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."