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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....

 

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
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
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.

 

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
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
'Some Islamist Parties Inciting Extremism in Bangladesh'
Mizanur Rahman Khan

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.

 

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
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?

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

Radicalisation is dependent upon the online as well as the physical worlds. For our Gen Y jihadists the seed of terrorism and extremism is more often than not planted through online grooming.

Jihadists in Syria have released the second edition of Al Risalah, an English-language magazine. The publication, which was distributed via social media earlier today, is a thinly-veiled piece of al Qaeda propaganda. It isn’t officially published by the organization, but its al Qaeda messaging is obvious.

The Jamaat which was anti-liberation and staunchly pro-Pakistan was involved in the rape and killing of pro-liberation citizens.Many of Jamaat’s top leaders are being tried for genocide and crimes against humanity,being sentenced to life-imprisonment or death in open trials by a special court.

 
Are We Losing Afghanistan Again?
Thomas Joscelyn And Bill Roggio

Since early September, the Taliban have swept through Afghanistan’s north, seizing numerous districts and even, briefly, the provincial capital Kunduz. The United Nations has determined that the Taliban threat to approximately half of the country’s 398 districts is either “high” or “extreme.” Indeed, by our count, more than 30 districts are already under Taliban control. And the insurgents are currently threatening provincial capitals in both northern and southern Afghanistan.

 

What we hear less of in the news is how Afghanistan is still in the grip of an ongoing civil war between the Western-backed government in Kabul and the Taliban. And the Taliban are on the ascent. Just this week, they have taken Kunduz, a major urban centre in the north of the country, and strategically important both for its transport links and its food production.

 

Reborn fanatics like Saad Aziz and cohort Mohammed Ishrat are especially troublesome because they are hard to predict, and don't conform to stereotypes. No one talks about the other killers, Haafiz Nasir or Tahir Hussain, because their socio-religious standing is within the present profile's margin of error....

 

At least four Bangladeshi bloggers have been hacked to death by apparent Islamic extremists this year alone, and a total of five of Bangladesh's seven victims of unsolved murders over the last decade are bloggers who criticized religious extremism. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the nominally secular ruling Awami League party have done little to speak out for justice in these crimes, allowing political interests to trump rule of law.

Sindh: Malignant Brew
Ambreen Agha
Sindh: Malignant Brew
Ambreen Agha

According to partial data compiled by the Institute for Conflict Management (ICM), Karachi has recorded a total of 627 terrorism and gang-related fatalities, including 314 civilians, 45 SF personnel and 268 terrorists/criminals in the current year (all data till October 18, 2015). In the corresponding period of 2014, the number of such fatalities stood at 1,012 fatalities, including, 658 civilians, 117 SFs and 237 terrorists/criminals.

 


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