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Extremism

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We cannot succumb to the extremists

THE brutal killing of Avijit brings into sharp relief the question posited in the heading of this article. He is the latest in a long list of victims who had to forfeit his life to an extremist group who found his views to be in discord with theirs. And the killers claim to belong to a faith that considers killing of even one innocent person as killing of entire humanity. Could his life have been saved? It is a painful...

Our plan for countering violent extremism

Our plan for countering violent extremism

SHOW the world the power of peaceful communities, and tackle bad governance that breeds frustration. Throughout our history, we have faced threats from aggression, genocide, chaos and dictatorship. Today we are asked to wage a new war against a new enemy. The battlefield is different, and so are the weapons that we need to overcome that enemy and triumph. The rise of violent extremism represents the pre-eminent challenge of the young 21st century. Military force is a rational and often necessary response to the wanton slaughters of children, mass kidnappings of schoolgirls, and beheading of innocents. But military force alone won't achieve victory. In the long term, this war will be...

IS threatens to kill Japan hostages

IS threatens to kill Japan hostages

The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless it receives a $200 million ransom within 72 hours, but Tokyo vowed Tuesday it would not give in to "terrorism". IS has murdered five Western hostages since August last year, but it is the first time that the jihadist group -- which has...

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Extremism, Pakistan and the missing counter narrative

DECEMBER 16, 2014 is a sad day for Pakistan. But it is also a day of infamy for those who use Islam to justify evil actions, and a day of disgrace for those Muslims who choose to remain silent in the face of such barbarity. The killing of 146 students in a school in Peshawar run by the Pakistan Army is one of the most brutal and senseless massacres of innocent people in the hands of Muslim radicals. The Tehrik-e-Taliban...

Bangladesh, US to work for stopping terror financing

Bangladesh, US to work for stopping terror financing

Bangladesh and the United States have agreed to continue cooperation in countering terrorist financing and violent extremism. As part of the globally recognised Financial Action Task Force (FATF) framework, in December, the US Embassy in Dhaka and the State Department will host a South Asia regional workshop in collaboration with the Bangladesh government to...

And quiet flows the Ganges -- In the wrong direction

THE Burdwan blast has thrown a new light on the activities of religious extremists in our part of South Asia, particularly Bangladesh and the Indian state of Paschimbanga (PB). According to reports in the Indian media the persons killed while preparing IEDs were from Bangladesh and suspected JMB cadres. It is yet to be fully ascertained whether the dead persons are indeed from Bangladesh. One of the dead was married to an Indian and had been living in that...

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The intellectual battle against ISIS

The intellectual battle against ISIS

THE global financial crisis taught the world how profoundly interdependent our economies have become. In today's crisis of extremism, we must recognise that we are just as interdependent for our security, as is clear in the current struggle to defeat ISIS. If we are to prevent ISIS from teaching us this lesson the hard...

Australia's stand on terrorism and foreign fighters

A column in these pages on September 24 asserted that Australia's proposed counter-terrorism legislation is 'anti-Muslim'. That is wrong. Let's be clear: the Australian government is acting to disrupt a growing terrorist threat so Australians of all backgrounds remain free to go about their lives in safety.     ISIL and similar terrorist organisations have plainly, violently and repeatedly demonstrated the international danger they pose. Earlier this week ISIL leaders called on supporters to kill people in a number of countries including...

The missing component in defeating terrorism

THE new phenomenon evolving in the West of elements who are joining extremist groups, and their raison d'etre, must be taken and dealt with seriously. In his recent speech to the Australian Institute of International Affairs titled “Evolution of terrorism – and what it means for Australia”, Mr David Irvine, the Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), said ASIO's Act of 1979 definition of terrorism is “…acts or threats of violence or unlawful harm that are intended or...

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The regrouping of extremists

RECENT arrests of a large number of extremist cadres and the snatching away of three high profile extremists from police custody a few months back are taken to be clear indicators of the activity and agility of the so-called religiously motivated extremist elements. Media reports confirm that extremists are not only regrouping but have also embarked upon fresh recruitment. Quite clearly, these are disturbing news as the extremist elements in question pose a direct threat to our democratic pluralist...

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