored non-governmental organizations, such as human rights groups, election monitors, and environmental groups–all of which work to make the dictators look good and are wreaking havoc in the U.N. and international conferences. [Read more...]

Our Orwellian government

Victor Davis Hanson writes about the “Orwellian” language and attempts to rewrite the past that characterize the current administration. [Read more...]

The language of totalitarianism

The “Dear Leader” of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, has executed his uncle, who had served as his advisor and mentor.   Max Fisher writes about the language the still-Communist North Koreans used to make this announcement and the worldview it reveals.  [Read more...]

Al-Qaeda works on its image

Al-Qaeda has an image problem.  So to improve its PR in its campaign to take over Syria, the terrorist organization has started holding church-social type events, including picnics for families, tug-of-war games, and ice cream eating contests.  Al-Qaeda is circulating videos of these family-friendly activities, replacing the old videos of public executions. [Read more...]


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