Violence and Security

  • NGO Seeks Nuanced View of Sources of Terrorism

    November 21, 2017

    In the wake of the Barcelona terror attack, Cristina Goni of Open Society Foundations calls for national leaders to adopt a nuanced view of the causes of violent extremism and avoid feeding into hateful discourse that promotes "polarizing" narratives and a "Eurocentric understanding" of identity in European countries.

  • CoE Publishes Report on Countering "Information Pollution"

    November 21, 2017

    The Council of Europe (CoE) recently commissioned a report calling for national governments, tech companies, and other actors to implement policies to counter the phenomenon of "information pollution," in which dis-information campaigns rely on social media platforms to create an environment of disorder.

  • CoE Official Opposes Refugee Family Restrictions

    November 21, 2017

    Arguing that "simply playing the numbers game" in migration policy "is short-sighted," the Council of Europe's (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks has issued a report arguing that family reunification restrictions for refugees "are often incompatible with the letter or spirit of human rights standards" and calling for litigation to address "unnecessary" restrictions.

  • Boko Haram Strategy Aims to Weaken Nigeria‚Äôs Military

    November 20, 2017

    Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram is expanding its approach to terrorist imposition of sharia in the geopolitically crucial West African country by augmenting jihadi direct attacks on urban soft targets with direct attacks on rural military sites to capture materiel and degrade infrastructure.

  • Belgian Parliament Debates Control of Grand Mosque

    November 20, 2017

    The Belgian Parliament is debating the current legal contract with Saudi Arabia that gives the Kingdom control over Belgium's largest mosque, as concerns mount in the EU capital city over Islamist extremism and terror attacks in Europe that experts have linked to the radicalized preaching and networks centered in the mosque.

  • Brussels Debate Heightens Europe's Focus on Extremist Funding

    November 20, 2017

    The current debate in the Belgian Parliament over taking control of the Grand Mosque of Belgium from its current management by Saudi Arabia has intensified concerns in Europe about how to support the development of a European Islam that promotes pluralistic values and non-violence in opposition to Saudi Arabia's export of Wahhabi Islamist extremism and violence.

  • IS Loses Final Territorial Remnants in Iraq

    November 20, 2017

    The anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition and the Iraq National Army have secured the final territorial remnants of the IS caliphate in Iraq as these forces captured the city of Rawa on the border with Syria, thereby definitively defeating IS jihadis in their core territories.

  • Pro-IS Media in Egypt Calls for Attacks on Christians

    November 20, 2017

    An Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) issued a call through its media channels for attacks on Coptic Orthodox Christians as "infidels" who deserve violence because they reject their second-class status as Christians under Islam.

  • YouTube Removes Videos Related to Yemeni Islamist

    November 20, 2017

    YouTube applied its anti-extremism policy of banning videos that incite violence or terrorism and of banning accounts for individuals named on terrorist lists to remove from the site the entire body of 70,000 works related to radical Yemeni Islamist extremist preacher Anwar al-Awlaki.

  • Tensions Escalate Between Israel, Jihadi Group

    November 20, 2017

    The war of words between Israel and the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad, which receives strong funding and materiel support from Iran and Lebanon-based Hezbollah, has intensified to the level of high alert for both Israel and the militant organization, which publicly warned its followers that Israel's destruction of a Gaza tunnel in October was "an act of war."

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