Paul Woodward - War in Context

Paul Woodward describes himself by nature if not profession, as a bricoleur. A dictionary of obscure words defines a bricoleur as “someone who continually invents his own strategies for comprehending reality.” Woodward has at various times been an editor, designer, software knowledge architect, and Buddhist monk, while living in England, France, India, and for the last twenty years the United States. He currently lives frugally in the Southern Appalachians with his wife, Monica, two cats and a dog

Woodward maintains the popular website/blog, War in Context, which "from its inception, has been an effort to apply critical intelligence in an arena where political judgment has repeatedly been twisted by blind emotions. It presupposes that a world out of balance will inevitably be a world in conflict."

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ISIS May Not Be Global Threat, But Neither Is It A Problem With Ready Solution – OpEd

The New York Times reports: The reports are like something out of a distant era of ancient conquests: entire villages emptied, with hundreds taken prisoner, others kept as slaves; the destruction of irreplaceable works of art; a tax on religious minorities, payable in gold. A rampage reminiscent of Tamerlane or Genghis Khan, perhaps, but in […]

Close up of 'Jihadi John' from ISIL video.
Close up of 'Jihadi John' from ISIL video.

‘Jihadi John’ Named As Mohammed Emwazi, Portrayed As Victim Of UK Counter-Terrorism Policies – OpEd

The Washington Post reports: The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked man with a British accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic State and who taunts audiences in videos circulated widely online. But his real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton […]