Monday, June 27, 2016

The Sunnah of Muhammad

The Sunnah of Muhammad, Heart and Soul - BBC World Service "Safaa Faisal travels to Egypt to explore how the Sunnah is being fought over by those who think the messages that lie within its pages are being interpreted wrongly. She also explores whether the Sunnah, because of the way it was compiled, can legitimately be called the word of the Prophet and therefore whether it could actually be revised for the modern world." Have yet to hear it all, but the programmes references the impact of social media/search engines on religious authority issues.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pakistan 'honour' killing: Why clerics' call may fall on deaf ears

BBC News, Pakistan 'honour' killing: Why clerics' call may fall on deaf ears, 15 June 2016 "The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) in Pakistan has declared that killing in the name of family honour is un-Islamic and against the law. The group, which advises the government on religious aspects of law and society, issued its statement after a recent spate of killings shocked many in Pakistan and around the world. Will anyone listen?" Article refers to the internet and female 'empowerment'

No 'magic bullet' against jihadist propaganda

AP/Daily Mail, No 'magic bullet' against jihadist propaganda, Lynch says "The Orlando massacre at a popular gay nightclub shows no one yet has "found the magic bullet" to prevent Americans from being inspired to violence by jihadist propaganda on the internet, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday as she visited a city still shaken by the shootings."

Israel eyes law to remove online content inciting 'terrorism'

Reuters/Daily Mail, Israel eyes law to remove online content inciting terrorism, 22 June 2016 "Israel's Justice Ministry is drafting legislation that would enable it to order Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media to remove online postings it deems to be inciting terrorism."

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Analyzing How Islamic State Recruits Through Social Media

eurasiareview.com, Analyzing How Islamic State Recruits Through Social Media, 17 June 2016 "The researchers, who identified and analyzed second-by-second online records of 196 pro-ISIS groups operating during the first eight months of 2015, found that even though most of the 108,000-plus individual members of these self-organized groups probably never met, they had a striking ability to adapt and extend their online longevity, increase their size and number, reincarnate when shut down–and inspire “lone wolves” with no history of extremism to carry out horrific attacks like the nation’s deadliest mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando this week." Report is here: N. F. Johnson et al., Science, New online ecology of adversarial aggregates: ISIS and beyond”, June 17, 2016 [one for the reading list]

With its Caliphate Faltering, Islamic State Rushes to Indoctrinate Children

VOA News, With its Caliphate Faltering, Islamic State Rushes to Indoctrinate Children, 20 June 2016 "In the long run, the IS indoctrination of children will likely have a chilling reverberation for years to come, experts say, way after IS has been removed from the cities it now controls."

New tool to take down terrorism images online spurs debate on what constitutes extremist content

Ellen Nakashima, washingtonpost.com, New tool to take down terrorism images online spurs debate on what constitutes extremist content "“If you could search out the beheading videos, or the picture of the ISIS fighter all in black carrying the Daesh flag across the sands of Syria, if you could do it with video and audio, you’d be doing something big,” said Mark Wallace, chief executive of the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), a nonpartisan policy group. “I believe it’s a game-changer.”" CEP info here + related IBTimes piece here

50 young Saudis arrested over ‘un-Islamic’ necklaces, haircuts

Middle East Online, 50 young Saudis arrested over ‘un-Islamic’ necklaces, haircuts

The State and Islamic clergy must stop radicalisation among the Muslim youth

hindustantimes.com, The State and Islamic clergy must stop radicalisation among the Muslim youth "A collapse of the so-called Caliphate will trigger an exodus of trained mercenaries towards the lands they came from. Are we prepared to handle them?" op-ed

The Orlando Massacre and the Conundrum of Online Radicalization

David Fidler, Net Politics, The Orlando Massacre and the Conundrum of Online Radicalization "Radicalization stories commonly involve online components, but they also exhibit a diversity that complicates understanding how extremist material on the internet influences radicalizing individuals. Typically, other factors are involved when someone embraces terrorism. Information about Mateen is still emerging, but understanding his decision to slaughter people at an LGBT night club while declaring allegiance to the so-called Islamic State confronts the confusion and complexity often experienced in trying to make sense of other radicalization cases."

Friday, June 17, 2016

Internet Security Firm: 'Cyber Jihad' Is Coming

newsmax.com, Internet Security Firm: 'Cyber Jihad' Is Coming  "Islamic terrorists are arming themselves with the technical tools and
expertise to attack the online systems of Western companies and other
infrastructure, warns a study from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology."

Hacker admits he gave military members’ data to the Islamic State

washingtonpost.com, Hacker admits he gave military members’ data to the Islamic State

Kosovar hacker pleads guilty in US court to aiding Islamic State

csmonitor.com, Kosovar hacker pleads guilty in US court to aiding Islamic State 'A Kosovar who was extradited to the US earlier this year, Ardit Ferizi admitted in a federal court in Virginia to providing material support to Islamic State and to breaking into the computer network belonging to an unidentified US retailer.



'Data that Mr. Ferizi stole from the computers included information on more than 1,000 American government employees and military personnel that Islamic State propagandists included in hit lists that it spread to supporters via Twitter, hoping to inspire attacks.'

Anonymous hacks ISIS's Twitter

Techly, Anonymous hacks ISIS's Twitter, makes it as fabulously gay as humanly possible "A hacker by the name of WauchulaGhost has been responsible for the majority of the attacks."

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

'Live-streaming' attack

Standard, Isis fanatic 'live streamed brutal knife killing of senior police officer and his wife on Facebook' "A terrorist pledging allegiance to Islamic State posted video and photos on Facebook during the brutal knife murder of a senior police commander and his wife at their home in France."

The Complicated Pain of America's Queer Muslims

theatlantic.com, The Complicated Pain of America's Queer Muslims, 14 June 2016 "In the midst of a post-Orlando debate that pits Islamophobia against homophobia, LGBT members of the Islamic community find themselves trying to balance multiple identities." online element to this discussion

#Orlando shootings

This is a summary of stories, specific to this blog's core themes, relating to the attack in Orlando, Florida.  

Guardian, Orlando shooting – as it happened

VOA, Orlando Shootings Illustrate IS Potential to Radicalize From Afar, 13 June 2016 "“Radical individuals in many Western countries enjoy a large degree of autonomy and freedom of movement,” said Houzan Mahmoud, a London researcher on Islamic militancy in the Middle East and North Africa. "She told VOA that governments and intelligence agencies need to take more preventive measures to be ready for the unpredictable. "“Radicals [in the West] are allowed to utilize all platforms to spread their ideology,” she said. “They use colleges, mosques, media outlets and social media sites to radicalize people.”

Guardian, Being suspicious of Muslims won't stop terrorism – video

Amanullah De Sondy, Washington Post, LGBT Muslims do exist, and they are grieving. It’s time for acceptance

The Intercept, Stop Exploiting LGBT Issues to Demonize Islam and Justify Anti-Muslim Policies

Independent, Orlando attack: Muslims join hundreds who answer call to donate blood

Telegraph, Omar Mateen's imam says he was known at the mosque for being aggressive

Heatstreet, Reddit Mods Locked Threads, Banned Users After Orlando Shooter Revealed to Be Muslim "Reddit’s r/news, the subreddit that exists for the sole purpose of discussing and sharing breaking news, locked multiple threads and deleted others on articles pertaining to the Orlando shootings after it was revealed that the shooter was Muslim. When a thread is locked users can no longer comment. The moderators blamed it on “brigading” and “hate speech,” but they also blocked people from sharing useful information on blood donations and ways to help."

Reuters, Wolf dens, not lone wolves, the norm in U.S. Islamic State plots

foreignpolicy.com, Are There Any More ‘Lone Wolves’ in the Age of the Islamic State? "The gunman who slaughtered innocents in Orlando didn’t need any specific orders from Islamic State commanders. The group’s hateful ideology was enough."

Yahoo! News, After the Orlando Shooting, a Muslim Man's Post Is Going Viral for the Best Reason

Telegraph, Orlando shooting: Gunman Omar Mateen 'was a regular at LGBT nightclub Pulse' and 'used gay dating apps'