Showing posts tagged as "Islam"

Showing posts tagged Islam

26 Aug
Hero of Libya’s revolution wages war on government | Borzou Daragahi
Salah Badi has a reputation for resorting to other means when politics do not go his way.
A hero of the 2011 uprising against Muammer Gaddafi and head of a militia affiliated with the coastal city of Misurata, the former member of parliament is now waging war in the capital, Tripoli, as he tries to maintain the dominance of Islamists – and his home town – in the face of overwhelming voter opposition to his agenda in June 25 general elections.
“He reflects a certain component of Libyan politicians who see themselves as still fighting out the revolution,” said Claudia Gazzini, Libya researcher for the International Crisis Group. “They don’t care that they’re not popular. They see themselves as righteous defenders of Libya and saviours of a Libya that is gradually returning into the hands of the former regime.”
FULL ARTICLE (The Financial Times)
Photo: mojomogwai/flickr

Hero of Libya’s revolution wages war on government | Borzou Daragahi

Salah Badi has a reputation for resorting to other means when politics do not go his way.

A hero of the 2011 uprising against Muammer Gaddafi and head of a militia affiliated with the coastal city of Misurata, the former member of parliament is now waging war in the capital, Tripoli, as he tries to maintain the dominance of Islamists – and his home town – in the face of overwhelming voter opposition to his agenda in June 25 general elections.

“He reflects a certain component of Libyan politicians who see themselves as still fighting out the revolution,” said Claudia Gazzini, Libya researcher for the International Crisis Group. “They don’t care that they’re not popular. They see themselves as righteous defenders of Libya and saviours of a Libya that is gradually returning into the hands of the former regime.”

FULL ARTICLE (The Financial Times)

Photo: mojomogwai/flickr

25 Aug
Bosnia Salafi Leader ‘Appeals to Youths to Join Isis’ | Gianluca Mezzofiore
The leader of the Salafi movement in Bosnia Herzegovina, one of the largest Islamist communities in the country, has called on young Muslims to join the ranks of Isis (known as the Islamic State) in Iraq and Syria.
Bilal Bosnic was filmed in the area of Cazinska Krajina in northwestern Bosnia preaching beneath an Isis black flag that “the truth and the Islamic State survive despite so many attacks of those who are confused and those who fight against the truth”. He then urged fellow Muslims to join the jihadists fighting to establish a caliphate between Syria and Iraq.
But when interviewed by the Avaz news site, the cleric retracted his comments, claiming that journalists misinterpreted his words.
FULL ARTICLE (The International Business Times)
Photo: Andreas Lehner/flickr

Bosnia Salafi Leader ‘Appeals to Youths to Join Isis’ | Gianluca Mezzofiore

The leader of the Salafi movement in Bosnia Herzegovina, one of the largest Islamist communities in the country, has called on young Muslims to join the ranks of Isis (known as the Islamic State) in Iraq and Syria.

Bilal Bosnic was filmed in the area of Cazinska Krajina in northwestern Bosnia preaching beneath an Isis black flag that “the truth and the Islamic State survive despite so many attacks of those who are confused and those who fight against the truth”. He then urged fellow Muslims to join the jihadists fighting to establish a caliphate between Syria and Iraq.

But when interviewed by the Avaz news site, the cleric retracted his comments, claiming that journalists misinterpreted his words.

FULL ARTICLE (The International Business Times)

Photo: Andreas Lehner/flickr

22 Aug
Tunisia crackdown raises fears of rights rollback |  Bouazza Ben Bouazza And Paul Schemm
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Mosques are being closed, local organizations banned and at least 1,000 people have been arrested as Tunisia cracks down on those suspected of sympathizing with radical Islamists.
Tunisia was the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings, but the nation’s battle against terrorism is raising fears that it might be returning to its old ways of political repression.
Since overthrowing long-ruling dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011 and kicking off region-wide pro-democracy protests, Tunisia has been moving slowly toward setting up a new representative government, but increasingly it has come under attack by radical Islamists capitalizing on the chaos in neighboring Libya. Weapons and extremists from both Libya and Algeria are threatening Tunisia’s security as all of North Africa has become increasingly jittery over rumors of new attacks by al-Qaida’s local branch.
FULL ARTICLE (Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek)
Photo: Richard Mortel/flickr

Tunisia crackdown raises fears of rights rollback |  Bouazza Ben Bouazza And Paul Schemm

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Mosques are being closed, local organizations banned and at least 1,000 people have been arrested as Tunisia cracks down on those suspected of sympathizing with radical Islamists.

Tunisia was the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings, but the nation’s battle against terrorism is raising fears that it might be returning to its old ways of political repression.

Since overthrowing long-ruling dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011 and kicking off region-wide pro-democracy protests, Tunisia has been moving slowly toward setting up a new representative government, but increasingly it has come under attack by radical Islamists capitalizing on the chaos in neighboring Libya. Weapons and extremists from both Libya and Algeria are threatening Tunisia’s security as all of North Africa has become increasingly jittery over rumors of new attacks by al-Qaida’s local branch.

FULL ARTICLE (Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek)

Photo: Richard Mortel/flickr

18 Aug
Surge of radical Buddhism in South Asia | Roma Rajpal Weiss
A series of religious clashes in Myanmar and Sri Lanka in recent years has increased international concern about the role of Buddhist clergy in fuelling anti-Muslim violence.
Deadly riots broke out between Buddhists and Muslims in southern Sri Lanka on 15 June. Three people were killed and 80 injured in the towns of Aluthgama, Beruwala and Dhagra. The violence was sparked by reports that a Muslim man had allegedly attacked a Buddhist monk. Further reports indicated that the argument had actually been between the driver of a monk and the driver of a Muslim man.
Bodu Bala Sena (BBS, the Buddhist Strength Force), a nationalist Buddhist group with a notorious reputation, is being blamed for the incident. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, the group’s leader, gave a speech around the time of the riots in which he claimed that the Sinhalese Buddhist population was under serious threat from the Muslims. This instigated further violence by large mobs, which attacked mosques and burned down shops and houses in Muslim neighbourhoods.
FULL ARTICLE (Qantara.de)
Photo: Vikalpa/flickr

Surge of radical Buddhism in South Asia | Roma Rajpal Weiss

A series of religious clashes in Myanmar and Sri Lanka in recent years has increased international concern about the role of Buddhist clergy in fuelling anti-Muslim violence.

Deadly riots broke out between Buddhists and Muslims in southern Sri Lanka on 15 June. Three people were killed and 80 injured in the towns of Aluthgama, Beruwala and Dhagra. The violence was sparked by reports that a Muslim man had allegedly attacked a Buddhist monk. Further reports indicated that the argument had actually been between the driver of a monk and the driver of a Muslim man.

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS, the Buddhist Strength Force), a nationalist Buddhist group with a notorious reputation, is being blamed for the incident. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, the group’s leader, gave a speech around the time of the riots in which he claimed that the Sinhalese Buddhist population was under serious threat from the Muslims. This instigated further violence by large mobs, which attacked mosques and burned down shops and houses in Muslim neighbourhoods.

FULL ARTICLE (Qantara.de)

Photo: Vikalpa/flickr

30 Jun
Morocco eyes regional clout as a moderate Muslim model | Simon Martelli
Morocco is promoting its moderate version of Islam as a counterweight to the widening jihadist threat in the Sahara, training hundreds of imams from affected countries, but analysts question its motives.
The initiative is well-timed.
Islamist violence is plaguing Libya and Nigeria, Mali is still recovering from an Islamist takeover of half the country, and Tunisia is increasingly nervous about the return of battled-hardened nationals fighting for Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria and Iraq.
Morocco has kept a tight grip on the religious sphere, which is closely tied up with the monarchy’s legitimacy.
FULL ARTICLE (Agence France-Presse)
Photo: milamber/flickr

Morocco eyes regional clout as a moderate Muslim model | Simon Martelli

Morocco is promoting its moderate version of Islam as a counterweight to the widening jihadist threat in the Sahara, training hundreds of imams from affected countries, but analysts question its motives.

The initiative is well-timed.

Islamist violence is plaguing Libya and Nigeria, Mali is still recovering from an Islamist takeover of half the country, and Tunisia is increasingly nervous about the return of battled-hardened nationals fighting for Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria and Iraq.

Morocco has kept a tight grip on the religious sphere, which is closely tied up with the monarchy’s legitimacy.

FULL ARTICLE (Agence France-Presse)

Photo: milamber/flickr

28 Feb
"The Islamic community and Bosnian state officials should cooperate to engage non-violent Salafis, especially those returning from the diaspora, in dialogue so as to encourage integration."

—from Crisis Group’s recent report, Bosnia’s Dangerous Tango: Islam and Nationalism

"Virtually no home-grown radicals have been involved in violence; the vast majority of attacks have been the work of émigrés or persons with documented criminal or psychological records."

—from Crisis Group’s recent report, Bosnia’s Dangerous Tango: Islam and Nationalism

27 Feb
"The threat of fundamentalist Islam has been evoked repeatedly in Bosnia since several thousand mujahidin arrived in the early 1990s, though it is foreign to the great majority of the Muslim population."

—from Crisis Group’s recent report, Bosnia’s Dangerous Tango: Islam and Nationalism

7 Sep

In Istanbul, an Exhibition on Islam in China Accentuates the Positive | PRI’s The World

By Matthew Brunwasser

Muslims in China make up less than 2 percent of the population. But that’s still 23 million people, almost the population of Texas. And Zhang Jian from the Chinese state religious body, says the exhibition is meant to inform international audiences about the richness of Islamic culture in China.

FULL ARTICLE (PRI’s The World)

Photo: Main Prayer Hall at the Cow Street Mosque in Beijing

Credit: Kevin Schoenmakers/Flickr

30 Jul
Tunisia: Hardline Islam threatens democracy gains  |  Boston.com
By Paul Schemm/Associated Press
TUNIS, Tunisia—Thousands of hardcore Muslims chant against Jews. Youths rampage through cities at night in protest of “blasphemous” art. A sit-in by religious students degenerates into fist fights and the desecration of Tunisia’s flag.
FULL ARTICLE (Boston.com)
Photo: BRQ Network/Flickr

Tunisia: Hardline Islam threatens democracy gains  |  Boston.com

By Paul Schemm/Associated Press

TUNIS, Tunisia—Thousands of hardcore Muslims chant against Jews. Youths rampage through cities at night in protest of “blasphemous” art. A sit-in by religious students degenerates into fist fights and the desecration of Tunisia’s flag.

FULL ARTICLE (Boston.com)

Photo: BRQ Network/Flickr