Monday, July 25, 2016



Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

Eighty-four people were killed in Nice, France, in an attack claimed by Islamic State. "This is a new type of attack," says historian and Arabist Pieter Van Ostaeyen.

Islamic State, Nice, And The European Jihadism That Is Here To Stay

Brussels, Paris (twice), and now Nice: Four crippling jihadist attacks in just over 18 months. The extremist group Islamic State’s fastidious sadism has arrived in Europe, and it looks like our problems are only just beginning. More

Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

A gas processing plant in Turkmenistan. The Central Asian country has the fourth largest gas reserves in the world. (file photo)

Audio Signs That Turkmenistan's Gas Sector Is In Crisis

urkmenistan is apparently having enormous economic problems. The country's system is so opaque that it is always difficult to know much about what is going on there. But the recent decision to scrap the two entities that were overseeing the oil and gas sector and to restructure the management of that industry give the impression that the authorities in Ashgabat are getting desperate. More

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Balkans Without Borders

A Gulen school in Sarajevo.

Bosnia’s Gulenist Network

As if Bosnia did not have enough of its own problems, it is at risk of becoming embroiled in the increasingly fraught domestic struggles of Turkey. More