Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gaza and technology

London Review of Books, If Israel were smart; Sara Roy on Gaza, Vol. 39 No. 12, 15 June 2017, pages 19-20

"Gaza has a talented, tech-savvy population; if ever there were peace, an American investor said, ‘Gaza’s internet sector would become another India.’ The number of internet users in Gaza is reportedly equal to that of Tel Aviv, and a small number are already subcontracting for companies in India, Bangladesh and Israel."

Terrorist or Disturbed Loner? The Contentious Politics of a Label

Max Fisher, NYT, Terrorist or Disturbed Loner? The Contentious Politics of a Label "Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack terrorism. But debate has continued, suggesting it is about more than labels, but a suspicion that society grants greater importance to non-Muslim than Muslim victims and to Islamist than far-right or other threats."

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Facebook posts 'glorifying' Finsbury Park terror attack reported to Government counter-extremism service

Independent, Facebook posts 'glorifying' Finsbury Park terror attack reported to Government counter-extremism service

Finsbury Park

Coverage of the events surrounding the Finsbury Park attack can be found in my Islam in Britain blog

Tablets

mashable, How tablets are transforming the lives of young refugees in sub-Saharan Africa "The Vodafone Foundation announced its Instant Schools for Africa program on Wednesday—an initiative providing free, unlimited access to online educational materials for young people and teachers. Developed with Learning Equality, a leading nonprofit provider of open-source educational technology, the program launched in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Tanzania."

Friday, June 09, 2017

As Isis territory shrinks it will rely more on internet

Maura Conway, irishtimes.com, As Isis territory shrinks it will rely more on internet "Relatively few Isis terrorists, however, have been radicalised solely by online means. Nevertheless, in our hyper-connected world the internet is implicated in almost all contemporary terrorism, whether, for example, as a radicalisation tool or for planning attacks."

Manchester bomber

ITV, Manchester bomber's younger brother says he was radicalised online in Britain "Ahmed Bin Salem, a spokesman for Tripoli's Special Deterrence Force, told Reuters: "Hashem said that he and Salman got the ideology of Daesh (Islamic State) in Manchester in 2015 from the internet and some friends in the UK.

"He added that they used to watch videos and had sympathy for children in Syria and wanted to do something for Daesh to help."

The Internet is changing civil wars

washingtonpost.com, Analysis | The Internet is changing civil wars. Watch out for these five trends. "This new ICT environment may help explain why so many civil wars have broken out in Muslim majority states since 2003 — and why they have been fought by multiple Islamist groups whose goals extend throughout the Muslim world."

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Abedi radicalised online

Reuters, Manchester bomber radicalised in Britain in 2015 - Tripoli counter-terrorism force, 8 June 2017

"Salman Abedi's brother Hashem also said he had bought equipment for the attack in Britain, though he did not know where it would be carried out, Ahmed Bin Salem, a spokesman for Tripoli's Special Deterrence Force (Rada), told Reuters.

 ... 

"Hashem said that he and Salman got the ideology of Daesh (Islamic State) in Manchester in 2015 from the internet and some friends in the U.K.," said Bin Salem [Ahmed Bin Salem, a spokesman for Tripoli's Special Deterrence Force]

""He added that they used to watch videos and had sympathy for children in Syria and wanted to do something for Daesh to help.""

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The Silicon Valley with a heart: How Beirut's techies are helping Syrian refugees

middleeasteye.net, The Silicon Valley with a heart: How Beirut's techies are helping Syrian refugees "Entrepreneurs and international institutions are adapting new technologies to solve refugee challenges and improve their lives."

Iran attacks: 'IS' hits parliament and Khomeini mausoleum

BBC News, Iran attacks: 'IS' hits parliament and Khomeini mausoleum, 7 June 2017 "IS said it had carried out the attack and later posted a video which showed what it claimed was footage from inside the parliament building.

"A voice is heard saying, in Arabic: "We're not going anywhere. We're staying forever.""

NPR, ISIS Takes Credit For Iran Attacks, Several Deaths Reported 

IRNA, Interior Ministry confirms end of terrorist attacks in Tehran (also see adjacent links to condemnation of the attacks).  "In an apparently coordinated attempt, two terrorist groups attacked mausoleum of the late Imam Khomeini, southern Tehran, and the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) on Wednesday morning, killing 12 people and injuring 42 more."