The view from Raqqa: The many, many challenges of the Islamic State

Welcome to a world of imagination! So you go to bed one night and you wake up the next day in the body of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - the leader of ISIS.  Now you might think you can imagine your way out of this scenario, since we're in a land of magic and wonder, but much like the … Continue reading The view from Raqqa: The many, many challenges of the Islamic State

America Goes to War with the Islamic State (And Once More, It’s All About Oil)

Nobody who has ever seen The Road should be all that horrified by what ISIS has done. When you’re in a post-acocalyptic nightmare land, you’ll grasp onto whatever straws of order you can get. So it is with the Sunnis of Iraq and Syria, who have now turned to a devil they don’t fully understand … Continue reading America Goes to War with the Islamic State (And Once More, It’s All About Oil)