Exposed: How Ahlam Al-Nasr is Daesh’s ‘poet laureate’

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Updated 18 December 2019

Exposed: How Ahlam Al-Nasr is Daesh’s ‘poet laureate’

  • Despite Daesh's collapse, Ahlam Al-Nasr's poetry and essays remain a key inspiration tempting youth to the militant cause
  • Exposing propagandists such as Al-Nasr as the hate preachers they are is important to understand the poison of jihadi thinking, says analyst

No one knows where she is — or, in truth, exactly who she is.

But even as Daesh disintegrates, the poetry and essays of the woman who calls herself “Ahlam Al-Nasr” remain a key inspiration tempting youth to the militant cause.

Al-Nasr is exposed today as a Preacher of Hate, the latest in the Arab News series on extremists and their malign influence on those who follow them.

Thought to be the granddaughter of a Syrian cleric, Al-Nasr exploited Arabs’ traditional love of poetry by using it to spread Daesh propaganda, and incite Muslims across the world to kill and burn the “enemies of Islam.”

Her book, “The Blaze of Truth,” contains a collection of 107 poems praising Daesh’s goal and supporting the militants’ “journey.”

“Al-Nasr’s most powerful and enduring poems are her simple clipped compositions that are ideal for conversion into nashids (anthems),” Dr. Elisabeth Kendall, senior research fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Pembroke College Oxford, told Arab News.

“Set to noninstrumental music and sometimes with violent video footage, their catchy sing-along rhythms can appeal to aspiring Daesh fighters in the West even if their Arabic is weak.”

Analyst Peter Welby writes in Arab News today: “Exposing propagandists such as Al-Nasr as the hate preachers they are is important to understand the poison of jihadi thinking, which pollutes our world and threatens our future.”

 

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TWITTER POLL: Firing up of UAE’s Barakah power plant to usher new age of nuclear energy

Updated 18 min 46 sec ago

TWITTER POLL: Firing up of UAE’s Barakah power plant to usher new age of nuclear energy

  • Also an indirect endorsement for a move away from fossil fuels

DUBAI: The UAE firing up of the Barakah power plant’s first nuclear reactor will usher in a new era of clean energy, according to an Arab News straw poll.

Nearly 70 percent of those who responded said they believed the launch of the Barakah facility was the beginning of a new era of energy production.

But one third of those polled said they doubted there would be any change in the current energy regime.

The UAE became the first nuclear energy capable nation in the Arab world after switching on the country’s first nuclear reactor at the Barakah plant in Abu Dhabi emirate.

Unit 1 is set to be connected to the UAE power grid and supply electricity in the next testing phase.

The Barakah facility, tucked 280 kilometers away from Abu Dhabi in the Al-Dhafra region, is expected to add 5,600 megawatts of electricity to the UAE power grid when all of its four reactors become operational as the country works to improve its environmental reputation.

“If the younger, educated ones are allowed to speedily take charge of modern tech, this can rapidly bring Arab countries into the realm of Singapore, Israel, South Korea etc.,” according to Twitter user @winstonmaraj.