Gender and the IS Crisis: The Strange, Complex Story of Women and ISIS Militants -AltNet


“Amid the rumors and lurid headlines, it’s hard to get the truth.”

A brief, but thoughtful discussion of how gender issues play into the current IS crisis.

Here is a particularly startling example of how gender issues are being presented in the crisis:

#BBCtrending: The mock Islamic State slave auction in London

Decoding Iran’s economic indicators -al Monitor


Iran Economics magazine, which put the projected economic growth in the current Iranian year at 2.9%. The projection for the next Iranian year (which will start March 21, 2015) is 4.3%. Consequently, it is valid to argue that Iran has moved out of its two-year recession and that a growth pattern has re-emerged. It remains to be seen whether a comprehensive nuclear deal will create another needed momentum to leap to even higher growth figures.”