Pourquoi nous sommes tous des djihadistes
Le témoignage exclusif d’un Belge parti en Syrie Qu’y a-t-il dans la tête des jeunes djihadistes qui quittent la France, la Belgique, les Pays-Bas ou l’Angleterre ? Qu’y a-t-il dans la tête d’un jeune né ici, éduqué ici, qui part combattre dans un pays dont il ignorait l’existence il y a cinq ans ? Cette question nous hante tous. Alors que bon nombre d’experts ou de journalistes livrent leurs commentaires, loin du théâtre des combats, l’auteur, un jeune chercheur belgo-palestinien, a décidé, pour ses recherches, de s’infiltrer en Syrie et de rejoindre un groupe de jeunes djihadistes européens. Il a vécu, dormi, mangé, passé les frontières avec eux. En partageant leur quotidien, il a tenté de comprendre leurs motivations. Et ses conclusions sont étonnantes, loin des poncifs de certains. Aujourd’hui, Montasser AlDe’emeh a fondé un centre de « dé-radicalisation », comme aiment l’appeler les autorités, un centre de « la connaissance », comme il aime, lui, le nommer. Au-delà de son histoire incroyable, il livre ici l’analyse, probablement la plus fine et la plus pertinente à ce jour, d’un phénomène qui tétanise l’Occident. Une enquête sociologique d'un spécialiste du djihad pour comprendre les motivations de certaines convictions et radicalisations religieuses A PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR Montasser AlDe’emeh est belgo-palestinien. Il a 26 ans et est chercheur universitaire. Islamologue, spécialiste du djihad armé, il intervient comme expert dans de nombreux colloques, ainsi qu’auprès de médias européens et internationaux dont Der Spiegel. Il est le fondateur et le directeur du centre « La Voie vers...» EXTRAIT Je reviens de Syrie, des environs d'Alep plus précisément où j'ai vécu pendant deux semaines avec de jeunes djihadistes, notamment des Belges et des Néerlandais partis rejoindre, se battre et mourir dans les rangs de Jabhat al-Nosra (ce groupe, qui a fait allégeance à Al-Qaïda et qui a été créé en 2012 pendant l'insurrection syrienne). Principalement actif en Syrie, mais aussi au Liban, il est considéré comme un groupe terroriste. Je rejoins la salle de bain. Je me déshabille. Sous la douche, j'ouvre le robinet et je décide de me raser. Sans miroir. La longueur de ma barbe, qui m'arrive presque jusqu'à la poitrine, témoigne de ces longs mois pendant lesquels je me suis plongé dans mon travail de recherche. Nous sommes à la fin juillet. Je me suis laissé pousser la barbe depuis février, soit le moment où j'ai commencé à me plonger dans mon sujet. Mais je suis confronté à un problème : elle est si longue et si drue qu'une lame ne pourra pas la couper. Comme si cette expérience refusait de me quitter.
When you keep repeating that the worst is about to happen, it finally does. The threat of terrorism has caught up with us. By invading Iraq in 2003 and not intervening in Syria since 2011, we have helped fuel radicalization. And we continue to fuel it, by making diplomatic compromises with dictators, by refusing to heed the suffering of populations, and by failing to invent counter-speech. What is the responsibility of our societies in the creation of these new jihadists? How are they molded? How have we played the Islamic State's game and spread its propaganda, allowing it to invade our neighborhoods and enlist more and more recruits ready to fight for a distorted fantasy of Islam? Nicolas HÃ©nin presents the case against the West, showing how its mistakes and inaction have contributed to the disaster. He also advances possible strategies to repair what can still be repaired.
The Peckham Quixote
The back streets of Peckham were but a playground to Raymond Wild (Oscar) and all he wanted from life was to play snooker, drink beer and marry his childhood sweetheart Stacey, but unfortunately for Oscar he was just one of those characters for whom the twists of fate always have a different agenda. Close to winning the prestigious Salesman Of The Year competition he is let down by his biggest sales prospect and under pressure races to find another order. Alas the fickle finger of fate added to his day such joys as traffic jams, learner drivers, accidents and finally a speed camera which ultimately cost him his driving licence, job and patience of Stacey for whom this was the last straw. Aided and abetted by his snooker chums he set about getting his own back on society by jousting with speed cameras but attracts the ever watchful eye of the dreaded Detective Sergeant Douglas Fowler who would like nothing better than to put this handsome young upstart away behind bars. Alas Oscar find himself incarcerated but not before he's become the local hero under the self assumed guise as The Peckham Quixote. After release from prison Oscar's past continues to haunt him as the local champion and fate does her best to grind him down at every turn. With three rich story lines and highly colourful characters this unique story combines a light touch of humour with sadness and almost a happy ending.
State of the Union
From the New York Times bestselling author of Leaving the World comes the compelling story of a woman whose one choice, made decades ago, comes back to haunt her. America in the 1960s was an era of radical upheaval–of civil rights protests and anti-war marches; of sexual liberation and hallucinogenic drugs. More tellingly, it was a time when you weren’t supposed to trust anyone over the age of thirty; when, if you were young, you rebelled against your parents and their conservative values. But not Hannah Buchan. Hannah is a great disappointment to her famous radical father and painter mother. Instead of mounting the barricades and embracing this age of profound social change, she wants nothing more than to marry her doctor boyfriend and raise a family in a small town. Hannah gets her wish. But once installed as the doctor’s wife in a nowhere corner of Maine, boredom sets in... until an unforeseen moment of personal rebellion changes everything. Especially as Hannah is forced into breaking the law. For decades, this one transgression in an otherwise faultless life remains buried. But then, in the charged atmosphere of America after 9/11, her secret comes out and her life goes into freefall.
Murder in Our Midst
War endlessly tries to mask itself. The myth of the heroic soldier testing his individual courage stands in stark contrast to the reality of mass, anonymous death and the suppression of individual actions. Murder in Our Midst shows that this fundamental tension reached its natural conclusion in the Holocaust, and that disguising it has required an ongoing effort to misrepresent war and the Holocaust as something other than industrial killing. Examining a broad range of the representations of war's horrors, from scholarly depictions to those in popular literature, poetry, art, and the movies, Omer Bartov finds they have some things in common. Societies and cultures have attempted to form coherent images of horrific events, to draw didactic lessons from them, and to exploit them to legitimate ideological or political positions. Made up of interconnected essays, this book is both a scholarly and an often personal and passionate examination of the emergence, implementation, and representation of industrial killing. Bartov draws out the links between recent revisionist attempts to minimize and deny the Holocaust, and Hollywood's ongoing fascination with National Socialism and Hitler's "Final Solution." Arguing that the modern predicament reflects the effects of the Nazi genocide on current perceptions of war, history, and memory, this book is a plea for compassion and commitment in an increasingly violent and indifferent world.
Red Zone Blues
Based on a series of reports for AsiaTimes, this is a snapshot of George W. Bush's surge on the ground - focused on the people of Iraq, as waves are driven to exile in Damascus and Baghdad bleeds outside of the Green Zone.
Memoirs of an Exorcist
International bestselling author Father Amorth tells his stories of standing face-to-face with the devil as the chief exorcist for the Vatican for twenty-five years. Few people know that before he became a priest, Father Gabriele Amorth served in the pro-Allied Italian forces during World War II and earned a law degree. He discovered his true calling when he met exorcist Father Candido. Ever since, he has faced the devil every day, relieving thousands of believers of their suffering through religious rites and the power of prayer. Memoirs of an Exorcist recounts Amorth’s many impressive stories of healing and faith, as gathered by famed journalist Marco Tosatti.
This warped travel book remixes three main themes: globalization, energy wars and the Pentagons Long War, originally packaged as the war on terror. Youre going to revisit the asymmetrical wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Youre going to crisscross the Islamic world. Youre going to follow a lot of pipelines. Youll be acquainted with the Iran the next war will probably hit. Youll see how national resistance wars have nothing to do with terrorism. Youll be confronted over and over again with strategic competitor Asiawhere the future of the 21st Century is being played out. Youre going to revisit how, where and who profits from economic globalization and especially war corporatism. Youll see how and where possible New Orders are emerging, and Old Orders disintegrating. And you will finish the pilgrimage back in the middle of apredictableglobal war of the privileged few against the excluded many.
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON'S INSIDE ACCOUNT OF THE CRISES, CHOICES AND CHALLENGES SHE FACED DURING HER FOUR YEARS AS AMERICA'S 67THSECRETARY OF STATE, AND HOW THOSE EXPERIENCES DRIVE HER VIEW OF THE FUTURE. 'All of us face hard choices in our lives,' Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the centre of world events. 'Life is about making such choices. Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become.' In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the Unites States Senate. To her surprise, her formal rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed, and the hard choices that she and her colleagues confronted. Secretary Clinton and President Obama had to decide how to repair fractured alliances, wind down two wars and address a global financial crisis. They faced a rising competitor in China, growing threats from Iran and North Korea, and revolutions across the Middle East. Along the way, they grappled with some of the toughest dilemmas of US foreign policy, especially the decision to send Americans into harm's way, from Afghanistan to Libya to the hunt for Osama bin Laden. By the end of her tenure, Secretary Clinton had visited 112 countries, travelled nearly one million miles and gained a truly global perspective on many of the major trends reshaping the landscape of the twenty-first century, from economic inequality to climate change to revolutions in energy, communications and health. Drawing on conversations with numerous leaders and experts, Secretary Clinton offers her views on what it will take for the United States to compete and thrive in an interdependent world. She makes a passionate case for human rights and the full participation in society of girls, youth and LGBT people. An astute eyewitness to decades of social change, she distinguishes the trendlines from the headlines and describes the progress occurring throughout the world, day after day. Secretary Clinton's descriptions of diplomatic conversations at the highest levels offer readers a masterclass in international relations, as does her analysis of how we can best use 'smart power' to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world - one in which America remains the indispensable nation.
To most in the West, 'al-Qaeda' is seen as a byword for terror: a deadly, highly organised fanatical group masterminded by Osama bin Laden. But does this tell the whole truth? Prize-winning journalist Jason Burke has spent a decade reporting from the heart of the Middle East and gaining unprecedented access to the world of radical Islam. Now, drawing on his frontline experience of recent events in Iraq and Afghanistan, on secret documents and astonishing interviews with intelligence officers, militants, mujahideen commanders and bin Laden's associates, he reveals the full story of al-Qaeda - and demolishes the myths that underpin the 'war on terror'. Burke demonstrates that in fact 'al-Qaeda' is merely a convenient label applied by the West to a far broader - and thus more dangerous - phenomenon of Islamic militancy, and shows how eradicating a single figure or group will do nothing to combat terrorism. Only by understanding the true, complex nature of al-Qaeda, he argues, can we address the real issues surrounding our security today.