What do The Lord of the Rings and the fight against Daesh have in common?

Published July 27th, 2015 - 04:55 GMT
How does Frodo's quest compare to the Muslim world's fight against Daesh?  (Screenshot: Youtube)
How does Frodo's quest compare to the Muslim world's fight against Daesh? (Screenshot: Youtube)

Why defeating Islamic State might mean re-reading The Lord of the Rings   

The wave of recent attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and Turkey, all apparently linked to Islamic State in some way, have reinforced the spectre of the unstoppable “Daesh death cult” whose tentacles of terror can reach deep into every corner of the globe

The omnipresence of the group has precipitated something of an identity crisis in the Muslim world. Many assumed IS would vanish as quickly as it had appeared.

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Turkey's new "war on terror" mainly targeting Kurds  

What was at first announced as a new Turkish turn toward attacks on Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) on Friday has quickly become largely a campaign against Kurds instead. It is being alleged that the Turkish Air Force launched dozens of strikes against bases of the Kurdistan Workers Party over the border in Iraq on Saturday, and just 4 against Daesh positions in Syria.

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The debates on Sykes-Picot reveal how racism about people in the Middle East is alive and well  

Since 2011, Western media has taken a sudden interest in the Sykes-Picot Agreement in a flurry of commentary about the fragility of arbitrarily imposed colonial borders in the Middle East. Everyone from Noam Chomsky to Glenn Beck has presented their take on the issue, but the basic message has been the same: Sykes-Picot, which lives on in the Middle East, is now “failing,” “disintegrating,” “coming undone,” and “unravelling.”

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