Tag Archives: Terror

May 13 2011

Today we are all Osama: Jihadists’ reaction to Bin Laden’s death (guest blog)

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One of Al Qaeda’s most potent tools is the Internet. It acts as a communication and recruitment platform for the loose network of  ’jihadist’ activists and their supporters around the world. Mina Al-Lami is a research fellow at the LSE … Continue reading

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May 2 2011

Why The Media Is Right To Focus on Osama Bin Laden The Man

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A lot of sensible people are telling us not to assume that Al Queda is fatally damaged now that it’s most prominent leader has been killed. They worry that if we focus in on the man, we may ignore the … Continue reading

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Mar 11 2011

Who Are We Fighting The Information War With?

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This is the first of a couple of blogs stimulated by a visit to POLIS/LSE by members of Hillary Clinton’s 21st Century Statecraft team, the digital diplomats from the State Department. Hillary Clinton’s internet advisor Alec Ross gave a compelling … Continue reading

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Jul 20 2010

US Militia, Wikileaks and the Tea Party: how alternative new media is destroying traditional ideas objectivity (guest blog)

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If people feel that mainstream media is ignoring alternative politics, then they can now create their own media. But how should traditional journalism respond? Should it change its ideas of impartiality to reflect the real diversity of contemporary politics? This … Continue reading

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Jul 12 2010

Freedom of Expression: A Test of Democracy (Guest blog)

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One of the joys of the LSE and the Polis Summer School in particular, is seeing different political philosophies collide. Katy Kinney from Iowa is active in one of the heartlands of American democracy, a state famous for its special … Continue reading

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Jan 30 2010

Blair at Chilcot: 'The Superbowl of Self-Justification'

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Tony Blair’s resolute, unchanging, self-affirming appearance at the impotent Chilcot Inquiry reminded us of the Politician’s Virility Dilemma. If they change their minds or admit fault then they are seen as weak. If they stick to their guns they are … Continue reading

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Sep 29 2009

The Jihadist style journey from the desert to Moss Bros (guest blog)

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Terrorists love the Internet. Al Qeda is one of the Web’s most successful political organisations. So it is important that we pay attention to what the extremists say online. A research fellow working with Polis was watching as an Al … Continue reading

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Dec 7 2008

Free media is doomed?: Polis at Ditchley II

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Some more thoughts (not all mine, by any means) from this week’s conference on Media and Democracy at Ditchley Park. Free media: exception or rule? It is commonly asserted that we in the industrialised West have had something that approximates … Continue reading

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Jul 7 2008

7/7: The London Bombings: Media and Miracles amidst the mayhem

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It’s three years since I edited Channel 4 News on the day of the London Bombings. On that day I had just returned from editing a series of programmes with Jon Snow in Africa. The following morning I cycled from … Continue reading

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Apr 21 2008

The Bin Ladens: meet the family

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It is now one of the most notorious names in recent history, but the Bin Ladens are interesting for more than producing Osama, America’s No 1 Enemy. They also represent the tensions within modern Islam and especially the Saudi version … Continue reading

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