Quick Hits: Power Moves and Power Vacuums, Syria, Kurds and Turkey Edition

With Donald Trump giving an implied blessing for Turkey to conduct operations in the Kurdish region of Syria, many of the usual talking heads were in shock, outrage or disbelief. How could this happen and how could we let our allies suffer like this? Well, anyone who spent some "boots on the ground" time in …

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Augusto Pinochet: The Rise and Fall of a Right Wing Warrior

Augusto Pinochet Ugarte led the country of Chile for 17 years (1973-1990) and used torture, repression, and even political killings to keep a firm hold on power. His tactics show a clear example of state sponsored terrorism. Pinochet’s rule is a highly interesting one because of his outright use of terrorism to maintain control and …

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ISIS, Al Qaeda and others: Some context of Islamic Terrorist groups

The Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda are fundamentally different from groups that existed decades ago. 40 years ago, groups similar, but fundamentally different to ISIS and Al Qaeda wanted to see an Islamization of society and government, but did not seek for the unification of the world, and the Islamic World under one caliphate. …

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