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Fundamentalism and Terrorism

The weak foundations of Arab democracy - Op-ed in the New York Times

"The preconditions for democracy are lacking in the Arab world partly because Hosni Mubarak and other Arab dictators spent the past half-century emasculating the news media, suppressing intellectual inquiry, restricting artistic expression, banning political parties, and trying to silence dissenting voices" writes Timur Kuran in the American newspaper. Article inside.


The Arab spring turns anti-Israeli - in Tel Aviv

The anniversary of Israel's independence sparks a wave of violence. Inside the report of Christian Science Monitor.


Bin Laden a martyr for extremists - shocking Hamas declarations

Bin Laden was assassinated and the alarm for possible terrorist attacks is growing.
Hamas greets the news by condemning the killing, defining Bin Laden as "a fighter in the Muslim Holy War".


Obama: "We killed bin Laden" - US President announces death of Osama bin Laden

We report the full speech by which US Head of State announces the assassination of Al Qaeda leader.


Another victim of ideological extremism - Italian activist murdered in Gaza

Vittorio Arrigoni belonged to an NGO and was found dead in a house in Gaza. His killing shows that ideological extremism has no consideration whatsoever of human life.


Chechnya, barehead women harassed - report by Human Rights Watch

Women not respecting the "Islamic dresscode" are targeted with aggression, assaults and threats. So warns Human Rights Watch, which demands the Russian Government to overtly condemn these deeds.


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.

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1972 Munich athletes visit scene of the massacre

caused by Black September terror attack

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Amina Wadud

professor of Islamic studies in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department of Virginia Commonwealth University, USA