Presenting foreign documentaries is often thought of as a glamorous profession – free air travel and hotel accommodation in hot places in exchange for a few pensive walking-talking shots – but this invitation to historian Tom Holland promised an explosion on his Twitter feed, and possibly one under his feet. While visiting sites of Isis atrocities that have not yet been made safe, he was required to address the philosophical question of whether Islamic doctrine contains a strain of thought that can be used to justify extreme violence and even genocide.
Apart from Qutb’s writings, the only voice from the other side is Abu Sayyaf, a leading figure in the Jordan jihadi Salifist movement, and even he suggests that the attempt by Isis to create a caliphate through violence was “wrong and hasty”.
Historian Tom Holland asks tough questions about the roots of Islamist violence – and breaks all the rules of TV presenting by retching at the site of an Isis atrocity
ne of the peculiarities of this week’s Bafta TV awards was the BBC . This may have been because of voters punishing the network for poaching The Great British Bake Off. But the results were unrepresentative of the state of television, because there is a sort of programme that only Channel 4, among British broadcasters, would and could make – and Isis: The Origins of Violence is a stark example.
Is that media bias, or acknowledgement that some stories can’t have two sides? Isis: The Origins of Violence will start many arguments, but we should be grateful for having broadcasters brave and thoughtful enough to make them. Three days after the 2017 TV Baftas, we are surely seeing a frontrunner for the 2018 documentary statuette.
The Second Amendment to the Bill of rights of the United States Constitution states "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." In order to understand that right, the modern reader must understand the semantics of the eighteenth century....
The second amendment says, "A well regulated militia being necessary to security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." The second amendment was made for two things.
I was exposed to endless hours of hypnotic commercials, excessive violence and head-splattering, and the news broadcasts that discuss rape and homicide in a calloused matter-of-fact tone.
Somehow I had tuned out the relentless bombardment of violent sounds and imagery while retaining only the fond memories of the shows I enjoyed.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution states that, “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” This amendment has been around since 1791, and there has been gun control almost as long as it's been around.