From al-Zarqawi to Mosul: Who the hell is ISIS?

Listen up, haters!  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a bad-ass organization of super terrorists who will totally ruin your weekend - if they could afford the plane ticket and could somehow get on a plane too.   And they just captured Iraq's second largest city.  Ruh-roh, Raggy!  Perhaps it's time to break … Continue reading From al-Zarqawi to Mosul: Who the hell is ISIS?

Sectarianism Made Super (Or: How To Tell Your Shi’a From Your Sunni)

Comments sections of various websites are filled with people who have dim, insulting, or downright horrific views on Islam, largely because the religion itself is riven with just enough differences to make it super hard to generalize it.  But what’s going on with Sunnis and Shi’a and what in the hell is an Alawite?  Let’s … Continue reading Sectarianism Made Super (Or: How To Tell Your Shi’a From Your Sunni)