Global Political Islam

  • Resurgent IS Uses Terror Tactics to Extract Tax Payments

    October 13, 2022

    The resurgence and resilience of the Islamic State (IS) as an Islamist terror entity and ongoing international security threat is evident in northeast Syria, where IS cells are using intimidation and targeted violence to extract taxes from small businesses, with forcible taxation under the guise of sharia "oligatory charitable payments" used to support IS military operations against the US-friendly, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

  • Europe Experiences Challenges with Euro-Islamism’s Origins & Threats as IS Fighters Return

    October 12, 2022

    The ongoing legal, political, and philosophical-ethical disagreements in European countries about state obligations to accept IS foreign-fighter returnees and families currently held in detention camps in Syria underscores the broader challenges of grappling with the deep-rootedness and expansion of European Islamism-jihadism.

  • Turkey’s Islamist Regime Highlight‘s Longstanding Religious Nationalism & Xenophobia

    October 11, 2022

    According to the Middle East Institute, two decades of Islamist government by Turkey’s Islamist AKP (Justice and Development Party) regime have exposed the continuities in the country’s long history of ethnoreligious nationalism that prioritized Sunni Islamic and Turkic identities, combined with xenophobic conspiracy theories, such that current sociopolitical opposition groups continue to use the same toolbox of Islamism, populism, and Turkic hegemony that make it difficult to overcome the current regime’s authoritarianism. 

  • Islamist Gains Portend Human Rights Losses in Kuwait’s Parliamentary Elections

    October 11, 2022

    Islamist candidates made big gains in the recent Parliamentary elections in Kuwait catalyzed by allegations of corruption against the ruling Al-Sabah family and state failures to diversify the Islamic kingdom’s oil-reliant economy, with inroads by Islamists likely to set back already-stalled legislative efforts to end high rates of femicide and widespread domestic violence against women that continues to be sanctioned by Islamic leaders under the guise of religious values. 

  • Iran-Turkey Economic Ties Highlight Islamist Regimes’ Recent History of Sanctions Busting

    October 11, 2022

    The declared commitments by leaders of the two Islamist regimes of Iran and Turkey to increase bilateral trade and to deepen economic relations is a reminder that, despite competing versions of Islamic governance and conflicting regional geopolitical interests, Tehran and Ankara have a recent history of cooperation on a massive scale of US sanctions evasion using fraud and money laundering.

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