Category Archives: “extremists”

Extremism Stems From Repressive States, Not Western Policy, Says UK’s Johnson

Speaking to diplomats and experts at the Foreign Office in London, Johnson will call for better engagement with Muslim populations worldwide and argue that blaming Western intervention for the rise of Islamist extremism plays into the jihadi narrative, according to a briefing note issued by the Foreign Office.

“Better engagement” can have several definitions.

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Lawrence Solomon: Ban the bike! How cities made a huge mistake in promoting cycling

The bicycle has come a long way since the 1980s when bicycle advocacy groups (my group, Energy Probe, among them) lobbied against policies that discriminated against cyclists. In the language of the day, the bicycle epitomized “appropriate technology”: It was a right-sized machine that blessed cities with economic and environmental benefits. At no expense to taxpayers, the bicycle took cars off the road, easing traffic; it saved wear and tear on the roads, easing municipal budgets; it reduced auto emissions, easing air pollution; it reduced the need for automobile parking, increasing the efficiency of land use; and it helped keep people fit, too.

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Britain’s most hated man isn’t all that hateful

Christ, I would be shot for buying this if people knew,’ says an anonymous fan in the comments below Amazon’s unlikely bestseller Enemy of the State. Which sums up how I feel before meeting the book’s author, Tommy Robinson. What if he turns out to be not nearly as bad as his reputation as ‘Britain’s most hated man’? What if, as some familiar with him have warned, I turn out to like him and want to plead his cause, and end up being tainted as a far-right thug by association?

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YouTube Finally Blocks Al-Alwaki Videos

YouTube has finally taken a step toward blocking jihadist recruitment videos from being shown. The company blocked most of the 70,000 videos posted by Anwar al-Alwaki, the leading English-speaking jihadist recruiter on the site.

Did I mention that al-Awlaki has been dead for seven years, after being killed in a drone strike in Yemen?

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Mosque where NYC jihad mass murderer worshipped was part of NYPD surveillance effort dismantled by de Blasio at behest of Islamic groups

“Our administration has promised the people of New York a police force that keeps our city safe, but that is also respectful and fair,” New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys.”

As a candidate, de Blasio had said that “we need to do a full review of all surveillance efforts, and anything that is not based on specific leads should not continue.”

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The Muslim world must confront the underlying problems in Islamic theology

In April of this year, Mashal Khan, a 23-year-old journalism student from Abdul Wali Khan University — a university in Pakistan, the country of my birth — was accused of blasphemy by a mob of students, dragged out of his dorm room, stripped naked, beaten, and shot dead. Khan self-identified as a “humanist” and had portraits of Karl Marx and Che Guevera hanging in his room. He’d also advocated for Islamic reform. A video of the incident showed the perpetrators crying “Allahu Akbar!” as they beat Khan’s lifeless body with terrifying zeal. The perpetrators of this violence were not members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). They were university students.

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NYC terror suspect showing no remorse as officials hunt second person for questioning

Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, 32, is being sought for questioning by federal investigators (FBI)

Sayfullo Saipov has shown no remorse for running down dozens of people on a New York City bike path, a source told Fox News Wednesday, as authorities announced they were seeking to question a second man from Uzbekistan in connection with the attack.

UPDATE: Law enforcement officials say they no longer looking to question a second person in connection with Tuesday’s truck attack in Lower Manhattan.

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Google and Facebook must do more to tackle online extremism and fake news, says World Economic Forum

The study from the Swiss nonprofit organisation adds to a chorus of calls for Silicon Valley to stem the spread of violent material from Islamic State militants and the use of their services by alleged Russian propagandists.

Conservatives are just collateral damage.

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Pro- and anti- immigration protesters face off in duelling rallies

Members of the right-wing group Storm Alliance announced a series of rallies outside border crossing points and government buildings to protest what they call the destructive policies of Justin Trudeau’s government.

In turn, many pro-refugee organizations have announced their own gatherings to counter Storm Alliance’s message, which they say is hostile to immigrants and refugees.

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