Fundamentalism and Terrorism
Editorial by Prof. Dr. Maamoun Abdulkarim, Director General DGAM - Syria
Palmyra, pearl of the desert, contains the ruins of a great city. Its art and architecture between the first century BC and the third century AD blended Greek and Roman techniques, local traditions and Persian influences.
“Gariwo joins the grief for the victims of the attacks that this morning hit Brussels, a city which is a symbol of Europe and our values." Gariwo chairman Gabriele Nissim's remarks about the terror attacks of 22 March in Belgium.
Muslims, Christians, Jews and secular people must keep their reciprocal solidarity to defeat the fundamentalists, who aim at creating a rip between the Islamic world and the West and crush the voice of the thinkers and young people committed to peace and justice, says Muslim theologian Adnane Mokrani, pointing to the pitfalls being there on the pathway of reform of Islam.
Thousands commemorated Hrant Dink, the Armenian-Turkish journalist killed on January 19, 2007, who paid with his life the commitment to reconciliation between Turks and Armenians. After his killer was sentenced, an on-going separate investigation was launched on public officials for neglecting their duty to protect him.
Salah Farah was on a bus travelling through Mandera in Kenya when it was attacked by al-Shabab in December. The terrorists told him to split up but he was among Muslim passengers who refused. He told that attackers had offered him an escape. He refused. A bullet hit him, and now, after a month, he is died.
President Erdoğan's threatening reaction and the first punitive measures against the academics, who signed the appeal to suspend the curfew in the south-east and restart the peace talks for the Kurds, confirms Turkey risks to turn into an authoritarian state, says political analyst Cengiz Aktar interviewed by Gariwo.
Fundamentalism and terrorism
ideology and violence against human rights
The Arab spring started in 2011 in Magreb and the anti-governmental demostrations in Iran and then Syria, Yemen, Bahrein and other Mid-Eastern countries, with the subsequent bloody crackdown, have marked the political defeat of the Qaedist movement led by Osama Bin Laden, who in the meanwhile was traced in Pakistan and killed in the assault of the US special forces inside his hideout.
September, 11 2001 had caused a sharp turn in the relations between the West and Islam, characterized by a growing mistrust in the reciprocal perception.