Tag Archives: counterterrorism

News from North America, Tuesday 28th May 2013

BBC News: “US Senator John McCain has visited Syria to meet rebels in the war-torn country, his office has told the BBC. Sen McCain has repeatedly called for the US to provide military aid to members of the Syrian insurgency. He becomes the highest ranking US official to travel to Syria, though McCain spokesman Brian […]

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News from Western Europe, Friday 24th May 2013

EUROPE BBC News: Europe’s stance on Hezbollah hardens. ‘The attitude towards Hezbollah in Europe is changing markedly. In part, this is a response to the growing body of evidence from investigations in Bulgaria and Cyprus that indicate Hezbollah’s role in carrying out or planning attacks. But equally it reflects a growing frustration with the Lebanese Shia […]

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Preventing Violent Extremism: Perceptions of Policy from Grassroots and Communities

In 2003 the UK’s then Labour government began to organise a number of consultations and working groups in a bid to understand what role a ‘softer’ approach could play within its counter-terrorism strategy. In addition to pursuing known terrorists or preparing for a potential attack, the government felt that more emphasis should be given to […]

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Violent extremism in Greece: Focusing on the far-right

Perhaps the most challenging domestic security issue facing Greece today is the presence and emboldening of violent far-right militias and gangs. Incidents of far-right violence in Greece saw a steady ascent over the 2000s, overwhelmingly targeting immigrants but also leftists and anarchists. By 2009, far-right platoons of thirty to forty men dressed in black and […]

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Counterterrorism, public support & violence levels

There are no one-size-fits-all policy recommendations to be made when it comes to counterterrorism. Despite many states’ decades of experience fighting terrorism in a wide variety of conflicts and notwithstanding the considerable research efforts that have gone into assessing the efficacy of counterterrorism approaches, there is still considerable uncertainty over how best to deal with […]

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Muslims, Extremism and the ‘Suspect’ Community

In 2011 European leaders such as the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the British Prime Minister David Cameron held an international conference in Munich to discuss issues of home-grown extremism, radicalisation, and multiculturalism, thus sparking a debate about how countries adopt counter-terrorism policies that are used to combat the extremist […]

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News from Western Europe, Monday 18th February 2013

DENMARK Interview – Spectator: ‘I may be killed if I write this’. Lars Hedegaard, founder of Denmark’s Free Press Society, speaks from a secret location after an attempt on his life. The assassin came to his home dressed as a postman. When the historian and journalist Lars Hedegaard opened his front door, the man — whom Lars describes […]

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News from North America, Tuesday 5th February 2013

NBC News: “A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.” New York Times: “Authorities stormed an underground […]

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News from North America, 21st January 2013

The Guardian: At least one American was killed in the hostage situation in Algeria, according to reports. Salon: “Potshots, indeed, are flying at III Arms Co. and its sister land development company, Citadel Land Development, the firms behind a proposed 2,000- to 3,000-acre III Citadel complex for as many as 7,000 “Patriot” families near St. […]

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British Muslims and the discourses of dysfunction: community cohesion and counterterrorism in the West Midlands

George Kassimeris & Leonie Jackson Throughout most of the last decade, the issue of the proposed mosque dominated local politics in the West Midlands town of Dudley. From its launch in 2001 to the eventual scrapping of plans in May 2010, the project received a huge amount of local media attention, became the focus of […]

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