🎧 The Daily: One Family’s Story of Survival and Loss in New Zealand | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: One Family’s Story of Survival and Loss in New Zealand from New York Times

The loved ones of a man killed in the Christchurch mosque attacks say goodbye to a son, father, husband and brother.

🎧 The Daily: The American Women Who Joined ISIS | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: The American Women Who Joined ISIS from New York Times

They traveled to Syria, swore loyalty to the Islamic State and married its fighters. Now, as the extremist group’s “caliphate” crumbles, they’re asking to come home.

What a painful culture shock it must have been for women to go from America to ISIS held territory.

I can only think that given the terrorism that they experienced and their mindsets as depicted here that they ought to be treated more like brainwashed ex-cult members than enemy combatants. Of course this also means that they should certainly be getting the appropriate mental health care after the fact as well.

I have to wonder whether they would have gone if they’d even spent a little bit of time thinking about the long term consequences.

🎧 The Daily: ISIS Has Lost Its Land. What About Its Power? | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: ISIS Has Lost Its Land. What About Its Power? from New York Times

The last time the extremist group was declared defeated, it returned even stronger than before.

This sounds like Trump is preemptively declaring victory when it’s patently not the case and then we’ll end up being right back in the same situation one or more years down the road.

🎧 The Daily: Trump’s Plan to Withdraw Troops From Syria | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: Trump’s Plan to Withdraw Troops From Syria from New York Times

The president’s abrupt order may have raised important questions about the future of American wars, but it stymied others.

👓 Baltimore ‘Fiddler’ Disrupted by ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump’ | New York Times

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A man was removed from the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore after he loudly yelled pro-Hitler slogans during intermission.

Given the political climate, ubiquity of mass murders via guns, and the reactions reported, this seems tantamount to yelling “Fire” in a crowded theater. It’s certainly psychological terrorism and bordering on even worse.

🎧 “Caliphate,” Chapter 10: One Year Later | New York Times

Listened to “Caliphate,” Chapter 10: One Year Later by Rukmini Callimachi, Andy Mills from New York Times

What does the future hold for the ISIS returnee who confessed to murder? And what does he believe now?

🎧 “Caliphate,” Chapter 9: Prisoners, Part Two | New York Times

Listened to “Caliphate,” Chapter 9: Prisoners, Part Two by Rukmini Callimachi, Andy Mills from New York Times

After three years in ISIS captivity, a young Yazidi girl returns to her family. Rukmini is there to witness it.

🎧 “Caliphate,” Chapter 9: Prisoners, Part One | New York Times

Listened to “Caliphate,” Chapter 9: Prisoners, Part One by Rukmini Callimachi, Andy Mills from New York Times

Slavery was enmeshed in the theology of ISIS. Rukmini speaks to an ISIS detainee who challenges her to find the girl he enslaved. She does.

🎧 “Caliphate,” Chapter 8: The Briefcase | New York Times

Listened to “Caliphate,” Chapter 8: The Briefcase by Rukmini Callimachi, Andy Mills from New York Times

We found a trove of secret documents after Mosul fell. It led us to the mother of an ISIS official.

I love how this story really humanizes what is going on here compared with the soundbite snippets we hear from the US President at the moment. Things are far more complex and human, than they would seem. And what a fantastic little story this particular episode makes on so many levels. Mothers/sons, wealth/poverty, religion/bureaucracy, journalism/mystery and so much more.

👓 Muslim Woman Ignores Dying Victim of London Terror Attack? | Snopes

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On 22 March 2017, an attack took place outside the British Parliament in London during which a man drove a vehicle into a crowd of people on the Westminster Bridge. As police responded to the incident, which left four people dead, a photograph showing a woman dressed in a hijab with a cell phone in ...

A potential interesting case study for the “Made to Stick” arena.

👓 White supremacists committed most extremist killings in 2017, ADL says | NBC News

Read White supremacists committed most extremist killings in 2017, ADL says (NBC News)
White supremacists and other far-right groups committed the majority of extremist-related murders in the United States last year, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League.

🎧 “Caliphate”, Chapter 5: The Heart | New York Times

Listened to "Caliphate", Chapter 5: The Heart by Rukmini Callimachi, Andy Mills from New York Times

The recruit carried out the killing.

Then he questioned everything.

🎧 Caliphate–Chapter Four: Us vs. Them | New York Times

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A new recruit proves his worth and gets invited to a secret meeting.

Following Caliphate

Followed Caliphate (New York Times)

A new audio series following Rukmini Callimachi as she reports on the Islamic State and the fall of Mosul. This series includes disturbing language and scenes of graphic violence.

I’ve sampled several episodes via The Daily, so I’m officially subscribing so I can get the rest of the episodes.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: Gina Haspel and the Shadow of Torture | New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: Gina Haspel and the Shadow of Torture by Michael Barbaro from nytimes.com

The Central Intelligence Agency is waging an unusual campaign to make Gina Haspel its next leader, despite her polarizing past. Why do officers see her most controversial quality as her greatest asset?

On today’s episode:

• Adam Goldman, a reporter who covers the intelligence community for The Times.

• John Bennett, a former chief of the C.I.A.’s clandestine service who retired in 2013.

Background reading:

• Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee for C.I.A. director, is expected to face tough questions at a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday about her involvement in torture and secret prisons after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

• Ms. Haspel offered to withdraw her nomination last week amid concerns that her role in the brutal interrogation of a Qaeda suspect in Thailand would scuttle her confirmation.

Apparently there’s a broader story to be told about Haspel than the one that’s been circulating recently. Perhaps she’s not as pro-torture as previously indicated?