Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Iran's National Internet

smallmedia.org, Filterwatch, Iran's National Internet "Last month, the Iranian government announced that phase 1 of its national information network has been completed. But what does that actually mean for internet users in Iran? Will this really lead to Iranians being cut off from the global internet? In today’s show, I’ll put these questions and more to a technology reporter with BBC Persian, who will give us his take on what the future holds for Iran’s national internet."

California Man Gets 30-Year Prison Sentence for Trying to Help Islamic State

WSJ, California Man Gets 30-Year Prison Sentence for Trying to Help Islamic State

The Muslims of Cuba

aljazeera.com, The Muslims of Cuba non-tech, recommended article. "How a new crop of neighbourhood entrepreneurs are helping spread awareness about a fledgling religious community."

Monday, September 26, 2016

Gunman kills Jordanian writer charged over anti-Islam cartoon: Report

middleeasteye.net, Gunman kills Jordanian writer charged over anti-Islam cartoon: Report "The cartoon Hattar posted on his Facebook page featured an illustration of God under the title "God of Daesh," using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State (IS) group"

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Foreign hacker who aided Islamic State gets 20 years in U.S.

AP/Japan Times, Foreign hacker who aided Islamic State gets 20 years in U.S. "A computer hacker who helped the Islamic State by providing names of more than 1,000 U.S. government and military workers as potential targets was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison."

Friday, September 23, 2016

VIDEO: Women in Iran defy fatwa by riding bikes in public

middleeasteye.net, VIDEO: Women in Iran defy fatwa by riding bikes in public, 22 Sep 2016 video link here "Iranian women have been posting photos and videos of themselves cycling, defying a state-issued fatwa that claims riding a bike threatens a woman's chastity."

Radio station challenges ISIL in Mosul

aljazeera.com, Radio station challenges ISIL in Mosul "Despite the risks, Alghad FM broadcasts information and commentary into the ISIL stronghold via frontline transmitters."

Thursday, September 22, 2016

‘In-Betweeners’ Are Part of a Rich Recruiting Pool for Jihadists

NYT, ‘In-Betweeners’ Are Part of a Rich Recruiting Pool for Jihadists "A rich recruiting pool for Al Qaeda and the Islamic State includes what psychologists call “in-betweeners,” young adults whose identities have not yet solidified. Their uncertainty makes them vulnerable, said J. Reid Meloy, a forensic psychologist and clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego. “It allows the individual to attach his identity to something that is larger and inflates his sense of himself,” he said." [not necessarily a gender specific issue, surely?]

Excommunicating Saudis? A New Fracture Emerges in Islam

wsj.com, Excommunicating Saudis? A New Fracture Emerges in Islam, 22 Sep 2016 "Political conflicts in the Middle East between the Saudi-led camp of Sunni powers and a rival Shiite camp led by Iran have already morphed into a religious war. Now, a theological dispute within Sunni Islam is causing another regional political rift—a result of an initially obscure conference in Russia’s Chechen Republic."

IS executes 12 militants for attempting to flee Raqqa: Report

middleeasteye.net, IS executes 12 militants for attempting to flee Raqqa: Report "The Islamic State (IS) group publicly executed a dozen militants for attempting to desert their posts in the Syrian province of Raqqa, according to activist reports."

Bahrain

CBC, Canadian company helped Bahrain block opposition, anti-Islam websites, says report Allegations: "Canadian technology company Netsweeper helped the Bahraini government block opposition party websites, various news websites and content critical of Islam, according to a new report by the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs." Report link here: Citizen Lab, Tender Confirmed, Rights At Risk: Verifying Netsweeper in Bahrain

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

In China, Fears of ‘Creeping Sharia’ Proliferate Online

foreignpolicy.com, In China, Fears of ‘Creeping Sharia’ Proliferate Online "Over the past six months, Chinese social media outlets have been electrified by Chinese Muslim calls for a statute to regulate halal food production. On social media platform Weibo, some Chinese grassroots netizens and even scholars have equated the effort to an exercise in terrorism and linked it to Chinese Muslim radicalization. The ugly rhetoric says far more about the state of Islamophobia in China than it does about the merits of halal regulation."

Kuwait royal jailed for three years for 'insulting' ruler

Middle East Eye, Kuwait royal jailed for three years for 'insulting' ruler "A Kuwaiti royal was ordered to pay $16,500 in compensation after being convicted of insulting the emir and several other royal family members."

al-Awlaki

Scott Shane, NYT, An Al Qaeda Martyr’s Enduring Pitch, 18 Sep 2016 "On Sept. 30, it will be five years since the C.I.A. drone strike in Yemen that killed Mr. Awlaki, the first United States citizen executed without trial on orders of a president since the Civil War. But the Hellfire missile that ended his life promoted him to martyrdom in the eyes of his fans, and his influence has turned up in terrorism case after terrorism case. His videos, forecasting a West in which Muslims would increasingly be denigrated, marginalized and threatened with expulsion or worse, have been viewed by hundreds of thousands."

Sunni-Shia: Islam Divided (radio programme)

BBC Radio 4, Sunni-Shia: Islam Divided "In the first of two programmes explaining the Sunni-Shia divide past and present, Tarek Osman tells the epic story of how Islam split after the death of the Prophet Mohammed."

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Behind Boko Haram's Split: A Leader Too Radical for Islamic State

Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, Behind Boko Haram's Split: A Leader Too Radical for Islamic State "The self-proclaimed caliphate’s biggest and deadliest franchise outside the Middle East, the “West Africa Province” also known as Boko Haram, fractured in recent weeks over Islamic State’s decision to replace its notorious leader, Abubakar Shekau."

Headscarf emoji proposed by 15-year-old Saudi girl

BBC News, Headscarf emoji proposed by 15-year-old Saudi girl "Rayouf Alhumedhi, 15, has sent a proposal to The Unicode Consortium, a non-profit corporation that reviews and develops new emojis."