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Can Politically Correct Puppetry Win the War on Islamic Extremism?  Independent Journal Review  February 24, 2016
Lessons From Al Capone On Countering Islamist Violence  The Daily Caller  February 15, 2016
DHS and the Dearborn Muslim Community: A Relationship on the Rocks?  American Thinker  February 2, 2016

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Nonviolent Islamism in the News

ALA's Ron Pike wants a 10-year ban on Muslim immigrants  Border Mail  June 24, 2016
Germany's Turkish-Muslim Integration Problem  Gatestone Institute  June 24, 2016
Toronto imam says he is a changed man despite homophobic comments on YouTube  CBC News  June 23, 2016
Trojan horse school case based on misinformation, tribunal told  Guardian  June 23, 2016
CAIR Hilarity: We Welcome "Significant, Healthy Debates" Among Muslims  Investigative Project  June 23, 2016

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Oops: Islamist Leader Boasts 'Thank God for Islamophobia' at Conference

by David M. Swindle  •  Mon, 6 Jun 2016, 7:16 PM

Islamists know from decades of success that deception is their most effective strategy, but nowadays many have grown egos so massive they just can't help but brag loudly about the ideological con job they're pulling on American Muslims.

Over Memorial Day weekend the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) put on its annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The ICNA Twitter retweeted quotes and photos from throughout the three day event. (For more background on ICNA's leadership and radical record see here.)

The statements in the three tweets photographed and quoted below come from the keynote session speech "Quran and Islamophobia" given by Shaykh Omar Suleiman, a member of ICNA's Shariah Council:

"Alhamdulilah [Praise be to God] for Islamophobia! ... Thank God for Islamophobia that causes us to grow and develop a strong Islamic identity... You can persecute Muslims but you can't stop the idealogy[sic]."

[Note: On Twitter, tweets appear with the newest on top, so to read chronologically start at the bottom.]

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4 Reasons Why I Joined Islamist Watch

by David M. Swindle  •  Wed, 1 Jun 2016, 9:44 AM

Hi, I'm David Swindle, the new coordinator of Islamist Watch for the Middle East Forum. This summer I'm beginning to organize a diverse team of writers, researchers, and activists to monitor and challenge Islamist organizations. Here's why I've chosen to dedicate myself to this work:

1. Ideology has been my field of focus for the last 15 years, and I came to understand Islamism as both the most dangerous threatening humanity today, and also one capable of being defeated.

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Labour's Mense Horribilis: Islamist Chickens Home to Roost

by Johanna Markind  •  Fri, 26 Feb 2016, 8:57 AM

MWNUK accused Muslim men within the UK Labour Party of preventing Muslim women from running for office.

Britain's Labour Party didn't have a very good month.

On February 5, the BBC reported that Muslim Women's Network UK had "demanded an inquiry into 'systematic misogyny displayed by significant numbers of Muslim male local councilors.'" Specifically, they alleged that Muslim men within the Labour party had obstructed their access to the levers of power by blocking them from running for office on the Labour ticket. They also claimed that women's advocacy of various causes, including women's rights and gay rights, had been squelched. Tactics had included spreading false and defamatory claims about women who refused to toe the line.

MWNUK's chairwoman Shaista Gohir wrote, "As this is an open secret and has been going on for decades, we can only assume that the Labour Party has been complicit at the highest levels." Labour's response reportedly failed to address the women's specific allegations, and also failed to indicate that it would look into the issue any further.

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Radicalized Prisoners: First Do No Harm

by Johanna Markind  •  Sun, 14 Feb 2016, 11:17 AM

Should Islamist radicals be segregated in prison? All radicals, or only those convicted of terror crimes?

What to do with Islamist prisoners? Should they be segregated, in which case they may further radicalize each other; or diffused, in which case they may radicalize other prisoners – as happened with the Charlie Hebdo-Hyper Cacher jihadis? Currently, France and the United Kingdom are grappling with this issue.

France is in the process of segregating radicalized prisoners in dedicated prison blocks in five prisons around the country. Those eligible for segregation consist mostly of those convicted of terror offenses, but include other "selected" prisoners as well. The French prisons appear to have devised a detection tool measuring likelihood of radicalization, or perhaps, of committing jihadi violence. The article refers to a "'detection grid' assessing personality, background, and observed religious behavior." Unfortunately, no information is given about the data or methodology behind it. (By way of example, the Salient Factor Score used for measuring likelihood of recidivism by parole-eligible federal prisoners relies on data collected from 1,806 cases studies.)

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Muslims Disproportionately Found Among Dangerous Prisoners in UK

by Johanna Markind  •  Thu, 28 Jan 2016, 2:16 PM

1 in 5 top-security UK prisoners is Muslim.

Previously, IW reported that as of December 2014, Muslims made up 12,225 or 14.4% of the UK's 84,691 prisoners, but only 4.8% of its population.

This week, the Sun reported that over 1 in 5 prisoners in top-security UK prisons is Muslim. Specifically, 1,229 out of 5,885 prisoners incarcerated in Category A prisons – those convicted of the most serious offenses – are Muslim. That works out to 20.88% of the UK's Category A prisoners.

By contrast, fewer than 1 in 20 people in the UK is Muslim. Roughly 2,706,066 or 4.8% out of a population of 56,075,912 identified as Muslim, according to the UK's 2011 census. (Given that the UK's total population is elsewhere identified as 63.2 million, the actual Muslim percentage may be closer to 4.28%.)

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Has the U.S. Government Finished Investigating CAIR for Terror Ties?

by Johanna Markind  •  Mon, 21 Dec 2015, 8:52 AM

Is the US government investigating the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), as it indicated it would (here and here)? If not, why not? If so, what are its findings?

Consider this syllogism:

According to former State Dept. press director Jeffrey Rathke, in Nov. 2014, the US asked the UAE why it considers CAIR a terrorist organization.

Muslim Brotherhood membership = a possible indicator of extremism.

CAIR = a Muslim Brotherhood organization.

∴ CAIR = "possibly" an "extremist" i.e. terrorist organization.

A recently-published British government report concludes that "membership of, association with, or influence by the Muslim Brotherhood should be considered as a possible indicator of extremism," according to Prime Minister David Cameron. The report also notes that the British government was mistaken in believing it shared a common agenda with the Muslim Brotherhood against al-Qaeda and militant Salafism in general. Cameron said the government would be more careful in the future not to provide legitimacy or a platform for the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Meditations on Last Month's Short-Lived Prison Pork Ban

by Johanna Markind  •  Thu, 5 Nov 2015, 5:11 PM

US Prisons, October 2015:

Finally, the government has decided to eliminate pork — from the menu in federal prisons... The Bureau of Prisons, which is responsible for running 122 federal penitentiaries and feeding their inmates three meals a day, said the decision was based on a survey of prisoners' food preferences: They just don't like the taste of pork.

Another take:

A woman whose son is in federal prison in Fort Worth says he has complained about the lack of pork, saying he had heard it was because of complaints from Muslim inmates.

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UK Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes: A Category of Their Own

by Johanna Markind  •  Sat, 17 Oct 2015, 9:12 PM

British Prime Minister David Cameron has honored a campaign promise by requiring police nationwide to record anti-Muslim hate crimes. Current records are spotty. Some police forces, including London's Scotland Yard, do record anti-Muslim crimes, but others do not.

Explaining the move, the government said:

creating a separate category across the board would "enable police, prosecutors, councils and the communities they serve to have a better understanding of the prevalence of anti-Muslim hate crime and allocate resources accordingly."

If the national statistics are consistent with those of London, they will likely show that anti-Muslim hate crimes spike after Islamist violence like the murder of Lee Rigby, but that even so, the rate of anti-Muslim crime is far lower than that against another religious group, namely, Jews. During the twelve-month period ending June 30, 2015, there were 816 anti-Muslim crimes, or one hate-crime incident for every 1,241 Muslims, and 499 anti-Jewish hate crimes, one for every 299 Jews in London.

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Carson on Muslims and Islam(ism)

by Johanna Markind  •  Fri, 2 Oct 2015, 8:24 AM

Presidential candidate Ben Carson

Carson's Comments

On September 20, while appearing on NBC's Meet the Press program, presidential candidate Ben Carson told interviewer Chuck Todd that he did not believe Islam to be consistent with the U.S. Constitution and would not advocate electing a Muslim as president.

The next day, he doubled down, saying he did not "believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country. Muslims feel that their religion is very much a part of your public life and what you do as a public official, and that's inconsistent with our principles and our Constitution."

A day later, Tuesday, Carson tried to calm the waters, stating that the issue was only theoretical. He also said he could support someone with a Muslim background who is "willing to reject the tenets [of Islam] and accept the way of life that we have and clearly will swear to place the Constitution above their religion."

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Scotland Yard: Hate Crime Equals Anti-Muslim Crime

by Johanna Markind  •  Tue, 8 Sep 2015, 3:34 PM

Yesterday, London's Metropolitan Police (a/k/a Scotland Yard) released hate crime figures for the year that ended June 30, 2015. During that period, there were 816 anti-Muslim crimes, up 71% from the 478 crimes the year before. There were 499 anti-Jewish hate crimes, up 93% from the 258 crimes the year before. In all, London police reported 13,007 hate crimes motivated by race and/or religion; they were not broken down except for crimes targeting Muslims and Jews.

Westminster was reportedly the borough with the highest number of anti-Muslim incidents during this time period, with 54. Hackney and Barnet were reportedly the boroughs with the highest number of anti-Jewish incidents, with 122 and 120, respectively. About 60% of the anti-Muslim hate crimes targeted women. Details about the anti-Jewish crimes were a bit more difficult to come by.

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