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Mainstream Culture Helps Spawn Extremists

When Hatreds Are Mainstream

We are used to thinking of terrorism in terms of extremism, which suggests something on the fringe. But when we look at these disenfranchised angry young men, they have drawn legitimacy for their hatreds — most notably against two main groups, women and Jews — not only from online chatrooms but also from YouTube celebrities, mainstream authors, newspapers, news programs and politicians. If we genuinely want to address and counter violent extremism, we need to start by holding those closer to home to account.

The Danger of Hagiography as History

The Danger of Hagiography as History

A weekly review of news, essays, podcast and more from New Lines. The week of March 21 to March 25, 2022.

A British Ex-Jihadist Reinvents Himself

A British Ex-Jihadist Reinvents Himself

He wanted to own his mistakes, rail against the historical revisionism prevalent among some of the more outspoken members of the Muslim diaspora and set an example for others.

The Next Islamic State Caliph

The Next Islamic State Caliph

Although the next leader of the Islamic State group has yet to be announced, New Lines has obtained detailed information about the likeliest candidate to replace Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi, who blew himself up on Feb. 3 in an effort to evade U.S. Special Forces as they raided his house in northern Syria. The details we obtained about Sumaidai’s life, never published before, have been gathered from people who knew him personally and from Iraqi authorities.

Keeping up With the Qaradashians

Keeping up With the Qaradashians

The next leader of the Islamic State will most likely come from this cabal of Afaris, a network we might call the Qaradashians.

The Hoax in the ISIS Flag

The Hoax in the ISIS Flag

The 19th century saw a spate of forgeries by European Orientalists of letters claiming to be from the Prophet Muhammad himself. Sultan Abdul Majid bought one for the equivalent of a staggering 73 pounds of gold. Over 100 years later, the Islamic State used the seal on this fake for its own logo and infamous flag, tricked by the wiles of expert entrepreneurs.

Talking to Terrorists

Talking to Terrorists

Jonathan Powell is CEO of the conflict resolution charity Inter Mediate and has made a career talking to some of the world’s most dangerous people. He was U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair’s chief of staff, chief negotiator in the Northern Ireland peace process, and the author of “Talking to Terrorists:…