Violence and Security

  • US Targets Finances to Counter Iran's Export of Radicalism

    March 23, 2017

    The US continues to use cooperation between its State and Treasury Departments to strangle the financing networks that undergird Iran's global strategy of exporting Shiite Islamist extremism, as the State Department targeted the assets and US business relations of two proxies for Iranian extremist penetration in Bahrain.

  • Laptop Ban Shows Costs of Jihadi Security Threats

    March 23, 2017

    The national security implications of a US and UK ban of carry-on electronics on flights from airports across North Africa and the Middle East, based on intelligence reports of al-Qaeda's capacity to use micro-bombs on small devices, are accompanied by projections of high economic costs associated with the use of these technologies on flights.

  • TV Holds Potential in Countering Mideast Islamist Ideology

    March 23, 2017

    An article in Politico highlights how the request by the Mideast's creative community for the US to assist with the creation of content communicating tolerance, non-violence, and pluralism signals television's soft-power potential to counter the ideas and images spread by Islamist extremist groups to a massive viewing audience in the region.

  • UN Agents Push States to Act on "Incitement" to Hatred

    March 23, 2017

    A group of UN human rights mandate holders has issued a statement linking speech by politicians and the media the group categorizes as "incitement to racial hatred" to criminal acts against minorities and calling for "human rights and anti-racism training" for law enforcement officials and judges to ensure respect for the social and economic rights of minorities.

  • Article: US Rhetoric, Policies Lead to "Islamophobia"

    March 23, 2017

    W. Paul Smith of Human Rights Watch asserts that the current fear of radical Islamic terrorism in the US, which he associates with the advance of "Islamophobia," is largely unfounded and based in part on the rhetoric and policies of the Trump Administration in dealing with migrants from Muslim-majority countries.

  • UN Rights Chief: Ban "Racist Hate Speech"

    March 22, 2017

    In a recent statement, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein included with his calls to combat race-based crimes a push for states to pass laws "expressly prohibiting racist hate speech" inciting people to "racial discrimination," arguing that the right to free expression comes with "special duties and responsibilities."

  • EU Agency Issues Guidelines on Migrant Integration

    March 22, 2017

    The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights has issued a report examining national approaches to the integration of migrants across the EU and setting out bloc-wide recommendations on migrant integration policies, including proposals on revamping laws related to education, discrimination, and young people.

  • EU, UN Tout "Cultural Literacy" as Key to Fighting Extremism

    March 22, 2017

    The European Parliament and the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized the first anniversary of the 2016 Brussels attacks with an event asserting the importance of new forms of childhood education on "cultural literacy" to counter "violent extremism" and build a "more just, more peaceful, more sustainable future."

  • China Warns of Growing Islamist Extremism at Home

    March 20, 2017

    Senior Chinese officials are warning that the integration of the country's huge Uighur and Hui Muslim populations into global jihadi movements may justify an intensified domestic crackdown, an approach considered by some security experts to be controversial for its potential blowback, in order to prevent Islamist activism aimed at destabilizing China.

  • Afro-Arabian al-Qaeda Partners Share Attack Strategy

    March 16, 2017

    A growing partnership between al-Qaeda's affiliates in East Africa (al-Shabaab) and the Arabian Gulf (AQAP), including shared manpower, weapons, and financing, suggests the possibility of joint Islamist terror attacks against the jihadis' "far enemy" of America and Europe.

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