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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

War on Terror Begins Anew
Bogdan Aurescu and Jose Garcia-Margallo y Marfil

Like the black plague in medieval Europe, terrorism is stalking the modern world, and eradicating it has become a global imperative. The international community has long been concerned about the threat posed by terrorism. Countries have enacted security legislation and created special intelligence and police units to stop perpetrators and discourage or prevent attacks, and have complemented these efforts by entering into international and regional treaties and bilateral agreements.....

 

Paris Terror Attack: The Cause Lies In the Middle East
Syed Ata Hasnain

This attack in Paris must not be viewed as a French problem. It is a problem for Europe and for rest of the world. The faster the world gets its act together against the Daesh in the Middle East faster it will resolve. After Russia’s high-profile entry, the situation for Daesh appears to be business as usual. The inability of the US and Russia to see the emerging threats in joint focus and their sticking to positions on various issues is going to prevent this. ...

History as Ethical Remembrance: Dhaka University, Shaheed Minar and CP Gang’s ‘Bessha’ Banner – IV
Rahnuma Ahmed

And why is it important that we analyse metaphors, and their purposes? To raise “awareness” about choices which “reflect and reinforce social beliefs — especially when these enforce exploitative social relationships?” And that, precisely, is my argument: Besshas and Birangonas are socially vulnerable. They are ideologically marginal. They are silenced by dominant voices, the silencing works through rendering the woman who is accused of being a Bessha mute. It is a slur which is un-contestable within patriarchal discourses (even Sita, despite having passed the ring of fire, failed) and this is precisely why, I contend, it was chosen by the CP Gang.....

 
Could Paris Happen in America?
Steven Simon and Daniel Benjamin

If anything, what the Paris attacks show is that the world needs America’s intelligence and security resources even more than its military might. The American intelligence community is the indispensable hub of global counterterrorism efforts, but the large numbers and geographic spread of the Islamic State mean that the United States must commit even more resources. Europe must step up and help build the basis for a deeper, more far-reaching collaboration.....

 

Je suis Muslim: New Age Islam’s Selection from World Press, 16 November 2015

Je suis Muslim

By Hamid Dabashi

Don't Let ISIL Divide France

By Alain Gresh

Go Ahead, Blame Islam

Mark LeVine

Paris Attacks Boost Expectations in Turkey's G20 Summit

By David Lepeska

Is ISIS Now Stronger Than Ever?

By Brooklyn Middleton

Paris Must Not Do What Washington Did After 9/11

By Dr. John C. Hulsman

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

History as Ethical Remembrance: Dhaka University, Shaheed Minar and CP Gang’s ‘Bessha’ Banner – Part III
Rahnuma Ahmed

But not all subscribe to the idea of SlutWalk, it encountered strong criticism from Black women. In An Open Letter from Black Women to the SlutWalk, more than a hundred black anti-violence activists, academics and community leaders while commending the organisers for their bold initiative and large scale mobilisation, expressed concern. As Black women and girls, they said, they find “no space” in participating in SlutWalk, no space for denouncing rape and sexual assaults which have been, and still are, experienced by Black women....

 

History as Ethical Remembrance: Dhaka University, Shaheed Minar and CP Gang’s ‘Bessha’ Banner Part: I and II
Rahnuma Ahmed

His outspokenness on TV talk shows earned him a steady barrage of verbal attacks, presumably, also the crude bomb attack on his residence in November 2013 (Piash and Amena were unhurt, they had not been at home, the security guard received a bullet in his leg); these incidents, some surmise, helped draw him closer to the BNP. Piash was a public figure, he had a following among the BNP and its coalition partner, the Jamaat-e-Islami (many of whose top leadership are accused of/have committed war crimes), and among TV audiences generally dissatisfied with the Awami League government’s misrule.....

 

Federally Administered Tribal Areas: Haunted by the Past
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Since the beginning of United States (US)-led operation in Afghanistan in 2001 and the consequent influx of Afghan Taliban into Pakistan's tribal areas, primarily FATA, an unspecified number of tribal elders and pro-Government tribal militia members have become victims of a sustained campaign of annihilation that has virtually destroyed the structure of traditional tribal power in these regions. In the compound of the FATA Secretariat, there stands a lonely cenotaph with, "Elders/Maliks of Federally Administered Tribal Areas Martyred in Militancy" inscribed on it.....

 

Bangladesh:  Democracy Has To Allow the Interaction of Different Shades of Opinion to Ensure the Vibrancy of a Pluralist Society
Muhammad Nurul Huda

This is all the more significant now because the new enemy has an emotional and religiously sensitive alignment with the common folk of the country. One must not be oblivious of the fact that the enemy combatants are entrenched in places and institutions that are traditionally respected and revered in our society. As part of strategy, the enforcement apparatus should succeed in separating an act of violence from its so-called politico-social context and thus criminalise a certain mode of political expression....

 

Bangladesh’s Ideological Murders Are A Further Attack On Its Liberal Ideals
K Anis Ahmed

Yet our culture of pluralism has so far provided the bulwark against intolerant ideologies: tellingly, in a nation that is 90% Muslim, Jamaat has consistently failed to raise its support above single digits. But culture can withstand only so much assault.

 

The Taleban, meanwhile, do not seem to have taken notice of the attention the video is attracting - a relief for the young woman, who, despite the militant's gentle speech, does not believe the group have changed their violent methods.

 

The fiery rhetoric of liberation, which included the slogan “Bangla’s Hindu, Bangla’s Christian, Bangla’s Buddhist, and Bangla’s Muslim -- we are all Bengali” reflects the mood of the time -- the creation of a nation of communal equality based on a non-religious notion of nationalism, but where all religions can be practiced without fear.

 

...The question of the fear of hurting religious sentiment is, on the other hand, crucial. On reflection, it may appear that the plea for protecting religious sentiment is basically a demand for conformity. It is not so much that your smoking in the holy month of Ramadan in my presence 'hurts' my 'religious sentiment', as that I feel I am the righteous one and you should do as I do...

 

Bangladesh on the Brink
Tahmima Anam

For its part, the Bangladeshi government has repeatedly stressed its belief that the attacks come from within — from extremists possibly allied with the opposition parties — and not from an external terrorist network. It is true that homegrown extremist organizations have operated in Bangladesh in the past, and that there have been links between terrorist groups and some Islamist political parties

 

Crimes and criminals are never deterred by rhetoric and blame games.  We cannot escape the reality that these occurred because of the slip up of our law enforcement agencies, and will continue to happen if our leaders look for scapegoats instead of tasking the law enforcement agencies to apprehend the criminals and their mastermind, and bring them to justice.

 

Higher Costs in Fight Against ISIL
Peter Van Buren

Syria is the locus of the chaos. At one point, the key American goal in Syria was to depose Bashar al-Assad, partly because he was bombing his own people. Those same people now suffer attacks from the air and the ground by the United States, Russia, Britain, Jordan, Turkey, France, Canada, Australia, Iran, a handful of Gulf nations, and ISILand its cohorts.

 

Bangladesh: Gory Assassinations and a Daunting Investigation
Muhammad Nurul Huda

The tragedy in Bangladesh is that we, as a nation, have not been able to come out of our self-centeredness and it was, thus, no surprise that it took 21 years to officially recognise the culpability of a heinous offence committed in the most blatant manner.

 

Failing To Break The Culture Of Impunity
Tahmina Rahman

Bangladesh has witnessed these high levels of violence against communicators, but there has been a deeply concerning lack of response and investigation from officials and government. The absence of accountability for crimes against communicators endangers freedom of expression in the country as well as those exercising it.

They have now targeted the publishers because publishers are free thinkers who believe in freedom of opinions. If the government now trivialises these incidents, there may come a time when they, too, will be obstructed from giving their free opinions. I don't understand why the government is failing to see the impending danger.

 

'Some Islamist Parties Inciting Extremism in Bangladesh'
Dr. Siegfried O Wolf

During the last decade, Bangladesh turned into a pivot for international terrorism. First of all, it serves, besides the Af-Pak region, as one of the most significant recruiting bases for the global jihad. The tremendous amount of Bangladeshis joining the Taliban in Afghanistan to fight NATO/ISAF troops or the (sporadic) arrests of recruiters, for example for Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front in Syria, can be seen as proof. Secondly, Bangladesh became a place for training and regrouping, as well as a platform to conduct terrorist attacks abroad.

 

ISIL Won't Get Very Far In Afghanistan - For Now
Barnett Rubin

The ISIL leadership recognises the leaders of this area as officials of the caliphate. Hafiz Saeed, a former Pakistan Taliban member from Orakzai agency, whom Raqqa has appointed as amir of Khurasan province, is the top ISIL authority there. Saeed is aided by a few Arabic-speaking emissaries sent by ISIL central, who have also brought cash. Local Afghans report that the ISIL has more money than the Taliban (there is no government presence in the area).

Is ISIS Failing? 8 Questions to Consider
Ronald Tiersky

Does ISIS really control vast swaths of Syrian and Iraqi territory? This was questionable even when its army stormed out of northwest Syria last year because most of the land is mountainous or desert. Why (and how) would an irregular army estimated at total 20-30,000 fighters waste manpower to control a vast swath of desert with a few villages on it?

 

A Modest Proposal for Eliminating Terrorism
Haroon Moghul

Because Islam worships death, the moon god, or a non-Judeo-Christian God, Muslim men will eagerly embrace the chance to land on Mars, fighting and dying for a meaningfully sovereign, Muslim-only, Shariah-compliant zone, either succeeding or passing on to their 72 virgins (as well as breathable atmosphere, flowing water and other greeneries, all of which puts heaven decidedly above the fourth planet on the desirability scale). Muslim men will live out the last chapter of their history in glory.

Bangladesh’s Brand of Islamic Practicing is What Groups Such as ISIS Cannot Tolerate
Hassan Mneimneh

In South Asia, Bengali culture ought to be particularly resistant to this new form of regimentation in the name of religion. The land that is today Bangladesh -- the core of historical Bengal -- has always been a frontier land: Generous, but harsh, with untamable rivers and even more forbidding rains and floods.

 

The Taliban's Days Are Almost Over
Haroun Mir

Ultimately, the Taliban movement, like all other Afghan political movements, will suffer from lack of charismatic and legitimate leadership. Therefore, regardless of Pakistan's efforts, the movement will fragment and lose its ideological steam in favour of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has already established a significant foothold in eastern Afghanistan.

 


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