This is brilliant. Nice job Canada.
Many women have joined ISIS, forming the all-female al Khansaa Brigade. Here’s why they do it: http://ow.ly/AzkJz
Worth a look.
"To understand the women of ISIS and their motivations, it helps to place them in their historical context, among the legions of women in El Salvador, Eritrea, Nepal, Peru, and Sri Lanka who voluntarily joined violent movements and militias, sometimes even as highly ranked officers. In each of these cases, women joined for the same basic reasons as men. Living in deeply conservative social spaces, they faced constant threats to their ethnic, religious, or political identities — and it was typically those threats, rather than any grievances rooted in gender, that persuaded them to take up arms."
Good read. Check it out.
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When Russia sends you nudes
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"This was a very new experience. I’ve been in several conflict zones: I was in the civil war regions in Georgia, the Gaza strip, illegally visited the Kaliningrad region when travel to the Soviet Union was still strictly prohibited for westerners, I’ve been in Iraq, Vietnam and in China, I’ve met Cuba dissidents. But to be arrested and yelled at and be rudely treated by police? For that I had to travel to Ferguson and St. Louis in the United States of America."- German Journalist Ansgar Graw, arrested while covering unrest in Ferguson, Missouri (via lowcarhighcarb)
"China said it would arm moderate American rebels to stem the rise of Missouri extremist groups."
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- Separatist rebels in Ukraine agreed to a ceasefire — and then broke it by shooting down an Mi-8 helicopter over Slovyansk.
- Separatists are also distributing pro-Putin rap songs.
- The UN estimates that 423 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine between April 15 and June 23.
- More than 14,000 refugees have crossed the border into Russia.
- Mali is urging a more aggressive UN mission.
- Egypt convicted three Al Jazeera journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to produce false broadcasts. Each was sentenced to at least seven years.
- Four bombs exploded in Cairo metro stations, causing only a few injuries.
- Gaza’s unemployed graduates.
- Human Rights Watch says that ISIS has been recruiting Syrian children to their fight with the promise of a free education, and has found evidence that more moderate rebel groups like the Free Syrian Army have used children as well.
- The Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons has announced that Syria finally shipped the last of its known chemical weapons out of the country — although the OPCW says it has not completed the verification work necessary to declare Syria free of the weapons.
- Israel launched rocket attacks against Syria in retaliation for the death of an Israeli teen in Golan Heights.
- The three Israeli teens have been missing for two weeks now, and the resulting crackdown and tensions have been the most serious in a decade.
- Al Qaeda militants attacked Yemeni army base, airport and nearby agricultural plant, killing six soldiers and a civilian.
- Syrian warplanes launched airstrikes inside Iraq.
- Iraqi PM Nouri Al-Maliki rejected calls for the formation of some sort of emergency government.
- Iran is supplying Iraq with military equipment and more in the fight against ISIS as well as directing surveillance drones from an airfield in Baghdad.
- Rania Abouzeid on the Syrian roots of Iraq’s current crisis.
- More than four dozen Iraqis will travel to Washington in the coming months to testify against Blackwater in the killing of 17 Iraqis in September 2007.
- A week of fighting between Afghan forces and militants in the south has left more than 100 dead.
- Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has released tapes he says provide evidence of election fraud. The White House has called for an impartial review of all fraud claims.
- Why Pakistan’s offensive against militants will fall short of its purpose.
- Internal Pakistani refugees who have fled a government offensive in Waziristan protested food shortages.
- Canada-based cleric Tahirul Qadri is returning to Pakistan with the promise to lead a nonviolent revolution.
- Sgt. Ryan Pitts will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions in the costly battle of Wanat, which killed nine US soldiers and sparked investigations.
- A bipartisan panel of former military and intelligence officials concluded that the targeted killing and armed drone program sets a dangerous precedent for endless war.
- More than 400 large US military drones have crashed since 2001.
- The FISA court has renewed the government’s application to continue collecting bulk telephone metadata — an approval which expires again in September.
- Guantánamo Bay prisoner Abd al Hadi al Iraqi has requested a civilian lawyer.
- On Tuesday a federal judge in Oregon declared the no-fly list unconstitutional because the Americans placed on it have no way to contest the inclusion.
- A New York Times interactive on the 100-year legacy of the First World War.
Photo: Tuz Kurmatu, Iraq. Iraqi forces patrol a checkpoint near ISIS forces. Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty/
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