Mark Wallace

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A major victory in the fight against extremism was secured last month when YouTube announced that it had taken down the lectures and sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American who had turned into a firebrand preacher and notoriously effective recruiter for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

In 2011 President Barack Obama took the extraordinary step of ordering a drone strike on Mr. Awlaki in Yemen, citing his “lead in planning and directing efforts to murder innocent Americans.” Unfortunately, given the ubiquity of his lectures and sermons online, Mr. Awlaki continued to inspire and incite extremist violence after his death.

In December 2015, a search for “Anwar al-Awlaki” on YouTube yielded nearly 60,000 results for his sermons and lectures.…  Seguir leyendo »

Most western travellers visiting Cuba will have come across the island’s cars long before their plane lands. They appear in every travel guide, and you can buy calendars and posters of the 1950s classics that still drive through the streets of Havana.

They’ve become an icon of the island – considered a quaint, unmissable feature of Cuba’s unique atmosphere. So, it was against a background of nostalgia that the news broke that they may at last be retired. It was portrayed almost as a saddening shame that these majestic beasts of the road might disappear.

This is patronising nonsense. As the experience of the rest of the world shows, if Cubans had the choice they would have abandoned their clapped-out Studebakers and Oldsmobiles long ago.…  Seguir leyendo »