Islamic extremism

Salafist group calls for boycott of French local elections

 
Via its website, social networks and pamphlets, the organisation Anâ-Muslim (“I am Muslim”) is calling for the boycott of France’s local elections. Our Observer tells us more about who is behind this Salafist group. Read more...
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Police and civilians join forces against Muslim Brotherhood

 
In the middle of the day on Sunday, deadly clashes broke out in Cairo between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood. From his windowsill, our Observer filmed civilians abusing an alleged supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, as police officers looked on. This evidence of collusion between civilians and the authorities shocked our Observer. Read more...
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Dancing to defy the Iranian regime

 
Like every year, on April 2, Iranians celebrated Sizdeh Bedar, a popular holiday that has survived despite the Islamic republic’s attempts to get rid of it. Men and women danced and sang songs to keep this centuries-old tradition alive, but also to defy the regime and its draconian laws. Read more...
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Islamist rebels jumping ship in Gao, residents cautiously celebrate


The Islamist rebels who have occupied Gao since April 2012 are being driven out of the city following France’s decision last week to intervene militarily in its former colony. Gao is still not completely liberated, but residents have already begun celebrating in the streets and allowing themselves the small indulgences outlawed by the Islamist extremists’ strict interpretation of Sharia Law. Read more...
 
 

Is Tunisian culture under threat from Islamists?

 
On April 26, the main cinema in Tunisia’s capital Tunis was vandalised by a group of armed religious fundamentalists, who threatened audience members at the screening. Our Observers on the ground tell us that Tunisia’s cultural scene is increasingly coming under attack. Read more...

For better, for worse: Malaysian wives taught to be ‘obedient prostitutes’

 
According to a newly created club in Malaysia, the secret to a successful marriage is simple: an obedient wife who makes sure her husband is sexually satisfied. Launched on June 4 in Kuala Lumpur, the 1000-member strong ‘Obedient Wives Club’ (OWC) has sparked controversy in one of the most modern and progressive Muslim-majority countries. Read more….

In Tunis, Islamists are at the forefront of anti-government protests

 
Anti-government protests have resumed in the Tunisian capital of Tunis, but this time with a new twist: the emergence of a strong Islamist movement. During the last protest on Friday, April 1, in an unprecedented move, they even organised a mass prayer in the street. Read more…

Hardliners ejected from Saudi book fair following shock outburst

 
At the Riyad Book Fair, the Saudi Culture Minister was taken to task by hardliners who denounced the ‘heretical’ books featured. According to our Observer, this incident highlights the growing anti-government sentiment in the country. Read more...
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Has ‘suicide bomber’ replaced ‘cops and robbers’?

 
An amateur video circulating on the Internet of children apparently play-acting a suicide bombing somewhere in the mountainous region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, has ignited a debate across British media. However, Pakistani Observers have raised questions over the authenticity of the video, arguing it could be a propaganda tool to “influence public opinion in Europe and the US”. Read more...
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Sentenced to a public lashing for daring to wear trousers

 
The video of young woman being brutally whipped by a police officer in public has inflamed the Sudanese Web since it was posted online last Wednesday. Our Observer says the footage shocked even the most conservative Sudanese. Read more and watch the video…
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