Friday, March 27, 2015

Court Blocks Jihadist Website Used to Recruit Turks to Islamic State

NY Times, Court Blocks Jihadist Website Used to Recruit Turks to Islamic State "A website popular with jihadists that has been used to recruit Turks to the Islamic State was blocked by a court here on Wednesday, after years of publishing extreme Islamist content and evading Turkey’s strict Internet regulations."

Pro-ISIS magazine in Istanbul bombed

Pro-ISIS magazine in Istanbul bombed - CNN.com  "The magazine "Adimlar" regularly publishes angry anti-American content, including articles that celebrate convicted Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, better known as "Carlos the Jackal.""

Haqiqah Launched

imamsonline.com, Haqiqah – What is the Truth Behind ISIS? links to a new online magazine. Also see BBC News, Imams try to 'reclaim the internet' with Haqiqah magazine  

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Impatient ISIS Supporters Can't Wait For Another Snuff Video

vocativ.com, Impatient ISIS Supporters Can't Wait For Another Snuff Video

Arab Coalition Bombs Yemen, Attacks The Houthis

vocativ.com, Arab Coalition Bombs Yemen, Attacks The Houthis "The Houthi rebels responded on their social media pages, replying that “Yemen will become a cemetery for the invaders.” They posted graphic images of children allegedly killed by the allied airstrikes, along with threats to invade the Saudi kingdom."

IS 'CyberCaliphate' Hacking

RFE/RL, IS 'CyberCaliphate' Hacked 600 Russian Websites In 2014, Security Company Says "According to Group-IB's research, several pro-IS hacking groups appear to have been involved in the attacks on Russian websites. As well as the "CyberCaliphate," the research also found groups calling themselves Team System Dz, Global Islamic Caliphate and FallaGa Team were involved in the hacks."

Italy arrests three suspected ISIS militants

alarabiya.net, Italy arrests three suspected ISIS militants " One of the three, a 20-year-old Italian with Moroccan roots, is suspected of being the author of a 64-page Italian-language document which outlines the goals and principles of the Islamic State group and has been circulated on the Internet and social networks."

The Britons signing up for Jihad

Dominic Casciani, BBC News, The Britons signing up for Jihad "BBC News has been tracking the story of these men and women - and boys and girls - for the past few months in an attempt to map the scale of the jihad in Syria and Iraq."

The Counterrevolution Will Be Televised: Propaganda and Egyptian Television since the Revolution

The Counterrevolution Will Be Televised: Propaganda and Egyptian Television since the RevolutionArab Media & Society new issue out now. Including: The Counterrevolution Will Be Televised: Propaganda and Egyptian Television since the Revolution



Abstract: "In a concise and critical read, Amr Khalifa draws attention to the Egyptian state’s influence on shaping the narratives propagated by national and local media, particularly television. Using initial coverage of the 2011 Revolution as a jumping off point, Khalifa argues that the same mechanisms for controlling the media have been used and reused by successive governments and examines new limitations on freedom of expression, which he argues are morestringent than the tight control seen under Gamal Abdel Nasser."

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Is this the most dangerous Isis propaganda?

Independent, Is this the most dangerous Isis propaganda? "

Much attention is paid to the extreme, distressing and sadistic propaganda disseminated by Isis, who go to great lengths to circulate violent images and videos of the atrocities it commits.



"Yet little attention is paid to what could arguably be considered to be the most dangerous propaganda emerging from the group – the pictures and videos that attempt to normalise and even glamorise life within Isis. It is these pictures that are used as a recruiting tool for the extremist group."

New book - Branding Terror: The Logotypes and Iconography of Insurgent Groups and Terrorist Organizations | Digital Islam

digitalislam.eu, Book: Branding Terror: The Logotypes and Iconography of Insurgent Groups and Terrorist Organizations




The 40 Most Innovative Global Muslim Startups 2015

Ummah Wide, The 40 Most Innovative Global Muslim Startups 2015 - Towards A Global Muslim Startup Ecology very interesting listing, with some specific apps and IT related concepts in the mix.

It's Sunnah To Swipe With Your Right Hand

buzzfeed.com, Community Post: It's Sunnah To Swipe With Your Right Hand: The Muslim Spouse Search Goes Mobile " If you’re a single Muslim in North America, you know the thirst is real. Well, you can finally leave the ISNA hotel lobby. (Seriously, it’s past 5 a.m.) At least four matchmaking (yes, matchmaking, because “dating” would be too scandalous for your parents) apps for single young Muslims plan to launch this month and save you from a future as “cat aunty” or “creepy uncle.”"

Thursday, March 19, 2015

RIP Internet Explorer, how you were mocked

BBC News, RIP Internet Explorer, how you were mocked

Dark web spurs spying 'arms race'

BBC News, Dark web spurs spying 'arms race' "The more people who use it, the easier, in theory, it will be for terrorists to hide their own messages amongst its terabytes of data. But the dark web does have benign uses and while it presents a growing challenge to counter-terrorism authorities this is a phenomenon that is unlikely to disappear anytime soon."

'#JeSuisBardo’ trending on Twitter in solidarity with Tunisia

alarabiya.net, '#JeSuisBardo’ trending on Twitter in solidarity with Tunisia

Hip hop hijabis: Meet the Muslim women who rap in headscarves

Mail Online, Hip hop hijabis: Meet the Muslim women who rap in headscarves Also see:

The Use of the Internet by Islamic State in Syria

Nico Prucha, War Studies, King's College - The Use of the Internet by Islamic State in Syria [scroll down for the sound file]. I have yet to listen to this.

Prisons and radicalization in France

Farhad Khosrokhavar, opendemocracy.net, Prisons and radicalization in France "The two terrorist attacks that caused 17 deaths among the French people were the results of a radicalization that bears four main features. The people who perpetrated them were from the French poor suburbs, the so-called banlieues, where there is a concentration of populations mostly of North African origins, with a higher rate of joblessness and criminality, and a deeply antagonistic attitude of its male youth towards the rest of the society.

"Many spend part of their youth in the prisons and those who become Jihadists are "born again" Muslims with no previous Islamic culture, having gone through a deep up rootedness in terms of their cultural identity before being attracted towards Radical Islam by a guru, through Internet or the influence of their buddies."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mothers living under ISIS share photos of children posing with guns

Mail Online, Mothers living under ISIS share photos of children posing with guns "Depraved mothers who gave up their lives in the West to live under the rule of Islamic State terrorists in Syria are taking photographs of their newborn children sleeping alongside handguns and assault rifles in a sickening game of one-upmanship on social media."

Assad’s Atrocities, ISIS Executions Are Threatening Syria’s Activist Storytellers With Disappearance

raqqa-sl.com, Assad’s Atrocities, ISIS Executions Are Threatening Syria’s Activist Storytellers With Disappearance "With more than 36,000 followers on Facebook and more than 20,000 on Twitter, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently provides daily updates on ISIS movement in Raqqa, U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, the horrors of civilian life under ISIS rule — and has even provided information on ISIS hostages, most of whom were kept and killed in Raqqa. Throughout its activity for most of Syria’s civil war, now in its fourth year, the group’s members learned to work in secret."

Isis: Foreign fighters 'live like kings'

IB Times, Isis: Foreign fighters 'live like kings' in Syrian Raqqa stronghold of Islamic State "Foreign Islamist fighers in Al-Raqqa are living in the best houses with free electricity and health care and treating local Syrians "like slaves", according to an activist living in the Islamic State (Isis) stronghold."

ISIS commander mocked online for ‘shawarma’ outfit

alarabiya.net, ISIS commander mocked online for ‘shawarma’ outfit

Islamism in the IS age

Marc Lynch, Islamism in the IS age  "The “IS-ification of Islamist politics,” in Khalil al-Anani’s felicitous phrase, has reshaped the ideological and strategic incentives for Islamist groups and their adversaries. It has also posed a new challenge to the categories, concepts and expectations of the academics who study them. In January, the Project on Middle East Political Science brought together more than a dozen leading scholars of Islamist movements to discuss the Islamic State and its effects on the broader terrain of Islamist politics. Some of the papers prepared for that workshop have been published on The Monkey Cage already and all are now collected into a new edition in the POMEPS Studies series “Islamism in the IS Age,” available for free download here."

Monday, March 16, 2015

Anonymous reveals list of ISIS-linked Twitter accounts

alarabiya.net, Anonymous reveals list of ISIS-linked Twitter accounts the listing is here

Islamist Websites in Turkey Manage to Evade Strict Internet Censorship

NY Times, Islamist Websites in Turkey Manage to Evade Strict Internet Censorship "The websites of an atheist association, the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Kurdish separatist organization are blocked to Turkish Internet users. But many sites that promote extreme Islamist messages — even some that are outright sympathetic to the Islamic State, the militant organization that has marauded through Iraq and Syria — escape Turkey’s censors."

Kyrgyzstan launches first-ever Islamic magazine

www.eng.24.kg - Kyrgyzstan » Kyrgyzstan launches first-ever Islamic magazine "Zakir Chotayev, deputy director of the State Commission on Religious Affairs, welcomed the debut of the Islamic magazine.



""Such periodicals are badly needed now; the more of them are released, highlighting positive aspects and trends, the better," he said. "They will help to push our citizens away from the radical, extremist movements that seek to attract new followers through internet propaganda and recruiters. Thanks to these journals, it will be possible to educate yourself and find your place in society in Kyrgyzstan without feeling the need to go abroad."

Fitnah of Internet: Islamic Tips for Spending Time Online

Fitnah of Internet: Islamic Tips for Spending Time Online - Muslim Ink | Muslim Ink article includes reference to 'Islam in the Digital Age' and 'Virtually Islamic'

Sharmeena Begum

Mail Online, Revealed: First British schoolgirl to join jihadis

ISIS executes nine men in second video to surface this week

Mail Online, ISIS executes nine men in second video to surface this week "The masked ISIS commander who introduces the latest senseless propaganda video says the men 'were sentenced to death for betraying the religion of Allah'."

“Abu Azrael”

alarabiya.net, Iraqi fighter gains social media following in fight against ISIS "Pictures of a combat gear-clad bearded man dubbed “Abu Azrael,” or Angel of Death, holding a rifle in one hand and an axe in another have flooded Twitter and Facebook."

#AskHamas

#AskHamas Twitter campaign backfires in Gaza | The National "Hamas launched a campaign on Twitter on Friday aimed at improving its image, but was immediately hit by a barrage of sarcastic and mocking messages.



"The movement, which controls the Gaza Strip and fought a 50-day war with Israel last summer, said its English-language initiative #AskHamas was designed so officials could answer questions from social media users."



Also see:



huffingtonpost.co.uk, #AskHamas Hashtag Goes Viral For All The Wrong Reasons



The #AskHamas Twitter feed is here 




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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Arab Social Media Influencers Summit

Zawya, Internet giants support Arab social media summit " The Arab Social Media Influencers Summit (ASMIS), which will take place on March 17-18 in Dubai, is the first event of its kind in the region and will allow delegates and partners to network, share trends and support the positive use of social media platforms. It will also help identify best practices in the use of these channels." I'll be interested to observe this (unfortunately from a distance!)

Share first, verify later: When breaking news breaks the rules

Mail & Guardian, Share first, verify later: When breaking news breaks the rules "User-generated content can be both a media boon and a minefield, with hoaxes and propaganda competing with bona fide eyewitness accounts."

EU plans to target cyber-terrorism

BBC News, EU plans to target cyber-terrorism "The Internet Referral Unit would be part of law enforcement agency Europol and would seek to remove jihadist content from the internet."

Rare photos reveal Osama bin Laden's Afghan hideout

Rare photos reveal Osama bin Laden's Afghan hideout - CNN.com

The Real Target of ISIS’s Child-Soldier Execution Video

thedailybeast.com, The Real Target of ISIS’s Child-Soldier Execution Video "The timing of ISIS’s latest video, which appears to show a child soldier executing an Arab Israeli man accused of being a spy, is “aimed at emphasizing the rigid security apparatus of the Islamic State against spying and potential dissent,” said ISIS analyst Aymenn al Tamimi."

Australian teenage 'white jihadi' dies in Isil suicide attack in Ramadi

Telegraph, Australian teenage 'white jihadi' dies in Isil suicide attack in Ramadi " On Wednesday it was reported that Bilardi, who used the nom-de-guerre bu Abdullah Al Australia, had died in a suicide attack, driving a white van packed with explosives into a target in Ramadi, in Anbar province."