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I write about foreign affairs and terrorism. And I am the writer and host of the “Clandestino” bookcast — available on Spotify.

For twenty years America pursued unmixable strategies

Woman and son hold the Afghanistan flag during protest. Photo by this author. All Rights Reserved.

You can stir as much as you want but oil and water will not mix. Afghanistan and the Taliban’s return to political power after twenty years proves this truism true, sadly, once more.

So, why after so much blood and treasure, are the Taliban in power?

And no, it was…


Ben & Jerry’s decision to not sell its ice cream in the Occupied Palestinian Territory does not amount to economic terrorism

Belem Bethlehem , Palestine & Photo by Jorge Fernández Salas on Unsplash

“Schweddy Balls” that is the name of Ben and Jerry’s, an American founded, British-owned ice cream brand, most bizarre flavor. But on 19 July, Ben and Jerry announced that it will no longer sell their ice cream in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).

This announcement — -like their bizarre flavor…


BLM is a hastly mislabelled social movement.

Photo by Kon Karampelas on Unsplash

In the wake of the 6 January terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol, your author participated in a compulsory online “extremist stand down seminar” at work. These seminars seldomly go as intended but always as you expect them: with uncontrollable and fiery rhetoric from people on both sides of an…


Last summer’s BLM protests were not the same as the U.S. Capitol attack.

The U.S. Capitol observed behind security fencing, February 2021. Photo by this author. All Rights Reserved.

On 6 January, the U.S. Capitol was attacked. In the days after, some have equated the 6 January attack perpetrated by right-wing extremist groups to the small number of violent events carried out by BLM and left-leaning protesters in the summer of 2020. …


Can we predict when right-wing extremist groups will adopt terrorism?

An Ohio Proud Boys member, by Paul Becker via Flicker

You will not replace us! Right-wing extremists chanted at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017, where a counter-protester died.[1] Before this moment, Americans were mostly ignorant of the breadth and depth of right-wing extremist groups and their potential and willingness to use violence.

But these groups are…


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Clandestino is a bookcast to understand contemporary political…


China’s systemic oppression of the Uyghurs has risen to the level of State terrorism.

Uyghur Awareness Stand in Amsterdam, Holland, March 2019. Picture by this author. All Rights Reserved.

Last month, in this same publication, this author attempted to answer if America’s police killing of unarmed black men rose to the level of state terrorism. [1] But, if those senseless killings are not considered State terrorism, what could be?

China’s decade long oppression against the Uyghurs, an ethnoreligious group…


The answer is more complicated than you may think.

by Gayatri Malhotra via Unsplash photos.

The murder of George Floyd brought to boil what had simmered in the country’s consciousness during and after the murders of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Breonna Taylor, and others. The trail of black bodies is often explained as a result of systematic racism that — since slavery —…


The United States has an opportunity to correct course in its fight against terrorism.

(DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Mancini, U.S. Army)

September 11th, 2020 will mark the nineteenth year since the attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. For those nineteen years, terrorism underpinned U.S. foreign policy decision making. As a result, the United States and its allies have conceptualized and fought terrorism through a military-focused approach, or a finite strategy…

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