FROM Graeme Wood
Dabiq Magazine and the ISIS Propaganda Machine The latest issue of Dabiq hit magazine stands this week. Well, not all magazine stands, because Dabiq is published by ISIS. The glossy, English-language quarterly features some typical magazine fare, but with a Jihadi slant. For instance, there’s an advice column for widows of fighters who died for the ISIS cause. Then there’s the more troubling stuff – like an article that praises the San Bernardino attackers, and a fawning obituary for the British man known as Jihadi John, who’s responsible for multiple executions of Westerners. How does this publication fit into the terrorist group’s propaganda machine?
Gangs an Unlikely Source of Order at Pelican Bay Pelican Bay is California’s maximum-security prison on the coast near the Oregon border—recently famous for hunger strikes and allegations of torture. It’s as dangerous as any place of its kind, full of inmates serving life sentences, but it’s prison gangs—not the guards—who keep order. That’s according to Graeme Wood, one of the few outsiders who have been there. He wrote about it for the Atlantic magazine, where he’s a contributing editor.
The Allure of Extremism We’ve just heard what world leaders are discussing in terms of how to deal with the growing threat from ISIL, but here’s the question that lies behind everything that’s happening now: What draws someone to join an extremist group? Terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East are not lacking for recruits—whether it’s fighters from within the continent, or foreign fighters from Western nations joining the effort against their own countries. There are tens of thousands of them, and their ranks are said to be growing with each passing day. Today, a conversation about what these recruits are looking for in their lives, what conditions make them ripe for recruitment, and put simply: What is the allure to join up in violent jihad?
The Soaring Costs of College Tuition If you are a student or a parent of a student headed for college, the numbers are daunting: $240,000 for a private four year college. Even some state Universities can now cost upwards of $80,000. Half of all student federal loans are now in arrears. It all adds up to one question: Is college worth it? And if not, what’s being done to help students struggling with debt, and what alternatives are out there for kids questioning the value of liberal arts education at such a high price? We’ll look at alternative models to the traditional four year college, and question what the value is of a liberal arts education in dollars and cents.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.