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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

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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

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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

Ahok, Islamism and Indonesian Democracy

Ahok, Islamism and Indonesian Democracy Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Giora Eliraz

The results of Jakarta's first round of gubernatorial elections might be confusing to many casual observers of Indonesian politics - the Christian and ethnically Chinese governor, Bauska Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, came first. This happened even though Ahok has been, during recent months, in the

Asia Watch: Looking East? Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

The self-proclaimed "caliph" of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is... apparently searching for new territory and new recruits. The Far East is certainly on his radar and one incubator might be the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in the Philippines, specifically Basilan and other islan

Know Thine Enemy

Know Thine Enemy Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: Eran Lerman

With President Trump's administration now busily dismantling much of what his predecessor left behind, it is more important than ever to proceed from a clear identification of adversary forces. "Know thine enemy" is an ancient strategic precept that has been largely been forgotten in recent years. T

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Biblio File: The Philosopher

Biblio File: The Philosopher Categories: Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East     Author: Ben Cohen

Bernard-Henri Lévy, France's leading public intellectual, has a new book, The Genius of Judaism - perhaps the fullest expression yet of his commitment to the Jewish faith, Jewish culture, and the continued flourishing of the State of Israel. Newly-returned from the Iraqi city of Mosul, where

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