The article is a discussion based on the piece written by David Ignatius in the Washington Post, ‘The Islamic State Feeds Off Western Islamophobia.’ The article is interesting, controversial, and provoked some lively debate from its readers, some of whose views have been incorporated along with my own into the piece
Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis's statement that the recent American strikes on Al Qaeda in Yemen (known as AQAP) is part of a planning that “goes well back into last year,” and that the timing had nothing to do with Trump taking office may contradict with the successive and intensive strikes on the group's affiliates during the past few days Which reflect unusual high rate of strikes that lack the direction or the clear purposes. What’s new in this planning to put an end to Al-Qaeda in Yemen?
The Summit that took place in Riyadh on 20 -21 May 2017 was the first leg of President Trump’s first international tour as Head of State. Several media commentators had seen this visit as a prelude to a strategic repositioning of long standing US relations with the GCC and other Arab nations.
On Saturday Australian police arrested four men in Sydney on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack. The target was believed to be an Etihad plane bound for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The method of attack was apparently poisonous gas (hydrogen sulphide), which the bomb makers were attempting to hide in a mincing machine. The viability of such a method of attack is one issue, however the level of sophistication required to manufacture a device which would generate the conditions where a poisonous substance could be released in an aircraft in sufficient quantities to overcome its passengers and crew is another.
There was an incident on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, where several white-nationalist groups protested the impending removal of a statue relating to the American Civil War (1861-1865) of Confederate General Robert E Lee. They clashed with counter-protesters; eventually, police and the National Guard cleared the scene. Then a Dodge Challenger driven by a twenty-year-old from Ohio drove into the crowd of protestors killing one thirty-two-year–old woman. The driver has been remanded in custody and is charged with second-degree-murder.
Burma, which is also known as Myanmar, is a country which gained notoriety from its dictatorship and suppression of human rights by its military Junta which subsequently gave way to a form of democracy mainly through the efforts of Ms Aung San Suu Kyi. She was eventually awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as a result of her years of protest and campaigning against the regime for the establishment of democratically elected government. Recent events in Burma which have seen hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya people fleeing a Burmese military crackdown does not seem to fit the ‘fairytale’ happy ending for the life’s work of the Nobel Laureate. The unrest was sparked by a series of coordinated terrorist attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) against Burmese mil
The dispute between four neighboring countries and Qatar centers in this gap between policies for stopping organization-driven “acts of terrorism” and policies all states need for detecting and preventing radicalization leading individuals to “violent extremism.”
“Islamic Caliphate is false and what is built on falsehood is false."
This comment was not addressed by one of the parties in the Global Coalition against ISIS, but it was posed by the leader of Al-Qaeda in Hadramout Khalid Baterfi during the occupation of al-Mukalla city in 2015, which implies that there was no intention for Ansar al-Sharia (al-Qaeda branch in Mukalla) to achieve Caliphate in the city because of two absent conditions: First, the acquiring of the land, and the second is the consensus of the Muslims!
The rapid and consecutive maneuvers currently led by UAE forces in the governorate of Abyan in Yemen to get rid of Al-Qaeda came after a strong blow to the group in Hadramout and Shabwa governorates in what is considered an Emirati campaign to eliminate Al-Qaeda in the South of Yemen. But the first operations in Hadramout and Shabwa haven’t been completed yet. Both governorates still embrace Al-Qaeda remnants, and the group has no intention at the moment to leave the provinces entirely or stop fighting.
The crisis in the Rakhine state of northern Burma (Myanmar) has not been improved by the eagerly anticipated speech from the Noble Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi. Many members of the international community were shocked by her failure to address or even attempt to halt the human misery which has been a direct result of the Burmese military crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya people. In her capacity as the de-facto leader of Burma as the ‘State Counsellor,’ she categorically refused to accept the abundant evidence of ethnic cleansing by her own security forces. She even insisted that there had been no violence in the country for two weeks and said that ‘it was necessary to verify the truth of what happened in Rakhine state.’ She went on to say that ‘her nation does
The New York Times article encourages some debate over Qatar’s suitability to host the world cup in 2022 mainly as a result of its refusal to stop supporting extremism and terrorism, an allegation which it denies. This is disputed by a number of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and Egypt, which have boycotted the country in an attempt to force it to adopt their unified approach against extremism and terrorism. It also questions Qatar’s suitability and indeed credibility to lead UNESCO given the numerous problems which exist both within UNESCO and Qatar at this present time. The fact that some countries in the GCC have demanded that Qatar adopts a number of different political positions, and have steadfastly held their ground until Qatar effects meaningful change, has