Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Abu Muhammad al-Adnani

Robin Wright, The New Yorker, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the Voice of ISIS, Is Dead, 30 August 2016 "Hassan Hassan, the author of the Times best-seller “ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror,” described Adnani as one of a small handful of leaders left from among the organization’s founding fathers. “This means that the transition to the second and third tiers of the group is already well under way. And this could affect the direction of the organization and how it operates” ... "

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Bing translation enrages Saudis

The Register, Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis also see Daily Mail, Fury as Microsoft Bing translates the Arabic word ‘Daesh’ into English as ‘SAUDI ARABIA’

An extremist’s path to academia -- and fighting terrorism

PBS Newshour, An extremist’s path to academia -- and fighting terrorism "Jesse Curtis Morton begins work as a counterterrorism researcher at George Washington University this fall. But his path to the position was highly unconventional: until 2012, Morton was Younus Abdullah Muhammad, a Muslim extremist who founded a radical Islamist website. His decision to go undercover and assist in counterterrorism efforts while in prison changed his trajectory profoundly."

ISIS in New Zealand inevitable

Stuff, ISIS in New Zealand inevitable

'Average man takes on IS online'

The Australian, Average man takes on IS online "Mohamed Amin Ahmed manages a gas station in Minneapolis. He is a father to four children, all under the age of 8. And in his spare time, he fights back against Islamic State propaganda he believes is poisoning his local community."

Friday, August 26, 2016

Malaysia: Terrorists are the ‘worst of creation’

The Star Online, Terrorists are the ‘worst of creation’, 21 Aug 2016 "IT exasperates Umno Youth exco Datuk Dr Fathul Bari Mat Jahya that the IS extremists and militants who are butchering and beheading people, have the audacity to proclaim themselves Salafists."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Liberté, Egalité, Burkini?

BBC News, Liberté, Egalité, Burkini? "While some people in France have seen the controversial Burkini ban as a defence of female freedom and French values, others, both there and across the Arab world, have expressed the view that, it is an attack not only on women penalised by the restrictions, but also on Muslims in general." Good summary by BBC Trending.

Monday, August 22, 2016

#Malaysia: Growing intolerance of LGBTIQ community due to Islamisation, forum told, Growing intolerance of LGBTIQ community due to Islamisation, forum told " Social activist Azrul Mohd Khalib added that those from the LGBTIQ minority group are facing increased persecution on a daily basis as Islamic teachings in Malaysia were against sexual orientations that differed from the heterosexual norms." Opinion

#Malaysia: Research outfit starts online ‘pondok’ to counter radicalism, Research outfit starts online ‘pondok’ to counter radicalism (VIDEO), 18 August 2016

"IMAN Research said that in the interviews they conducted across the
peninsula with Muslim youths from various backgrounds, interviewees in
Kedah were “extremely reluctant” to denounce IS, while those in Selangor
were hesitant to challenge verses or scholars that propagate violence,
even if they disagreed with the terrorist group’s level of violence."

Anjem Choudary and prison radicalisation

Standard, Hate preacher's followers still posting extremist videos on YouTube Interesting original report in the Times over the weekend. I have posted this link, as the Times has a paywall online (I bought the newspaper!).

Also see related coverage/opinion pieces:

Mail Online, The face of hatred unveiled: Wife of jailed Anjem Choudary is clearly identified for the first time as she vows non-Muslims in Britain will be destroyed

Express, 'Belmarsh HERO' Hate preacher Anjem Choudary ‘raising an army of extremists’ behind bars [the emphasis is from the Express]

BBC News, Prison extremists to be put in special units in jails

Raffaello Pantucci, Telegraph, It's cruel, but isolation is the only way to deal with prisoners like Anjem Choudary

Putting Islam centre stage in the digital age

Gulf News, Putting Islam centre stage in the digital age Profile of Peter Gould: "“When someone asks me today what is Islamic art, I say our art has very deep, sacred roots but it could also be that kid on the street in Jakarta with a spray can, it could be a guy in San Francisco making an app showing you how to pray and where to pray. It [faith] has to influence and inspire all of these decisions we are making every day, and that’s when you get beautiful things. Your faith can and should have influence in what is being created around the world today.”

Friday, August 19, 2016