Meredith Tax is chair of the Centre for Secular Space, a global human-rights think tank based in London, and has just published A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State.
Through the corporate media's electronic collage of murders, sex
scandals, celebrity sightings and Pentagon-generated fantasy can be
heard a constant buzz--"war, terror, security"--but who know
"A war was about to start. Knots of wide-eyed people gathered in
courtyards, in open fields, on street corners....
In the past ten years, nationalist, communalist and religious fundamentalist social movements have surfaced all over the world, moving into the power vacuum created as local elites have been over