22 July 2013
Security forces have detected the launch of a new Jihadist magazine that since weeks circulates in radical Internet forums. Its name is AZAN, and it is published by a group known as ‘Mujahideen in Khorasan’ akin to Al Qaeda. Its first issue has several references to Spain and contains also an article of the Spanish-born radical activist Mustafa Setmarian, as reported by the counterterrorism forces. These same sources have stated that Spain is referenced in several articles as ‘Al-Andalus’. One of them is about the reconquest of the Spanish territory which is particularly symbolic to jihadist ideology because it evokes one of the periods of greatest splendor of Islam. In any case, the experts in the analysis of these documents consider that at the moment thery are only theoretical references and doctrine. Another aspect that has attracted the attention of the security forces is the signature of one of the writers, Abu Musad Al Suri, aka Mustafa Setmarian. He is one of the leaders of Al Qaeda and one of the main theorists of the jihadist movement. He is one of the greatest promoters of the individual terrorist figure, better known as ‘lone wolves’, which represents a major security concerns among Western countries. The researchers placed him as ‘Number Four’ in the leadership of Al Qaeda; he is married with a Spanish woman and he has Spanish passport. He was arrested in Pakistan in 2005 and handed over to U.S. authorities, who had a reward prize of $ 5 million for his capture. After supposedly being held for several years in secret prisons, is believed to have been delivered into Syria.
Tony Blair has launched an attack on the “problem within Islam” in the wake of the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich at the hands of Islamist extremists.
The former Prime Minister said the ideology that inspired the act of terror that shocked Britain last month is “profound and dangerous”.
“There is not a problem with Islam,” he wrote. “For those of us who have studied it, there is no doubt about its true and peaceful nature. There is not a problem with Muslims in general. Most in Britain will be horrified at Lee Rigby’s murder.
“But there is a problem within Islam – from the adherents of an ideology that is a strain within Islam. And we have to put it on the table and be honest about it.”
He said that while there are radical activists in other religions, the Islamic strain is “not the province of a few extremists”.
“It has at its heart a view about religion and about the interaction between religion and politics that is not compatible with pluralistic, liberal, open-minded societies,” he said.
For many years there has been a spectrum of Muslim belief in this country ranging from unobtrusive Islamic observance to terrorist totalitarianism. The “problem” is that young British Muslims, some of them converts, are even now being propelled towards the terrorist end of the spectrum by preachers who embedded themselves here under the government of Tony Blair.
26 May 2013
The main International Terrorism investigator from the Real Instituto Elcano, Fernando Reinares, believes that “in Spain there is a small but significant number” of Islamic fundamentalists who justify “moral and utilitarian” terrorism and, therefore, may take actions such as the killing of the British military in the street.
In his view, Western governments should “above all, identify and locate the segments of the population who are vulnerable to jihadist propaganda and prevent the propagators of this ideology to spread it, either through the pulpit or through the Internet.”
He also added that it should be “kept within the law, an appropriate monitoring of suspects, to prevent them from developing activities related to terrorist mobilization.” And finally, “urging Muslims to make their voices heard against the Jihadists and Salafists”.
June 4, 2012
Mass murderer Breivik is no mystery – are the words of History of Religion Professor Mattias Gardell (Uppsala University). Gardell was a witness called for by Breivik’s defense team on Monday (June 4). Breivik could also tell what formed him into a terrorist. The Swedish Professor (Gardell) analyzed Breivik’s over 1500-long manifesto. It mainly consists out of large chunks of text collected from various extreme right-wing and anti-Muslim forums and internet sites. Gardell was summoned as an expert witness who argued that Breivik’s ideas are shared by many people. “If they are to be incarcerated for (psychiatric) treatment, then you (the authorities) will have to build a very large care facility”, he said.
In the first psychiatric examination before the trial Breivik was diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. These findings were primarily built on the assumption that he had delusionary images that the Islamic world is on the verge of taking over Europe. The psychiatrists also pointed out that Breivik had created new concepts, out of which national Darwinism is prominent in his manifesto. These claims were dismissed by Gardell.
“It seems that they (psychiatrists) did not bother with making a web search of words such as cultural Marxism and national Darwinism. You would get a massive amount of hits,” Gardell said after the testimony. According to the Professor, Breivik is at his ideological core a fascist, who had built his ideology from ideas such as islamophobia, antifeminism, cultural conservative nationalism, and even white-power ideology. “Breivik is no mystery”, he said during the proceedings.
This analysis has been used by the defense team to demonstrate that Breivik is mentally sane, and therefore should be sentenced to prison and not psychiatric care. “If my expert opinion would contribute to sentencing (Breivik) to the hardest punishment mandated by the law, I would not lose any sleep over it”, Gardell comments.
The mass murderer himself was completely calm during Gardell’s presentation. One of the jurors even played a computer game during the proceedings, which was broadcasted by a TV-camera. Many of the defense’s witnesses have declined to appear in court. For that reason Breivik received extra time to present his personal experiences which had added to his hatred of Muslims. As a seven years old boy Breivik remembers getting his bicycle damaged by his friend’s father. Later his negative experiences were dominated by fights with Pakistani and Albanian gangs during the night life in downtown Oslo. Many of his accounts could not be verified.
Breivik had also mentioned that his political views were formed by the age of 15 when he had noticed that the media did not care much for the (social) problems he had seen. Breivik has a theory about why he had come to find himself in this situation of being accused of terrorism. He argued that his honor, as well the honor of the Norwegian people is vital to his worldview. “There are not many Norwegians who share this feeling.”
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A 30-year-old Muslim secondary school teacher, who had completed his teacher training in August 2009 and subsequently applied for a position as a teacher (and, thus, civil servant), was denied the position as a teacher, as he is under suspicion of having links to Islamist organisations. According to the Bavarian office for the protection of the constitution, the young man has expressed his support for the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic Community in Germany (IGD), which is openly directed against the free democratic basic order. As he did not distance himself from this ideology, the school authority in Munich does not consider him to be a suitable candidate for a teaching position.
News Agencies – May 6, 2011
Police in Morocco arrested three people for a cafe bombing in the tourist city of Marrakesh on April 28 that killed 16 people, and said the chief suspect showed “loyalty” to al-Qaeda. The three suspects were all Moroccans, the official news agency quoted the Interior Ministry as saying. Most of the bomb victims were foreign holidaymakers, including eight French people and 1 Canadian. The ministry said the chief suspect was “well-versed in jihadi ideology and shows loyalty to al-Qaeda.”
It was the first such attack in Morocco since 2003, when suicide bombings in the commercial capital, Casablanca, killed more than 45 people.
Zaytuna College is the first Muslim college in the US; the college is currently seeking accreditation from accrediting bodies in the United States, as well as recognition from major educational institutions in the Muslim world, such as Egypt’s al-Azhar University.
Its very existence in America repudiates notions of Islam as an exclusively Eastern ideology, and it indicates that Islam and Muslims can be authentically American, writes Shazia Kamal. The college’s very existence in America repudiates notions of Islam as an exclusively Eastern ideology. Its presence instead indicates that Islam and Muslims can be authentically American, and can contribute to the nation’s sociological, political and cultural advancement.
Zaytuna College seeks to promote the same vision in its students, which it welcomes from all faith traditions. It endeavours to draw on principles from the Qur’an and from the teachings of some of the greatest Muslim scholars in history, like Imam Al Bukhari, a 9th century scholar of the study of hadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad) and Imam al Ghazali, an 11th century jurist and Sufi mystic. Zaytuna College will communicate Islam’s tenets and practices to the broader American public and serve as an alternative source of information to five-second media bytes that perpetuate a one-dimensional Islam.
An association of Turkish academics plans to open a primary school in Freiburg, which ideally caters for all children, but bears a particular Turkish and Islamic outlook. The association would not be the first to open an educational institution for mainly Turkish children, but this time the project is influenced by a particular ideology, that of Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen. Critics warn of a school that enforces the isolation of Turkish children and impedes their learning German. Fethullah Gülen is accused, for example by Necla Kelek, of promoting an “Islamic chauvinism”. The city council is currently evaluating the plans and might grant permission to go ahead with the project already this coming school year.
Kent Ekeroth, international secretary of the far right Populist Party the Swedish Democrats (SD) said in an interview in Swedish Public Radio that SD could be described as an “Islam critic” party, working against the spread of Islam in Europe and Sweden, as well as against the building of mosques and especially mosques with minarets.
“Islams is not an ideology equivalent to any other political ideology,” according to Ekeroth, “Islam is an ideology incompatible with Western values”. The Swedish Democrats, he assured, “will not tolerate the spread of Islam.”
Yemeni cleric who allegedly was in contact with Major Hasan and Abdulmutallab has been targeted for arrest.
The cleric has had little trouble from law enforcement until now, despite his support of al-Qaida and attempts to spread the ideology in the Muslim world. Authorities’ failure to react to him and other Islamist radicals in Yemen highlight the conflicts of political Islam amongst Yemeni’s ruling class.
But the scrutiny of Yemen’s neglect of al-Awlaki ignores their counter-radicalization efforts which include a terrorist re-education program where clerics attempt to persuade jailed militants that Islam is not a violent ideology or religion. Hamoud Hitar, Islamic scholar, is leading the program. Until 2006, none of Yemen’s 420 radical militant prisoners committed armed violence against the state.