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This is a 2hr + 31minute video representing my first successful (eg., not plagued with frameloss, not cut off because of Copyright Issues) live stream of me working on video collage in my studio space. After several hours of failed attempts elsewhere (got banned from Twitch, got booted from YT streams because I was using the sound from “Temple of Doom,”) finally seemed to get everything to cooperate.

The sonics are provided again by JK (first half) and Ian McColm (second half.)

Videos dissected in this session include: “Hackers,” “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane,” “Fists of the White Lotus,” “Faces of Death IV,” “Evil Dead II,” “Escape from the Bronx,” the titular “Ultimate Video Aquarium,” and a Japanese-language Children’s VHS about toilet-training (more info forthcoming.)

Next: live broadcasts from the house! Also this week, a HANK WOOD/HAMMERHEADS + CRAZY SPIRIT live video!

Γυναίκες τζιχαντίστριες υποκινούν χτυπήματα μέσα στην Ευρώπη

Γυναίκες τζιχαντίστριες υποκινούν χτυπήματα μέσα στην Ευρώπη

Ένας σκληρός πυρήνας Βρετανίδων που βρίσκονται στη Συρία και έχουν ενταχθεί στο Ισλαμικό Κράτος, ενθαρρύνει μουσουλμάνες και μουσουλμάνους που ζουν στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο να προβούν σε τρομοκρατικές επιθέσεις μέσα στη Βρετανία, σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες του Observer. (more…)

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Three years ago, it was hard to find anything significant about Syria in books about al-Qaida. Yet today, Syria is widely — and correctly — seen as the cradle of a resurgent al-Qaida: a magnet for jihadist recruits, which offers the networks, skills and motivation needed to produce a new generation of terrorists. How did this happen? And why did it happen so quickly?

For Bashar al-Assad, the blame lies with outsiders — especially Turkey and the Gulf monarchies — who have used their money and influence to sponsor the uprising, arm the rebels and supply foreign recruits. This is certainly the case, but it’s only part of the story.

In the years that preceded the uprising, Assad and his intelligence services took the view that jihad could be nurtured and manipulated to serve the Syrian government’s aims. In particular, it was after America’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 that foreign jihadists were allowed to enter the country, setting up the very structures and supply lines that are now being used to fight the government.

Though there still isn’t any solid evidence that the jihadists as a whole are controlled by the regime, there can be little doubt that many of the older and more senior figures in groups like ISIS will have records with Syrian intelligence, and that some are likely to be collaborating with it. Nor is there any question that the Syrian government, which is fighting large numbers of secular defectors from its own forces, has an interest in portraying the opposition as crazy fanatics, or that some of its actions — such as releasing Islamists from the notorious Sednaya prison, or sparing ISIS-controlled areas from attack — have been designed to strengthen the jihadists vis-à-vis their rivals.

No one doubts that jihadist groups in Syria draw on external support and international networks, including foreign fighters from across the Middle East and even Europe. But the reason they were able to mobilise them — and mobilise them quickly — is that Assad’s government had helped to set them up.

To read the full article, click here.

I Can't Stop Remembering Series

Summary:Based off of this prompt

Pretty much, it’s been a few years, Louis is drunk off his ass as per usual, but tonight’s a little different because he finds a photo that’s been hidden in his wallet for a while and then connects with the feelings that have been hidden in his heart for a while. Then he picks up the phone and calls Harry.

Trigger Warnings: Alcohol Abuse, Thoughts of suicide

Part 1

Part 2

Study Finds There Are Now 20,000 Foreign Fighters With ISIS and AQ in Iraq and Syria

January 28, 2015

Foreign fighter total in Syria/Iraq now exceeds 20,000; surpasses Afghanistan conflict in the 1980s

Peter R. Neumann

ICSR Insight

January 26, 2015

The number of foreigners that have joined Sunni militant organizations in the Syria/Iraq conflict continues to rise. According to ICSR’s latest estimate, the total now exceeds 20,000 — of which nearly a fifth were residents or nationals of Western European countries.

The figures were produced in collaboration with the Munich Security Conference and will be included in the Munich Security Report — a new, annual digest on key developments in security and foreign policy.   

They include estimates for 50 countries for which sufficient data and/or reliable government estimates were available. Southeast Asia remains a blind spot. Countries with 5 or less confirmed cases were omitted. With the exception of some Middle Eastern countries, all figures are based on data from the second half of 2014 and refer to the total number of travelers over the course of the entire conflict.    
 

WESTERN EUROPE

Based on the 14 countries for which reliable data is available, we estimate that the number of foreigners from Western European countries has risen to almost 4,000. This is nearly double the figure we presented in December 2013, and exceeds the latest estimates by European Union officials. 

The largest European countries — France, the UK, and Germany — also produce the largest numbers of fighters. Relative to population size, the most heavily affected countries are Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden.

REST OF THE WORLD

The estimated worldwide total is 20,730. This makes the conflict in Syria and Iraq the largest mobilization of foreigner fighters in Muslim majority countries since 1945. It now surpasses the Afghanistan conflict in the 1980s, which is thought to have attracted up to 20,000 foreigners.

With up to 11,000, the Middle East remains the dominant source of foreigners in the conflict. Another 3,000 were from countries of the former Soviet Union.


RETURNEES

All figures are ‘conflict totals’. We estimate that between 5-10 per cent of the foreigners have died, and that a further 10-30 per cent have left the conflict zone, returning home or being stuck in transit countries. As a consequence, the number of foreigners that are currently on the ground in Syria and Iraq is likely to be significantly less than the figures provided.
 

BACKGROUND

ICSR has kept track of the number of foreign jihadist fighters in the Syrian/Iraqi conflict since 2012. We have published estimates in April and December 2013, and updated our figures in the run-up to UN Security Council Resolution 2178 in September 2014, for which ICSR served as external advisors.

As with previous estimates, it should be stressed that counting foreign fighters is no exact science. Our methodology has, in essence, remained the same (see here), except that we now have more experience in dealing with external sources and a greater number of credible government estimates. Other governmental and non-governmental organizations — working independently of us and using different sources and methods — have arrived at similar results.      

Web version: http://icsr.info/2015/01/foreign-fighter-total-syriairaq-now-exceeds-20000-surpasses-afghanistan-conflict-1980s/

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Shiraz Maher from the ICSR discusses foreign fighters in Syria.

http://ift.tt/eA8V8J Un estudio elaborado por el King’s College de Londres divulgado hoy por el diario “The Guardian” subraya la importancia del papel de las mujeres integradas en grupos yihadistas a la hora de incitar a cometer atentados.

El Centro Internacional para el Estudio de la Radicalización (ICSR) de la universidad del Reino Unido ha detectado a cerca de 30 mujeres británicas que han viajado a Siria, muchas de las cuales animan a otras personas a convertirse en yihadistas a través de las redes sociales.

"Se dirigen a la gente que no se puede unir al Estado Islámico (EI) y les dicen: ‘¿Por qué no cometer algún acto en casa?’. Ese es el mensaje habitual", relató la investigadora Melanie Smith.

La responsable del estudio argumentó que las mujeres occidentales que se han unido a grupos extremistas no juegan el papel pasivo con el que se las suele retratar.

El ICSR ha creado una base de datos con cerca de 70 mujeres relacionadas con el yihadismo.

Los responsables del centro aseguran haber observado un crecimiento de su actividad en las redes sociales tras los recientes atentados de París, que dejaron 17 muertos.

La policía busca desde esos tiroteos a Hayat Boumeddiene, de 26 años, pareja de uno de los yihadistas abatidos por las fuerzas de seguridad, que podría haber viajado a Turquía a principios de enero para cruzar desde allí la frontera siria.

Los ataques en Francia han elevado la preocupación en Europa sobre el riesgo que suponen las personas que regresan de zonas de conflicto como Siria e Irak.

Engeland: Facebook en Twitter leveren database met jihadi's

Engeland: Facebook en Twitter leveren database met jihadi’s

The Guardian berichtover een forse database met gegevens over westerse jihadstrijders en -sympathisanten, volledig gebouwd via openbronnen als twitter en facebook. De database, met al zevenhonderd profielen, is gebouwd door een team sociale media-experts van het International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) aan King’s College in London en wordt dagelijks…

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[UK Swamp News / Burden of Damascus] 'British' women being used by IS to hijack islam (which means peace) in UK

British women being used by IS to incite terror in UK

Jan 18, 2015

… Melanie Smith, a research fellow at ICSR and the woman in charge of ICSR’s Female Foreign Fighters database, said the British women have been telling people at home, who cannot leave their family or afford to get to Syria to join IS, to carry out attacks in the UK instead. …

More calls to hijack islam at Times of India

Isis using UK female jihadists to incite terror acts back home, say researchers
Intensive monitoring of social media accounts of female Britons based in northern Syria reveals women’s key new role

A hardcore of British women who have travelled to Syria to join Islamic State (Isis) are encouraging other women in the UK to carry out terrorist attacks back home, the Observer has learned.

The role of British female jihadists in inciting terrorism in the UK has been uncovered by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London, which has identified a group of around 30 female Britons based in northern Syria.

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from Network Front | The Guardian http://ift.tt/1sMurLu
- Bonsoni
‘Significant Threat’ to Europe After 1,300 Jihadis Return Home

Up to 1,300 European jihadists have already returned to the continent after fighting under the banner of ISIS according to ‘cautious’ estimates made by anti-extremism thinktank, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.The foundation, founded by former UK prime minister Tony Blair, also believe that these returning fighters intend to wage jihad in Europe.

“Returning foreign fighters are a potent force and a significant threat,” Ed Hussain, a senior advisor at the Foundation told Newsweek.

“As they meet other young Muslims in mosques or community centres they can portray themselves as returning heroes from the trenches of jihad in Iraq and Syria. These people have walked the walk, not just talked about it in abstract terms,” Hussain added.

According to figures compiled by King’s College London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), over 2,580 European fighters have left their home countries to fight with militants in Iraq and Syria. Interpol’s European chief, Rob Wainwright told British MPs this week that the number of Europeans fighting in the Middle East is now estimated to be between 3,000 and 5,000.

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation think that between 1,000 and 1,300 fighters have already returned to Europe. Hussain believes many will return invigorated by their experience and ready to continue their jihad on the continent. “Unprecedented numbers are going to train and fight in the so-called caliphate, a tangible Islamist State which is also directly targeting our citizens online and through their glossy propaganda magazines, taking advantage of the sense of vulnerability and victimhood many young Muslim men and women in Europe feel,” Hussain said.

A wave of terrorism-related arrests has been made in the last few days in Germany, Belgium and France, and European security services are on high alert after three Islamist gunmen killed a total of seventeen people in Paris in attacks last week.

The first of the attacks saw two of the gunmen storm the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, after the publication printed images of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. 

All three of the gunmen were French-born, however evidence suggests two were radicalised by an al-Qaeda cell based in Yemen, while the gunman who held up the kosher grocery shop claimed to be a member of ISIS.

When asked by Newsweek how many British jihadists have already returned to the UK, Shiraz Maher, senior fellow of King’s College London’s ICSR estimated that around 260 had returned.

Last week, the head of MI5 Andrew Parker warned in a rare public speech that Islamist militants are “planning mass casualty attacks against the West,” urging security services around Europe to avoid becoming “complacent”.

French soldier patrols near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of the highest level of “Vigipirate” security plan after a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo January 7, 2015. Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

However, Haras Rafiq, managing director of the anti-radicalisation organisation, the Quilliam Foundation believes that UK has the mechanisms set up to rehabilitate many of these returning jihadists.

Commenting on the estimated 1,300 jihadists already back in Europe, Rafiq said: “First of all I think loads of people should be allowed back into the country and if they have broken any laws, they should be arrested and face trial. However every person should go through a deradicalization, rehabilitation programme to help them disavow the ideology and the theology that made them go and fight in the first place,” Rafiq added.

According to Rafiq, the UK’s deradicalization programme called Channel, which was set up in 2007 and which the Quilliam Foundation works in partnership with, has a “significant success rate” in reforming radicalised individuals.

“There is a risk assessment done when the treatment begins and there is a bespoke mentoring programme, where mentors who are already part of the British community, and are accredited by the home secretary engage with the person being treated. Sometimes mentors are former jihadis, sometimes not. They focus on five different aspects of deconstructing the narratives that cause radicalisation starting with the intellectual to the ideological, social, emotional and spiritual causes of why their charge became radicalised,” he said.

“I think the greatest success we have seen is in mentors who have joined after going through the programme themselves,” continued Rafiq, who added that individuals can also be referred to the programme prior to being radicalised. “France needs an anti-radicalisation programme like this,” he noted.

“I am optimistic because we have programmes like this in place, but the other reason I am very optimistic about our chances of combating radicalisation is because of the civic response we saw in France after the Charlie Hebdo attacks.”

Around two million people took to the streets of Paris last weekend in the largest march in French history, to express their solidarity with the victims of the attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.

Leaders from across Europe and the Middle East joined the march in a bid to show civic unity in the face of terror.

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