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the u.s. government’s program to counter violent extremism needs an overhaul


the trump administration has indicated it plans to take the federal government’s countering violent extremism program in a new direction. media outlets report that it might be renamed the“countering islamic extremism” program, or "countering radical islamic extremism.”the current program, which seeks to deter potential attacks, certainly needs an overhaul. but not in the way the administration is suggesting.the extremist threat in the united states is multifaceted, inspired by many violent ideologies. it is not a homogeneous threat from muslim extremism. neo-nazis, ku klux klan members, and so-called sovereign citizens, who violently reject the authority of the state — these and other extremists present a growing threat to the united states that must be addressed with purposeful engagement






jordan hangs 10 for attacks linked to islamic extremism


amman, jordan — jordan on saturday executed 10 prisoners with ties to islamic extremism who carried out five shootings and a bombing since 2003, the government spokesman said. it was the largest round of executions in the kingdom in at least a decade.among those killed in the attacks were a british tourist, an outspoken jordanian critic of islamic extremism and members of the jordanian security forces.saturday's executions were the first since pro-western jordan launched a crackdown on islamic militants two years ago, in response to the killing of a captured jordanian fighter pilot by the islamic state group. jordan is a part of a u.s.-led military coalition against is, which holds territory in syria and iraq.the prisoners were hanged at dawn saturday at swaqa prison, about 75 kilometers (






jordan hangs 10 for attacks linked to islamic extremism


amman, jordan (ap) — jordan on saturday executed 10 prisoners with ties to islamic extremism who carried out five shootings and a bombing since 2003, the government spokesman said. it was the largest round of executions in the kingdom in recent memory.among those killed in the attacks were a british tourist, an outspoken jordanian critic of islamic extremism and members of the jordanian security forces.saturday’s executions were the first since pro-western jordan launched a crackdown on islamic extremism two years ago, in response to the killing of a captured jordanian fighter pilot by the islamic state group. jordan is a part of a u.s.-led military coalition against is, which holds territory in syria and iraq.the prisoners were hanged at dawn saturday at swaqa prison, about 75 kilometers






jordan hangs 10 for attacks linked to islamic extremism


amman, jordan -- ten prisoners with ties to islamic extremism who carried out five shootings and a bombing since 2003 were executed in jordan on saturday, a government spokesman said.it was the largest round of executions in the kingdom in recent memory.among those killed in the attacks were a british tourist, an outspoken jordanian critic of islamic extremism and members of the jordanian security forces.saturday’s executions were the first since pro-western jordan launched a crackdown on islamic extremism two years ago, in response to the killing of a captured jordanian fighter pilot by the islamic state of iraq and syria, or isis. jordan is a part of a u.s.-led military coalition against isis, which holds territory in syria and iraq. the prisoners were hanged at dawn saturday at swaqa pr






jordan hangs 10 for attacks linked to islamic extremism


amman, jordan — jordan on saturday executed 10 prisoners with ties to islamic extremism who carried out five shootings and a bombing since 2003, the government spokesman said. it was the largest round of executions in the kingdom in recent memory.among those killed in the attacks were a british tourist, an outspoken jordanian critic of islamic extremism and members of the jordanian security forces.saturday's executions were the first since pro-western jordan launched a crackdown on islamic extremism two years ago, in response to the killing of a captured jordanian fighter pilot by the islamic state group. jordan is a part of a u.s.-led military coalition against is, which holds territory in syria and iraq.the prisoners were hanged at dawn saturday at swaqa prison, about 75 kilometers (47 k






jordan hangs 10 for attacks linked to islamic extremism


amman, jordan (ap) — jordan on saturday executed 10 prisoners with ties to islamic militant groups who carried out five shootings and a bombing since 2003, the government spokesman said. it was the largest round of executions in the kingdom in recent memory.among those killed in the attacks were a british tourist, an outspoken jordanian critic of islamic extremism and members of the jordanian security forces.saturday’s executions were the first since pro-western jordan launched a crackdown on islamic extremism two years ago, in response to the killing of a captured jordanian fighter pilot by the islamic state group. jordan is a part of a u.s.-led military coalition against is, which holds territory in syria and iraq.the prisoners were hanged at dawn saturday at swaqa prison, about 75 kilom






jordan hangs 10 for attacks linked to islamic extremism


amman, jordan — jordan on saturday executed 10 prisoners with ties to islamic militant groups who carried out five shootings and a bombing since 2003, the government spokesman said. it was the largest round of executions in the kingdom in recent memory.among those killed in the attacks were a british tourist, an outspoken jordanian critic of islamic extremism and members of the jordanian security forces.saturday's executions were the first since pro-western jordan launched a crackdown on islamic extremism two years ago, in response to the killing of a captured jordanian fighter pilot by the islamic state group. jordan is a part of a u.s.-led military coalition against is, which holds territory in syria and iraq.the prisoners were hanged at dawn saturday at swaqa prison, about 75 kilometers






islamic state claims responsibility for london car, knife attack that left four


the islamic state group claimed responsibility thursday for an attack by a man who plowed an suv into pedestrians on a crowded london bridge and then stabbed a police officer to death on the grounds of britain's parliament.the attacker was born in britain and known to authorities who had once investigated him for links to religious extremism, british prime minister theresa may said thursday in a sweeping speech in which she also encouraged britons to go about their lives.the islamic state group said through its aamaq news agency that the attacker was a soldier of the islamic state who "carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting citizens of the coalition" of countries fighting is in syria and iraq. in addition to the police officer and the attacker, who was shot by police,






austrian swat units detain 5 in islamic extremist probe


vienna — austrian law-enforcement officials say police have detained five people suspected of radical islamic sentiments or activities.austrian anti-terror official roland scherscher says they were taken into custody by swat units in the city of st. poelten, west of vienna, in several separate raids. all are around 20 years old.state prosecutor karl wurzer said the five were arrested monday in connection with an investigation into islamic extremism. he gave no details.the five are not being identified in accordance with austrian privacy laws.






is group claims responsibility for london car, knife attack


the islamic state group claimed responsibility thursday for an attack by a man who plowed an suv into pedestrians on a crowded london bridge and then stabbed a police officer to death on the grounds of britain's parliament. the attacker was born in britain and known to authorities who had once investigated him for links to religious extremism, british prime minister theresa may said thursday in a sweeping speech in which she also encouraged britons to go about their lives. the islamic state group said through its aamaq news agency that the attacker was a soldier of the islamic state who "carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting citizens of the coalition" of countries fighting is in syria and iraq. in addition to the police officer and the attacker, who was shot by polic






experts fear isis arrest will distract from domestic threats like white supremac


terrorism experts applauded the arrest of a missouri man arrested in connection with a purported islamic state plot, but they urged continued vigilance against other domestic right-wing extremists.robert lorenzo hester jr. was charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization after allegedly aiding what he believed was an isis terrorist plot, but security experts cautioned authorities not to ignore domestic terrorists, reported the kansas city star.“the percentage of the population that embrace white supremacy, militia and sovereign citizen extremists far outweigh the percentage of americans that support isis, yet these isis cases get churned out at a much greater rate,” said daryl johnson, a former senior analyst for the department of homeland securit






french candidate fillon vows to fight islamic extremism


paris — french conservative presidential candidate francois fillon said his priority would be to fight islamic extremism amid a state of emergency in france after a series of attacks.fillon, a major contender in the two-round election of april 23 and may 7, proposed to put in place a european defense alliance led by france and germany."the islamic totalitarian threat ... along with the weakening of (nato) through president trump's rhetoric and contradictory signals, are forcing us to overhaul our alliances and take a second look at the question of european defense, which was neglected for too long," he told a news conference.fillon said the urgent priority is to defeat the islamic state group in syria.he promised to increase the country's defense budget to 2 percent of gross domestic produ






chinese officials call for ‘people’s war’ against islamic state


officials from china’s ruling communist party warned citizens the rising influence of islamic extremism in china would result in the country losing its traditional identity. addressing a group of chinese politicians at a regional meeting, ningxia communist party secretary li jianguo pointed to u.s. president donald trump’s recent travel ban as an example of a way…






french candidate fillon vows to fight islamic extremism


paris — french conservative presidential candidate francois fillon vowed friday that his priority would be to fight islamic extremism, which has prompted a state of emergency in france after a series of attacks.fillon, a major contender in france's two-round presidential election on april 23 and may 7, proposed to put in place a european defense alliance led by france and germany."the islamic totalitarian threat ... along with the weakening of (nato) through president trump's rhetoric and contradictory signals, are forcing us to overhaul our alliances and take a second look at the question of european defense, which was neglected for too long," he told a news conference.fillon said the urgent priority is to defeat the islamic state group in syria. he promised to increase the country's defe






no evidence linking london attacker to islamic state or al qaeda, police say


london—police said monday there was no evidence to suggest the attacker who killed four people outside parliament last week had links to islamic state or al qaeda or that others around him were aware of his plans.neil basu, deputy assistant commissioner for london’s metropolitan police, said the 52-year-old khalid masood was inspired by islamist extremism, but that authorities were still looking for information to determine why he...






travel ban risks alienating key partners in fight against is


washington — the military partnership between the u.s. and its kurdish allies in the fight against the islamic state group is being rattled by president donald trump's immigration restrictions and refugee ban.by blocking citizens from several nations in the region from entering the u.s., trump's order bars entry for most kurds. the policy threatens to estrange some of the nation's closest allies in the war against islamic extremism.for now, the future of trump's ban hangs in the balance as courts debate the constitutionality of the executive order.but there is much at stake as allied fighters, who once felt they were on america's side in the fight against the islamic state group, now feel as though they've been targeted as a threat.






no evidence linking london attacker to islamic state or al qaeda, police say


london—police said monday there was no evidence to suggest the attacker who killed four in london last week had links to islamic state or al qaeda, but said he had a clear interest in islamist extremism.neil basu, deputy assistant commissioner for london’s metropolitan police, also said police had found no evidence that 52-year-old khalid masood had discussed plans with others before carrying out the attack, or that he was...






french candidate fillon vows to fight islamic extremism


paris — french conservative candidate francois fillon says his priority as president would be to fight islamic totalitarianism, as the country is under a state of emergency after extremist attacks.fillon, a major contender in the two-round election of april 23 and may 7, proposed friday to put in place a european defense alliance led by france and germany."the islamic totalitarian threat ... along with the weakening of the atlantic alliance through president trump's rhetoric and contradictory signals, are forcing us to overhaul our alliances and take a second look at the question of european defense, which was neglected for too long," he said in a news conference.he also promised to increase the country's defense budget to 2 percent of gdp by 2023, up from 1.78 percent now.






jordan hangs 10 for attacks, some tied to islamic extremism


amman, jordan — jordan on saturday executed 10 men convicted in a series of bombings and shooting attacks since 2003 that killed a british tourist, an outspoken critic of islamic extremism and members of the jordanian security forces, the government spokesman said.it was the largest round of executions in recent memory, and the first since pro-western jordan launched a crackdown on islamic extremists two years ago, after the killing of a captured jordanian fighter pilot by the islamic state group.jordan is a part of a u.s.-led military coalition against is, which holds territory in syria and iraq.the prisoners were hanged at dawn saturday at swaqa prison, about 75 kilometers (47 kilometers) south of the capital of amman, said government spokesman mohammed momani.five others were executed f






jordan hangs 10 for attacks, some tied to islamic extremism


amman, jordan (ap) — jordan on saturday executed 10 men convicted in a series of bombings and shooting attacks since 2003 that killed a british tourist, an outspoken critic of islamic extremism and members of the jordanian security forces, the government spokesman said.it was the largest round of executions in recent memory, and the first since pro-western jordan launched a crackdown on islamic extremists two years ago, after the killing of a captured jordanian fighter pilot by the islamic state group.jordan is a part of a u.s.-led military coalition against is, which holds territory in syria and iraq.the prisoners were hanged at dawn saturday at swaqa prison, about 75 kilometers (47 kilometers) south of the capital of amman, said government spokesman mohammed momani.most read storiesunlim






algerian man held for promoting extremism online, spain says


madrid — spain's interior ministry says an algerian man has been arrested in the northern city of bilbao for allegedly praising extremism, bringing to 187 the number of people accused of links with jihadism in spain since 2015.the ministry said the 44-year-old is suspected of training himself in the ideology of the islamic state group, which he promoted through social media, and added that other charges may arise once the investigation of his online contacts concludes.according to the statement, the police had monitored the man in the past for allegedly providing funds and forging identity documents for al-qaida.his social introversion increased over the past few months as he seldom left his home, where he managed several social media profiles and shared material produced by is, the minist






china's communist party hardens rhetoric on islam | china news


china's ruling communist party has hardened its rhetoric on islam, with top officials making repeated warnings about the spectre of global religious "extremism" seeping into the country, and the need to protect traditional chinese identity.shaerheti ahan, a top party official in xinjiang, on sunday became the latest official from a predominantly muslim region to warn political leaders gathered in beijing that the "international anti-terror situation" is destabilising china. officials from ningxia hui autonomous region, which has an ethnic hui population that is predominantly muslim, warned similarly this past week about the perils of "islamic extremism". read more: is china changing its policy towards uighur muslims? speaking at a regional meeting open to the media, ningxia communist party






china's communist party hardens rhetoric on islam | china news


china's ruling communist party has hardened its rhetoric on islam, with top officials making repeated warnings about the specter of global religious "extremism" seeping into the country, and the need to protect traditional chinese identity.shaerheti ahan, a top party official in xinjiang, on sunday became the latest official from a predominantly muslim region to warn political leaders gathered in beijing that the "international anti-terror situation" is destabilising china. officials from ningxia hui autonomous region, which has an ethnic hui population that is predominantly muslim, warned similarly this past week about the perils of "islamic extremism". read more: is china changing its policy towards uighur muslims? speaking at a regional meeting open to the media, ningxia communist party






islamic authority rejects egypt's move to reform divorce


cairo — egypt's top islamic authority has rejected the president's suggestion for legislation that would invalidate the practice of men verbally divorcing their wives.al-azhar's council of grand clerics said sunday that verbal divorce, when appropriately declared by husbands with sound minds, has been an undisputed practice since the days of the 7th century prophet muhammad.as a compromise, it proposed harsher penalties for those who don't swiftly document such divorces.alarmed by high divorce rates, egyptian president abdel-fattah el-sissi last month suggested that legislation be adopted so a divorce would be legal only in the presence of a state-authorized cleric.el-sissi has spoken in the past of reforming islamic teachings in order to combat extremism.






convict who researched islamic extremism sent back to jail


alexandria, va. — a muslim convert convicted of threatening the creators of the "south park" cartoon series for episodes he deemed blasphemous has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating terms of his release by going on a cocaine binge.in 2012, jesse morton of springfield was sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison but had his sentence cut short for cooperating with the government. last year, he began a job with george washington university's program on extremism, researching the sorts of cases that landed him in prison in the first place.morton, originally from brooklyn, helped run the now-defunct revolution muslim website, using it to threaten the "south park" creators for perceived insults to the prophet muhammad.in court friday, morton admitted lapsing into drug use while on sup






extremism in prisons to be tackled by specialist task force


image copyrightpaa specialist team of counter-terrorism experts aimed at tackling extremism in prisons is being launched on monday.the 100-strong task force will train staff on how to deter offenders from being radicalised and advise jails on how to deal with dangerous prisoners.it will be the "nerve centre" for all counter-terrorism work across prisons and the probation service.the ministry of justice said the team builds on progress already made to address extremism in prisons.the new unit will be tasked with examining intelligence from around the country to assess the danger posed by radicalisation in jails across england and wales.last year, a government-ordered review found that islamist extremism is a growing problem within jails.it discovered evidence of offenders advocating support






extremism in prisons to be tackled by specialist task force


image copyrightpaa specialist team of counter-terrorism experts aimed at tackling extremism in prisons is being launched on monday.the 100-strong task force will train staff on how to deter offenders from being radicalised and advise jails on how to deal with dangerous prisoners.it will be the "nerve centre" for all counter-terrorism work across prisons and the probation service.the ministry of justice said the team builds on progress already made to address extremism in prisons.the new unit will be tasked with examining intelligence from around the country to assess the danger posed by radicalisation in jails across england and wales.last year, a government-ordered review found that islamist extremism is a growing problem within jails.it discovered evidence of offenders advocating support






chris selley: conservatives need pressure release on islamic extremism, but mann


ottawa — some accused this year’s manning centre networking conference of pitching itself to the right-wing populism of the moment, rather than to immutable conservative principles — hence its two sessions on islamic extremism, one on campus censorship and another that wondered, “down with the elites?” (i’m told the answer was yes.)i arrived in ottawa prepared to defend the program. it would be folly not to explore those topics at a time when some of the conservative movement has embraced a noxious brand of populism: obsessive, conspiracist, sure that whatever infuriates one’s enemies must constitute good policy. some in this camp seem ready to abandon the conservatives altogether. ezra levant’s rebel media knows what it hates, but it doesn’t love any of the party leadership candidates.in






france retools anti-extremism efforts after public failures


lens, france — france's efforts to combat homegrown terrorism are in turmoil: a group home intended to turn young people away from islamic extremism sits empty. a move to segregate prison inmates suspected of jihadi sympathies has been abandoned. and the head of a program to prevent radicalization has been convicted of misusing funds.the results are both disappointing and unsurprising, according to a french senator who co-wrote a report last month highly critical of an effort she says was devised in haste and has proved largely ineffective."we spread money around because we didn't have time and we had to communicate something, we had to show something," esther benbassa said. "the time that this takes to work is long, very long."with france now retooling its efforts, the danger of extremism






france retools anti-extremism efforts after public failures


lens, france — france's efforts to combat homegrown terrorism are in turmoil: a group home intended to turn young people away from islamic extremism sits empty. plans to segregate prison inmates suspected of jihadi sympathies have been abandoned. and the head of a program to prevent radicalization has been convicted of misusing funds.the results are both disappointing and unsurprising, according to a french senator who co-wrote a report last month highly critical of an effort she says was devised in haste and has proved largely ineffective."we spread money around because we didn't have time and we had to communicate something, we had to show something," esther benbassa said. "the time that this takes to work is long, very long."with france now retooling its efforts, the danger of extremism






southern california islamic school turns down $800,000 federal grant to combat e


claremont – an islamic graduate school here has turned down an $800,000 u.s. department of homeland security grant to counter violent extremism.“we have and will continue to work with our government where there is no conflict of interest, but given the anti-muslim actions of the current executive branch, we cannot in good conscience accept this grant,” the board of trustees of bayan claremont islamic graduate school said in a statement.the award, announced in the final days of the obama administration, was based on a proposal submitted in summer 2016 by bayan claremont, operating as a division of the claremont school of theology, for a two-year project called “flourishing communities.”“it is a whole lot of money,” jihad turk, the school’s founding president, said in a telephone interview m






us senators denounce trump plan to focus counter-extremism program on islam


a dozen democratic senators on thursday urged the trump administration to reconsider overhauling and renaming a u.s. government program so it would focus solely on countering islamist extremism, saying it could jeopardize security and may be illegal.restructuring the program to omit white supremacists and other non-islamist groups “would severely damage our credibility with foreign allies and partners as an honest broker in the fight against violent extremism, and prove divisive in communities across our country,” senators cory booker, brian schatz and 10 others wrote in a letter addressed to cabinet secretaries.reuters reported last week that republican president donald trump’s administration wants to rename the “countering violent extremism,” or cve, program introduced by the previous de






london attacker was british born, probed for extremism links, theresa may says


london—prime minister theresa may said thursday the man suspected of carrying out the rampage outside parliament was british-born and had been investigated by authorities over extremism concerns, but wasn’t seen as “part of the current intelligence picture.”in a speech to parliament the day after the deadliest act of terror in the u.k. in more than a decade, the british leader said the man had been investigated years earlier but...






london attacker was british-born, probed for extremism links, theresa may says


london—prime minister theresa may said thursday the man suspected of carrying out the rampage outside parliament was british-born and had been investigated by authorities over extremism concerns, but wasn’t seen as “part of the current intelligence picture.”in a speech to parliament the day after the deadliest act of terror in the u.k. in more than a decade, the british leader said the man had been investigated years earlier but...






china punishes official for not daring to smoke near muslims


beijing — authorities in china's restive xinjiang region have punished a local official for declining to smoke in front of muslim elders, seeing that as a sign he was insufficiently committed to the region's fight against religious extremism, according to a government report and state media tuesday.jelil matniyaz, communist party head of a village in hotan prefecture, was demoted for "not daring" to smoke in front of religious figures, said the report, issued saturday and reproduced by official newspapers and websites. matniyaz, identified as a member of xinjiang's indigenous uighur ethnic minority, was cited by the report as not having a "resolute political stance."the state-run global times newspaper on tuesday quoted other local officials as saying that government leaders should push ba






london attacker was british-born, probed for extremism links, theresa may says


london—the man suspected of carrying out a deadly rampage outside parliament was british-born and had been investigated by authorities over extremism concerns, but wasn’t seen as “part of the current intelligence picture,” prime minister theresa may said thursday.in a speech to parliament the day after the deadliest act of terror in the u.k. in more than a decade, the british leader said the man had been investigated years earlier...






us defense secretary mattis to talk islamic state, syria in middle east


on his first trip as u.s defense secretary to parts of the middle east and africa, jim mattis will focus on the fight against islamic state and articulating president donald trump’s policy toward syria, officials and experts say.his trip may give clarity to adversaries and allies alike about the trump administration’s tactics in the fight against islamic state militants and its willingness to use military power more liberally than former president barack obama did.one of the main questions from allies about syria is whether washington has formulated a strategy to prevent areas seized from militants from collapsing into ethnic and sectarian feuds or succumbing to a new generation of extremism, as parts of iraq and afghanistan have done since the u.s. invaded them.u.s.-backed forces are figh






stephen curry electric in warriors' rout of clippers


oakland – apparently that stephen curry quad injury was no cause for worry whatsoever. he had fresh, frisky legs and then some on urday night and left the los angeles clippers grabbing their own hamstrings.curry had his best all-around eye-candy performance of the season and the warriors followed his lead in an absolute 144-98 demolition of the clippers at oracle arena. they s 62.5 percent in exploding out to a 21-point halftime lead, then really dropped the hammer and pinned a 45-point third quarter on l.a. with their two-time mvp guard looking every bit the part of chief entertainer and destroyer.the clippers were playing without veteran point guard and leader chris paul, who is recovering from thumb surgery, but it’s unlikely paul would have made that much of a difference on this night,