Al-Qaeda




Bin Laden was discovered not in the godforsaken, lawless borderlands but living in a million-dollar mansion in a touristy suburb nearby Pakistan’s top military academy. Steve Coll of the New Yorker writes…




Now I know Glenn Beck can be quite “eccentric” and he isn’t very popular here. However, I still group him under “alternative” news media as he does stray from the standard governmental spiel. I am not implying that he is correct. All I ask is you listen to what he has to say with an unbiased ear as he makes some interesting connections and predictions.


Christmas isn’t always accompanied with holiday cheer, sometimes it comes with death threats. MSNBC reports: Iraqi Christians on Wednesday called off Christmas festivities across the country as al-Qaida insurgents threatened more attacks…








It’s no great surprise to learn that bin Laden isn’t hiding in a mountain cave, considering that he’s probably been receiving kidney dialysis and other medical treatment for years. Barbara Starr reports for CNN:

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are believed to be hiding close to each other in houses in northwest Pakistan, but are not together, a senior NATO official said. “Nobody in al Qaeda is living in a cave,” said the official, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the intelligence matters involved.

Rather, al Qaeda’s top leadership is believed to be living in relative comfort, protected by locals and some members of the Pakistani intelligence services, the official said…



In a just-released audio recording, Osama bin Laden expands on his crunchy-environmentalist sentiments from earlier this year, arguing that climate change, not war, is the biggest West-produced threat to the world’s Muslim population. Will al-Qaeda join forces with Greenpeace? I bet their street canvassers are going to be really pushy.


I didn’t see the theatrical adaption of Lawrence Wright’s The Looming Tower (which is the most informative book I have ever read about 9/11) so I am looking forward to checking about this documentary. From the Economist’s Prospero column:

Lawrence Wright spent five years conducting hundreds of interviews in at least ten countries in order to write “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11”. The book, a best-selling history about Islamic fundamentalism, weaves the stories of terrorists, intelligence officers and government officials in a remarkable narrative that helps to explain both the cult of Osama bin Laden and the flaws in American intelligence that let him get away with murder.

“When I finished my book,” Mr Wright said in an interview with Prospero, “I had countless people asking me ‘What were they like?’ and ‘How did it affect you?’” He ultimately answered these questions in his one-man play, “My Trip to al-Qaeda”, a gripping personal account of the people he met and what it all felt like. On September 7th HBO will premiere Alex Gibney’s elegant screen adaptation, which mixes theatrical footage with more photographs and videos to help tell Mr Wright’s story about the lure of radicalism in the Islamic world.


Was every human being on the face of the Earth just drafted? According to Al Jazeera there’s been an unseemly instance of honesty: “During war there are no civilians,” that’s what “Yossi,”…




The New York Times launches a new series of reports entitled “The Shadow War: Chasing The Enemy” with this report on the United States’ focus on Al-Qaeda in Yemen: At first, the…


AP is reporting that Al-Qaeda has a new leader, per the FBI: A suspected al-Qaida operative who lived for more than 15 years in the U.S. has become chief of the terror…


Commentary by Tobin Harshaw  in the New York Times: On Tuesday, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People released this statement: “Over 2,000 N.A.A.C.P. delegates today unanimously passed a resolution—as…


“Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” is a satirical cartoon that Molly Norris had drawn in response to the censorship of South Park’s episode featuring Muhammad. With constant threats sent to artists who have…