Smith targets internet extremism

The home secretary has outlined plans to target websites promoting extremism, as part of efforts to stop people being drawn towards radical groups. Jacqui Smith said she wanted to use technology to stop “vulnerable people” being “groomed for violent extremism”. Jacqui Smith said she wanted to use technology to stop “vulnerable people” being “groomed for violent extremism”. “Because something is difficult, that is no reason not to have a go at it,” she added. “The internet can’t be a no-go area for government.” Ms Smith is to discuss the plans with members of the communications industry. She will meet internet service providers and members of the Muslim community to discuss measures to block websites which promote terrorism. The home secretary said it would be possible to “learn lessons” about removing offensive material which was placed online.

Internet dating ticks all boxes for Muslims

Thousands of young British Asians are spurning the tradition of allowing their parents to choose their partners and are instead relying on matchmaking via the internet. Online dating is growing increasingly popular with young Muslims, some of whom are forbidden from dating before marriage and have to accept their parents’ choice of partner. Now they can browse through potential partners online without breaking any of the rules of Islam. Yepoka Yeebo reports. Times Online

An Internet Jihad Aims at U.S. Viewers

When Osama bin Laden issued his videotaped message to the American people last month, a young jihad enthusiast went online to help spread the word. America needs to listen to Shaykh Usaamah very carefully and take his message with great seriousness, he wrote on his blog. America is known to be a people of arrogance. Unlike Mr. bin Laden, the blogger was not operating from a remote location. It turns out he is a 21-year-old American named Samir Khan who produces his blog from his parents’ home in North Carolina, where he serves as a kind of Western relay station for the multimedia productions of violent Islamic groups.

Understanding the Other

The Standard (De Standaard) announces the beginning of a fifteen segment, three-week long series in its print and online editions exploring various aspects of Islam, including the Qur’an and shari’a law. Extensive excerpts of the Qur’an will be included in publications. The series will address taboos such as whether Islam is a religion of violence spread by the sword. The paper invites feedback from Muslim to respond to the misinterpretation of their faith by Dutch society. A relationship of misunderstanding between Muslims and the Dutch society, according to the Standard, must pass-this is the only path towards respect.