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Pakistan Confronts Extremism: Job Half-Done

Pakistan is likely to proceed with caution against LeT. The outfit is widely thought of as South Asia’s most lethal terrorist group. And through Falah-e-Insaniat it runs a vast and popular nationwide welfare organisation. A year ago, for instance, it was their ambulances and volunteers that were most prominent at the many funerals held on a cold winter’s day in Peshawar.

 

Financial War Against The ISIS: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 28 December 2015

Financial war against the ISIS

By Sabina Khan

Defeating ISIS

By Munir Akram

Pakistan needs a new constitution

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

Afghanistan: devastations of the ‘great game’

By Lal Khan

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Pakistan: Countering Militants’ Ideology
I.A. Rehman

Perhaps the most significant finding is that military action alone cannot rid the country of the threat posed by the militants. Local observers and foreign analysts (who often have better sources of information than Pakistanis themselves) both agree on the urgency of challenging the militants’ ideology and blunting its appeal to the common Pakistani.... Unfortunately the government has failed to use its own institutions — from the Council of Islamic Ideology to the judicial academy and departments of Islamiat in colleges and universities — to counter the extremists’ version of religion. A full-blooded programme to rid Islamic thought of the stamp of a certain imperialism, to borrow a phrase from Iqbal, is the minimum requirement of a narrative that could dismantle the militants’ case and secure Pakistan against threats that are becoming more and more ominous.

 

Saudi Arabia's Phony War on Terror: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 23 December 2015

Saudi Arabia's Phony War on Terror

By Brahma Chellaney

Why don't we care about anti-Muslim abuse?

By Rachel Shabi

Who will rule Spain?

By MAHIR ALI

The closer Syria is to peace, the more violent it will be

By Chris Doyle

Saudis draw up plan for 2020

By MOHAMMED FAHAD AL-HARTHI

We have a common dream: A happy Middle East

By Jamal Khashoggi

Torture in Assad's prisons: Back to square one

By Diana Moukalled

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

What Drives Religious Extremism?: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 23 December 2015

What drives religious extremism?

By Jonathan Power

The mindset of the terrorist

By Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Saudi-led ‘Islamic military alliance: A flawed alliance

By Zahid Hussain

Coalition at a price

By Sikander Ahmed Shah

Forever girls

By Rafia Zakaria

Fear and hope in Kabul

By Imtiaz Gul

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Fighting Terror In Pakistan: The Problem Next Door
Rod Nordland

The prevalence of that ideology has become a factor even in the news and entertainment industry. Take, for instance, the relatively mainstream commentator and television host Zaid Hamid, with almost 800,000 “likes” on his official Facebook page and a warm relationship with Pakistan’s de facto military rulers, who has long espoused views regarded elsewhere as extremist or at least on the fringe.

 

Funding Terror through Extortion in Pakistan
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Extortion has become rampant across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in particular, and, in fact, across Pakistan at large. The failure of the state to control this menace has contributed directly to the capacities of terrorist groups to sustain their operations, undermining the security of citizens and the state across the country.

 

Why Do Over 17 Million Pakistanis Hold A ‘Favourable’ View Of ISIS?
Noman Ansari

The government of Pakistan should be commended for the swift response to the hate speech. It is part of the National Action Plan initiative by the administration to nip these plants in the bud before they grow into poisonous bushes. It may seem like a tiny step, but in context of this nation’s history, it is a giant one.

With its deep roots in politics, Jamaat has experienced lots of ups and downs. Its major setback was its stand against the independence of Bangladesh and its great success was it was part of the government with two ministerial posts during the two regimes of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) under the then prime minister Khaleda Zia.

 

Saudi-Led Islamic Anti-Terrorism Alliance: ‘Sunni Front’ Against Terror Is a Bad Idea
Murat Yetkin

The idea of establishing a “Sunni front” is not something that has just come up over the last few weeks. It is an idea suggested by King Salman of Saudi Arabia to international leaders, including Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, who went to Riyadh to congratulate him on his ascension to the throne in March this year. A Sunni front consisting of 10 countries was indeed formed by the end of March to take joint action in Yemen. The aim of that Sunni front was proposed by Salman as a stand against “Shiite expansionism backed by Iran” in the Middle East.

 

Seared Hearts: The Roads Trodden By Islamist Militants Are Said To Lead To Pakistan
F.S. Aijazuddin

“WOULD God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!” wailed the stricken patriarch King David. A year ago yesterday, on Dec 16, 132 sets of parents in Peshawar had cause to repeat that lament, after the cooling bodies of their children were brought from the Army Public School Peshawar to their homes, to a cooling, home-cooked meal they would never taste.

 

Islamic State: The Menace Is Its Narrative
Tamim Ansary

Some say Daesh's narrative has nothing to do with Islam, but that's disingenuous. Obviously it has something to do with Islam. Its roots go back to the origin story cherished by Muslims, which tells of a small group of worshipful devouts who are targeted for extermination by an overwhelmingly powerful enemy; they fight back, and guided by God, the only God, they not only survive but end up ruling the world. And that story does have mythic power, if you feel affiliated with the original small group.

Islam Condemns Religious Extremism
Kamaldeen Ayodele Muili

Islam Condemns Religious Extremism
Kamaldeen Ayodele Muili

Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims should be seekers of peace at all times. Any violent behavior cannot be of Islam. Another supreme example of Muhammad's benevolence and tolerance was during his triumphant return from Medina to his homeland Mecca. In Mecca Muhammad was originally severely persecuted. On his return with all the powers there could be as a conqueror, he did not terrorize or kill his adversaries despite all the power he commanded, but instead forgave all that fought against him during the early period of Islam in Mecca.

 

Al-Baghdadi Zeroes In On Libya: The Next Evolution of Islamic State
Joseph V. Micallef

It's believed that about 70% of the Islamic State militants in Libya are foreigners, with the bulk coming from Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan and Tunisia. In recent months there have been consistent reports that Islamic State has been transferring "administrators" and "military commanders" to Libya to take direct control of its militants there. Moreover, Islamic State websites in Libya have been prominently featuring the slogan that "Sirte will be no less than Raqqa," suggesting that if Raqqa falls, Sirte may become the new capital of Islamic State.

 

Saudi Arabia Must Stop Funding Islamic Extremism
Amanda Paul

For decades Saudi Arabia has heavily financed the spread of Wahhabism abroad. While the exact sum is not known, it is estimated that at least $100 billion has been spent exporting fanatical Wahhabism to various poor Muslim nations worldwide over the past three decades. When one considers the fact that the Soviets spent about $7 billion spreading communism worldwide in the 70 years from 1921 and 1991, this is an enormous figure. …

Married Face Of Suicide Terrorism: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 14 December 2015

Married face of suicide terrorism

By Fawad Kaiser

The mirage of terrorism

By Dr Asad Zaman

Selective freedom of speech?

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

Is freedom more powerful than fear?

By Shahid Javed Burki

Blow hot, blow cold

By Kamal Siddiqi

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Is Saudi Arabia’s anti-terrorist alliance real?: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 16 December 2015

Is Saudi Arabia’s anti-terrorist alliance real?

By Oliver Miles

The Saudi anti-terror coalition could be a game changer

By Dr. John C. Hulsman

ISIS is also a Saudi problem

By Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Pakistani war criminals of 1971 still free

By Brig R P Singh, VSM (retired)

Canada: A bright hope for liberalism

By Mustafa Akyol

What Can We Learn From the Trump and ISIS Eras?

By Rami G. Khouri

Muslim Americans in the shadow of ISIS

By Taha Hassane

‘Al-ISIL’ and ‘al-Russia’

By Akif Beki

This is a big moment for Saudi Arabia

By Michael Stephens

Libya: Reconciliation at last?

By OSAMA AL SHARIF

Breaking Bread In Kabul

By Kathy Kelly

Liberal Extremism Disguised As Defense Of Muslims

By Matt Peppe

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Cynical In Fighting Terror? : New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 9 December 2015

Cynical in fighting terror?

By R. K. Raghavan

Call the IS bluff now

By Suhasini Haidar

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Radicalisation of an American Muslim: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 12 December 2015

Radicalisation of an American Muslim

By Syed Mansoor Hussain

Having a little FATE

By Mashal Imran

The known unknowns

By Amina Jilani

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Saudi Support for Extremism Must Be Halted: New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press, 9 December 2015

Saudi support for extremism must be halted

By Jonathan Power

A crisis in Russian-Turkish relations

By S P Seth

Beyond the usual to fight extremism

By Mohammad Ahmad

The refugee crisis in Pakistan

By Babar Mirza

Is there a viable solution to the Afghan problem?

By Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Terror in the name of religion: New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 4 December 2015

Terror in the name of religion

By Deepak Sinha

Intolerance fuels radicalisation

By Narayan Lakshman

The myth of Intolerant India

By ARVIND P. DATAR

Why Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a bad ally

By Paul R. Gregory

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

7/7 Survivor: Why we should not bomb Syria: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 3 December 2015

7/7 Survivor: Why we should not bomb Syria

By John Tulloch

So much for US-Iran détente

By AMIR TAHERI

US 'terror' arrests at highest level since 9/11

By Al Jazeera

Assad the barrel-bomber

By Saudi Gazatte

Russian-Israeli relations reach new heights

By Yossi Mekelberg

As Turkey confronts Russia, World War III looms ever closer

By Maria Dubovikova

Boredom at the ballot box in Egypt

By Abdallah Schleifer

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Paris: How to Fight Back

An alternative strategy to warfare might be to wait for IS to wither by itself. But that is a forlorn hope. IS continues to exist because the Middle East is consumed by a titanic struggle between Sunni and Shia Islam. This is overlaid by the clash between regional powers and the rivalry of America and Russia. Whatever the opponents of military action say, the West is not what sustains this fight. Were Western countries to withdraw and focus on diplomacy alone, the violence would still go on, possibly for decades.

 

Like America’s Iraq war, the present Western offensive against ISIS in Syria may well be creating a religious divide, driving more Muslim youths into jihadi terrorism. Religious television in Arab countries influence minds more powerfully than Russian missiles can influence events. The question arises whether ISIS is in a win-win situation. But the more important question is whether those opposing it are in a lose-lose situation and if so, why.

 

The Rise of Al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State

In the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein, al-Baghdadi appears to have helped establish one of the first entirely indigenous militant groups motivated by extremist Islam. This drew recruits from tribal networks and neighbours in his home town and surrounding villages. Al-Baghdadi, now aged thirty-two, was picked up apparently by chance in a US sweep and interned in Camp Bucca, a vast prison built outside the southern port city of Basra. …

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