Global Political Islam

  • Hezbollah Leader Warns Israel of United Islamist Front

    June 23, 2017

    In the context of rising tensions between Israel and the Lebanese Shiite militant movement Hezbollah, the Islamist group's leader warned that a united front of Iran-backed Shiite Islamist states and movements from the Mideast to Southwest Asia would commit to a war against Israel.

  • UAE Gas Case Shows Risks of Sharia Finance

    June 23, 2017

    The decision by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) energy giant Dana Gas to suspend payment on $700 million of debt on claims that the instruments no longer comply with sharia law raises alarm bells as investors face the prospect that "Islamic interpretation and religious standards" may now become a common justification to companies refusing to pay their debts.

  • IS Destroys Mosul Mosque in Battle over Caliphate

    June 23, 2017

    Using a scorched-earth policy in their battle with US and Iraqi forces for control over the Islamic State (IS) capital of Mosul, IS fighters destroyed the city's most famous mosque and blamed US airstrikes for its annihilation.

  • UN Agents Call for Repeal of Indonesian Blasphemy Law

    June 23, 2017

    A statement from a group of UN human rights mandate holders recently called on Indonesia, in the wake of a prison sentence imposed by a court in the country on the Christian former governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, for blasphemy, to repeal its laws prohibiting blasphemy and provide for the release of Purnama.

  • UN Agent Denies Security Implications of Migration

    June 22, 2017

    In an address to a recent UN conference that serves as a consultation on a global migration pact to be agreed in 2018, UN Special Representative for International Migration Louise Arbour highlighted the UN's broad treatment of "irregular migration" as an unqualified benefit to host societies and called for the expansion of legal avenues toward migration.

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