Religious Extremism

  • UN Expert Reports Torture in Turkey Since Coup Attempt

    December 05, 2016

    The UN Special Rapporteur on torture, concluding a fact-finding mission to Turkey, reported that state torture, intimidation, and impunity have become widespread under the Islamist government, which has engaged in widespread political purges, arrests, and military measures against what the Turkish state calls "coup plotters and terrorists."

  • Indonesian Blasphemy Trial Signals Islamist Threats to Democracy

    November 28, 2016

    The ongoing blasphemy case in Indonesia against the Chinese Christian governor of the country's capital city has thrown into sharp relief the growing challenges from hardline Islamist groups whose opposition to free speech threatens to corrode constitutional rights and the commitment to pluralism in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

  • Jihadi Extremism Will Survive Defeat of IS in Iraq

    November 28, 2016

    International security experts warn that the possibilities for ethno-sectarian tension are significant in the Iraqi territories being liberated by Shiite Arabs and Sunni Kurds who are leading the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition, as Sunni Arabs fear economic disenfranchisement and political retribution in a post-IS Iraqi governance structure.

  • Saudi-Iran Islamist Proxy Wars Drive Decades of Mideast Destruction

    November 22, 2016

    The struggle for Islamist hegemony in the Mideast between Saudi Arabia and Iran is now completing its third decade, with the Sunni and Shiite giants supporting proxies that are destroying states from Yemen to Iraq and destabilizing states such Egypt, Bahrain, and Lebanon.

  • Mauritanian Sharia Supporters Push for Blogger's Execution

    November 22, 2016

    The consolidation of support for sharia law in Mauritania, a country that practices slavery and female genital mutilation, has led to renewed calls from the country's Islamist hardliner Forum for Ulemas and Imams for the execution of a young blogger convicted of blasphemy for critiquing the Islamic Prophet Mohammed.

  • Blasphemy Trial Signals Growth of Hardline Islamism in Indonesia

    November 22, 2016

    The decision by Indonesian police forces to recommend the trial of the Christian governor of Jakarta on blasphemy charges has evoked warnings by international human rights experts that the world's most populous Muslim-majority country is moving away from tolerance for religious pluralism.

  • Islamist Mentality in Egypt Exacerbates Christian Persecution

    November 16, 2016

    Coptic Christians in Egypt face a continuing barrage of state discrimination and societal violence and hostility, as Egyptian state authorities, under both Muslim Brotherhood and military-secularist governments, reinforce an Islamist majoritarian mentality that positions the country's indigenous Christian community as second-class citizens.

  • Islamist Ideology Blocks Incrementalist Change in Saudi Arabia

    November 09, 2016

    The embeddedness of Wahhabi ideology in Saudi Arabia's social mores and political culture and the dominance of Islamist norms in public education form strong impediments to the gradualist program of socio-economic reform from the Vision 2030 modernization package launched by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.

  • Murray Warns of Dutch Religious Speech Restrictions

    November 08, 2016

    Commentator Douglas Murray identifies the trial in the Netherlands of anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders for a speech in which he supported removing Moroccans from the country as a modern European "blasphemy" trial in which the state polices religious criticism.

  • NATO Member Turkey Moves Toward Islamist Autocracy

    November 07, 2016

    Last week's continuing political and media purges and emergency decrees on the annual Republic Day celebrations by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved the NATO ally one step closer to an Islamist autocracy and signaled that the consolidation of an Islamist dictatorship amounts to a return to an Ottoman Empire model of governance and geopolitics.

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