Thursday, December 03, 2015

al Dawla Al Islamiya fil Iraq wal Sham

Given the importance of the underlying issues, an oddly large amount of last night's House of Commons debate to authorize UK air strikes in Syria was taken up with a posed fury that the BBC will not refer to ISIS/ISL as Daesh. As this blog has argued before, the use of Daesh by non-Arabic speakers is a ridiculous affectation akin to the cricket bat in Spinal Tap, and a logic if applied retrospectively which would require a lot of reworking to references to the IRA.

But anyway, here's an actual Arab journalist, Roula Khalaf, who writes for a non-state media outlet, the Financial Times, explaining why the preferred term should be ISIS

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