Monthly Archives: October 2015

Update: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The relative impenetrability of Syria and Iraq has opened up a chasm of uncertainty about the leading figures of the Islamic State group. The bombings reported a few days ago were initially said to have hit al-Baghdadi’s convoy in the Anbar Province, Iraq. His status was reported as unknown. Since then there have been conflicting […]

Correction: Baghdadi not amongst the victims!

Within seconds of posting the last post, Reuters updated their news feed and it has been claimed by the local hospital that al-Baghdadi was not amongst the ISIS leaders brought in for treatment. This could be because he was not in the convoy in the first place; but it could also be because ISIS commanders […]

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi bombed again – status: unknown.

In a protracted series of bombing campaigns conducted by Western and Russian air forces, a convoy carrying the leader of Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has reportedly been hit by Iraqi forces. The news broke this morning and has resonated across various reputable news agencies such as: Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/11/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-baghdadi-idUSKCN0S50KI20151011 The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-leader-abu-bakr-al-baghdadis-convoy-hit-by-iraqi-military-air-strikes-a6689626.html The […]

Rooney: The Man Behind The Goals.

Another football post, and this time heralding one of the greatest Manchester United players ever to pull on the red top. This documentary, presented by another of the great English strikers, Gary Lineker, celebrates Wayne Rooney’s prolific career up to the moment his penalty against Switzerland rifled the roof of the net, surpassing yet another […]

Follow-on from Sapiens post: Striving.

An interesting point that Harari has made which I don’t want to forget, is that by developing ourselves and the way that we interact with eachother/the world, we actually make life more difficult.  Ancestral hunter-gatherers became farmers so that they could have a constant source of food without having to go to the effort of […]

Currently Reading: ‘Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind’ by Yuval Noah Harari.

I am addicted to bookstore-browsing. Whoever I’m with, if we’re out shopping and I see a Waterstones (British high street bookshop chain), I will happily go in and spend – a little too much – time looking at all sorts of books; fiction, biographies, political histories, etc.. Last week during a visit to Birmingham, I […]