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Jihadists from Europe

Mohammed Emwazi, a British citizen, reportedly carried out the brutal killings of several Western hostages. Many young Muslims like him sympathise with the IS terrorist militia or even travel to the Middle East to fight there. How can their radicalisation be prevented?

Ziare - Romania | Wednesday, 9. December 2015

Dream of jihad highlights adults' failures

A 17-year-old was arrested on Tuesday in the Romanian city of Craiova for purportedly writing on his Facebook page that he wanted to die as a martyr in Syria or Europe for the IS terrorist organisation. The adults in his environment are to blame for his radicalisation, the news portal Ziare argues: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 18. October 2015

Cameron's anti-jihad policies a good idea

British Prime Minister David Cameron writes in today's issue of The Times that suspected Islamists returning to Britain from Syria or Iraq will have to attend classes to counter their radical tendencies. The conservative daily likes the idea: » more

Le Temps - Switzerland | Friday, 18. September 2015

Exodus to Europe: Vaccine against the jihad

Many people fleeing to Europe from Africa and the Middle East have experiences with religious fanaticism and brutal violence. The liberal daily Le Temps says their stories should be told to prevent the radicalisation of youths in Europe: » more

Fakt - Poland | Thursday, 13. August 2015

Polish intelligence services must also fight IS

A 28-year-old man from the province of Pomerania is apparently the first Pole to have committed a suicide attack in the service of the IS terror organisation. According to media reports he was recruited in Germany. Security expert Łukasz Kister calls in the conservative tabloid Fakt for Polish politicians to take action: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Thursday, 21. May 2015

Openly discuss integration of IS returnees

The city of Stockholm wants to resocialise those returning from IS campaigns and offer them assistance in finding accommodation and jobs, as well as financial support. The plan, which was presented at the start of the week, has come under heavy fire from politicians and the public: » more

Daily Mail - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 11. March 2015

Terrorists' parents casting themselves as victims

Speaking to the Home Affairs Committee of the British parliament on Tuesday, the parents of three Muslim schoolgirls from London said the authorities were partially to blame for the fact that their daughters had gone to Syria. The three minors are said to have joined the Islamic State as 'jihadi brides'. But the parents have failed and society must make this clear to them, the conservative tabloid The Daily Mail argues: » more

The Malta Independent - Malta | Monday, 2. March 2015

Islamists getting better at going unnoticed

The IS fighter Mohammed Emwasi, who became known under the pseudonym Jihadi John and who is said to have executed several Western hostages, spent an inconspicuous youth in London according to recent reports. His case exemplifies how difficult the work of security services has become in the fight against terror, the liberal-conservative daily The Malta Independent comments: » more

De Morgen - Belgium | Monday, 16. February 2015

Denmark a model in dealing with terror

Although it has been shocked by what looks like an Islamist-motivated attack Denmark is responding to the threat posed by radical elements in model fashion, the left-leaning daily De Morgen comments: » more

Libération - France | Wednesday, 19. November 2014

IS seduces Europe's middle class

The Parisian prosecutor's office confirmed on Monday that a Frenchman is to be seen in an IS beheading video and that it has launched an investigation into the matter. Surveillance alone cannot prevent Europeans from joining the terrorist militia, the left-liberal daily Libération warns: » more

Avvenire - Italy | Thursday, 23. October 2014

Protect teenagers from IS's online propaganda

German police took three underage girls from the US into protective custody on Saturday at Frankfurt airport. The girls reportedly wanted to join the terrorist ... » more

Le Temps - Switzerland | Thursday, 9. October 2014

For Sylvain Besson fighting the jihad means inventing new narratives

Western societies must come up with a new narrative for their culture if they want to prevent more young people from being tempted by the jihad, Sylvain Besson writes in the liberal daily Le Temps: » more

New Statesman - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 1. October 2014

John Denham says religion alone doesn't turn people into terrorists

According to EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove roughly 3,000 Europeans have joined the IS terror group in Iraq and Syria. But what attracts young Muslims to this cause has less to do with religion than with other factors, British Labour MP John Denham writes in the left-leaning magazine New Statesman: » more

Le Quotidien - Luxembourg | Monday, 29. September 2014

Protest call against IS contravenes secularism

The conservative MEP Rachida Dati has criticised French politicians via Twitter for calling on Muslims to protest against the IS terror militia. In her view this contravenes the French principle of secularism. The left-liberal daily Le Quotidien agrees: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Sunday, 28. September 2014

Muslims isolating themselves promotes extremism

The British parliament voted on Friday to participate in the airstrikes against the Islamic State. But much more effective in the fight against the extremists would be for British Muslims to clearly distance themselves from radical Islam, the Muslim columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown writes in the left-liberal daily The Independent: » more

Sydsvenskan - Sweden | Thursday, 25. September 2014

No help against IS from UN

The UN Security Council passed a resolution on Wednesday obliging countries to prevent terrorist fighters from travelling to the conflict areas. For the liberal daily Sydsvenskan the resolution is just further proof of the UN's powerlessness: » more

El Mundo - Spain | Friday, 19. September 2014

France's anti-terrorism law examplary

France's National Assembly on Thursday passed anti-terror legislation which Paris hopes will stop French citizens from joining the terrorist Islamic State. Suspects may now be prevented from leaving the country and websites aimed at recruitment blocked. France is setting a good example, the conservative daily El Mundo applauds: » more

Kristeligt Dagbladet - Denmark | Tuesday, 9. September 2014

Anders Ellebæk Madsen on the evil in man

In view of the terror and cruelty of the IS militia, journalist Anders Ellebæk Madsen warns in the Christian daily Kristelig Dagblad that simplistic explanations of human evil can result in false assessments of political conflict: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Monday, 8. September 2014

Tolerance led to rise of jihadists

The presumed attacker of the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Mehdi Nemmouche, guarded Western hostages in Syria for the Islamic State, according to a former hostage. The liberal daily Le Soir calls for harsher treatment of Islamists: » more

Kaleva - Finland | Thursday, 4. September 2014

Strip jihadists of their Finnish passports

According to a CNN report, roughly 40 Islamists from  Finland have gone to Syria and Iraq to take part in fighting there. In proportion to the number of Muslims living in Finland this puts the country at the top of the list in Europe. Such religious warriors with dual nationality should be stripped of their Finnish passports, the liberal daily Kaleva urges: » more

Politiken - Denmark | Friday, 29. August 2014

Muslim organisations must stand up to IS

Thousands of Norwegian Muslims took to Oslo's streets on Monday to protest the terror and violence being committed in the name of Islam. The liberal daily Politiken calls on Muslims in Denmark to follow suit: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Wednesday, 27. August 2014

Islamists should not be censored either

In view of demonstrations by Dutch supporters of the IS terrorist movement, the Christian Democrats have called for a ban on the public glorification of terrorist acts. That's going too far, the Christian-Social daily Trouw admonishes: » more

Daily Mail - United Kingdom | Monday, 25. August 2014

Take away British Islamists' passports

Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May wants to give the police new powers to crack down on suspected Islamists with British citizenship. The measure doesn't go far enough, the conservative tabloid The Daily Mail believes, and calls for extremists to be stripped of their citizenship: » more

Berlingske - Denmark | Monday, 25. August 2014

Danish jihadists not poor and oppressed

The liberal-conservative daily Berlingske has sparked a debate about jihadists who grew up in Denmark with a report on a 23-year-old Danish IS fighter of Palestinian origin. The paper warns against putting the whole problem down to social background: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, 21. August 2014

Finally tackle British extremism

Linguists have identified the murderer of James Foley as British on the basis of his accent in the video of the beheading. It's high time Britain did more to understand why so many young Muslims in the country fall prey to extremism, the conservative daily Financial Times demands: » more


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