Violence and Security

  • Nigeria's Election Debates Heat Up Over Threat of Islamization

    February 04, 2015

    Nigeria's approaching presidential and legislative elections are provoking intense debates about the potential for the country's accelerated Islamization, with the ruling party charging opposition presidential candidate as a support of sharia, while the opposition party has criticized Nigeria's current president for attending meetings of the global Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC").

  • UN Chief Endorses Multinational Security Response to Islamist Militants in Nigeria

    February 04, 2015

    The Secretary General of the United Nations has endorsed a proposal to create a multinational security force to combat the spread of violence by the Islamist jihadi group Boko Haram, which is expanding its war to impose sharia law throughout Nigeria to the neighboring countries of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

  • Taliban Attacks Prompt Pakistani Government to Train Teachers to Use Weapons

    February 04, 2015

    In the wake of the deadly attack on a school in Peshawar last month, Pakistan's provincial government is training school teachers and university instructors to use weapons to improve school security against possible future assaults by the radical Islamist group.

  • Video Reminds of Syrian Women and Children Hostages Held by Islamist Militants

    February 04, 2015

    A recently released video is circulating in cyberspace, a reminder of the 50-plus women and children from the multi-faith, Syrian port city of Latakia, who have been held hostage for well over a year by the al-Nusra Front, the Syrian Islamist group affiliated with al-Qaeda.

  • Islamic State Execution of Jordanian Pilot Provokes Diverse Reactions from Political Islamic Spectrum

    February 04, 2015

    The Islamic State's ("IS") brutal execution-by-burning of a Jordanian pilot has provoked multifarious reactions from political Islamic organizations and various Mideast state leaders, including calls for punishing the perpetrators according to Koranic prescriptions and condemnations for IS's violations of Islamic law.

  • Questions Raised About Islamist Activist Networks in Canada

    January 30, 2015

    Canadian media are raising questions about the links between Islamist civic activism and possible funding streams to radical Islamist organizations in the Mideast, based on alleged fundraising ties between the Muslim Association of Canada ("MAC"), which conducts educational, religious, and cultural activities throughout the country, and Mideast organizaitons designated as terrorist groups by the Canadian government.

  • Islamist Infighting in Turkey Costs Christian Safety

    January 29, 2015

    Three jailed suspects accused of involvement in the brutal murders of three Christians in southeastern Turkey nearly eight years ago have been set free by the Turkish courts, on claims that the accused perpetrators have been caught in internecine fighting between the country's Islamist government and the anti-government, Islamist Gulenist movement. 

  • Central Asia Emerges as Ripe Recruiting Ground for Jihad

    January 29, 2015

    A newly released report from the respected International Crisis Group details the aggressive recruiting methods and problematic nexus of local conditions combining to make the post-Soviet Central Asian Republics ripe recruiting ground for a jihadis arc from the Mideast to Central Asia.

  • Paris Attack by Islamic Terrorists Deepens Commitment to Muslim-Jewish Cooperation in London

    January 28, 2015

    The recent terrorist attacks in Paris by radical Islamists linked to al-Qaeda have led to renewed commitment to interfaith collaboration by London's Muslim-Jewish Forum, a local initiative that views the Paris events as responsible for catalyst for the recent uptick in both anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim episodes and sentiments in Europe.

  • Clashes Between Police and Islamic Rebels Threaten Fragile Peace in Philippines

    January 28, 2015

    The eruption of violent clashes between Philippines police forces and fighters from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front ("MILF") has frozen progress on legislation to grant autonomy to the Muslim-dominated Bangsamoro region in the southern part of the country, jeopardizing the fragile peace process that had halted decades of fighting and giving renewed traction to the radical Islamist separatists of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters ("BIFF").

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