Sunday 14 September 2014

The Procrastinator (Some) Times Sunday 14th of September Edition


Hello fellow procrastinators! Hope everything is going awesome. In this edition our news section is solely focused in the Islamic State through Vice's eyes in 5 really good dispatches and an op-ed article in The New York Times. In Science & Technology, the latest developments of the ATLAS humanoid robot, and an article that maybe belongs to our non-existent philosophy section: Megan Heuer's review of Jonathan Crary's book 24/7: Late Capitalism and the End of Sleep. In Design, Business & Innovation, how to get rid of that "free" U2 album that you probably didn't know you have in your iPhone, the disappointing design of Apple's new gadgets, New York Fashion Week SS15 collections made GIFs, and why people love paying for Netflix but hate paying for the BBC. In Culture & Entertainment, a couple of great articles, one about Susan Sontag and another one about Joan Rivers. Also Metronomy's new video: A Month of Sundays. In Dog We Trust introduces us to 15 dogs whose best friends are wild animals. And finally you can have a look at Our Weekly Procrastination in the Photographers' Gallery here in London.

Hope you enjoy this edition. Happy Sunday and happy reading!


Screenshot of VICE NEWS report on the Islamic State Part I.

The most recent dispatches of the Islamic State produced by Vice are and amazing introduction to the latest developments (if you haven't been following the news), or an excellent complement to any news that you have read as you can see IS members in action; their logic, their rational, and their pledges.

"VICE News reporter Medyan Dairieh spent three weeks embedded with the Islamic State, gaining unprecedented access to the group in Iraq and Syria as the first and only journalist to document its inner workings." In part one, Dairieh heads to the frontline in Raqqa, where Islamic State fighters are laying siege to the Syrian Army's division 17 base." In the second part he meets an Islamic State member from Belgium in charge of indoctrinating some of the youngest members of the group. In the third part they joined their daily patrols during Ramadan and witnessed prisioners' punishments. In the fourth part they visit the Sharia courts that handle crime and all sorts of citizens' complaints, and finally in the fifth part "Dairieh journeys 200 miles from the the group's power base in the Syrian city of Raqqa to the border with Iraq. There, after defeating the Iraqi army manning the checkpoint, Islamic State fighters work further to bulldoze the border.

As they clear apart a barrier that divided Iraq and Syria, Islamic State fighters declare an end of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, a nearly 100-year-old pact between France and Britain that divided up the Middle East. For now, that area between Iraq and Syria is part of a new territory: the Islamic State." Each video is 9' long (in average), so your Estimated Time of Procrastination is 45' Absolutely worth it. Have a look in Vice News.

President Obama at a 9/11 observance. Credit Stephen Crowley via The New York Times

Serge Schmemann, member of the editorial board of The New York Times writes the op-ed piece 13 Years After 9/11, the ‘War on Terror’ Has a New Focus. "Thirteen years later, the anniversary of 9/11 was observed this past week on the day after President Obama announced another fight against the various manifestations of Islamic extremism that have evolved from Bin Laden’s. This time it was a vicious Sunni offshoot calling itself the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and referred to variously as ISIS, ISIL or simply I.S. The core of Mr. Obama’s announcement was that American airstrikes against ISIS would be extended to its bases in Syria.
Mr. Obama, who tried so hard to end American military involvement in the Middle East and to avoid it in Syria, did his best to differentiate the open-ended air operation from the two ground wars launched by Mr. Bush, repeatedly promising that there would be no American boots on the ground, only airstrikes. Still, the echoes were unmistakable as the president declared, “We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are.” Read full article in the New York Times. E.T.P. 4'

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