She was one of the earliest keyboard warriors, who harnessed the power of the internet, sending men and women to their deaths in the cause of jihad, shedding much blood both at home and abroad.
Antisemitism is back in vogue. What is especially worrying this time is how many seek to downplay it or repeat its tropes without realizing it.
The battle for control of the Philippines’ “Islamic City” was a five-month nightmare in a town 5,000 miles from the dying caliphate of the Islamic State. Years later, its consequences are still being felt.
Haunted by her complicity in slandering Hasna Ait Boulahcen as a suicide bomber, writer-director Dina Amer embarked on a seven-year journey to understand and depict Boulahcen’s life. “You Resemble Me” is the result. New Lines sat down for an interview with Amer to talk about the film.
The war machine has learned to be more sustainable over time, to eliminate all alternatives to itself, to transform the monsters it creates into a justification for its own existence, to hide the costs of violence from the public and even itself.
The presence of Arab exiles in some of Europe’s greatest cities meant that these often complex events were framed in a language of anger and alienation that suggested the governments of both the West and East didn’t want to see a Muslim world, still reeling from colonization, rise up and challenge their authority. Given this atmosphere, it was easy for angry young men, far from their ancestral homelands, to become radicalized.
Qaradawi’s edict on suicide bombings will be the focus of Western media. But the influential cleric will be remembered differently in the Muslim world, as someone who challenged conservative social mores.