Violence and Security

  • Qatar Is Magnet for Competing Islamists

    July 17, 2017

    Critics charge that the tiny Persian Gulf Kingdom of Qatar's policy of economic cosmopolitanism, through which it has created an outsized global financial footprint, has produced an open-door approach to competing Islamist leaders and groups that has aggravated Islamist extremism and violence.

  • Report Reveals Ambivalent Turkey-IS Relationship

    July 17, 2017

    Experts warn that a new report by NATO-member Turkey's Interior Ministry offering extensive information on the country's battle against the Islamic State (IS) contains underlying evidentiary details of the country's leniency and collusion in its relationship with the Islamist jihadi entity.

  • IS Military Defeat Raises Foreign Fighter Threat

    July 17, 2017

    Western security experts anticipate that the military defeat of the Islamic State (IS) caliphate in Iraq and Syria will cause a spike in terror attacks and Islamist recruiting efforts by "frustrated foreign fighters" in the West who no longer have a central caliphate destination.

  • UNGA Approves Counter-terrorism Coordinator

    July 17, 2017

    The Economic Times reports that the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has approved the consolidation of multiple UN entities dealing with terrorism into a single UN Office of Counter-terrorism, which will coordinate efforts within the UN system to prevent "violent extremism" around the world.

  • UNESCO Seeks "Anti-Extremism" Education in Lebanon

    July 17, 2017

    As part of its broad agendas pushing national governments to promote "global citizenship" and prevent "violent extremism" through their education systems, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently hosted a workshop in Lebanon on "mainstreaming" anti-extremism approaches in the country's schools.

  • UNESCO Pushes for Global "Diversity and Tolerance" Education

    July 17, 2017

    The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has commissioned a global analysis finding a need for national education systems to hasten progress in "mainstreaming" the values of "cultural diversity and tolerance" in curricula as part of the UN agency's "Global Citizenship Education" agenda.

  • Boko Haram Attacks Devastate Cameroon, Nigeria

    July 14, 2017

    This week, Cameroon and Nigeria faced successive waves of suicide-bombing attacks suspected to be the work of militants from Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group seeking to use guerrilla-jihadi warfare to impose sharia law throughout West Africa.

  • Italy Turns to Prison Imams to Prevent Radicalization

    July 14, 2017

    The Italian government is implementing a new program that will use Imams trained for prison ministry as a mode for preventing Islamist radicalization and jihadi recruitment among Italy's fast-growing Muslim inmate population.

  • EU Rights Agency Supports "Hate Speech" Prosecution

    July 14, 2017

    In a conversation with justice ministers of EU member states, the Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights called on governments to take a "comprehensive, rights-based approach" to "hate speech" that appears online, including through the prosecution of offenders.

  • UN Chief Seeks Rights-Based Approach to Terror

    July 14, 2017

    Chairing a recent high-level meeting on counter-terrorism strategies in Central Asia, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for governments to take a human rights-based approach to combating terrorism and to take care not to sideline minorities who have "suffered structural discrimination and marginalization."

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