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Essay: The Virtual Caliphate

Essay: The Virtual Caliphate Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Mina Hamblet

Al-Qaeda has been all but eclipsed by the Islamic State (ISIS), which has skilfully used social media to become the foremost purveyor of jihadist indoctrination in the West, creating a "virtual caliphate," extremely dangerous and easily accessible to vulnerable men and women from a variety of backgr

The pendulum swings back in Jakarta

The pendulum swings back in Jakarta Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Giora Eliraz

The Government has begun taking concrete actions against the hardline elements that were alleged to be involved in orchestrating the massive show of bigotry and intolerance in the public sphere of Jakarta late last year and early this year.

Asia Watch: Staging Points

Asia Watch: Staging Points Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

The heightened activism has many regional analysts concerned that IS-affiliated militants are set to infiltrate and exploit the ongoing sectarian violence in Myanmar, as they are now referencing the conflict in IS media channels.

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Europe and the Thousand-Headed Monster

Europe and the Thousand-Headed Monster Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Eyal Zisser

Barcelona is not just any other city in Europe. It's not London, Paris or Berlin, where ISIS terrorists have already carried out mass attacks claiming the lives of dozens of innocent civilians. Barcelona is part of Spain, which holds special status in the eyes of the Islamic State group.

Killers in Cars

Killers in Cars Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Col. Richard Kemp & Arsen Ostrovsky

Shortly after the horrific terror attack in Barcelona on August 17, which claimed the lives of 14 people including seven-year old Australian Julian Cadman, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said terrorism is Europe's main problem "right now"... Jihadists have been waging terror in Europe for yea

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Asia Watch: Irregular regulation

Asia Watch: Irregular regulation Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

In signing a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) that gave the state power to officially ban Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has made a bold and politically risky move to counter the rise of Islamist groups that spearheaded the political and legal

Deconstruction Zone: Which Way To Turn?

Deconstruction Zone: Which Way To Turn? Categories: Islamic Extremism, Palestinians     Author: Paul Gardner

An important concept for religious Muslims is qibla, the direction in which one should face during salah, the five-times-daily prayer that all Muslims are commanded to observe. The traditional Islamic view is that the original qibla was in the direction of what they called Haram esh-Sharif (the Nob

Asia Watch: A New Front Opens

Asia Watch: A New Front Opens Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

After weeks of fighting, Philippine security forces still face stiff resistance from militant fighters spread across the sprawling city, which now lies in ruins. Government troops have suffered heavy casualties due to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and snipers... Although the fighting has now

Gulf splits with Qatar: What this means for the region – and for the love affair Australia’s ABC and SBS have with Al-Jazeera

Gulf splits with Qatar: What this means for the region – and for the love affair Australia’s ABC and SBS have with Al-Jazeera Categories: Gulf states, Islamic Extremism, Media/ Academia, Saudi Arabia, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In a dramatic move, on June 5 Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen and the Maldives announced they were all severing diplomatic relations with Qatar over its support for terrorist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, as well as for its close ties to Iran

Asia Watch: The high price of religious sensitivities

Asia Watch: The high price of religious sensitivities Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

When the North Jakarta District Court sentenced outgoing Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama to two years in prison for blasphemy for suggesting that some people had misused a Koranic verse to block his re-election bid, it added dramatic confirmation of the paradox surrounding South East

Seriously? Abbas claims Palestinians are “raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace”

Seriously? Abbas claims Palestinians are “raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace” Categories: Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently met with US President Donald Trump and said, "Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace."  If only that was true, peace might appear a lot closer.&nbs

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