FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Monday, December 14, 2015

Weekly Reading List: ISIS, ISIS baby, Running Free, Squanto, Advent Habits, Running Free and African borders

There Is Only One Way to Defeat ISIS
Short explanation: crack down on the financial flow from Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.

What ISIS Really Wants
Published this past March, this is THE definitive 'scenesetter' on ISIS and its origins--a terrifying read.

The origins of ISIS, explained in 3 minutes
Ezra Klein breaks it down a very complex subject in a digestible manner.

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia
A good historical background on Saudi.

The Islamist Tantrum People are dead in Paris because Europe decided to make a fetish of its tolerance for intolerance.
A great read and a challenging article about the dangers of unguided tolerance.

Infographic: The Screening Process for Entry to the United States for Syrian Refugees
21 Steps is quite thorough BUT not one of them involves checking their facebook/twitter accounts.

The Miracle of Squanto’s Path to Plymouth
This story will blow your mind!  I never had any idea about Squanto's incredible path.

BreakPoint This Week: Advent and Christmas Habits
A good reminder about preparing ours hearts for Christmas

Run Free - The True Story of Caballo Blanco
Born to Run is one of my favorite books and made me fall in love with running.

The "Real" Map of Africa: Redrawing Colonial Borders
Fascinating look at what makes a state a state and the wide disparity in Africa.

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