Religious Extremism

  • Steady Convergence of Politics, Ideology & Violence Explains link between Islamism & Jihadism

    December 03, 2021

     According to careful analysis detailed in a new book by a faculty expert at the US Naval Postgraduate School, the gradual, steady convergence of Islamism's focus on politics and ideology to produce changes in governance and society, with jihadism's focus on violence as the optimal means for sociopolitical transformation, explains the complex, globalized linkages between contemporary Islamist and jihadist movements that share goals of internationalizing states based on sharia law and practices

  • Ruling May Lead to Rupture Between Islamist Turkey and Council of Europe

    November 30, 2021

    The latest decision by Turkey’s courts to continue the indefinite detention of Osman Kavala, a high-profile prisoner of conscience, charged by Ankara with supporting anti-government terrorism activities, has accelerated a possible rupture between the Council of Europe (COE) and the Islamist regime, as the COE had made Kavala’s release a benchmark for whether to star impingement proceedings that could result in Turkey’s suspension and/or expulsion from the COE. 

  • Turkey’s Islamist Regime Weakens Institutions & Creates Alternative Reality to Maintain Control

    November 23, 2021

    Turkey's ruling Islamist regime, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has hollowed out the country’s institutions, traded on foreign conspiracy theories, and consolidated political power the hands of a presidential cadre of clientelistic loyalists, allowing for almost a quarter century of uninterrupted rule and social transformation that has enabled the AKP leadership to create an alternative reality via state-controlled media that either dismisses or blames the country’s economic decline and political authoritarianism on enemies of the Islamist party-state.

  • NBC: Hardline Islamists Show Strength as Pakistani Government Caves to Pressure

    November 23, 2021

    Pakistan’s government caved into weeks of pressure in the form of massive, violent street protests by supporters of hardline Islamist leader Hussain Rizvi, with the government releasing the Tehrik-e-Labaik militant leader from jail and removing his name for a terrorism watchlist, only two weeks after releasing several thousand of the Sunni militant group’s members from prison and allowing the TLP to stand candidates in the country’s national elections

  • Islamist Youth Organization Meeting with European Commission Provokes Critique by French Government

    November 23, 2021

     A meeting by Islamist youth organization FEMYSO (Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations) with the European Commissioner for Equality has generated a critical response by the French government, which called out the European Commission for engaging with an organization that is part of “Islamist associations attacking France and infiltrating French institutions” and that has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood

  • Dominant Types of Authoritarianism in Turkey Draw on Islam as Tool of Political & Social Control

    November 23, 2021

    Both dominant regime types of Islamist versus secularist in Turkey have shared an authoritarianism that uses Islam as a tool of political and social control, so that Islamism runs as a continuous, albeit complex, thread through the NATO-member’s history, according to a new book by an internationally renowned political scientist with expertise on Turkey. 

  • Taliban Leadership Makes Notorious Anti-US Jihadi Governor of Kabul

    November 19, 2021

    Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban regime has signaled its ongoing islamist extremist commitments in appointing as governor of Kabul a jihadi notorious for lethal attacks on US and NATO coalition forces and civilians, putting the country’s capital city under the command of Qari Baryal, a hardline Islamist with extensive ties to al Qaeda, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and a hist of violent jihadist groups operating across Eurasia. 

  • Islamist Regimes Use Religious Soft Power & Citizenship Rights to Compete Globally

    November 19, 2021

    Islamist regimes in the Mideast Gulf region are using citizenship to attract international talent to key economic sectors in a growing effort to compete globally, maintaining religious soft power as a critical element in the citizenship tool.

  • Indonesia-UAE Cooperation Reflects Shifting Competition in Mideast and Asia for Global Islamist Leadership

    November 12, 2021

    The multi-billion-dollar cooperation between Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is expanding from investments in infrastructure, defense and security, and wealth funds to include explicitly religious components that involve a joint commitment to "a vision of moderate Islam that propagates tolerance ».

  • Globalized Islamist Competition Shifts from Mideast to South Asian Epicenter

    November 12, 2021

    The regional epicenter of global Islamist competition is undergoing a measurable ideological and operational shift away from monopoly control by Mideast regimes to South Asia, the latter of whom are mobilizing their massive populations for global influence operations.

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