Articles

Article 20 July 2014

There are no longer Christians in Mosul

As the militant Islamist group ISIS makes gains in Iraq, EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo writes that, for the first time in Iraq's history, Christians can no longer be found in Mosul. She also discusses the rigid ideology which is behind ISIS' actions....
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Article 18 July 2014

So dies Christianity in Iraq

EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo on the persecution of Christians and non-Sunni minorities in Iraq, which has escalated significantly with the increased presence of the militant group ISIS....
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Article 13 July 2014

Hamas wants to see an increasing death toll on its own side

Amid renewed conflict in the Middle East, EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour calls for Palestinians to take a critical stance on Hamas' conduct. He pleads for the adoption of new role models, a culture of constructive self-reflection, and argues that, in order to actually move forward in the region, it is time to distance ourselves from the image of a victimised Palestine -- both in the Middle East, and in the West....
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Article 11 July 2014

Iraq: the myth of the Caliphate divides Islam more than it unites it

Following the announcement of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi that a new Caliphate called "Islamic State" has been established in Iraq and Syria, EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo discusses conflicting perceptions of the notion of Caliphate in the Muslim world. Valentina examines the historic role of the Caliphate, and discusses its power to inspire Islamic fundamentalists....
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Article 04 July 2014

No to the burka: It also says so in the Koran

Following the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights to uphold a ban on the full-face veil in France, EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo writes that this decision is in-keeping with what many Muslim theologians think about the burka and the niqab: that they are not Islamic....
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Article 02 July 2014

Jihadism in the Balkans: new jihadist networks in Bosnia

EFD Researcher Giovanni Giacalone writes that, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, instability in Bosnia provided fertile ground for the spread of Wahhabism from Saudi Arabia....
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Article 01 July 2014

A geography of Italian jihadism

Although many jihadists left Europe during the Arab Spring, networks of jihadists are still present in Italy. In an article published in Le Formiche, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino gives an overview of the “identity-kit” of Italian jihadists....
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Article 01 July 2014

On Russia’s growing involvement in Iraq

Following news of ISIS advancing in Iraq, EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya observes that U.S. policymakers should be concerned about Russia’s growing influence in the region, which is motivated by decreasing U.S. and Western interest....
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Article 24 June 2014

Iraq: Shia against Sunni? That would be too easy

In this article published on La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo explains that in Iraq, the conflict cannot be reduced to a Sunni - Shia conflict. This is because, Valentina explains, the Baath party in Iraq is still a force to be reckoned with....
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Article 09 June 2014

Economic hardships wrack Crimea following Russian annexation

EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya draws attention to Crimean economic difficulties that followed 2014 Russian annexation....
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Article 07 June 2014

Islamic anti-Semitism has existed since the times of Muhammad

The arrest of Mehdi Nemmouche, the perpetrator of the shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, leads EFD’s Valentina Colombo to consider the links between this anti-Semitic attack and European Jihadism in Syria....
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Article 05 June 2014

Russia defends reelection of Bashar Al-Assad as fair

Despite civil war, presidential elections were held in Syria on 3 June 2014. EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya discusses such elections and the international community’s reactions to President Bashar al-Assad’s victory....
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Article 05 June 2014

Tokyo worries about US commitment to global leadership

Following her trip to Japan, EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya presents Tokyo’s concerns about US commitment to assisting Japan in protecting territories from both domestic and external threats....
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Article 01 June 2014

Political Islam and Islam in politics in Europe

In an article published by the European View journal, EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo analyses the evolution of Muslim political participation in Europe. Valentina explains that whilst Islamic parties in Europe remain unpopular, Muslims who represent non-Islamic parties are considered positively by Europeans who vote them for their inner qualities regardless of their religion....
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Article 28 May 2014

Ukraine Elections Free, Fair

In an article published on The Washington Free Beacon, EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya discusses Ukraine's presidential elections. While this election was praised by international onlookers for being fair, Russia is still concerned about initiating dialogue with newly elected Petro Poroshenko....
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Article 25 May 2014

The risky normalization of Egypt

In the run-up to 2014 presidential elections, EFD Fellow Valentina Colombo provides a clear picture of the current political situation in Egypt....
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Article 23 May 2014

Freedom of conscience: international campaign for Raif Badawi

Saudi tribunal’s decision to harshly punish the blogger Raif Badawi, who was found to have violated “Islamic precepts” through his writings, leads some Muslim intellectuals to call for freedom of conscience and religion....
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Article 18 May 2014

“I am a Christian, I have not apostatized”

The story of Sudanese Doctor Maryam Yahya Ibrahim, sentenced to death for apostasy, is a clear indication of the limited protection of citizens’ fundamental rights in some Muslim countries. EFD Fellow Valentina Colombo discusses the absurdity of the verdict....
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Article 16 May 2014

Let’s stop the massacres in Sudan

EFD Fellow Valentina Colombo discusses the death sentence given to Maryam Yahya Ibrahim, accused of apostasy. Valentina urges her audience to continue to support the battle for religious freedom....
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Article 16 May 2014

Qaradawi’s fatwa against Egyptian elections

In May 2014, Yusuf Qaradawi, one of the most prominent theologians for the Muslim Brotherhood, publicly denounced participation in the forthcoming Egyptian elections as “haram”. EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo discusses the extent to which such a fatwa could influence voting in Egypt....
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Article 08 May 2014

International campaign to save Raif Badawi

In an article published by Zenit, EFD Fellow Valentina Colombo discusses a Saudi court's sentencing of blogger Raif Badawi, who speaks out for religious freedom....
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Article 06 May 2014

Crucifixions: in Syria today, in Italy tomorrow

In the wake of recent events in Raqqa, Syria, where several crucifixions took place, EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo discusses the content of Sura 5:33. It is largely on the basis of this verse that crucifixion is still practised in many Islamic countries. At the same time, Islamic preachers in Europe continue to promote a strict interpretation of the Quran....
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Article 03 May 2014

Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, wolves in sheep’s clothing

Since the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian tribunals have been deploying the death penalty and other harsh punishments against the Muslim Brotherhood. This has been met with criticism from the international community, which considers mass death sentences a significant obstacle to the achievement of democracy in Egypt. While EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo takes a stand against such convictions, she points out that the Muslim Brotherhood i...
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Article 01 May 2014

Russia-China Gas Deal: Implications for Western Sanctions against Russia

In a monthly Operational Environment Watch commentary, EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya discusses a possible agreement between China and Russia that would provide for building a gas pipeline from Russia to China, ensuring the supply of Russian gas to China....
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Article 01 May 2014

Tatarstan and Japan Increase Cooperation

In a monthly Operational Environment Watch commentary, EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya discusses bilateral cooperation between Russia's Republic of Tatarstan and Japan. Tatarstan's President stresses that this country could be economically beneficial to Japan....
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Article 30 April 2014

Milan and the mosque of discord

Giovanni Giacalone discusses tensions within Milan's Islamic community, surrounding the planned construction of a large mosque....
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Article 29 April 2014

The “Italian” Sheikh who incites the jihadists

According to a study by King’s College, Musa Cerantonio, an Italian-Australian man converted to Islam, is among the most influent online spiritual leaders. EFD’s Lorenzo Vidino discusses Cerantonio’s online preaching, which encourages hundreds of Europeans to join Syrian fighters against Bashar Al-Assad....
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Article 27 April 2014

Austria: Muslim Brotherhood’s new European headquarters

Over the last few months, the possible relocation of the Muslim Brotherhood's European headquarters from England to Austria has been largely discussed. EFD Senior Fellow Valentina Colombo highlights the extent to which 1912 Austrian Law of Islam has influenced such change by providing a particular protection for Islamic organisations....
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Article 14 April 2014

The terrorist branch of the Muslim Brotherhood

Valentino Colombo discusses militant groups within Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, in light of decisions from the British government and the US State Department to add Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis to their lists of terrorist organisations....
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Article 12 April 2014

Possible ties between radical Islam and anarchical ideology

Italian intelligence magazine, GNOSIS features a study from EFD's Valentina Colombo on the possible ties between radical Islam and anarchical ideology....
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Article 11 April 2014

The die is cast: Russia’s intentions in Ukraine

In the below article, EFD’s Anna Borshchevskaya underlines the importance attached by Russia to Ukraine. The recent events, which took place in Crimea, do not only threaten Ukraine’s democracy but also “Western credibility on protecting freedom”....
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Article 10 April 2014

We need to talk about Mali

Mali is the best example of a country where governmental, judicial and educational shortcomings let Islamist groups establish themselves. EFD Senior Policy Director Magnus Norell discusses the UN intervention in Mali and the Islamists’ possible reaction to it....
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Article 09 April 2014

Muslim Brotherhood out to conquer Europe

The article follows a statement of concern as to the Muslim Brotherhood's background and motives, issued by British Prime Minister David Cameron, and the subsequent response from the Muslim Brotherhood....
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Article 03 April 2014

Migration board should have a bad conscience

In the below article, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Magnus Norell assesses and criticises the performance of the Swedish Migration Board (MV)....
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Article 01 April 2014

Russian airborne troops descend

EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya contributed to OE Watch’s researches on security issues in Russia. During the Ukrainian crisis, Russian airborne troops began a high-intensity military training involving thousands of soldiers....
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Article 01 April 2014

Russian military in Crimea: Convoys from the North Caucasus and land mines

In a monthly Operational Environment Watch commentary, EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya discusses Russian security issues. Despite Russian declarations that only Crimean militias were involved in military engagements in Ukraine, it has been proved that also Russian convoys entered into Crimea’s territory....
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