Religious Extremism

  • Turkey Stands Firm on Purchase of Russian Missile Defense System

    April 15, 2019

    Tensions between the US and Turkey continue to escalate as Washington refuses to transfer F-35 fighter jets to Turkey's Islamist regime, which is standing firm on its pending purchase of a Russian missile defense system that, according to Pentagon officials, could compromise US military security and intelligence capabilities.

  • Activists Worry About Contagion Effects of Brunei’s Sharia Code

    April 10, 2019

    International human rights activists are alarmed that the implementation of a strict sharia penal code in Brunei will spread to other countries in Southeast Asia.

  • Turkey Uses New Zealand Tragedy to Claim Islamist Leadership

    April 04, 2019

    The arrival of a high-level Turkish government delegation in New Zealand in the aftermath of the mosque attacks in Christchurch signals Ankara’s use of the tragedy to claim the leadership mantle of Muslims worldwide.

  • Turkish Islamist Rivalries Underscore Multiple Sources of Authoritarianism

    April 04, 2019

    As Turkey’s authoritarian Islamist AKP government concludes trials against over 100,000 alleged members of the Islamist movement of Muslim cleric Fetullah Gulen, the distinctive authoritarian tendencies of both Islamist groups are on display.

  • Brunei Sultan Doubles down on New Sharia Penal Code

    April 03, 2019

    Facing an international outcry against the implementation of a hardline sharia-based penal code in Brunei, the country’s Sultan called for “stronger Islamic teachings” in the small Southeast Asian state, a move that may be designed to attract sharia-based foreign investment and to increase tourism from Muslim-majority countries.

  • Turkish Ruling Party Loses Municipal Elections

    April 03, 2019

    The sweeping losses by Turkey’s ruling Islamist government in the country’s municipal elections presents President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a conundrum over whether to repair ties with Western investors and NATO allies or to stand firm in his neo-Ottoman foreign policy and authoritarian Islamist domestic agenda.

  • New Zealand Official Criticizes Politicization of Attack on Mosques

    March 20, 2019

    New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for politicizing the recent high-casualty attack on two mosques in Christchurch by characterizing the attack in a local election campaign as a contemporary battle by the West against Islam.

  • End of Syrian War Renews Iran, Hamas Relationship

    March 14, 2019

    The winding down of the war in Syria is generating a renewal of close ties between the Islamist Hamas group ruling Gaza and the Islamic Republic of Iran, as Iran prepares to ratchet up its direct financial assistance, military advice, and equipment sales to Hamas.

  • Iran’s Judiciary Sentences Rights Lawyer to Whipping, Imprisonment

    March 13, 2019

    An Iranian judge has sentenced an internationally renowned human rights lawyer and Sakharov Prize winner to 148 lashes and 38 years in prison for her alleged crimes of spying and spreading propaganda against the country’s theocratic regime.

  • Indonesia’s Largest Islamic Group Critiques Islamist Extremism

    March 13, 2019

    The Indonesian Islamic organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) has critiqued the term kafir (infidel) to describe non-Muslims as an Islamist extremist expression, highlighting NU’s pushback against growing jihadist activities and political Islamism in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.

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