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Posts Tagged ‘Islamic State’

Understanding Islamic State, death cults and empty slogans

AP photo   By Rupen Savoulian In Australia, politicians of all stripes are conducting a national conversation about the origins, rise and ways to challenge the fundamentalist militia Islamic State (IS).

The Caribbean’s Specially Designated Global Terrorist

By Ricardo Swire The United States’ Executive Order 13224 Section 1(b) describes Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) designation that targets terrorists and anyone providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.

Bombed in their homes, civilians in Mosul blame reckless coalition forces

AP photo   By Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International When they heard that there would be airstrikes on their neighborhood in eastern Mosul, Wa’ad Ahmad al-Tai and his family did exactly as they were told.

Iraqi civilians killed by airstrikes in their homes after being told not to flee Mosul

Suhaib Salem/Reuters   By Amnesty International Hundreds of civilians have been killed by airstrikes inside their homes or in places where they sought refuge after following Iraqi government advice not to leave during the offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), human rights NGO Amnesty International […]

UK should halt arms exports to Iraq if there’s a risk of abusive militias acquiring them

Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP   By Amnesty International The UK should halt all arms exports to Iraq unless it can demonstrate that it has reliable safeguards against British weaponry ending up in the hands of Iraqi government-supported Shia militias with a grisly track record of human rights abuses, said Amnesty International today.

The Existential Threat

Francois Lenoir/Reuters   By Ricardo Swire Today’s global security environment is the most unpredictable in half a century. Wars are usually fought to change regimes, alter borders, acquire resources and impose ideologies, almost never to completely eliminate another State and its people.

Syria rebels guardedly agree on truce but battles persist

Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters   By Angus McDowall and Tom Perry Government troops and insurgents fought in several parts of Syria on Sunday, apparently seeking to strengthen their positions on the eve of a ceasefire that Free Syrian Army rebels said they would observe but with major reservations.

A Beacon of Justice, Security and Rule of Law: German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Frank Augstein/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel is widely viewed as the most powerful woman not only in the EU but in the world. Today, Ms. Merkel is confronted with widespread criticism primarily from fringe groups in Germany threatening Germany’s long-standing status as being a leader in justice, security and […]

Suicide bomber kills at least 70 at Pakistan hospital, IS claims responsibility

Naseer Ahmed/Reuters   By Gul Yousafzai A suicide bomber in Pakistan killed at least 70 people and wounded more than 100 on Monday in an attack on mourners gathered at a hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta, the Islamic State and a Taliban faction claiming responsibility.

How to deal with the threat of the Islamic State

By Philipp Müller In the aftermath of the terror attacks on Paris by the Islamic State (IS) on Friday, 13th November 2015, it has become more important than ever for European policymakers to determine how to deal with the threat posed by the IS. The French president Francois Hollande has announced to wage a ‘pitiless […]

ISIS in Pakistan

By Sattar Rind The Pakistani government constantly refuses to admit that ISIS exists in Pakistan, even Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif in a speech once claiming that they will not accept the existence of ISIS in Pakistan.

27 Bangladeshi workers arrested in Singapore for alleged links with extremists

By Sheuli Akter Twenty-seven Bangladeshi nationals working in the construction industry in Singapore have been arrested for having alleged connections with extremists.

Not ISIS, but the Superpowers that are killing us

By Sattar Rind In our local lingo there is a proverb or saying that ‘the axe is not cutting the tree, but the piece of wood, part of the tree itself, that is responsible for downing the tree’. Looking to this proverb, if we were to analyse the war of statements between the superpowers, we […]

The Islamic Egypt

By Wael El-Manzalawy Islamic parties won the elections in Algeria, but they were deprived of their triumph by a military coup. America occupied Iraq and the Islamic State appeared for the first time to fight against America and the Iraqi Shia who were in alliance with America.

The Middle East: Rising and Falling Stars

By Fadi Elhusseini In 2011, Turkey was seen as an unstoppable regional power and a rising star led by its Development and Justice Party (AKP). But the arrival of the Arab Spring heralded a deep change in the region. Turkey’s prominence began to fade and Iran’s potential appeared to be rising with the progress it […]

Panic grips priests in Bangladesh after repeated attacks

By Sheuli Akter Panic has gripped priests in Bangladesh over repeated murders and secret attacks recently.