Progressive Proselytizing: What coverage of wanton killings says about our biases

Smiling Mass Murderer Robert Bales It is hard to get people to care about Afghanistan and, despite fighting a massive war there, hard to get it in the news. Most of the thousands of civilians who have died have gone largely uncovered and become a statistic at best. So when Afghanistan does manage to dominate ...

Drive-by Planet: Merah killings: more about psychiatric issues than jihad?

To describe the Mohamed Merah killings as the act of a jihadi-on-a-mission is the type of simplistic narrative that short circuits more in-depth discussion about Merah’s motivations. There are questions about his psychological state that raise questions about whether he was acting as the “mujaheddin” he claimed to be. Merah grew up in one of ...