Religious Extremism

  • Global Threat of Radical Islamism & White Extremism Are Threats on Different Scale

    September 04, 2019

    The undeniable societal threats caused by the hate and lethality of rising white supremacist groups worldwide dwarfs in comparison to the scale, impact, and durability of radical Islamist ideology and attendant violence, and some Western security experts are beginning to warn against losing sight of this differential in threats.

  • Rising Islamist Violence in West Africa Threatens Survival of Burkina Faso’s Christian Communities

    August 28, 2019

    Burkina Faso’s Christian communities face an existential threat from the intensifying, targeted violence by a range of extremist Islamist groups who have spread their jihadist activities to yet another West African country, in an effort to impose sharia law in the region.

  • New Al-Shabaab Video Calls for Worldwide Jihad Against Foreign Enemies and Muslim Leaders of "Disbelief"

    August 20, 2019

    Al-Shabaab, the Somali-based branch of al Qaeda, is calling for Muslims worldwide to support a twin-track jihadist strategy for a global caliphate.

  • Emerging Jihadist Threat Threatens Mozambique’s Global Energy Sector

    August 19, 2019

    Intensifying jihadist activity in Mozambique’s Muslim-majority northern province, likely associated with the Somali-based Islamist extremist group al-Shabaab, threatens to sabotage the East African country’s rapidly developing multibillion-dollar energy investment sector and to scare off international energy and aid investment. 

  • Anti-Islamist Scholars Are Losing Battle in Afghan Universities

    August 13, 2019

    Islamist extremist groups such as the Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban are growing their influence inside Afghanistan's universities at the expense of critical thinking skills and liberal ideals that can shape a non-sharia future for the geopolitically volatile Southwest Asian country.

  • Shiite Sectarian Forces Penetrate Iraqi Military

    August 13, 2019

    The penetration of pro-Iranian, Shiite forces into Iraq's military is expanding Iran's footprint in the Middle East and generating a Sunni sectarian backlash favoring a reconstituted Islamic State.

  • Turkey Secures Appointment on CoE Body on Domestic Violence

    August 13, 2019

    Turkey's Islamist regime scored a victory with the announcement by the Council of Europe (CoE) of the appointment of an executive board member of the Turkish government-funded Maarif Foundation to the CoE's Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

  • State Funding for Islamism Is in Conflict with World Order

    August 12, 2019

    State funding from countries like Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey to networks of political, cultural, and religious entities premised on Islamism is in conflict with the principles of sovereignty and non-intervention on which the modern world order operates.

  • Islamic Leaders Boycott Hajj over Saudi Extremism

    August 12, 2019

    During last week's annual pilgrimage (hajj) to the Great Mosque of Mecca, a boycott movement from some Muslim leaders calling out the Saudi regime for globally exporting Wahhabist extremism challenged the country’s religious legitimacy as the protector of Islam's holiest sites.

  • Islamist Sectarian Struggle Threatens Gulf Infrastructure

    August 12, 2019

    The escalation of attacks on critical infrastructure in communications, transportation, and energy in the Persian Gulf poses significant risks for US strategic interests in Eurasia, with the expansion of Islamist sectarian struggles for religious and geopolitical hegemony between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia.

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