Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tunisia attack: Report warned UK about resort security

BBC News, Tunisia attack: Report warned UK about resort security

The Linguistic Labyrinth of Arabic News

Ben Hubbard, NYT, The Linguistic Labyrinth of Arabic News, 14 Jan 2017 "Far from being independent brokers of information, these channels have powerful backers who deploy them to bolster their agendas and undermine their foes. What that means for the viewer, and for the student of Arabic, is having to decipher a complex code of politically charged vocabulary whose usage can swiftly betray someone’s political views."

Turkey says captures nightclub attacker who acted for Islamic State

reuters.com, Turkey says captures nightclub attacker who acted for Islamic State "Two pistols, mobile phone SIM cards, two drones and $197,000 in cash were also seized, Sahin said."

All by myself: Single mother asks for help causing meltdown in Egyptian social media

albawaba.com, All by myself: Single mother asks for help causing meltdown in Egyptian social media "Social media is divided on the issue, reports Al Bawaba. While some have come out in support, others have labelled it as adultery and indecency, calling her derogatory names. Twitterati was quick to respond with viral hashtags "single mother" and "I support Hadir Makaqi.""

Mawlana - the movie

albawaba.com, Controversial Islamic film 'Mawlana' dominates the Egyptian Box Office, 17 Jan 2017 "After its debut on January 4, Mawlana has continued to rank first in terms of revenues in cinemas, despite the piracy of the movie which is available in high quality on the internet."

Man accused of trying to join ISIS but just wanted to live 'off-grid'

Daily Mail, Man accused of trying to join ISIS but just wanted to live 'off-grid'

Boxing coach arrested in San Sebastián on suspicion of running Isis recruitment cell

thelocal, Boxing coach arrested in San Sebastián on suspicion of running Isis recruitment cell, 16 Jan 2017 " "The accused was very active in finding new recruits and would approach young people at risk of social exclusion, easily influenced and emotionally unstable, and make the most of his position as a boxing coach to win their confidence," the ministry said."

Friday, January 13, 2017

Twitter Must Do More to Block ISIS

NYT, Twitter Must Do More to Block ISIS, 13 Jan 2017 "Like many Americans, the two of us have strong reasons to hope that 2017 is better than recent years. On Nov. 13, 2015, Beatriz’s daughter, Nohemi, was killed in the Paris terror attacks by an Islamic State cell operating out of Brussels. On March 22, 2016, Cameron’s husband, Alexander, and her sister-in-law, Sascha, were murdered at the Brussels Airport by terrorists from the same cell. One hundred and fifty-nine others also died in those attacks, and more than 600 people were injured."

Pakistan Human Rights Commission Pressures Police To Find Missing Activists

rferl.org, Pakistan Human Rights Commission Pressures Police To Find Missing Activists "The National Commission for Human Rights of Pakistan (NCHRP) has urged the Interior Ministry to locate five rights activists and bloggers who have been missing since last week."

Fighting the hard-liners online

Bagus Aditya, thejakartapost.com, Fighting the hard-liners online, 13 Jan 2017 [opinion piece] "Researchers have found that online behavior is dominated by “homophily”: a tendency to listen to and associate with people like yourself, and to exclude outsiders. People come together when facing a shared “antagonist” that they think is too strong to be faced by individuals. This behavior makes social networks bad at helping you empathize with people not like you."

Rohingya Muslims and the Internet

An important subject, clearly underrepresented in the news at present:



Austin Bodetti, motherboard.vice.com, Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims Look to the Internet for Justice, 11 Jan 2017 "For the targeted civilians, the internet has come to mean life or death. Internet activists often champion the idea that the World Wide Web can catalyze democratic change. And the Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority community in Myanmar (the Southeast Asian country also called Burma) have taken this message to heart. They hope that the internet can spread word of their plight, but censorship, fake news websites, and propaganda make it hard to convey the right message."

Thursday, January 12, 2017

UK: Google-hosted Muslim leaders summit linked to Home Office Prevent unit

middleeasteye.net, Google-hosted Muslim leaders summit linked to Home Office Prevent unit, 10 Jan 2017 "According to a source, Imams Online is one of a number of ostensibly grassroots and community-led counter-extremism campaigns being run by Breakthrough Media through third party groups on behalf of RICU which has the final say on content and messaging and funds the work."

Islamic State ramps up recruitment in Pakistan

irinnews.org, Islamic State ramps up recruitment in Pakistan, 11 Jan 2017 "Obaid’s life-plan began to change when a man identifying himself as Qari Abid contacted him via Facebook last August. As their correspondence deepened, Khan became more and more convinced that he needed to join the “jihad against infidels”, according to his elder brother, Hanifullah, whom Abid attempted to recruit as well."

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Silenced by IS, displaced Iraqis relish return to phones

AP/Mail Online, Silenced by IS, displaced Iraqis relish return to phones, 2 Jan 2017 "Many destroyed their SIM cards, and at least one terrified resident flushed his phone down the toilet. Others hid their devices where the militants were unlikely to look -- under women's clothes at the bottom of a wardrobe or in bird coops on the roofs of their homes."

IS Tightens Internet Restrictions in Raqqa

VOA News, IS Tightens Internet Restrictions in Raqqa, 3 Jan 2017 "The Islamic State reportedly has tightened its grip over internet access in its de facto capital in Syria, imposing tougher penalties and applying new tools for restrictions as it comes under increased pressure from U.S.-backed Syrian forces who are advancing toward Raqqa."

Militant who denounced Islamic State faces murder, war crimes charges in Germany

washingtonpost.com, Militant who denounced Islamic State faces murder, war crimes charges in Germany, 3 Jan 2017 "An Islamic State defector who claimed in news interviews to have refused to commit violence for the group has been charged by German authorities with murder and war crimes for his role in a mass execution in Syria in 2015."