Sunday, July 05, 2015

Isil trawls social media for Irish jihadi brides

Isil trawls social media for Irish jihadi brides - Independent.ie "Although policy makers and families appear most concerned about young Muslims, Dr [Maura] Conway said people of other faiths are converting under the influence of Isil as opposed to Islam. Last week, parents from Ireland's Muslim community called for "tougher restrictions" on access to Islamaphobic content, including beheadings, shootings and mass executions. Fardus Sultan, a Muslim mother and business woman said: "Muslims have an added concern with extremism online. We still face the same issues as all parents but nowadays we have that element as well.""

Here's the manual that Al Qaeda and now ISIS use to brainwash people online

businessinsider.com, Here's the manual that Al Qaeda and now ISIS use to brainwash people online "The Times notes that the tactics are similar to those laid out in an Al Qaeda manual called "A Course in the Art of Recruiting." Though ISIS and Al Qaeda are now two separate organizations, ISIS recruiters seem to follow many of the same basic guidelines for luring people into their group and indoctrinating them. And with the rise of social media, reaching these recruits across the globe has become even easier."

'Laugh out loud: UK schoolgirl jihadi's reaction to Tunisian massacre'

Daily Mail, Laugh out loud: UK schoolgirl jihadi's reaction to Tunisian massacre "The sickening remark came in an extraordinary series of exchanges with an undercover Mail on Sunday reporter, who Abase believed to be another British teenager planning to run away to join barbaric IS. Abase encouraged her to make the dangerous trip to marry a frontline jihadi fighter."

Free Wi-Fi in Makkah Haram courtyard

ara.tv, Free Wi-Fi in Saudi Arabia’s Makkah Haram courtyard "The presidency staff will use this popular wireless networking technology to send guidance and awareness text messages to pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday."

New and noted: Digital passages: migrant youth 2.0

Leurs, Koen (2015) Digital passages: migrant youth 2.0: diaspora, gender and youth cultural intersections. MediaMatters . Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. LSE Research Online  I have yet to read this.

ISIS - executions in Palmyra

ara.tv, ISIS teens execute 25 soldiers in Syria’s Palmyra, 4 Jul 2015 "The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Saturday released a grisly video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheater in the city of Palmyra."

ISIS Is Winning The Internet Game

OnPoint - WBUR, ISIS Is Winning The Internet Game This is available to download - I have yet to listen to it. Details follow: "The so-called Islamic State – ISIS – celebrated its one-year anniversary this week. A large part of its growth has happened online. It has a sophisticated propaganda machine, with tens of thousands of accounts spreading its messages. And those messages are reaching Westerners, Americans. We’ll talk to a reporter who tracked the radicalization of Alex, a 23-year-old Sunday school teacher and babysitter. And we’ll hear from the former State Department head tasked with countering ISIS’ online propaganda. This hour On Point: Alex’s story, and the ISIS online propaganda strategy."

Rival militants don orange outfits to kill alleged ISIS fighters

ara.tv, Rival militants don orange outfits to kill alleged ISIS fighters

Monday, June 29, 2015

Women-owned restaurants on Facebook do roaring business

arabnews.com, Women-owned restaurants on Facebook do roaring business "Several women in Qatif started to sell food and sweets through social media websites in a step to supplement their income and utilize their free time."

Islamic State: downloadable apps

Washington Times, Islamic State uses downloadable apps to hide attack plans, recruit followers interesting article, albeit with an emphasis on putting blame on Edward Snowden.

Round-up: Attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia

National, 25 killed in ISIL-claimed mosque bombing in Kuwait

Guardian, Terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France stun three continents 

Independent, Kuwait mosque explosion: 'Isis' bombs Shia Muslims during Ramadan Friday prayers

Daily Mail, Pictured: The man ISIS claim slaughtered tourist on Tunisian beach

Telegraph, Were Tunisia, France, Kuwait attacks co-ordinated by Islamic State for Ramadan? 

Muslims formed 'human shield' to stop gun maniac shooting more dead

Daily Mail  'An attack upon the nests of fornication, vice and disbelief in God': ISIS's chilling words after Tunisian massacre which killed 38 as they warn 'worse is to follow'

NY Daily News, France terror suspect sent selfie with severed head: officials

IBTimes, ISIS Releases Audio Clip Purporting To Be Of Kuwait Shiite Mosque Bomber "The posthumous statement reportedly consisted mostly of Koranic verses and was posted on social media channels used by ISIS. In the clip, the speaker slammed Shiite Muslims and threatened revenge for insulting Islam, Reuters reported. However, the authenticity of the statement could not immediately be verified, the report added."

Jihadi swapped affectionate messages with man who helped him to Syria

Daily Mail, Jihadi swapped affectionate messages with man who helped him to Syria "A teenage jihadist swapped loving messages with the man who helped him to go to Syria in which they called each other 'cutie', 'honey' and 'babe', a court heard."

'ISIS and the Lonely Young American'

Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times. ISIS and the Lonely Young American "Alex’s online circle — involving several dozen accounts, some operated by people who directly identified themselves as members of the Islamic State or whom terrorism analysts believe to be directly linked to the group — collectively spent thousands of hours engaging her over more than six months. They sent her money and plied her with gifts of chocolate. They indulged her curiosity and calmed her apprehensions as they ushered her toward the hard-line theological concepts that ISIS is built on." Excellent article from NYT on the role of social media in the 'radicalisation' process.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Saudi TV series uses new weapon against ISIS: satire

Saudi TV series uses new weapon against ISIS: satire - CNN.com "The Arab world has gone mad over Al Qasabi's 45-minute satirical TV series "Selfie" -- which is shown by MBC, the Middle East Broadcasting Center -- and discussion of the show is all the rage on social media." Here's the MBC website: سيلفي

6 essential apps for Ramadan

6 essential apps for Ramadan, The National "With Ramadan under way, here’s a round up of six top-rated apps that can help you to achieve your goals during the holy month – from keeping you up to date with prayer times to providing a variety of iftar recipes."

The secret world of Isis brides

Guardian, The secret world of Isis brides: 'U dnt hav 2 pay 4 ANYTHING if u r wife of a martyr' "What draws western women to Islamic State’s violent jihad? Nabeelah Jaffer spent months talking to British and American ‘sisters’, before and after they travelled to Syria. How were they convinced by promises of a ‘perfect’ society and life as a martyr’s widow?"

Me and Abu Taubah

BBC News, Me and Abu Taubah - BBC News Nina Arif's discussions with Abu Taubah via WhatsApp.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Video: Child preaches at Grand Mosque

emirates247.com, Video: Child preaches at Grand Mosque "A YouTube film published in the Saudi daily Ajel showed a man was adjusting the boy’s dishdasha (gown) and head cover before he started his sermon." Many people were recording this on cell-phones, etc.

"Mohammed Emwazi Flees"

IB Times, Jihadi John: Isis Chief Executioner Mohammed Emwazi Flees to Libya, 22 Jun 2015 "British national Mohammed Emwazi, who after being featured in several beheading videos earned the title of 'chief executioner of Isis' aka 'Jihadi John', is believed to have fled to Libya after his real identity was revealed, according to UK intelligence agents."

Inside the Islamic State by Malise Ruthven

Inside the Islamic State by Malise Ruthven review of Abdel Bari Atwan's "Islamic State" book (which I plan to read over the summer, and post comments on).

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Google wants to be Muslims’ go-to source for all things Ramadan

Quartz, Google wants to be Muslims’ go-to source for all things Ramadan "Google is taking its YouTube videos, traffic data, and information about local businesses and neatly packaging them into a Ramadan guide for observing Muslims.



"The web app, called My Ramadan Companion, includes local tips and other relevant information, such as the time for sunset, to help Muslims plan their days during their 30 days of fasting."

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Dark Web as You Know It Is a Myth

Joseph Cox, The Dark Web as You Know It Is a Myth | WIRED  "The ‘dark web’ may be close to becoming a household name. After the conviction of Ross Ulbricht, the owner of the drug marketplace Silk Road, and a stream of articles claiming that the Islamic State is using secret websites to plan out attacks, this hidden part of the Internet is being talked about more than ever.



"But for the most part, the story you’ve been sold about the dark web is a myth."

Censoring ISIS’s online propaganda isn’t working out very well

Henry Farrell, washingtonpost.com, Censoring ISIS’s online propaganda isn’t working out very well

How to Survive in the West: A Mujahid Guide.

Matthew Gault, War Is Boring, Discussion about How to Survive in the West: A Mujahid Guide.

Tapping into the potential of digital islamic services: report

albawaba.com, Tapping into the potential of digital islamic services: report details here and report here: Deloitte, The Digital Islamic Services landscape: Uncovering the Digital Islamic Services opportunity for the Middle East and the World as a pdf.

Countering Islamic State Exploitation of the Internet

David P. Fidler, cfr.org, Countering Islamic State Exploitation of the Internet "The use of social media and other Internet-enabled communications by the self-proclaimed Islamic State is pushing the United States and other democracies to react to the abuse of liberal freedoms by illiberal forces. A leading response—fostering more online speech against extremism—relies on the "marketplace of ideas" and raises few problems with respecting the right of free expression, but questions about its effectiveness persist. By contrast, content-based measures, such as taking down violent videos and suspending social-media accounts, generate concerns about free speech, as well as skepticism about the contribution such measures make in the fight against the Islamic State." Full report available here [pdf]. Haven't read it yet!