LUCA FRANCINI WRITES — On the 26th of October, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was killed by US forces and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in northwest Syria. This was a massive win for democracy and freedom across the globe. Islamic extremism has caused widespread despair over the past 20 years, as groups like Al-Qaeda…Full Article MIDDLE EAST: WILL ISIS AND ITS FEARED ALLIES JUST DRONE ON AND ON?
BOBBY FRETZ WRITES — The world is no stranger to the terrorist organization Daesh, commonly known as ISIS. The group has been a topic of mainstream media for the last five years. With its dramatic uprising in Syria and Iraq in 2013, it might be common for people to view…Full Article SOUTHEAST ASIA: ISIS TAKES TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO SPREAD RADICAL PROPAGANDA
RYAN URBAN WRITES – The recent detention of two Singapore men under a decades-old law that allows people to be held for two years without trial shows just how worried – and ill-prepared – some countries are in the fight against modern terrorism. The men were detained under an old…Full Article SINGAPORE: UNDER CAREFUL WATCH
ERISA TAKEDA WRITES FROM PARIS – Everyone already knows what happened on the night of the night of November 13th in Paris. Social media, despite its questionable reliability, was the first to spread the word so widely about the horrible attacks. Instead of dwelling on this tragedy, I would like…Full Article FRANCE: EXTERNAL THREAT … OR INTERNAL CONDITION?
Internationally acclaimed Asia analyst Derwin Pereira writes (courtesy of the Center for Strategic and International Studies): Fourteen years after al-Qaeda redrew the religious map of the world, it has receded from the global frontlines. However, it has been replaced by a stronger subversive entity, the Islamic State (IS), proving how…Full Article GUEST OPINION: WHY INDONESIA’S SECULAR SOCIETY IS ENDANGERED BY U.S. INDECISION ABOUT ‘ISIS’
ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – One could say that Al Qaeda is the grumpy old man to the Islamic State’s (ISIS) younger, vibrant, and more energetic twenty-something year old. Their success in recruiting is due to members being greatly familiar with modern technology and excelling at the use of social media.…Full Article QATAR: ISIS Social Media Accounts Cast Net
ALESSANDRA DALY JOHNSON WRITES – A new social media war has begun. On July 8, the United States and United Arab Emirates announced the launch of an information warfare center to combat the ‘slick’ social media presence of the Islamic State (known also as IS or Daesh). In a press…Full Article UAE: Bringing the Fight to Social Media
AMBER VERNETTI WRITES- At a conference in Washington D.C. last week, Australian Attorney General George Brandis announced an $18 million program that will fight pro-terrorist websites by closely observing social media sites that promote terrorist ideals. Following the theme of the summit, “countering violent extremism,” this program, dubbed Combating Terrorist…Full Article AUSTRALIA: Unfriending Extremist Groups
ROBERT DYLAN FIELDS WRITES- Since its partial takeover of Iraq and Syria in the summer of 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, has committed various acts of barbarism, including a series of live beheadings of international hostages. Most recent were the deaths of two…Full Article JAPAN: A Call to Arms and a Call to Honor
NICK ARMER WRITES – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced earlier this week that the U.S. strategy to defeat the Islamic State is “working”. It is hard to imagine how funding the organization’s expansion into Iran and Pakistan is helping to achieve national goals. Unfortunately, the American campaign to…Full Article IRAN and US: Helping or Hurting?
LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Most people are lucky enough to enjoy twitter fame while they are still among the living. Unfortunately, recently deceased Japanese journalist Kenji Goto will not have this luxury. A 4-year-old tweet from Sept. 7, 2010 has spread across major social networking sites like wildfire, letting the…Full Article JAPAN: Rest in Tweet
AMBER VERNETTI WRITES- Watch out, boys! Emirati first female pilot, Major Miriam al-Mansouri, led an air raid against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last week, a slap in the face for jihadists who believe women should be submissive to men. The 35-year-old fighter pilot proved her skills were on…Full Article UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: First Female Fighter Pilot? Right on!
ASIA MEDIA STAFF WRITES – While Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is still contemplating the decision to join the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the country has ramped up its own online efforts in the fight against religious extremism. Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Teo…Full Article SINGAPORE: Extremist Selfies Lead to Government Crackdown
Tom Plate writes in his syndicated column: Since almost no one is coming to the defense of President Barack Obama, whose opinion poll numbers continue to slide, why don’t I give it my best effort? After all, back in 2002, before the actual invasion of Iraq, the then-senator from Illinois…Full Article IRAQ: Losing When You’re Right