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ISIS Releases Video Allegedly Showing Another Journalist In Captivity

I’ve suddenly become a Huffington Post outlet…

The militant Islamic State group has released a new video in which a man identifying himself as a British journalist says that he will “show you the truth” about ISIS and how western media is manipulating the public.

The chilling video shows a man who says he is John Cantlie. Cantlie, a former reporter for the Sunday Times, the Sun and the Sunday Telegraph, went missing in Syria in 2012, but was laterfreedby the Free Syrian Army. Cantliereportedlythen returned to Syria in 2012, along with US journalist James Foley. Foleywas beheadedby ISIS in August, a horrific killing that was also recorded and released on video.

The video was posted to YouTube. Unlike the previous ISIS videos, Cantlie is not shown kneeling before any captors. Instead, he is seated by himself at a desk. He calls himself a prisoner and pledges to expose crucial facts that could help save lives. The journalist says that, over the course of several videos, he will be showing how the Islamic State functions and how western media can “twist and manipulate” the truth to try and “drag the public back to the abyss.”

Cantlie directly addresses his status as a hostage:

"I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, he’s only doing this as a prisoner. He’s got a gun at his head, and he’s being forced to do this, right? Well, it’s true. I am a prisoner. That I cannot deny. But, seeing as I’ve been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State, I have nothing to lose. Maybe I will live, and maybe I will die."

In the video, Cantlie warns against the US and other nations launching any sort of attack on the Islamic State, suggesting that they will not win.

"After two disastrous and hugely unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, why is it that our government appears so keen to get involved in yet another unwinnable conflict."

Cantlie concluded with a final, troubling message for viewers:

"There is time to change this seemingly inevitable sequence of events," he said. "But only if you, the public, act now."

I’m not sure why ISIS would decide thisis the best way to go for a propaganda spin. Using hostages in this way is scummy to start, and unless they are going to pretend their previous beheading videos were faked then there is no other side of the story.

Some acts cannot be justified or excused. Any group that saws the head off a conscious human being must be hunted down and all of its members must be killed

Now, we can debate the best way of destorying ISIS, but its own actions in its previous videos are enough to warrant its annihilation.

I hope the poor man in the video is able to by himself some time by playing along with his captors — maybe he will be able to escape death entirely. After all, that would be a real clown move to then kill your spokesperson — but these guys are scumbags so who knows.

perfectperfidy asked: A while ago Vesp and I were gonna do a book club thing and I picked out Wolf Hall as a potential, but later heard the prose is kind of shit. Have you read it and did you like it? Any alternative recs?

I was actually thinking about reading it a year or so ago because I heard it was interesting, but I can’t get over the boredom I feel with anything Tudor-related.

For historical fiction, as an alternative rec, you should read The Heike Story by Eiji Yoshikawa.* Or you might want to read his Taiko.

*Not to be confused with the original epic Heike Monogatari upon which it is based — though that is good too.

BBC News statement on intimidation in Russia - Media centre

Recuperating Hitler



While it is very true that Hitler killed alot of people, it is also true that he was a fan of animals. He was not a bad guy when it came to his dogs, was even a vegetarian (which I personally agree with), and before he killed himself he killed his dogs too so they wouldn’t get tortured. This shows that Hitler was not always as bad as they make him out to be.

All I have to say is, if this is “shit my students write,” then you’ve failed miserably as a teacher.

Scotland's Newspapers Go All Out For Referendum

Huffington Post decided to rank the front pages of eleven Scottish newspapers today. The ranking is from “worst” to “best.” The judging claims to be based on things like “nice picture” or “boring headline” but I noticed another trend:

The “Worst” 1-5

Express no opinion outside urging Scots to vote

The “Best” 6-11

5 of them express anti-independence positions and 1 is neutral. The “very best” headline is against independence.

Free Book Recs

This is how the game works…

You send me an ask with the last book you liked and I will recommend another book for you… or I will insult your taste in literature.

I will let this run between now and tomorrow night.