Friday, December 02, 2016

The Islamists : The Compass, Islam, People and Power

BBC World Service, The Compass, The Islamists: The Compass, Islam, People and Power "What should the relationship be between Islam and the state? This is the question which dominates political debate in the Arab world. Many traditional Islamic scholars believe in the separation of religion and politics. For the Muslim Brotherhood though – the Arab world’s foremost social and political movement - the goal is to create an Islamic state."

Isis recruiters targeting refugees in Europe, say counter-terror experts

Guardian, Isis recruiters targeting refugees in Europe, say counter-terror experts opinion

Assad Henchman: Here’s How We Built ISIS

thedailybeast.com, Assad Henchman: Here’s How We Built ISIS "This three-part series documents the Syrian dictator's sinister contributions to this tale of terrorism and horror. First, he tried to ingratiate himself with Western leaders by portraying the national uprising against him as a terrorist-led revolt. When that failed, he released jailed Islamic extremists who’d fought against U.S. troops in Iraq, then staged phony attacks on government facilities, which he blamed on terrorists. Far from fighting ISIS, Assad looked the other way when it set up a state-within-a-state with its capital in Raqqa, and left it to the U.S. and others to counter the Islamic extremists."

Meet Gaza's female geeks

aljazeera.com, Meet Gaza's female geeks, 30 Nov 2016 "The Gaza Sky Geeks mentorship programme has been encouraging more girls and young women to learn coding."

Arrested German spy was gay porn actor, source says

CNN, Arrested German spy was gay porn actor, source says "He had worked for the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution since April, it said. He was arrested November 16 over allegations of sharing protected materials and making Islamist statements online."

Top NU cleric shows how to deal with online insults

thejakartapost.com, Top NU cleric shows how to deal with online insults "At a time when internet comments can send people to jail or ignite a rowdy protest on the street for offending the powers-that-be or the majority, a respected and influential Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) cleric’s decision to forgive the man who insulted him on Twitter has been met with praise."

Gambian election

Reuters, Gambia's Jammeh dealt shock election loss after 22-year rule "Gambians had voted on Thursday amid a total blackout of the internet and all international calls, and with land borders sealed. European Union observers were barred and only a small team of African Union observers came."

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf : The Alt-Right in Pakistan

Kunwar Khuldune Shahid, The Nation, PTI: The Alt-Right in Pakistan, 21 Nov 2016 "The Alt-Right flourishes in online forums like 4chan or Reddit and has snowballed on Twitter. The movement’s archetypal adherent relishes online anonymity to engage in social media meme warfare, exhibiting supremacism, populism, conspiracism and masculinism – basically the sketch of the infamous PTI troll."

This Muslim Teen Had A Sublime Rebuttal To A Classmate Asking Her To Defend Her Religion

aplus.com, This Muslim Teen Had A Sublime Rebuttal To A Classmate Asking Her To Defend Her Religion "Recently in one of her classes, Hashmi was confronted by another student who asked why Muslims did not condemn violence when perpetrators committed such acts in the name of Islam. Of course we do, she responded, but the conversation kept going in circles, leaving the both of them equally frustrated.



"So Hashmi decided that she had had enough. At home, she dug deep into the corners of the internet and created an extensive, painstakingly organized list of Muslim figures who condemned violent acts committed in the name of Islam."

The 5 Worst Places To Be An Internet User In Southeast Asia

forbes.com, The 5 Worst Places To Be An Internet User In Southeast Asia  "Freedom House, a U.S.-based NGO/research organization, released their annual Freedom of the Net report last week, and overall the results were not good."

Authorities: Times Square cited in Islamic State group case

wtnh.com, Authorities: Times Square cited in Islamic State group case

NIA starts removing Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation's online contents

newindianexpress.com, NIA starts removing Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation's online contents

Monday, November 21, 2016

ISIS Twitter Guide

Jerusalem Post, ISIS publishes a ‘how to’ outfox Twitter guide "The terrorist entity has published a guide on how to outfox Twitter’s efforts, according to an advance copy of a report by the Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group of IDC’s International Institute for Counter-Terrorism obtained by The Jerusalem Post."

Jakarta's social media

Guardian, Welcome to Twitter city: is there no limit to Jakarta's social media obsession?, 21 Nov 2016 "The predilection for humour has led to an equally ubiquitous habit: an obsession with social media. There are about 80 million social media users in Indonesia, and the country is among the biggest users of Facebook and Twitter worldwide."

Get good guys to fight ISIS online

straitstimes.com, Get good guys to fight ISIS online "So while ISIS is slowly ceding its territory in the Middle East, on the Internet, it is spreading its tentacles far and wide, an Insight round-table discussion heard."