Religious Extremism

  • Iranian Election Signals Direction of Islamic Theocracy

    May 22, 2017

    Iranians recently voted in a presidential election viewed by most experts as a referendum on the direction of the Islamic theocratic regime, with a choice between the gradualist reforms of the incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, and the radical Islamism advocated by challenger Ibrahim Raisi, whose supporters include the country's hardline clerical faction committed to the global export of Islamist revolution.

  • Turkish Islamists Attack DC Protesters

    May 18, 2017

    A mob supporting Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked and beat a group of peaceful demonstrators protesting against this week's visit by Turkey's Islamist President in the vicinity of the Turkish Embassy in Washington.

  • Saudis, Iran Seek to Export Islamism to West Africa

    May 15, 2017

    Senegal is becoming a prime target for penetration by the Islamic theocracies of Saudi Arabia and Iran, which are pumping money, educational infrastructure, and arms into West Africa, a key theater of competition to globalize Sunni and Shiite brands of Islamist radicalism and jihad.

  • Saudis Paid for Lobbying Against 9/11 Lawsuit Bill

    May 15, 2017

    US Justice Department filings reveal that Saudi Arabia's government contracted American lobbying firms to pay for opposition to legislation that would allow victims of the 9/11 terror attacks, whose perpetrators were mainly citizens of the Saudi Islamist theocracy, to sue Saudi Arabia in US courts.

  • Erdogan Uses Islamist Discourse in Condemnation of Israel

    May 11, 2017

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used an Istanbul conference on the issue of Palestine and the status of Jerusalem as a platform for Islamist discourse, urging Muslims worldwide to visit Jerusalem to support the city as the capital of an independent Palestinian state and characterizing Israel as racist and discriminatory in its practices against Palestinian Muslims.

  • Moroccan King's Political Moves Spark Islamist Blowback

    May 08, 2017

    Rising sociopolitical tensions after recent moves by Morocco's King Mohammed VI to shift the balance of power within the country's mainstreamed Islamist party, the Justice and Development Party (PJD), suggest signs of blowback in the form of radicalization within the PJD and intensified activism by the banned, anti-monarchist Islamist movement, al-Adl wal-Ihsan (AWI).

  • Attack Demonstrates Global Impact of Saudi Islamist Investments

    April 26, 2017

    A perpetrator in the 2015 Islamist attack in San Bernadino was a graduate of one of Pakistan's fastest growing religious schools with branches across North America and Europe, controversial due to its funding stream and ideology linked to Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi Islamist jihadism.

  • New California Mosque Provokes Gender Controversy

    April 26, 2017

    A newly inaugurated, female-led mosque founded by a Christian convert from the University of California Berkeley's Start King School of Ministry has generated opposition to gender mixing from US Muslim groups such as the Muslim Community Association in Santa Clara, California.

  • Mob Attacks University Students Accused of Blasphemy Against Islam

    April 19, 2017

    A student mob in a Pakistani university attacked two students, one of whom died of injuries from lynching, after rumours began to spread that the deceased student had “allegedly published blasphemous content" on Facebook.

  • EP People‚Äôs Party Supports Ban on Full-face Veils

    April 12, 2017

    The Independent reports that the European Parliament’s (EP) largest political bloc, the European People’s Party, has adopted a resolution calling for an EU-wide ban on full-face veils, such as those worn by some Islamic women, “both for reasons of security and because seeing one another’s faces is an integral part of human interaction in Europe”.  

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