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Calls for release of Israeli soldier after 5 years of captivity

Calls for release of Israeli soldier after 5 years of captivity Categories: International Jewry, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Tomorrow will mark 5 years since kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been held illegally by Hamas in Gaza. As Isabel Kershner has reported in the New York Times, Hamas has again refused a request from the Red Cross to visit Shalit - so that they could merely ascertain what kind of conditions

Iran gives new meaning to "fashion police"

Iran gives new meaning to "fashion police" Categories: Iran, Islamic Extremism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Iranian authorities have just announced that they are extending their crackdown on "un-Islamic dress codes" to include various "Western-influenced" men's haircuts and jewellery. Iranian women have traditionally been harrassed by the "moral police" for not following the strict, conservative dress cod

After Bin Laden Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism, Updates    

This Update focuses on additional, under-reported features of the killing of Osama bin Laden last week. We lead with noted Canadian Muslim reformer Irshad Manji, who while congratulating US President Barack Obama, takes issue with his statement that bin Laden was "not a Muslim leader." She insists

Hamas - the key to Peace?

Hamas - the key to Peace? Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In Amin Saikal's article "Palestinians' High Hopes" (May 6) he naively describes the Fatah-Hamas unity pact as likely to enhance prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. In fact, the effect is very much likely to be the reverse. Saikal, like some other analysts, implores Israel to negotiate with Ha

The Last Word: The Green Devolution Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Libya     Author: Jeremy Jones

Gaddafi has had a few supporters who from time to time promoted his "wisdom". In fact, my copy of Jamahiriya: Era of the Masses, which contains Gaddafi's poetry as well as philosophy, was obtained gratis at the now-defunct Sydney bookshop of the pro-Soviet Socialist Party of Australia

Essay: Modern Martyrdom Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Benjamin Acosta

Increasingly, the role of martyrdom has taken a central position in violent campaigns conducted by Islamic groups. The suicide bomber has become the ideal of Islamic martyrdom, simultaneously appalling Western audiences and captivating Islamic ones.

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