Religious Extremism

  • Human Rights Group Reports Atrocities by Islamist Extremists in Syria and Iraq

    July 11, 2014

    According to a detailed report by the internationally respected nongovernmental organization Human Rights Watch, massive atrocities and summary executions have been committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”).

  • U.S. Homeland Security Advisor Compares Islamic Caliphate to EU

    July 11, 2014

    Mohamed Elibiary, an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security, has created an online controversy after his recent tweets about the inevitability of an Islamic Caliphate, which he likened to an Islamic version of the EU.

  • Islamist Advance in Iraq Cleanses Christian Presence

    July 11, 2014

    The capture of ever-greater parts of Iraq by the extremist terror group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”) has been accompanied by the continuing cleansing of Iraq's ancient Christian presence by Islamists.

  • Iran's Islamist Hardliners and Reformists Sharpening Lines of Division

    July 11, 2014

    Islamist hardliners at the Society of Seminary Teachers in the Iranian city of Qom, the country's religious epicenter, have issued a warning against the perceived liberalization agenda of the clerical group headed by Iran's Prime Minister Hassan Rouhani.

  • Iran at OIC Calls out Islamists Attacking Iraq

    July 11, 2014

    Iran used the recent meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (“OIC”) Parliamentary Union as a platform to call for measures against "extremists and takfiris" using violence for Islamic sectarianism, an obvious reference to Sunni radicals operating in Iraq.

  • OIC and EU Condemn Anti-Muslim Violence in Sri Lanka

    July 11, 2014

    Officials from both the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (“OIC”) and the European Union (“EU”) have denounced the recent communal violence by Buddhist militants against Muslim-majority towns in Sri Lanka, where Buddhist-Muslim violence has been rare.

  • Creeping Islamism a Concern in Indonesia's Public Schools

    July 11, 2014

    Dress, teacher training, and curriculum changes in Indonesia's public schools point to trendlines of creeping Islamism in a Muslim-majority country known for its tolerance for religious pluralism.

  • Jihadi Advance Cleansing Christians from Iraq

    July 11, 2014

    Iraq's remaining Christians are being forced to flee the country or to become internally displaced, in the face of violence being perpetrated by the jihadi group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (“ISIS”) as it imposes sharia law in captured territories en route to Baghdad.

  • Global Islamist Terrorism Targets Muslims and Non-Muslims

    July 11, 2014

    The militant Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab's attack days ago in Kenya bears all the markers of al-Qaeda attacks on voters in Afghanistan's recent elections and the current ISIS assault in Iraq, with Islamist terrorists targeting Muslims and non-Muslims alike for failing to conform to sharia law.

  • Internecine Islamist Struggle in Turkey

    July 11, 2014

    The struggle between Turkey's competing Islamist factions – the government's Justice and Development Party and the international Gulenist network – are producing continuing chaos in the country's political and social institutions, given wholesale purges of the police, judiciary, and media in Turkey.

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