Friday, September 12, 2014

Why ISIS Keeps Running Circles Around the U.S., and, on CNN a look at the numbers



Why ISIS Keeps Running Circles Around Us
by Christopher Dickey September 11, 2014 05:55 AM EDT
If the United States and its allies want to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State effectively, they will have to learn to get inside the terrorists' minds.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/11/isis-al-qaeda-and-our-perpetual-failure-of-imagination.html

CNN Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer: CIA More Than Doubles Its Estimates of ISIS Fighters
http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2014/09/11/tsr-cia-estimates-higher-numbers-of-isis-fighters-panel.cnn.html



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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

ISIS Files: The Shape of Terror to Come, the Turkish Problem, and a Contretemps with Chairman Royce


French Jihadi Mehdi Nemmouche Is the Shape of Terror to Come
The French holy-warrior wannabe who tortured Western prisoners in Syria and attacked a Jewish museum in Brussels is a poster boy for the threat now facing the West. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/09/the-face-of-isis-terror-to-come.html

Was There Enough Popular Support Six Months Ago For Intervention Against ISIS?
Christopher Dickey joins Brooke Baldwin and House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce to discuss whether military action in Syria to combat ISIS had sufficient popular support six months ago, and what the strategy should be now.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/videos/2014/09/08/was-there-enough-popular-support-six-months-ago-for-intervention-against-isis.html

Turkey's Crucial Role in Stopping ISIS
Christopher Dickey joins CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin to discuss Turkey's pivotal role in stemming the growth of ISIS.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/videos/2014/09/08/turkey-s-crucial-role-in-stopping-isis.html



Monday, September 08, 2014

Jon Stewart, "Rosewater," Beautiful Persians, Surley Mullahs, Maziar Bahari, His Lovely Wife, His Darling Newborn, and Me

Maziar Bahari and his newborn daughter in London days after his release from Evin Prison in Iran

How Jon Stewart Discovered Naked Iran
As the comedy genius of 'The Daily Show' makes his serious film debut directing 'Rosewater,' we reminisce about Maziar Bahari, our colleague at the center of the story.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/07/how-jon-stewart-discovered-naked-iran.html


Monday, August 25, 2014

The ISIS Files: Article on Hip-Hop Jihadis and the Foley Murderer; Video discussion on CNNi about the military challenge



ISIS, Hip-Hop Jihadists and the Man Who Killed James Foley, 25 August 2014
Whoever killed James Foley likely thinks he's serving a noble cause. But it's not his God, it's his ego that tells him so.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/25/isis-hip-hop-jihadists-and-the-man-who-killed-james-foley.html



Asked on CNNi, "Is it the beginning of the end of ISIS?" I answered emphatically no, and gave several reasons http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/08/25/intv-stevens-dickey-isis-strategy.cnn.html



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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pope Francis Opens the Door to Sainthood for Msgr. Romero -- and Other "Liberation Theology" Martyrs




Why Pope Francis Wants to Declare Murdered Archbishop Romero a Saint
The pontiff who earlier denounced the "tyranny of capitalism" is now opening the way to sainthood for clergy killed because they were identified with "the theology of liberation"
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/24/why-pope-francis-wants-to-declare-murdered-archbishop-romero-a-saint.html


Also, on the ISIS Crisis:

Video: CNN - Smerconish - Understanding ISIS is crucial for the U.S. to negotiate with the terrorist group - and their propaganda is the heart of ISIS.
http://cnn.it/1p2OT28

Video: MSNBC - How Does the U.S. Undermine ISIS's Recent Gains?
Christopher Dickey joins MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports to discuss the importance of Iraqi governmental reform and challenging recruitment psychology in combating ISIS.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/videos/2014/08/22/how-does-the-u-s-undermine-isis-s-recent-gains.html