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The bureaucracy of evil: how Islamic State ran a city

Press Review, 31 January 2018

Last update: 2018-01-31 10:33:30

Turkey’s Erdogan wages a dangerous war on many fronts. Since Jan. 20, Turkish forces and Turkish-backed militias have been engaged in battles with Syrian Kurds holding an enclave called Afrin, northwest of the Syrian city of Aleppo (the Washington Post).


The bureaucracy of evil: how Islamic State ran a city. Part one of a two part article by Gaith Abdul-Ahad for the Guardian. It was in the Iraqi city of Mosul that Isis attempted to prove its legitimacy – by transforming from an insurgency into a state. Alongside the murders and mass terror ran a functioning bureaucracy, with streamlined rubbish collections and electricity smart meters. 

Part two: How the people of Mosul subverted Isis 'apartheid'. Once Isis had established its authority in Mosul, it administered the city using a two-tier system – privileges for ‘brothers’, hardship for everyone else. But locals resisted.


Tunisia Set to Return to Pre-Revolution Growth in 2020, PM Says. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed says job creation key challenge. Tunisia plans to boost exports by 20% annually, restore growth (Bloomberg).