Monday, October 16, 2017

Somalia attack

Chicago Tribune, 'It's a dark day for us': 276 killed in deadliest single attack in Somalia's history

Graphic: @MuslimGirl

Raif Badawi : Dreaming of freedom. A documentary graphic novel.

Radio Canada, Raif Badawi : Dreaming of freedom. A documentary graphic novel.

Sudan's e-Rebels

The New Arab, Austin Bodetti, On the front lines with Sudan's e-Rebels, and the state hackers targeting them, 16 Oct 2017 "A little-known hacker group operating under the name "Electronic Jihad" (sometimes translated from Arabic as "Cyber Jihad") spearheads the Sudanese government's efforts at cyber-warfare in Darfur, the Blue Nile, and the Nuba Mountains, where rebels representing ethnic minorities have been resisting its authority for decades."

Piety and Porn: In Raqqa, the Laptop Secrets of an ISIS Wife

Daily Beast, Piety and Porn: In Raqqa, the Laptop Secrets of an ISIS Wife

French intelligence texts jihadist by mistake, inadvertently warning of surveillance operation

Telegraph, French intelligence texts jihadist by mistake, inadvertently warning of surveillance operation

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sally Jones was fleeing Raqqa as Isis's capital fell

Guardian, Sally Jones was fleeing Raqqa as Isis's capital fell "During her years with Isis, Jones, dubbed “the white widow”, had become one of the group’s most senior females, given the job of indoctrinating other women, as part of the Anwar al-Awlaki brigades, and sending some on suicide missions. Killing her had been a priority of both US and UK intelligence, which had painstakingly tried to dismantle the group’s external operations capacity which was tasked with carrying out attacks abroad."

Saturday, October 07, 2017

The driving lesson selfie that enraged some Saudis

BBC News, The driving lesson selfie that enraged some Saudis "Faisal BaDughaish, an analyst in a gas and oil company from Dhahran in the east of Saudi Arabia, tweeted a photo of him with his wife in an empty car park. The tweet read: "I started teaching my wife how to drive in one of the private parking spaces in a safe and legal way, preparing for the law to take effect.""

Thursday, October 05, 2017

These Young Black British Muslims Were So Tired Of Being Erased They Made Their Own Web Series

Aisha Gani, buzzfeed, These Young Black British Muslims Were So Tired Of Being Erased They Made Their Own Web Series "In a six-minute preview featuring historian Habeeb Akande and rapper Muneera Williams, black British Muslims discuss their identity. In one candid moment, educator Amira Marius says: “People don’t recognise Islam as a 'black' religion a lot of the times because they don’t have that knowledge and understanding ... so they see it as an adopted religion.""

Monday, September 25, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Propaganda jailing

Guardian, Slough man jailed for spreading Isis propaganda "Hussain ran two YouTube channels that he used to broadcast extremist material and used WhatsApp and the encrypted messaging app Telegram to send “disturbing” documents advising people to “kill the kuffar [disbelievers] in their own country”."

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

'The New Netwar: Countering Extremism Online'

BBC News, Warning to UK over jihadist propaganda "Britain is the fifth-biggest audience in the world for extremist content after Turkey, the US, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, Policy Exchange's study said." The link to the think-tank's report (which I have yet to read) is here: Policy Exchange, The New Netwar: Countering Extremism Online

Friday, September 15, 2017

Philippines jihadis

Robert Windrem, NBC News, ISIS Recruits Fighters for the Philippines Instead of Syria " The seven-minute, English-language video, released by the official ISIS media operation late last month, includes messages from several fighters in the Southern Philippines, and scenes from battles with government troops near the city of Marawi, including the pillaging of a Catholic church."

New Saudi policy will ensure clerics fall in line

Hassan Hassan, The National, New Saudi policy will ensure clerics fall in line, 13 Sep 2017 "The clerics – who include Salman Al Odah, Awad Al Qarni and Ali Al Omari, as well as other unconfirmed individuals – are associated with a religious current that dates back to the 1970s, when a broad process of hybridisation between revolutionary Islamist ideas and Salafi teachings led to the birth of a new breed of clerics who portray themselves as reformists. Although products of the trend varied, they tended to be revolutionary. Many of the figures influenced by the trend went on to become jihadis or to directly influence jihadis, while others continued to adhere to peaceful activism."

UAE privacy laws

Khaleej Times, All you need to know about UAE privacy laws, 14 Sep 2017 "Besides, one should be careful while using certain types of emojis while talking online. For example, if one uses the emoji of a 'middle finger' in a conversation and the recipient complaints about the act, it could lead one to jail, fines and deportation."

The Karakaria in Algeria

alarabiya.net, The Karakaria in Algeria: Religious group or ‘foreign conspiracy’? " While the group itself is not new, its emergence in Algeria is. It all started when Musa Belghith, a young Algerian man from the coastal city of Mostaganem, announced on social media that he joined the Karakaria after seeing “the light” and being taught “divine secrets” by his sheikh, in reference to Mohamed Fawzi al-Karkari, the current leader of the group and who resides in the town of Temsamane in Morocco."

British Muslim convert was radicalised by ISIS videos online

Daily Mail, British Muslim convert was radicalised by ISIS videos online "Jurors were told Watson's encrypted chats with undercover agents 'reveal the extent of his hatred for Western society and his avowed intent to take part in terrorist activity'.


"On his phone, police found books including 'The Path to the Land of Battle' by an Al Qaeda figure, '39 Ways to Participate and Serve in Jihad', and copies of the IS magazine Dabiq."

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Islam And Hip-Hop

buzzfeed.com, What's The Connection Between Islam And Hip-Hop In America? " So this week on See Something Say Something, Ahmed talks to guests Dr. Su'ad Abdul-Khabeer and artist Salima Rah about the connection between Islam, race, and hip-hop. "

Aussie ISIS bride becomes poster girl for Islamic State terrorists

9News, Aussie ISIS bride becomes poster girl for Islamic State terrorists "Islamic State has paraded an Australian ISIS bride in the latest issue of its online propaganda magazine, featuring the story of how she and her two children secretly sneaked into Syria."

Letters from a Jihadi

Joanne Slater & Colin Freeze, Globe & Mail, Letters from a Jihadi: inside the mind of a Canadian accused of joining al-Qaeda "What drove three students at the University of Manitoba to travel to Pakistan to join al-Qaeda? Newly-released correspondence reveals their state of mind in their own words, including a nine page handwritten letter home."

The Contradictions of Hajj, Through the Lens of a Smartphone

Wajahat Ali, NYT, The Contradictions of Hajj, Through the Lens of a Smartphone, 11 Sep 2017 "Awe-struck by the privilege of participating in this tradition while often agitated by the contradictions that surround it today, I made sense of the experience by sharing it — filtering the pilgrimage through the lens of my smartphone."

Isis defectors

Martin Chulov, Guardian, Hundreds of Isis defectors mass on Syrian border hoping to flee, 12 Sep 2017 "Hundreds of defectors from Islamic State have massed in Syria’s Idlib province, with many planning to cross the nearby Turkish border and find ways back to the Middle East, North Africa and Europe."

Friday, September 08, 2017

Interactive Qur'an app

Standard, Extreme vetting: Zeena Qureshi on her mission to combat terrorism with an interactive Koran app This relates to the Ananas Koran app, which I have yet to see. According to the Standard: "Currently there are a number of Koran apps with different translations of the text. The Ananas platform, in contrast, will give information on each verse, explaining what different denominations believe, showcasing research and allowing users to search by a theme or word to see every mention of it in the Koran."

Thursday, September 07, 2017

You've Got Veil: Millions Of Text Messages Remind Tajiks To Obey New Dress Code

RFEFL, You've Got Veil: Millions Of Text Messages Remind Tajiks To Obey New Dress Code "Private mobile-phone companies in Tajikistan have begun sending out text messages to millions of citizens, reminding them to obey a new law that makes Tajik national clothing obligatory at “traditional” gatherings such as weddings and commemorative ceremonies for the dead."

Egyptian intelligence services extend control over media

RSF, Egyptian intelligence services extend control over media  "Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is worried about the way Egyptian media outlets are being taken over by businessmen linked to the government and intelligence services. The regime’s domination of the media continues to grow and is even affecting pro-government media."

Monday, September 04, 2017

Yemenis show solidarity with little girl orphaned in Saudi air strike by posting one eye shut photos

Independent, Yemenis show solidarity with little girl orphaned in Saudi air strike by posting one eye shut photos "Thousands of Yemenis are uploading photos of themselves with one eye closed and using a hand to open the other eye wider to show solidarity with the plight of a toddler who lost her entire family in an air strike on Sanaa last week."

Aylan Kurdi Death: 2 Years Later, Mediterranean Is Still Deadly

NBC News, Aylan Kurdi Death: 2 Years Later, Mediterranean Is Still Deadly " Two years since a photo of lifeless Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi lying face down on a Turkish beach captured the world's attention, the migration crisis has shifted to the other side of the Mediterranean Sea."

The Caliphate in the Countryside

BBC. Heart & Soul, The Caliphate in the Countryside "Ahmadiyya Muslims are outcasts within their own faith and often persecuted and ostracised across the world. They preach against violent Muslims and criticise extremism. "

Moments in migration

The Observer, Moments in migration: Polaroids from the refugee crisis – in pictures

How IS agent tried to groom a reporter for London attacks

BBC News, How IS agent tried to groom a reporter for London attacks "A BBC investigation has unearthed evidence that Islamic State (IS) agents were trying to recruit people in 2016 for an attack on central London."

Robert Fisk's review of Nickolaos Van Dam's 'Destroying a Nation: The Civil War in Syria'

Robert Fisk, When did protest against the Assad government turn to war in Syria? "Instead of serious political advice, the West, especially the US and their proxy Arab allies in the Gulf, then poured weapons into Syria – enough arms to destroy Syria but not enough to overthrow the regime, as one ex-rebel told me."

Hijabistas

Harmeet Kaur, CNN, Hijabistas: Young Muslim women meld fashion and faith "To Mariam Moufid, another hijabista, being able to choose what she wears is freedom. Showcasing her fashion sense to the more than 630,000 followers on her @hijabmuslim account is a way of staking out her own space."

Friday, September 01, 2017

Apps and Eid

Kaveh Waddell, The Atlantic, How New Technology Is Changing Eid Celebrations, 31 Aug 2017
"The robust Islamic app economy includes a program for ordering up sacrificial livestock." The article includes a contribution from myself.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Instagram death threats

Daily Mail, 'If you value your life keep the f*** out of Islam': Loose Women star Saira Khan receives death threat after posting Instagram bikini picture and telling a Muslim preacher to 'kiss my bottom' "The television presenter, 47, who is Muslim, shared the Instagram photo of herself sunbathing on holiday alongside a caption blasting a female Muslim preacher who decreed it was 'sinful' for Muslim women to pluck their eyebrows. Ms Khan ended the ended the defiant post with the words: 'Here's my response - kiss my [bottom]'."

Barcelona

Daily Mail, Barcelona jihadi suspect tells court the killings sprees were part of a plan for larger terror attacks using explosives "The terror cell behind the vehicle murder sprees in Barcelona and Cambrils last week were planning further attacks using explosives..."

Iran in talks to unblock Twitter, says new minister

AFP/Citizen.co.za, Iran in talks to unblock Twitter, says new minister "Iran’s new communications minister said Tuesday that negotiations were underway with Twitter to unblock the service, which has been banned for years despite being used even by the country’s supreme leader."

'Beware the Women of ISIS: There Are Many, and They May Be More Dangerous Than the Men'

Daily Beast, Beware the Women of ISIS: There Are Many, and They May Be More Dangerous Than the Men "This report from the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism raises frightening questions about women returning from the ‘caliphate’—if they can return at all."

Monday, July 31, 2017

For some Saudi women facing strict male authority and even abuse, there's only one answer: Run

LA Times, For some Saudi women facing strict male authority and even abuse, there's only one answer: Run opinion/analysis, highlighting online campaigns and social media use: "[But] Saudi women are increasingly risking imprisonment to flee, not just within the country, but overseas as well. They are coordinating those efforts with a network of supporters via social media, sometimes arranging marriages, vacations and study-abroad programs as a cover."

Where is my name? Afghan women protest to claim their identities

ABC (Australia), Where is my name? Afghan women protest to claim their identities "A group of Afghan women have launched a social media campaign to protest the country's custom of erasing women's names." See #WhereIsMyName?

New and Noted: 'Women, Gender and Daesh Radicalisation: A Milieu Approach'

Elizabeth Pearson & Emily Winterbotham, Women, Gender and Daesh Radicalisation: A Milieu Approach, RUSI Journal, 1-13, 28 Jul 2017 "In this article, Elizabeth Pearson and Emily Winterbotham explore the role of gender in radicalisation to Daesh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS). They discuss possible factors in female radicalisation, and how radicalisation differs between men and women. They find that the gender of the recruit affects the enabling factors, mechanisms and locations relating to radicalisation. The article challenges assertions that the recruitment of young men and women to Daesh follows identical patterns, as well as the narrative of women as innately peaceful, or as actors coerced into joining Daesh, revealing the importance of female empowerment in the group’s appeal."

BILD reporter discloses - This is how ISIS wanted to turn me into a terrorist

Bild, BILD reporter discloses - This is how ISIS wanted to turn me into a terrorist

Friday, July 28, 2017

Radio station shut down after broadcasting 25 hours of lectures by al-Qaeda recruiter

Independent, Radio station shut down after broadcasting 25 hours of lectures by al-Qaeda recruiter "Sheffield-based Iman FM claimed its staff were “not aware of the background” of American hate preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a US drone strike in Yemen in 2011."

Thursday, July 27, 2017

How this 18-year-old gamer went from neo-Nazi to Muslim to alleged killer

Vice, How this 18-year-old gamer went from neo-Nazi to Muslim to alleged killer "The roommates had, in the parlance of that part of the internet, “edgy” politics. But over the last year, Arthurs had begun to make his online friends uncomfortable. Though he still hung out in the same rooms, his interests had shifted from national socialism to Salafism, an ultraconservative form of Sunni Islam."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hijab Emoji

CNN, Teen behind new hijab emoji: 'I just wanted an emoji of me' "Rayouf Alhumedhi, who now lives in Vienna, proposed the idea last year to The Unicode Consortium, the non-profit corporation that reviews and develops new emojis.

"And she's delighted that Apple accepted it. It was unveiled Monday on World Emoji Day as one of a collection of new emoji characters available on Apple devices later this year."

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."

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Facebook posts 'glorifying' Finsbury Park terror attack reported to Government counter-extremism service

Independent, Facebook posts 'glorifying' Finsbury Park terror attack reported to Government counter-extremism service

Finsbury Park

Coverage of the events surrounding the Finsbury Park attack can be found in my Islam in Britain blog

Tablets

mashable, How tablets are transforming the lives of young refugees in sub-Saharan Africa "The Vodafone Foundation announced its Instant Schools for Africa program on Wednesday—an initiative providing free, unlimited access to online educational materials for young people and teachers. Developed with Learning Equality, a leading nonprofit provider of open-source educational technology, the program launched in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Tanzania."

Friday, June 09, 2017

As Isis territory shrinks it will rely more on internet

Maura Conway, irishtimes.com, As Isis territory shrinks it will rely more on internet "Relatively few Isis terrorists, however, have been radicalised solely by online means. Nevertheless, in our hyper-connected world the internet is implicated in almost all contemporary terrorism, whether, for example, as a radicalisation tool or for planning attacks."

Manchester bomber

ITV, Manchester bomber's younger brother says he was radicalised online in Britain "Ahmed Bin Salem, a spokesman for Tripoli's Special Deterrence Force, told Reuters: "Hashem said that he and Salman got the ideology of Daesh (Islamic State) in Manchester in 2015 from the internet and some friends in the UK.

"He added that they used to watch videos and had sympathy for children in Syria and wanted to do something for Daesh to help."

The Internet is changing civil wars

washingtonpost.com, Analysis | The Internet is changing civil wars. Watch out for these five trends. "This new ICT environment may help explain why so many civil wars have broken out in Muslim majority states since 2003 — and why they have been fought by multiple Islamist groups whose goals extend throughout the Muslim world."

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Abedi radicalised online

Reuters, Manchester bomber radicalised in Britain in 2015 - Tripoli counter-terrorism force, 8 June 2017

"Salman Abedi's brother Hashem also said he had bought equipment for the attack in Britain, though he did not know where it would be carried out, Ahmed Bin Salem, a spokesman for Tripoli's Special Deterrence Force (Rada), told Reuters.

 ... 

"Hashem said that he and Salman got the ideology of Daesh (Islamic State) in Manchester in 2015 from the internet and some friends in the U.K.," said Bin Salem [Ahmed Bin Salem, a spokesman for Tripoli's Special Deterrence Force]

""He added that they used to watch videos and had sympathy for children in Syria and wanted to do something for Daesh to help.""

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The Silicon Valley with a heart: How Beirut's techies are helping Syrian refugees

middleeasteye.net, The Silicon Valley with a heart: How Beirut's techies are helping Syrian refugees "Entrepreneurs and international institutions are adapting new technologies to solve refugee challenges and improve their lives."

Iran attacks: 'IS' hits parliament and Khomeini mausoleum

BBC News, Iran attacks: 'IS' hits parliament and Khomeini mausoleum, 7 June 2017 "IS said it had carried out the attack and later posted a video which showed what it claimed was footage from inside the parliament building.

"A voice is heard saying, in Arabic: "We're not going anywhere. We're staying forever.""

NPR, ISIS Takes Credit For Iran Attacks, Several Deaths Reported 

IRNA, Interior Ministry confirms end of terrorist attacks in Tehran (also see adjacent links to condemnation of the attacks).  "In an apparently coordinated attempt, two terrorist groups attacked mausoleum of the late Imam Khomeini, southern Tehran, and the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) on Wednesday morning, killing 12 people and injuring 42 more."

Monday, June 05, 2017

Google won't remove hate preacher rants

Daily Mail, Google won't remove hate preacher rants as they don't break the rules "The hate preacher’s videos have been watched more than a million times, and won warped comments of approval from viewers, one of whom wrote: ‘Kuffar must [and] will be eliminated’."

Facebook says aims to be 'hostile environment' for terrorists

Reuters, After London attack, Facebook says aims to be 'hostile environment' for terrorists

May and regulation

CNN, Theresa May: Internet must be regulated to prevent terrorism  I agree with the comments of Peter Neumann here: " Peter Neumann, a professor who studies political violence and radicalization at King's College in London, said that blaming social media is "politically convenient but intellectually lazy.""

London attack 3 June 2017

Coverage associated with the London attack on 3 June can be found on my Islam in Britain blog.  Material associated specifically with internet-associated issues is posted here. Please check out my Twitter feed @garybunt, which includes my real-time coverage of links to event.

Qatar situation

The digital element of this current dispute is significant, especially in relation to this blog. A variety of opinions are available:

BBC News, Qatar row: Six countries cut links with Doha

Middle East Eye, Three potential motives behind the spat between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours "It's clear that the hacking of Qatar's news agency last month was a premeditated assault. Here's why it happened - and why now."

 Middle East Eye, Qatar hits back as Saudi, Egypt, UAE cut diplomatic, transport ties "Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut their ties with Qatar and expelled the Gulf state from the coalition fighting the war in Yemen, accusing it of supporting terrorism. It opens up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world."

Arab News,  Bahrain, KSA, Egypt and UAE cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

Al Jazeera,  Inside Story: What's behind recent media attacks against Qatar?


Friday, June 02, 2017

Terrorism kills more Muslims than anyone else

Independent, Terrorism kills more Muslims than anyone else data and discussion

How the Syrian War Changed How War Crimes Are Documented

Cristina Roca, News Deeply, Long Read: How the Syrian War Changed How War Crimes Are Documented "Seven years of war have transformed Syrian monitoring groups into sophisticated investigation centers. But with few options to hold perpetrators of humanitarian law violations accountable, the number of Syrians supplying evidence of human rights violations is dwindling, along with their hope for justice." Recommended.

Chobi by Omar Souleyman



Currently listening to 'Chobi' by Omar Souleyman, from his new release 'To Syria, With Love'.

Founder Of Islamic State News Agency Reported Killed In U.S. Air Strike

RFE/RL, Founder Of Islamic State News Agency Reported Killed In U.S. Air Strike, 2 June 2017 "The founder of the Islamic State (IS) group's news agency [Baraa Kadek] has been killed with his daughter in an air strike last week in eastern Syria, his brother and Syrian opposition activists say."

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Allegations: "Hard-Line Moralist in Indonesia Faces Pornography Charges"

NYT, Hard-Line Moralist in Indonesia Faces Pornography Charges, 30 May 2017 "Many Indonesians have leapt to Mr. Rizieq’s defense online, and posters in Jakarta, the capital, bearing his image call on Muslims to “defend preachers and religion.”"

When Hatred Goes Viral

Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, When Hatred Goes Viral 
"A key researcher behind PhotoDNA says he is developing software called eGLYPH, which applies PhotoDNA’s basic principles to identify video promoting terrorism—even if the clips have been edited, copied or otherwise altered."

For Many Muslim Women, Ramadan's Celebrations Require a Whole New Wardrobe

Racked, For Many Muslim Women, Ramadan's Celebrations Require a Whole New Wardrobe

'Black Crows'

غَرَابِيبُ سُودٌ

Intense new 20 part series 'Black Crows' for Ramadan viewing on MBC:

 

NPR, New Show 'Black Crows' To Tell Stories Of Life Under ISIS

The National, TV drama Black Crows looks at ISIL threat from a female perspective

ANSA.it, ISIS threatens producers, cast of 'Black Crows' TV show 

Reuters, Saudi-owned TV drama fights Islamic State propaganda 

Foreign Policy, Can Good Television Beat the Islamic State?

It is also referred to in this post on Arabic for Nerds, Are there TV shows in Classical Arabic with English subtitles? which points out that the series will be available post-Ramadan on MBC's YouTube channel.

ISIS Philippines

Mubaraz Ahmed, religionandgeopolitics.org, ISIS in the Philippines? The Marawi Battle Intensifies "The raising of ISIS’ black flag over the city sent a strong message that despite setbacks in the Levant, the jihadi group remains active in other parts of the world."

Telegram & IS

Laura Smith, BBC News, Messaging app Telegram centrepiece of IS social media strategy "Although a long-time user of social media, IS activities took a significant turn in September 2015 when the group's official media outlets took to the messaging app Telegram. The move to the encrypted messaging service came after a long-running conflict with Twitter, which regularly shut down IS accounts, and some experimentation with less well-known platforms from which it was also expelled." Comprehensive article.

Beggars using social media to solicit alms

The Peninsula Qatar, Beggars using social media to solicit alms, 30 May 2017 "Beggars send text or a WhatsApp message and claim that they have a relative in critical condition or need help to have a surgery done."

Celebrating Zaha Hadid

Google Doodles, Celebrating Zaha Hadid


App to rescue animals

Cairo Scene, Startup Scene Profile: Egyptian Students Create an App to Rescue Street Animals "The ambitious app, set to launch in June, aims to keep malnourished and abused animals off the streets across Egypt, by connecting users to shelters."

Yalahwy: I Am an Egyptian Veiled Muslim Woman and I Date

Cairo Scene, Yalahwy: I Am an Egyptian Veiled Muslim Woman and I Date picks up on an online controversy surrounding John Legend's new music video.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Kuwaiti mobile operator's advert criticised and praised

BBC News, Kuwaiti mobile operator's advert criticised and praised "Kuwait-based Zain released the advert entitled "We Will Sing With Love" to mark the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. It shows a man wearing an explosive belt walking through staged scenes reminiscent to bombings that took place in several countries and has been viewed more than three million times."



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Egypt's media ban: The audacity of ignorance

Rania Al Malky, Middle East Eye, Egypt's media ban: The audacity of ignorance, 29 May 2017 "In an unprecedented move, the Egyptian government officially acknowledged blocking 21 websites for allegedly running content “that supports terrorism and extremism as well as publishing lies”."

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Social media users change profile picture in support of Qatar

Social media users change profile picture in support of Qatarthepeninsulaqatar.com, Social media users change profile picture in support of Qatar "A combination picture of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Father Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has gone viral among Qatari social media users. A hashtag calling to change the profile picture to this combination pic is also trending on Qatar social media."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Hackers take aim at Qatar by publishing fake news on QNA"

Doha News, Hackers take aim at Qatar by publishing fake news on QNA, 24 May 2017
"An “unknown entity” has hacked Qatar’s official news agency, and is responsible for publishing a false statement attributed to the Emir, the Government Communications Office (GCO) has said."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manchester explosion

Independent, Manchester explosion: Isis supporters share messages celebrating explosion

Sky News, Tracing the Manchester bomber: Was he part of a network?  

De los imames a los nuevos predicadores: liderazgos en la interpretacion del Islam en Europa

Lina Klemkaite, CIDOB, De los imames a los nuevos predicadores: liderazgos en la interpretacion del Islam en Europa "The aim of this article is to analyse the locus of Muslim religious authority in Europe. It has shifted, leading to an increased number of Muslim voices demanding space for critical and intellectual participation and a degree of rivalry for religious and social authority. Those competing for religious au- thority have primarily been men, but women – contrary to prevailing opinion – have not been wholly excluded. We may thus af rm that women also participate in this compe- tition for authority, although only to a cer- tain degree. Ultimately, there are ever more Muslim social, political and religious lead- ers advocating a range of causes with the aim of satisfying the sophisticated demands of the individualised Muslim community."

Friday, May 19, 2017

Abu Zubaydah

Rob Hastings,inews, Exclusive: 'The terrorist I helped capture shouldn't be tortured', 16 May 2017 "Former CIA analyst John Kiriakou helped capture alleged terrorist Abu Zubaydah - and was the first CIA source to confirm he was tortured."

Instagram 'worst for young mental health'

BBC News, Instagram 'worst for young mental health' "Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people's mental health, a UK snapshot survey suggests."

Iran's election and social media issues

Here's a quick round-up of selected coverage on Iran's election, focusing on the impact of social media:

BBC News, Iran's Instagram election sees rivals fight battles on social media

The Slate, What Did Iranian President Rouhani Actually Achieve? Channel 4,  Qom report  (Jon Snow report)

Deutsche Welle, Posting political opinions: how Iran's social media is shaping its presidential election

NYT, Iran Has Its Own Hard-Line Populist, and He’s on the Rise 

NPR, The Rise Of The Internet-Based Economy Shows What's Changed In Iran
 
Vocative,  Iranian Hardliners Finally Join Social Media Ahead Of Elections  "Supporters of the hardline camp are now widely visible online, in thousands of posts on Twitter or joining dozens of channels and groups affiliated with their candidate on the Telegram messaging app, which used by an estimated 20 million people in Iran."


Reuters, Iran hardliners join social media free-for-all before vote, "By far the most popular social media outlet is Telegram, a chat service that is a niche player in most Western countries but has some 20 million users in Iran, according to a report by the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA)."

CNBC, Iran's election is too close to call. Tehran's role on the world stage hangs in the balance

Arab News, Mock election poster calls on Iranians to elect Snoop Dogg as president 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Countering terrorism by telling a better story

Deo Akiiki, Countering terrorism by telling a better story | defenceWeb military perspective/opinion

How a woman in England tracks civilian deaths in Syria, one bomb at a time

Greg Jaffe, washingtonpost.com, How a woman in England tracks civilian deaths in Syria, one bomb at a time "Haddad spent the last part of her day, before her children returned from school, searching online for Amaq, the Islamic State affiliated news agency. Much of the site is devoted to Islamic State propaganda, but it can also be an important source of information, photos and video on civilian casualties in places, such as Raqqa, where the Islamic State’s brutal clampdown has made it exceedingly dangerous for Syrians to communicate with the outside world." Very interesting article.

How Facebook Helps to Reveal the Fate of Missing Syrian Refugees

wired.com, How Facebook Helps to Reveal the Fate of Missing Syrian Refugees Just read this excellent piece in the latest Wired (UK print version)

The Myth of the Muslim World

Chronicle, The Myth of the Muslim World  



Cover: The Idea of the Muslim World in HARDCOVERCemil Aydin's book 'The Idea of the Muslim World' reviewed by Asma Afsaruddin. This sounds like a must-read.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New & Noted

Digital Resistance in the Middle East New Media Activism in Everyday Life - Deborah L. Wheeler 

Big Data

 
Posted by  Mostafa Gaafar‏ @imGaafar May 14:

Egypt: 1 Ransomeware: 0

Our Man in the Middle East

BBC, Our Man in the Middle East - Series 1, The Giant Awakens Jeremy Bowen reflects ...
Gulf News, UAE’s strategy to counter cyber terrorism can be a model for others "As the threat of cyber terrorism grows with no international consensus on defining what cyber terrorism is, the UAE’s strategy in confronting cyber threats can be used as an example that other countries can look into in their own fight against the menace, said a government official at the International Conference for the Criminalisation of Cyber Terrorism (ICCCT) on Tuesday."

After name ban, China arrests Muslim for 'tweeting Quran'

The New Arab, After name ban, China arrests Muslim for 'tweeting Quran'
"A Muslim woman in China's troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang has been arrested for posting passages from the Quran and other religious material on social media."

Monday, May 15, 2017

Afghanistan: Breaking down cyber barriers

qantara.de, Breaking down cyber barriers "Groups of teenage girls huddle around computers in a bright blue classroom, some typing furiously, others browsing blogs with the latest fashion trends. Just outside, people go about their daily business in Afghanistan's bustling city of Herat, famed for its ancient fortress and beautiful blue-tiled mosque.

"A few months earlier, these teenagers didn't know how to switch on a computer. These days, the girls at Goharshad Begum High School in Afghanistan's third-largest city, post to Facebook and Twitter, update their blogs and code with ease."  More info here: Digital Citizen Fund (DCF)

Meet the Muslim Vloggers Creating Change Through YouTube

ummahsonic.com, Meet the Muslim Vloggers Creating Change Through YouTube

Riyadh to host forum on terrorism and extremism

arabnews.com, Riyadh to host forum on terrorism and extremism "The city will host a forum on terrorism and extremism on May 21 under the sponsorship of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT), the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said."

Saudi religious police’s new fieldwork strategy includes iPads, but no return to previous powers

arabnews.com, Saudi religious police’s new fieldwork strategy includes iPads, but no return to previous powers "The plan defined field members’ tasks, namely intensifying their presence in public places, communicating with the field supervisor, briefing him on all violations and reporting them via an app on their iPads."

Friday, May 12, 2017

Accusations re. Facebook

Daily Mail, Facebook shuts down atheist and ex-Muslim groups amid claims they are being targeted by 'fundamentalists' "Facebook has been accused of shutting down ex-Muslim and atheist groups amid claims they were targeted by 'fundamentalists' who wanted them closed."

Copenhagen imam accused of calling for killing of Jews

BBC News, Copenhagen imam accused of calling for killing of Jews "Mundhir Abdallah was reported to police after being filmed citing in Arabic a hadith - a teaching of the Prophet Muhammad - considered anti-Semitic."

Vinas Case

CNN, American al Qaeda recruit to be released from prison Also see: "he American al Qaeda recruit who once pitched terrorist leaders on plans to bomb the Long Island Railroad and a WalMart store was sentenced Thursday to time served plus 90 days in prison during a New York federal court appearance."

Jihadists Using Matchmaking Sites to Find Partners

VOA News, Jihadists Using Matchmaking Sites to Find Partners "Observers say that the jihadists’ use of the dating site may suggest it is becoming harder for IS members to find people to marry. The number of mainly young Western and North African women traveling to Syria to marry fighters appears to have gone down, they say."

How Iranian Women Became the Queens of Online Shopping

racked.com, How Iranian Women Became the Queens of Online Shopping "Persian women, in particular, became the queens of both online shopping and slaying the style game on Instagram. Iranian marketing expert Niki Aghaei wrote on LinkedIn that 7.5 million Iranians between the ages of 16 and 35 are active on Instagram. The digital Persian marketplace is full of original, avant-garde designs and photoshoots that shop owners would never dare display in the real Islamic Republic. “We create freedom for ourselves,” Ashgari said."

Pentagon hackers

Washington Post, U.S. military cyber operation to attack ISIS last year sparked heated debate over alerting allies "A secret global operation by the Pentagon late last year to sabotage the Islamic State’s online videos and propaganda sparked fierce debate inside the government over whether it was necessary to notify countries that are home to computer hosting services used by the extremist group, including U.S. allies in Europe." Also see: washingtontimes.com, Pentagon hackers infiltrated Islamic State accounts, changed passwords: Report

Monday, May 08, 2017

Kashmir

Wasim Khalid, geo.tv, The Kashmir war goes viral "Last month, authorities in Indian-occupied Kashmir banned 22 social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp, for a period of one month. The crackdown, claims the state government, was necessary for the “maintenance of public order” after pro-freedom protests broke out in the troubled region on the day of a poll in Srinagar. The ensuing violence killed nine people." analysis/opinion

Iranians Are Shopping Online More Than Ever

techrasa.com, Iranians Are Shopping Online More Than Ever "The fast improvements of the internet infrastructure along with the changes in online payment methods and the efficiency of online purchases are building up the rapid growth of Iran’s online shopping scene."

Internet chats between Kashmir youth and Syria, Iraq on the rise, put on radar

hindustantimes.com, Internet chats between Kashmir youth and Syria, Iraq on the rise, put on radar

Online operatives of Islamic State become most-wanted targets

Tribune/sfexaminer.com, Online operatives of Islamic State become most-wanted targets

Kerala becomes easy target for Islamic State as radicalised youth turn to home for jihad recruitment

Firstpost.com, Kerala becomes easy target for Islamic State as radicalised youth turn to home for jihad recruitment "Contrary to reports, it seems many of the 21 youth who had left Kerala to fight for the Islamic State in Afghanistan are still alive. What's more, they seem to be engaged in a mission to indoctrinate more youth into their mission. And the recruitment zone seems to be their backyard of Kasargod, Kerala's northernmost district." opinion/analysis

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed

Sky.com, Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed "The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed, the government has said."

In Quebec, one who turned away from extremism helps others find the path

startribune.com, In Quebec, one who turned away from extremism helps others find the path

Trump a servant of Allah, according to Saudi cleric

The New Arab, Trump a servant of Allah, according to Saudi cleric "The cleric's invocation for Trump to aid the Muslim world did not go down so well on social media with dozens of users harshly criticising the post."

Egypt's Al-Azhar university replaces head in apostasy row

Reuters/Yahoo, Egypt's Al-Azhar university replaces head in apostasy row "Al-Azhar said its Grand Imam, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, had named Mohamed Hussein al-Mahrsawy, dean of the Arabic language faculty, as the university's acting president following the resignation of Ahmed Hosny and pending the appointment of a permanent successor."

Eyebrows raised as Saudi father names newborn after US first daughter

arabnews.com, Eyebrows raised as Saudi father names newborn after US first daughter "The name was registered with the Health Ministry at the Women and Children Hospital in Arar and a picture of the birth certificate is being widely circulated on Whatsapp inside the Kingdom."

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Praise Allah! Islam goes evangelical in southern Nigeria

AFP/Malay Mail, Praise Allah! Islam goes evangelical in southern Nigeria "NASFAT and other charismatic Islam groups born in its wake have been embraced by the Yoruba community, which is traditionally based in the southwest and one of the few ethnic groups in Nigeria not to be attached to a particular religion."

Jihadists have own internet hideout to dodge police

Business Daily, Jihadists have own internet hideout to dodge police "Islamic State militants are developing their own social media platform to avoid security crackdowns on their communications and propaganda, according to the head of the EU’s police agency."

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Dubai font

Guardian, Microsoft creates its first city typeface for Dubai

I like the look of the font, very clean and modern. Haven't test driven it fully yet.  It is available for download here.

How Two Mississippi College Students Fell in Love and Decided to Join a Terrorist Group

The Atlantic, How Two Mississippi College Students Fell in Love and Decided to Join a Terrorist Group "In three short months, Jaelyn Young and Muhammad Dakhlalla found themselves at the center of America’s debate over radicalization."

Majority of men in Middle East survey believe a woman's place is in the home

Guardian, Majority of men in Middle East survey believe a woman's place is in the home "Study carried out across Middle East and north Africa shows sexist attitudes prevail, with men’s views of equality at odds with hopes of young women."  The survey is here: International Men and Gender Equality Survey 

Cardiff terrorist who hid extremist data on Bond-style cufflink is jailed

Guardian, Cardiff terrorist who hid extremist data on Bond-style cufflink is jailed "Isis member Samata Ullah, who ran ‘one-stop shop’ for terrorists from his bedroom, pleaded guilty to five terrorism offences"

KSA: Black but beautiful? 'It's not a compliment'

BBC News, Black but beautiful? 'It's not a compliment' "Abeer Sinder is Saudi Arabia's first black beauty vlogger. But sometimes, she says, the compliments she receives aren't flattering."

The FBI translator who went rogue and married an ISIS terrorist

CNN, The FBI translator who went rogue and married an ISIS terrorist "An FBI translator with a top-secret security clearance traveled to Syria in 2014 and married a key ISIS operative she had been assigned to investigate, CNN has learned."

#ArabYouthSurvey

ArabYouthSurvey, Finding #1 from the 9th edition of the #ArabYouthSurvey.

Jordanians take to social media to voice support for Palestinian hunger strikers

Jordan Times, Jordanians take to social media to voice support for Palestinian hunger strikers "Jordanians have taken to social media to show their solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in what they call “The Salted Water Challenge”."

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Swiss govt says threat of extremist attacks "remains at heightened level"

Reuters, Swiss govt says threat of extremist attacks "remains at heightened level" "The risk of extremist attacks in Switzerland remains elevated, the Swiss spy agency said on Tuesday, and more attacks by the Islamic State militant group and its sympathisers were expected across Europe."

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Teen admits planning 'London bomb attack'

BBC News, Teen admits planning 'London bomb attack' "In legal papers prepared for his defence, Syed was described as "highly vulnerable due to family history, lack of education, addiction to violent online games and the arrest and imprisonment of his brother"."

Monday, April 24, 2017

Fashion: These Hijab-Wearing Vloggers Are Changing Minds With Makeup

HP, These Hijab-Wearing Vloggers Are Changing Minds With Makeup "Muslim vloggers Dina Tokio, Zukreat Nazar, Manal Chinutay, and Amena Khan have a combined following of over 4 million people. In a new video from Elle, these talented women open up about how they use their platform to not only provide makeup and beauty and style inspiration, but to shatter misconceptions and change the conversation about Muslim women." 

'The Resurgent Threat of al Qaeda'

Ali Soufan, WSJ.com, The Resurgent Threat of al Qaeda "How should we respond to this threat? Military muscle alone won’t do. We can kill as many terrorists as we want, but if more keep coming to fill jihadist ranks, we will make no headway. Defeating al Qaeda and its progeny requires cutting off their supply of recruits, and we can do that only by taking more effective action in the arena of ideology."

The Arabic Manuscripts Collection in the British Library

Qatar Digital Library, The Arabic Manuscripts Collection in the British Library

Task force to go into ‘dark net’

The Australian, Task force to go into ‘dark net’ "The Australian Border Force has set up a small team of intelligence analyst­s to patrol the so-called “dark net’’, the network of heavily encrypted internet sites that has become a marketplace for drugs, guns, child pornography and extremis­t activity."

Reading List: Rolling Back the Islamic State


Haven't read this one yet

Government and AIMPLB must empower Muslim women to solve triple talaq issue

Daily O, Government and AIMPLB must empower Muslim women to solve triple talaq issue "Triple talaq through the instant messaging methods of mobile and internet or in drunken condition without giving the couple the opportunity of reconciliation is undesirable, according to Islamic jurisprudence."

IS Informer To Testify Against German Islamists

handelsblatt.com, IS Informer To Testify Against German Islamists "A one-time supporter of the group known as the Islamic State, Anil O, experienced the same route to radicalization as Anis Amri, who committed the terror attack on the Berlin Christmas market. He will appear in court Monday to testify against leading radical Islamists in Germany."

Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri calls for 'guerrilla war' in Syria

aljazeera.com, Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri calls for 'guerrilla war' in Syria "In an audio tape titled "Syria will only bow to God", released on the internet on Sunday, Zawahiri urged Syrian rebels to "have patience and prepare themselves for a long war against the Crusaders and their Shia allies"."

‘Muhammad Wanndy not ground fighter, active on Internet'

freemalaysiatoday.com, ‘Muhammad Wanndy not ground fighter, active on Internet' "Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, who has been listed by the US as a high-profile target for law enforcement agencies worldwide, works as a guard in Syria and is not a fighter, claims a businessman whose daughter is also in the war-ravaged country."

How ISIS Disseminates Propaganda over the Internet Despite Counter-Measures and How to Fight Back

Lorand Bodo & Anne Speckhard, moderndiplomacy.eu, How ISIS Disseminates Propaganda over the Internet Despite Counter-Measures and How to Fight Back "As ISIS is rapidly losing its territory in Syria and Iraq they continue to win on the digital battlefield, maintaining a strong recruiting presence in the digital space."

Friday, April 21, 2017

KSA cellphone campaigning

NY Times, Cellphones in Hand, Saudi Women Challenge Notions of Male Control, 21 Apr 2017, "The three cases are part of a campaign by Saudi women, who have been broadcasting daring videos with their cellphones, using Facebook to organize street protests and posting Twitter messages to challenge the very idea of male supremacy in their famously patriarchal society."

"I don’t study religion: so what am I doing in the study of religion?"

Mallory Nye, medium.com, I don’t study religion: so what am I doing in the study of religion? opinion piece

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sean Spicer: Hitler 'Didn't Even Sink to Using Chemical Weapons'

time.com, Sean Spicer: Hitler 'Didn't Even Sink to Using Chemical Weapons' "Sean Spicer incorrectly claimed that Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War II while comparing him to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a Tuesday press conference."

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

From altar boy to ISIS fighter

CNN, From altar boy to ISIS fighter (ISIS: Behind the Mask) report, looking at foreign fighters who leave Syria.

Social media, apps radicalization tools for Islamic State

livemint.com, Social media, apps radicalization tools for Islamic State " An official at the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which has been probing the matter, said the group’s modus operandi revolved around tracking youths mostly between the ages of 20-30 years and monitoring their behaviour on social media platforms. The process of radicalization through social media and apps, however, was far from easy, the official said requesting anonymity."

Singapore’s Malay-Muslims

channelnewsasia.com, Singapore’s Malay-Muslims can be modern, vibrant community that the world looks up to: Shanmugam "The minister cited a Pew Research Centre study which showed that 10 per cent of Malaysian Malays had a favourable opinion of Islamic State (IS) and nearly one quarter were not prepared to come out and say that IS is wrong.

“We have to make sure that we do not get there. And a key part of that depends on you, the leaders of the Malay community - whether you can make sure that the right religious values are put forth. We have to work hard at this because the influences are on the Internet,” said Mr Shanmugam."

The women who sleep with a stranger to save their marriage

Athar Ahmad, BBC News, The women who sleep with a stranger to save their marriage, 5 Apr 2017 "A number of online services are charging "divorced" Muslim women thousands of pounds to take part in "halala" Islamic marriages, a BBC investigation has found. Women pay to marry, have sex with and then divorce a stranger, so they can get back with their first husbands."

Monday, April 03, 2017

Fake News Fatwa

Truth, Beyond Belief - BBC Radio 4 There's some discussion on 'fake news' and religion in this programme, which includes a section on the recent 'fake news fatwa' from Indonesia (it's about halfway through the recording).

Sufism, a Mystical Islam, Growing in Los Angeles

World Religion News, Sufism, a Mystical Islam, Growing in Los Angeles - "Los Angeles, CA has witnessed the rising popularity of Sufism. One prominent group is the Moroccan-origin Shadhili Order. Founded in the seventh century by Abu Hasan Ali ash-Shadhili, the number of members have increased from only ten a decade before to 500 members within Los Angeles."

IS analysed

Charlie Winter, lawfareblog.com, What I Learned from Reading the Islamic State’s Propaganda Instruction Manual "The Islamic State has long issued a steady torrent of sophisticated propaganda to demonize its enemies, inspire its followers, and advance its cause in general. How does the Islamic State think about its own propaganda efforts? Through serious sleuthing and impressive analysis, Charlie Winter of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation has unearthed the Islamic State’s media guide for its own operatives and explains to us its three-pronged strategy."

Friday, March 31, 2017

A War of Keywords

Frank Gardner, BBC News, UK losing online extremism battle, research suggests, "Britain and other western countries are losing the battle against extremism online, research has suggested. "Extremist content on search engines is becoming ever more dominant, the Centre on Religion and Geopolitics and firm Digitalis has found."

The report is here: Mubaraz Ahmed, Fred Lloyd George, A War of Keywords. I downloaded a copy in December 2016.

Note: The Centre on Religion and Geopolitics is part of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

Tech giants join forces on online terror fight

Sky News, Tech giants join forces on online terror fight, 31 Mar 2017.

IS Encryption

Joseph Cox, Motherboard, Inside the Site Teaching Islamic State Supporters How to Use Encryption

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The myth of the ‘lone wolf’ terrorist

Jason Burke, Guardian, The myth of the ‘lone wolf’ terrorist, 30 Mar 2017 "In recent years, references to such attacks have become inescapable. But this lazy term obscures the real nature of the threat against us."

Would a fatwa stop Indonesia’s ‘fake news’?

scmp.com, Would a fatwa stop Indonesia’s ‘fake news’?, 24 Mar 2017 "Indonesia’s highest Muslim clerical council is set to issue a religious decree that prohibits the circulation of fake news on the internet, underscoring rising concerns that hoaxes are inflaming ethnic and religious tensions in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation."

How Islamic Terrorists Are Being Radicalized Online

thedailybeast.com, How Islamic Terrorists Are Being Radicalized Online new documentary 'American Jihad' discussed, which focuses on Anwar al-Awlaki.