Friday, July 14, 2017

IS media spin Mosul narrative

Laura Smith, BBC Monitoring, BBC News, IS media spin Mosul narrative "So-called Islamic State (IS) made a success story of its triumphant capture of Mosul in 2014, and it will seek to create one out of the loss of the city to Iraqi forces."

Internet fatwas: Muslims urged to carefully consider online advice

aseantoday.com, Internet fatwas: Muslims urged to carefully consider online advice "The MUI call for more honest and decent internet use comes after heated exchanges during the recent gubernatorial race in Jakarta. It is a good illustration of the rise of digital technology in spreading, and reinforcing, religious messages."

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

IS India

Ronald Meinardus, Qantara, No Traction "In the international statistics documenting terror attacks inspired or orchestrated by the IS terror militia, India is nowhere to be found. And this despite the fact that owing to its demography and socio-economic conditions, the country with its 180 million Muslims should be fertile ground for foreign-controlled Islamist terrorism." Profile of IS in India

Islamist recruiters in Germany 'go right for young people's hearts'

Deutsche Welle, Islamist recruiters in Germany 'go right for young people's hearts', 7 Jul 2017 "They use the internet to make the first contact, and then comes the offline contact where they meet each other. People who see the appeal of Salafist ideology or jihadist ideology meet with the preachers who are well connected."

How Gazans are dealing with internet crisis

al-monitor.com, How Gazans are dealing with internet crisis "The internet has become the only outlet for Gazans to escape the concerns and problems resulting from the ongoing Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2007."

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Who are Britain’s jihadists?

BBC News, Who are Britain’s jihadists? "Approximately 850 people from the UK have travelled to support or fight for jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq, say the British authorities."

Monday, July 03, 2017

How an American became the leader of an ISIS cell

CBS News, How an American became the leader of an ISIS cell

IS plot

BBC News, Elton John bomb plotter Haroon Syed jailed for life "He was caught after approaching MI5 officers, who were posing as a fellow extremist, via social media." More detail: Mail Online, Teenager, 19, who plotted a nail bomb attack at Elton John’s 50,000-capacity Hyde Park concert on the anniversary of 9/11 joins his terrorist brother behind bars as he is jailed for life
"He used encrypted messaging app ‘Threema’ in a bid to source machine guns, pistols, suicide vests and bombs to launch an attack in the UK on the scale of the 7 July 2005 London bombings."

Afghanistan's all-girl robotics team banned from entering US - but their robot will be allowed in

Independent, Afghanistan's all-girl robotics team banned from entering US - but their robot will be allowed in

IS 'renewal'

VOA, European Officials: Islamic State 'Renewing Itself' Despite Battlefield Losses, 28 Jun 2017 
"European security officials are increasingly worried that Islamic State's reach will not fade even as the terror group loses its grip on Mosul and Raqqa, the twin capitals of its now-collapsing, self-declared caliphate."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#BlackOutEid

thefader.com, 5 Black Muslim Women On Why #BlackOutEid Is Important

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."