Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
But ISIS’ reach
is bounded; there are no more areas in which it can extend by claiming to be a
defender of Sunni Arab populations. To the north, there are Kurds; to the east,
Iraqi Shiites; to the west, Alawites, now protected by the Russians. And all
are resisting it. To the south, neither the Lebanese, who worry about the
influx of Syrian refugees, nor the Jordanians, who are still reeling from the
horrid execution of one of their pilots, nor the Palestinians have succumbed to
any fascination for ISIS. Stalled in the Middle East, ISIS is rushing headlong
into globalized terrorism.....
So what was
Friday’s attack about? Killing random people in restaurants and at concerts is
a strategy that reflects its perpetrators’ fundamental weakness. It isn’t going
to establish a caliphate in Paris. What it can do, however, is inspire fear —
which is why we call it terrorism, and shouldn’t dignify it with the name of
battle the forces of the Islamic State and simultaneously seek a regime change
in Damascus. You cannot fight Jihadi terror and continue to cosy up to
countries that finance, arm and train terror groups.....
The New ‘War on Terror’
By Zahid Hussain
Charity and Dignity
By Mahir Ali
The Games They Play With Syria
By S P Seth
Bombing ISIS Is Not the Solution
By Jonathan Power
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
“There is a
radical change of perception by the terrorists that they can now act in Paris
just as they act in Syria or Baghdad,” said Mathieu Guidère, a terrorism
specialist at the University of Toulouse. “With this action, a psychological
barrier has been broken.” Indeed, at a time when many Western officials were
most concerned about Islamic State-inspired, lone-wolf attacks — terrifying in
their randomness but relatively low in casualties — the attacks in Paris have
revived the spectre of coordinated, high-casualty attacks planned with the
involvement of a relatively large number of perpetrators......
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
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. ...
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
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.....
Don't Let ISIL
By Alain Gresh
Boost Expectations in Turkey's G20 Summit
Is ISIS Now
Stronger Than Ever?
Not Do What Washington Did After 9/11
By Dr. John C.
Compiled By New
Age Islam Edit Bureau
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....
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.....
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
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.....
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....
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.