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Enticing the lonely
In her latest piece for The New York Times, Rukmini Callimachi interviews a young woman from rural America to illustrate the efforts ISIS goes through on social media to indoctrinate Westerners. They played on her sense of isolation, offering friendship through Muslim connections: “I actually have brothers and sisters,” she posted. “I’m crying.”
Last December, six inmates were moved from Guantanamo Bay to Uruguay. All former al-Qaeda fighters, they were to be free men. Just six months later they are adrift, angry and struggling to adapt to their situation. Stephanie Nolan explains in The Globe and Mail why “Uruguay’s story of transcultural empathy stands as a cautionary tale,” for other inmates.
Why ISIS survives
An end to conflict in Iraq and Syria still looks distant. The problem, writes Patrick Cockburn in The London Review of Books, is that “there are too many players… who can’t afford to lose and will do anything to win.” How does ISIS continue to survive amidst a volatile balance of power that shifts as foreign countries alter policies and civil wars persist?
The fight to heal
While fighting continues in Ukraine, another problem is worsening: how to treat the thousands of wounded and traumatized soldiers. Canadian-backed doctors are leading the rehab programs that help these soldiers recover. “It’s equally hard to adapt to war and, later, to adapt to peace,” one doctor told Christian Borys. From Maclean’s.
The families of five American hostages held in Syria felt abandoned by U.S. officials. So they formed a rescue team in secret. “After hiding the truth for so long, [they] hoped that by working together they might bring their children home.” Lawrence Wright reports on their journey in an emotionally powerful piece by from The New Yorker.
Politico’s bold move
Politico’s “brash, fast, gossip-obsessed website” helped transform Washington political journalism. Will this style work as effectively in Brussels? “It is an experiment with far-reaching implications,” writes Gideon Lewis-Kraus in The Guardian, “not only for the future of journalism but, perhaps, for the European self-image.”