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This ISIS (ISIL) Video Isn’t Generating the Gravitas of the Foley Execution

A video of ISIS (ISIL) followers swearing allegiance to the organization features a striking episode at about 1:05. The acolytes engage in some very "un-Islamic" gesturing. It is among the most graphic illustration of a dynamic we have spoken of so often. Central to an understanding of political conflicts throughout the 20th and 21st century is the concept of the Earth Island (also called "the World Island.") This area is populated largely by Muslims, and political affiliation with, and/or control of, those population groups has long been seen as fundamental to domination of the Earth Island--that, in turn, is the geopolitical key to controlling the world. Imperial Germany made good use of Islamists as proxy warriors during the First World War, and the Third Reich developed and used that strategy extensively, in both its above-ground and underground phases. Read more »

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Bit[coin]burg, Part 4: Fool's Gold, Part 2

 

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The fourth of our pro­grams about Bit­coin, this broad­cast fur­ther doc­u­ments the pre­dictable chaos and malfea­sance result­ing from a valu­able mon­e­tary entity that is totally unreg­u­lated and open to all of the vagueries and crim­i­nal­ity to which inter­net busi­ness is sub­ject. Much of the pro­gram focuses on the col­lapse of the Mt. Gox exchange in Japan, one of the world’s largest Bit­coin mar­ket­places. Blamed ini­tially on hack­ers, it may well be that the oper­a­tors of Mt. Gox were engaged in delib­er­ate malfea­sance, as were anony­mous hack­ers who called atten­tion to the sins of the company’s man­age­ment. The pro­gram notes that the con­cen­tra­tion of own­er­ship in the Bit­coin com­mu­nity is even more pro­nounced than it is in the reg­u­lar economy.

FTR #785

For The Record record­ing is now occur­ring on a reg­u­lar basis. The lat­est pro­gram recorded is FTR #806

NB: For The Record is back on WFMU! The broad­cast airs on Tues­days, from 7–8 pm East­ern Time. The For The Record audio files are archived HERE.

 

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