Religious Extremism

  • 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.

  • Turkey's Mosque Construction Reflects Islamization

    June 20, 2017

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to spearhead a massive mosque construction program across the NATO member-state, using public-private partnerships to advance the Islamization of the country's economy, society, and culture.

  • Turkey's Islamist Battles Ensnare Activist

    June 19, 2017

    Turkey's Islamist government has expanded its purge of human rights activists and journalists accused of support for the Islamist Gulenist movement, which it blames for last summer's coup attempt in Ankara, arresting one of the country's most distinguished human rights activists, the Chair of Turkey's chapter of Amnesty International.

  • Pakistan Court Imposes Death Sentence over Facebook Post

    June 19, 2017

    A Pakistan court sentenced a man to death on charges of committing blasphemy against Islam because of his Facebook posts, part of an escalation in restrictions on free speech and vigilante social violence in the name of protecting state-sanctioned, Sunni interpretations of Islam.

  • Islamist Conflicts Extend to Lobbying in Washington

    June 14, 2017

    The Saudi-Iranian competition that is producing Sunni-Shiite sectarian warfare and massive instability across the Mideast is also playing out in Washington through public diplomacy and lobbying campaigns, including art exhibits and film and cultural programs, designed to sway DC opinion-makers and foreign-policy makers.

  • Iran's Supreme Leader Accuses US of Creating IS

    June 14, 2017

    As tensions escalate in the regional Sunni-Shiite power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the clerical leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has blamed the US for the creation of the Islamic State (IS) and for destabilizing the Middle East.

  • Saudi-Qatar Islamist Rift Goes Global

    June 14, 2017

    Turkey's Islamist government is using military and economic support to lead a pro-Qatar response to Saudi Arabia's attempt to leverage its control over Islam's holy sites to rally Muslim-majority countries in Africa and Asia behind the effort to isolate Qatar over its presumed support for Islamist revolutions and for the Iran Islamist theocracy.

  • Turkish Islamization, IS Expansion Squeeze Religious Minorities

    June 06, 2017

    Turkey's large Alewite religious minority, a heterodox Shiite Muslim community, reports growing security risks due to discrimination and intimidation by the Sunni Islamization policies of the Turkish government and state indifference to threats of Islamic State (IS) attacks on Alewite places of worship.

  • Iran's Election Outcome Signals Islamist Resilience

    May 30, 2017

    Ayatollah Hassan Rouhani's victory in Iran's presidential elections signals the possible global impact over the long term of the country's Islamist revolutionary model, as his big-tent alliance of "modern theocrats" views moderate religious-political reform as the optimal mechanism for resilience and durability.

  • Islamists Gain Ground in Bangladesh with Assault on Statues

    May 30, 2017

    Bangladesh's hardline Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam scored another win in its sociopolitical campaign to impose sharia law across the country, including blasphemy statutes and strict gender separation in public spaces, by convincing state authorities to remove a sculpture of Lady Justice from the front of the Supreme Court building.

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