He was a teenage terrorist. Now he’s fighting extremism

  By John Taylor, The Guardian Dated: June 03, 2018   he moment he was slammed against a wall by an FBI agent on the doorstep of his parents’ home and taken away in handcuffs, the distorted world Mohammed Khalid had constructed for himself came crashing down.   He was about to become notorious as the youngest person ever to be prosecuted for terrorism offences in the US and would be sentenced to five years in prison for his part in an online jihadist plot to kill an artist from…

When Muslims condemn terrorism, does it matter?

TRT World, By Faisal Ali Dated: August 23, 2018     Heraa Hashmi compiled a 712-page Google doc of times when Muslims have condemned terror attacks. A year on she reflects on that decision. Heraa Hashmi was propelled into the public eye when she compiled a worldwide list of as many different instances as she could find of Muslims condemning terrorism.   A Muslim-American of Indian ancestry, Heraa was moved to action following a disappointing conversation with a classmate who wondered why Muslims are so silent about the violence of…

Scholars, Islamic clerics to be part of counter-terror plan: Rajnath Singh

Indian Express, By Rahul Tripathi Dated: August 30, 2018 To counter radicalisation among youth, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has sought to rope in experts with the help of National Commission for Minorities (NCM) to build a counter-narrative. Singh, along with Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, took up the issues of de-radicalisation and counter-radicalisation at a review meeting on Monday. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested many youths over the last few months across the country for alleged affiliation to the Islamic State. Besides scholars and researchers, Singh said that clerics…

Combating Terrorism Online: Possible Actors and Their Roles

  Lawfare, By Zan Isacson Dated: September 2, 2018   Editor’s Note: Fighting terrorism online is one of those ideas that everyone agrees with in principle but disagrees on in practice. What should be regulated and who should do so are among the many areas of disagreement. Zann Isacson of Georgetown examines the different actors that might play a role, including Congress, technology companies and of course the executive branch, and assesses what each might bring to the table.                        …

Psychology of countering radicalisation

    By Muhammed Nawaz Khan, The Express Tribune Dated: February 01,2018       The counter-terrorism phenomenon as observed in the contemporary world today is getting complicated. Hard measures alone are not enough to deal with the threat of terror. Counter-terrorism policies must also include psychological measures designed to lure people away from terror groups. ‘Soft power’ inventiveness is needed to develop more humane methods. An example of this is the Disengagement, De-Radicalisation and Rehabilitation (DDR) programmes in Pakistan. The country needs more creative, innovative and unconventional strategy based…