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Virtual Martyrs: Jihadists, Oculus Rift, and IED Drones

Virtual Martyrs: Jihadists, Oculus Rift, and IED Drones

Terrorism Futures Series

For some decades now, jihadists (radical Islamists) have relied upon suicide bombings—primarily via individually carried and vehicular borne (VBIED) explosives—as a distinct form of terrorist attack. Individual martyrdom, as a blood sacrifice to god, is an integral component to many suicide bombings and utilized collectively for terrorist group cohesion...

14 Dec 2014

Please Sir, Can I Have Some More? How Britain’s Vulnerable Live on the Outskirts of Poverty

Please Sir, Can I Have Some More? How Britain’s Vulnerable Live on the Outskirts of Poverty

Poverty

One in five people in the UK live below the country’s official poverty line according to the charity Oxfam. If you compare the UK to my home country of South Africa, which has roughly the same population (59 million to Britain’s 64 million) but a GDP ranking in the...

19 Nov 2014

Still Strangers: The Rise of ISIS and the Muslims of Germany

Still Strangers: The Rise of ISIS and the Muslims of Germany

Immigration Policies

Once again, as ISIS rampages in the Levant, the Muslims of Germany have come under scrutiny. And the behaviour of a group of radical Muslims have not helped matters. In September this year a group of Salafist Muslims, led by Sven Lau aka Abu Adam, 34, a German who converted...

13 Nov 2014

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