Patrick Cockburn and the Rise of Islamic State

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Video-On-demand via De Balie TV + De Balie Vimeo. Out of the failures of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring and Syria, a new threat emerges. While Al Qaeda is weakened, new jihadi movements, especially ISIS, are starting to emerge. The capture of Mosul on June 10, 2014 and the declaration of the caliphate spanning the Iraqi–Syrian border, show that these movements are a new serious territorial power, that cannot be ignored. Patrick Cockburn is the journalist who was aware of the rise of these movements, while many signs were being missed by Western politicians, the media, and the public. In his latest book, he describes the rise of the jihadi movements. When he started writing this book he particularly wanted to trace the swift rise of ISIS, the growing anger of the Sunni community in Iraq, and the government ’s inability to combat a powerful new insurgency. With that, he wanted to stress that the armed opposition in Syria was now dominated by jihadi movements while the moderates, whom the West is seeking to boost, have little influence on the ground. His expectations, formulated in the book, turned soon out to be true. During the program Patrick Cockburn will talk about the meaning of these growing powers and analyze how things could have gone so terribly wrong. He speaks about the reasons for the unfolding of US and the West’s greatest foreign policy debacle and the impact that it has on the war-torn and volatile Middle East. Patrick Cockburn will discuss these topics with war correspondent Arnold Karskens, who reported from Afganistan and Irak amongst many other countries and who won the prize ‘Journalist voor de Vrede’ (journalist for peace) in 2008. The programme is moderated by Lennart Booij.      

About Patrick Cockburn: Patrick Cockburn is currently Middle East correspondent for the Independent and worked previously for the Financial Times. He has written three books on Iraq’s recent history as well as a memoir, The Broken Boy, and, with his son, a book on schizophre- nia, Henry’s Demons, which was shortlisted for a Costa Award. He won the Martha Gellhorn Prize in 2005, the James Cameron Prize in 2006, and the Orwell Prize for Journalism in 2009. He was named Foreign Commentator of the Year by the Comment Awards in 2013.   Aanbevolen literatuur:     The Rise of Islamic State
auteur: Patrick Cockburn

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auteur: Patrick Cockburn Patrick Cockburn toont in zijn nieuwe boek aan dat de Jihadi's tegenwoordig meer zijn dan een aantal losjes verbonden terroristische bewegingen. Dat met deze beweging terdege rekening moet worden gehouden werd duidelijk met het ontstaan van het zelfbenoemde kalifaat van de IS dat grote delen van Irak en Syrië in handen heeft. Lees meer
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