One reason why torture matters

Amidst this fantastic New York Times report on the conditions under which James Foley and his fellow Daesh captives were held, we learn that not only did the extremist group torture its prisoners, but that it did so in ways that explicitly echoed American treatment of suspected terrorist detainees: At one point, their jailers arrived… Continue reading One reason why torture matters

Al Jazeera really steps in it

This is just inexcusable: Al Jazeera removed a story published on Thursday that said the videos of ISIS beheading American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff were “unconvincing,” according to Al Arabiya. Al Arabiya is a rival to Al Jazeera in the Arab news network market and is owned by a Saudi billionaire with marriage… Continue reading Al Jazeera really steps in it

Another American journalist murdered by the Islamic State

This story is still technically unconfirmed, but it seems very likely that the Islamic State has murdered American journalist Steven Sotloff. They had threatened Sotloff’s life in the same video in which they murdered James Foley on August 19 and, it should be noted, may very well have murdered Sotloff at the same time as… Continue reading Another American journalist murdered by the Islamic State

At Medium: “On James Foley and grieving”

I thought I’d give this Medium thing that the kids are talking about a try, and I’ve been wondering why the murder of James Foley has resonated so much with so many people while the equally innocent and equally irreplaceable people who are dying in places like Syria, Gaza, Iraq, and Ferguson aren’t evoking our… Continue reading At Medium: “On James Foley and grieving”