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Mention 01 September 2014

A Ukraine Peace Plan That Excludes Ukrainians Is Unacceptable

Following a meeting between American and Russian experts and former officials in the Finnish island of Boistö that aimed to find a solution to end the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya co-signed a letter with American and European experts that denounces the exclusion of Ukrainians from the summit in Finland as it "disqualifies this initiative from any serious consideration"....
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Mention 29 August 2014

Are there jihadi groups in Varese?

The North of Italy is becoming host to jihadi groups hoping to branch out to other parts of Europe. In the Italian newspaper La Provincia di Varese, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino discusses that this phenomenon is a serious threat and reports that even towards the end of the 1990s jihadists were present in Italian cities....
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Mention 24 July 2014

Misleading images are being circulated online

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is quoted by journalist Katharina Pfannkuch in an article on misleading images which are circulating on social media in connection with the conflict in Gaza. Ahmad points out that highly emotive or graphic images -- which sometimes originate from Iraq or Syria -- are being shared particularly by young people, who are less likely to check or question the source....
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Mention 11 July 2014

Iraq: watch out for jihadists with a European passport

Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino warns of the potential security threat posed by ISIS militants who hold European passports. He urges us to be cautious of individuals who have gained military training in Syria and Iraq, and have easy access to Europe...
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Mention 23 June 2014

Actively countering Islamic fundamentalism

Following the announcement that he is to be awarded the prestigious Moses Mendelssohn Prize, Germany's Jüdische Allgemeine features a report on EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour. The report includes a quote from Ahmad who says, “I am incredibly proud to receive this recognition; I see it as a reminder of my obligation to continue to work for tolerance and human rights, and to fight against anti-Semitism.”...
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Mention 20 June 2014

Ahmad Mansour to be awarded the Moses Mendelssohn Prize

The prestigious Moses Mendelssohn Prize is to be awarded to EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour for his tireless work to promote tolerance in Germany. As reported widely in German newspapers such as Die Welt and the Berliner Zeitung, Ahmad has been described as “an exceptionally engaged and courageous individual” who makes a significant contribution to making German society more tolerant and inclusive....
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Mention 16 June 2014

Encouraging the ‘macho’ youths to reflect on their beliefs

Journalist Katja Hanke reports on the work of EFD's Ahmad Mansour and his colleagues at Heroes Berlin to support school teachers who are faced with sexism or misogyny from pupils with migrant backgrounds....
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Mention 16 June 2014

Swedish expert confirms that Polisario combatants are involved with AQIM

In an article on Sarara News, Magnus Norell is featured giving expert evidence on the recruitment of Polisario combatants by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)....
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Mention 16 June 2014

Swedish expert: AQIM is recruiting members from Polisario

In an article published by Moroccan source Medias 24, Magnus Norell warns that Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is recruiting new members from Polisario groups based in the camps of Tindouf, in Algeria....
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Mention 15 June 2014

Norell: AQIM recruits members from Polisario

Moroccan Internet portal Menara features an article about the militant organization AQIM. AQIM seems not only to recruit Polisario combatants, but also to cooperate with other Islamist terrorist groups. EFD Senior Policy Advisor Magnus Norell is quoted in the article....
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Mention 16 May 2014

Islamists returning to Germany from Syria are ‘ticking bombs’

Following heightened security concerns in Germany, EFD's Ahmad Mansour emphasises the importance of counter-radicalisation work, and states that the most effective time to carry out this work is during the school years....
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Mention 21 April 2014

The “Holy War” enlists terrorists

An increasing number of Islamic Italian fighters are using Internet to spread the “Holy War”. EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino is interviewed by the Italian daily newspaper La Padania on the radicalisation dynamics in Italy....
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Mention 14 April 2014

Italians fighting for Islam: the network is growing

Italian daily La Stampa features a detailed report on Home-Grown Jihadism in Italy, a new publication from EFD's Lorzono Vidino....
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Mention 13 April 2014

Very well-connected and rappers: these are the Italian jihadists

Following the publication of Lorenzo Vidino's Homegrown Jihadism in Italy, Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera features a report on the profiles of young Italians who are drawn to radical groups, and their possible motives for joining Syria's civil war....
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Mention 10 April 2014

We will never completely eliminate the danger

Following the return from Syria of one of Switzerland's foreign fighters, EFD's Lorenzo Vidino speaks to Swiss daily 20 Minuten about how these individuals can be reintegrated into society....
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Mention 08 April 2014

Hezbollah fundraisers banned

In one of its articles on the German ban of a Hezbollah’s support group, the German news Tagesschau quoted EFD Senior Policy Advisor Alezander Ritzmann. In 2009, EFD had already expressed its concerns as regards the linkage between the Lebanese Islamic militant group and “Orphans Project Lebanon e.V.”...
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Mention 05 April 2014

German women becoming ‘holy warriors’ in the name of Jihad

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is interviewed in Germany's Deutsche Welle about the increasing number of German women who are being drawn to Syria's civil war in the name of Jihad....
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Mention 02 April 2014

“How do we want to live?” : Teaching materials on Islam, Islamophobia, Islamism and Democracy

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour contributes to new teaching resources on democracy, Islamophobia, Islam and racism from the German organisation UFUQ....
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Mention 20 March 2014

Don’t Trust Rouhani – Iran’s Nobel Peace laureate speaks

In an interview during a visit to Brussels organized by EFD, Shiran Ebadi, 2003 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, says Iran's supposed reformist leader Hassan Rouhani has done little to improve human rights....
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Mention 18 March 2014

Show some respect!

Germany's Tagesspiegel newspaper features a report on Ahmad Mansour's work to support female teachers who encounter difficulties with male pupils from patriarchal cultures....
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Mention EFD Hosts Nobel Laureate and Iranian Human Rights Activist Shirin Ebadi
Mention 14 March 2014

EFD Hosts Nobel Laureate and Iranian Human Rights Activist Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Abadi briefed MEPs, EU officials and the media in Brussels and Strasbourg on the human rights situation in Iran....
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Mention 21 February 2014

In Senegal, Wahhabism wins ground

Despite Senegal has been associated with the image of peaceful country for a long time, it has not been spared by the rise of Wahhabism....
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Mention 28 January 2014

EFD in the news: empowering European Muslims fighting religious extremism

La Croix, one of France’s oldest and most respected newspapers, published an article that recognises the importance of our work to empower European Muslims who promote democratic values such as freedom of thought, pluralism and respect for individual freedoms....
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Mention 25 January 2014

“Easyjet-Jihad”: Budget airlines offer easy access to Syria’s civil war

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino is quoted in Switzerland's daily Aargauer Zeitung in an article on the ease with which Swiss jihadists can access the civil war in Syria. "It has never been easier for radicals to fight in the name of jihad", he says....
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Mention 25 January 2014

Cheap flights to Syria’s civil war

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino is mentioned in Switzerland’s 20 Minuten in an article on the ease with which Swiss jihadists can access the civil war in Syria....
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Mention 23 January 2014

Islamic ‘magistrates’ in Germany

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour speaks to journalist Marion Bacher about the practise of unofficial, Islamic ‘magistrates’ in Germany....
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Mention 21 January 2014

Does God forbid us from having fun? Transcript of a discussion in Neukölln, Berlin

Germany's Centre for Democratic Culture (ZDK) has published the transcript of a debate held in Berlin on the topic of the Islamic image of God. The debate featured prominent speakers including EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour, who also works closely with the ZDK. The speakers addressed a number of critical questions, including the image of God as a merciful vs. a punitive being; the image of God which young Muslims grow up with; the effect of...
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Article, Mention 08 January 2014

My son, the Salafist

Austria’s daily newspaper Wiener Zeitung features a report on the counter-radicalisation work of EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour in Germany....
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Mention 26 August 2013

The scientist under Syria’s microscope

Meet the neurobiologist-turned-weapons inspector who could stop — or start — a wider war. CAIRO — On Monday morning, a United Nations chemical weapons inspection team left the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Damascus, and prepared to head to the site of what is alleged to be the worst chemical weapons attack in decades. They were led by AkeSellstrom, a Swedish scientist who finds himself transported from his classroom at Umea University in...
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Mention 23 August 2013

Two Sahara-based jihadist groups merge

US international broadcaster Voice of America features a report on the merging of two North African militant groups, formerly linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Both have been responsible for taking hostages and launching suicide attacks. EFD Fellow Bakary Sambe contributes to the report noting that the name of this new group "Mourabitounes" comes from a thousand year old Islamist Berber dynasty, which was responsible for helping spread I...
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Mention 20 August 2013

Italy: low to medium risk

Reporter Graziarosa Villani from the online Italian news site L'Indro interviews EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino about the threat of terrorist attacks in Italy and the problem of radicalisation among Italy's second generation Muslim immigrants....
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Mention 18 August 2013

What’s next for Egypt: 3 scenarios

National Public Radio blogger Greg Myre lays out three scenarios for the future of Egypt and the relationship between the security forces and the Muslim Brotherhood. He includes analysis from EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino who says that outside pressure could help to prevent a bloody crackdown and outside influence could "lay the groundwork for some kind of reconciliation."...
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Mention 17 August 2013

Muslim Brotherhood: A force throughout the Muslim world

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino contributes to the article noting that the Muslim Brotherhood has experienced different phases throughout its existence....
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Mention 08 August 2013

American observers discuss cancelled US-Russian meeting

BBC Ukraine features a report by journalist Natalia Khyzhnyak on the reaction of US-based commentators on the Obama administration's decision to cancel talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg. EFD Fellow Anna Borshchevskaya says the situation regarding Edward Snowden is just the latest symptom of worsening US-Russian relations....
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Mention 06 August 2013

A weakened al-Qaeda remains a global terrorist threat

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino contributes to the article on the growing threat of al-Qaeda....
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Mention 06 August 2013

Experts: The threat from al Qaeda against Denmark is decreasing

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino contributes to the report saying that unlike in previous years, Denmark is no longer considered a prime terrorist target for the group....
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