Monday, January 26, 2015

17 killed in pro-democracy protests in Egypt

Guardian, 17 killed in pro-democracy protests in Egypt on anniversary of 2011 uprising, 25 Jan 2015

“Muslim Face”



onislam.net, “Muslim Face” Launches In Spring  "Catering to the growing influence of social media among Muslims, a new Islamic social media platform, Muslim Face, will be launched this spring to connect Muslims in a socially responsible network.



"“This social platform is an international project. It is designed from a Muslim point of view, but also opens up new opportunities with the rest of the world,” Shoaib Fadie, Muslim Face co-founder, told Zawya on Sunday, January 25."

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Oman: For the Islamic Instagram Generation, Dating Takes Off

Newsweek, For the Islamic Instagram Generation, Dating Takes Off "Marrying for love was rare just 20 years ago in Oman, a peaceful nation of four million that borders Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Arranged matches were for a long time the norm, with minimal contact between a couple before their wedding. But customs are evolving rapidly. Oil wealth, globalisation and widespread higher education have transformed the country since Sultan Qaboos bin Said seized power from his father in 1970 and opened Oman to the world."

Japanese Twitter Users Defy Hostage Crisis By Mocking Islamic State

RFE/RL, Japanese Twitter Users Defy Hostage Crisis By Mocking Islamic State "Hours after the Islamic State (IS) group released a video threatening to behead two Japanese hostages, Japanese Twitter users were defying the militant's threats by creating and sharing images mocking the militants."

On the Internet, opinion swings against hostages

On the Internet, opinion swings against hostages | The Japan Times  "Reckless” and “irresponsible” was the predominant opinion
by prominent bloggers and Twitter users, as armchair commentators
declared the pair had brought the situation upon themselves. They
questioned whether a ransom would be good use of public money."

Profs question targeting Internet 'radicalized boasting'

leaderpost.com, Profs question targeting Internet 'radicalized boasting' "Craig Forcese of the University of Ottawa and Kent Roach of the University of Toronto write that the causal link between radicalized speech on the Internet and violence is still very tenuous. Government officials are better off using existing laws to target the most dangerous Internet materials - those that have clearly crossed a criminal line and are designed to further the aims of terrorist groups, whether it be recruiting or inciting, they said."

NY accountant and accomplice jailed for aiding Al-Qaeda | Economia

Economia, NY accountant and accomplice jailed for aiding Al-Qaeda | Economia "According to the FBI, El-Hafani travelled to Yemen in February 2008. While there, he swore an oath of allegience to Al-Qaeda and delivered money and a number of items, including a laptop, to "terrorist operatives". He is also said to have taught internet communication techniques and supplied the terrorist operatives with encryption tools, allowing them to communicate without detection."

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Japan’s Abe responds to ISIS hostage video

ara.tv, Japan’s Abe responds to ISIS hostage video "Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that a threat to the lives of two purported Japanese captives by ISIS militants was unacceptable and that he strongly condemned acts of terrorism."

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ministers look to strip online jihad’s ‘glamour’

euractiv.com, Ministers look to strip online jihad’s ‘glamour’ "European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels today (19 January) will pave the way for concrete measures to prevent online platforms seducing impressionable Muslims with a “glamorous narrative”, officials and diplomats said last week."

Saudis Arrest Man Who Filmed Beheading

thedailybeast.com, Saudis Arrest Man Who Filmed Beheading

French Mayor Bans Oscar-Nominated Muslim Film

tabletmag.com, French Mayor Bans Oscar-Nominated Muslim Film

S. Korean police find ISIS images on missing teen’s computer

alarabiya.net, S. Korean police find ISIS images on missing teen’s computer

The Islamic State Is Starting A TV Channel

vocativ.com, The Islamic State Is Starting A TV Channel "he Islamic State is about to launch its first TV channel, having hitherto relied on social media to spread its violent propaganda. A “teaser” for the new channel was just published on a popular ISIS forum with a link to the page that will host the 24/7 online propaganda channel."

IS video update

Independent, Isis throws gay men off tower in wave of 'retaliatory' public executions

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Raif Badawi

Ian Black, Guardian, A look at the writings of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi – sentenced to 1,000 lashes "Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for setting up a website that championed free speech in the autocratic kingdom. His blog, the Saudi Free Liberals Forum, was shut down after his arrest in 2012.



"Ian Black analyses extracts from his key published Arabic writings that show a man who risked his freedom to question some of the basic tenets of life in Saudi Arabia - especially the central role of religion."



Also see Amnesty France on their #JeSuisRaif campaign: