Global Political Islam

  • UN Commission Could Consider ISIS for War Crimes

    July 30, 2014

    The United Nations may take aim at commanders of the Islamist extremist group/state ISIS for perpetrating war crimes (including summary executions, kidnappings, and torture) in Iraq and Syria, according to a member of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Syria, which has been appointed by the UN Human Rights Council.

  • Evidence of U.S. Failure to Take Preventive Action Against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

    July 30, 2014

    Criticism of Washington's unwillingness to provide preventive drone support against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, now known as The Islamic State, since recently establishing a caliphate) has gained traction and credibility from a recent hearing of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, which revealed the timing of Baghdad's requests for anti-ISIS drones had stretched back to last year.

  • Christian Woman Condemned to Death under Sharia in Sudan Free

    July 30, 2014

    Mariam Ibrahim, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian sentenced to death for apostasy under sharia law in Sudan, was finally freed, and traveled to Italy with her family, where she met with Pope Francis en route to the United States.

  • Kazakhstan Sees OIC as Linchpin for Increased Asia-Africa Cooperation

    July 30, 2014

    On a diplomatic junket to West Africa, Kazakhstan's Special Presidential Envoy to Africa emphasized the importance of the global Islamic entity, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (“OIC”), as a forum for expanding cooperation between Central Asia and Africa on political-military conflict resolution, economic development, and religious dialogue.

  • UN Security Council Considers Sanctions on Entities Trading Oil with Militant Islamic State

    July 30, 2014

    The UN Security Council is reviewing a draft statement that condemns UN member-states for conducting "direct or indirect trade" with terrorist groups such as the terrorist group the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (“ISIS,” now known as The Islamic State) and that calls on the UN to take "necessary measures" to prevent the current crude oil trade involving state and non-state actors and ISIS.

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