Selected Articles from the Media

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Here you will find the latest news on incidents of extremist violence and oppression from around the world as well as efforts being made to address this violence.

February 2, 2011. Agencies Aim to Counter Threat of Online Terrorism (NPR). A recent meeting of top counterterrorism officials and specialists in Saudi Arabia focused on countering the growing threat of cyber-terrorism.

February 1, 2011. Terrorists May Target Banks (Wall Street Journal- Market Watch). Intelligence officials are cautioning the top executives at big Wall Street banks that Al Qaeda terrorists may be trying to plan attacks against their companies or their leaders.

January 27, 2011 The Taliban in Pakistan: We've Got a Bigger Problem Now (CNN). Many Pakistanis are concerned that the United States' military conflict in Afghanistan is causing weapons, refugees, militants and heroin to flood their country.

November 2, 2010 Who Saved the Day in Yemen Bomb Plot? Once Again a Muslim (Christian Science Monitor). A key tip-off in the Yemen bomb plot reportedly came from Saudi national Jabr al-Faifi, an ex-Guantánamo detainee with links to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

October 19, 2010 Peace Through Moderation Focuses on Islam and Pakistan at the Harvard Club (Huffington Post). Jim Luce reports on the successful Peace through Moderation event at the Harvard Club in New York, at which the former ambassador to Pakistan, the Hon. Wendy Chamberlin, was the featured speaker. Contact Paul Stevers for more information.

September 4, 2010 America's History of Fear (New York Times - OpEd). Nicholas Kristof argues fear rather than hatred is behind the controversy surrounding the Muslim community center in downtown Manhattan.

September 3, 2010 Syria's Solidarity with Islamists Ends at Home (New York Times). Syria has recently reversed its course to forcefully curb the influence of Muslim conserva tives in public institutions.

August 31, 2010 You Ain't Seen this Before (New York Times - OpEd). Thomas Friedman illuminates the Iraqi and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.

August 6, 2010 Hard-Line Islam Fills Void in Flooded Pakistan (New York Times). Hard-line Islamic charities have helped the victims in flooded Pakistan, while aid from the West continues to be sparse.

June 24, 2010 Pakistan Sentences Five Americans in Terrorism Case (New York Times). Five Americans have been sentenced to ten years of prison labor for conspiring to join the fight against American soldiers in Pakistan.

June 22, 2010 Militant's Path from Pakistan to Times Square (New York Times). Pakistan's cooperation in the United States' War on Terrorism was a trigger for Faisal Shahzad.

June 15, 2010 Peace through Moderation to Intro Counter-Extremism Strategies at Harvard Club (Huffington Post). Experts will discuss the problem of extremism and strategies to counter it at a meeting at the Harvard Club. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

June 11, 2010 From Troubled Teenagers to Terror Suspects (New York Times). The road to extremism taken by the young men arrested in JFK Airport for allegedly planning to join a militant group in Somalia.

May 15, 2010 For Car Bomb Suspect, Long Roots of Discontent (New York Times). For years, Faisal Shahzad's vocal criticism of the United States grew as he continued to enjoy the country's financial promise and expansive culture.

May 5, 2010 Money Woes, Long Silences and a Zeal for Islam (New York Times). Friends and family of Faisal Shahzad, the man responsible for the would-be Times Square car bombing, recount his transformation to radical extremism.

April 19, 2010 Senior Saudi Cleric Calls for Moderation, Criticizes Al-Qaeda and the Terrorism Perpetrated in Islam's Name (Middle East Media Research Institute). Senior Saudi cleric Sheikh Salman Al-Odeh, who is general supervisor of Islamtoday.net, recently reiterated his firm opposition to Al-Qaeda and to terrorism in general. He also called for Al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri to reconsider his organization's radical ideology. 

April 18, 2010 What We Learned from Oklahoma City (New York Times).  In this opinion piece, former President Bill Clinton remembers those who lost their lives in the Oklahoma City bombings and reflects on the importance of criticism to a democracy.

March 30, 2010 Russia Mourns Attack Victims and Considers Response (New York Times). Two bombs ripped through the Moscow subway system killing 39 people; the female suicide bombers were likely from the restive North Caucus. Russia is wrestling with an appropriate response--one of violence or addressing underlying issues for the attack, such as poverty and unemployment.

March 29, 2010 Militia Charged with Plotting to Murder Officers (New York Times). Authorities have made arrests of suspected militia members, charging them with sedition for allegedly plotting to murder law enforcement officials with the hopes of inciting an antigovernment uprising.

February 10, 2010 It's All About Schools (New York Times). By rebuilding Yemen's educational system, the West could prevent the country from becoming an Al Qaeda breeding ground.

January 31, 2010 The Jihadist Next Door (New York Times). How Omar Hammami went from being an all-American teenager in Alabama to a key figure in one of the world's most ruthless Islamist insurgencies, the Shabab in Somalia.

January 27, 2010 The Alabama Jihadist (New York Times). A timeline that tracks the radicalization process of Omar Hammami.

January 23, 2010 A Diplomatic Surge in Afghanistan? (Huffington Post). After Obama's call for a military surge in Afghanistan, the real question should be: where is the diplomatic surge that will address the root causes of terrorism in the country and region?

January 5, 2010 Father Knows Best (New York Times). The father of the would-be Christmas Day bomber identified a significant break-down when he warned U.S. officials of his son: a break-down of the family and village system that lures young Muslims away from the mainstream and into a world of extremism.

December 30, 2009 The Terror Scare (The Huffington Post). The paths to radicalization may differ but their trajectories are quite similar.

December 29, 2009 Rotary Addresses Root Causes of Conflict and War (The Huffington Post). The complexity of the root causes of conflict and war, such as social injustice and poverty, point to the need for more sustainable forms of peace. Chic Dambach, president of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and Paul Stevers, founding sponsor of the Peace through Moderation project, comment on the work of Rotary and the need for a stronger commitment to sustainable peacebuilding.

December 26, 2009 Muslim Leaders Try to Counter Radicals' Influence on Youths (Washington Post). Muslim leaders from the Washington, D.C. area are seeking a counterweight to religious extremism.

December 24, 2009 In Yemen, Tribal Tradition Trumps Education (L.A. Times). At the heart of Yemen's poverty, malnutrition and extremism is a tribal culture that prevails over schooling. Educators persevere despite a lack of materials, adequate pay and respect.

December 11, 2009 5 U.S. Men Arrested in Pakistan Said to Plan Jihad Training (New York Times). Young men from the Washington suburbs were arrested in Pakistan, where they had attempted to join an extremist Islamic school with the intention of training to fight against American troops in Afghanistan.

November 29, 2009 America vs. The Narrative (New York Times, Op-Ed). America is threatened by the propaganda that it is anti-Muslim, which is propagated throughout the Arab world and which motivates terrorists.

November 10, 2009 New Jihad Code Threatens Al Qaeda (CNN). Leaders of one of the world's most effective jihadist organizations, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), have written a new "code" for jihad and is a direct challenge to al Qaeda.

October 22, 2009 Videos Spread a Culture of Death (New York Times). Jihadi videos are full of misinformation, driven by the glorification of death.

August 23, 2009 The Women's Crusade (New York Times Magazine). The paramount moral challenge of this century is the brutality inflicted upon women around the globe.

July 12, 2009 A Call to Jihad From Somalia, Answered in America (New York Times). Numerous young Somali-Americans have returned to their homeland to join militant Islamic groups.

June 23, 2009 Foiled terrorism plot targeted TSX, CSIS (The Canadian Press). A foiled terrorism plot targeting the Toronto area sought to destabilize the economy by attacking targets including the Toronto Stock Exchange with three truck bombs set off over several days – possibly starting on September 11th.

April 2, 2009 Is the Terrorism Risk Level Rising? (Lloyd's) The UK Government warned that a terrorist attack using chemical, biological or nuclear weapons was becoming ‘more realistic’ as it published a revised counter-terrorism strategy. So does this mean that the level of risk for business is now rising?"

February 5, 2008 Intelligence Chief Cites Qaeda Threat to U.S. (New York Times). The top American intelligence official said that Al Qaeda is improving its ability to attack within the United States.

January 10, 2008 Transportation - a terrorist target (Lloyd's). New intelligence suggests that terrorists may attack our means of transportation.

July 10, 2007 As War Enters Classrooms, Fear Grips Afghans (The New York Times). With their teacher absent, 10 students were allowed to leave school early. These were the girls the gunmen saw first, 10 easy targets walking hand-in-hand through the blue metal gate and on to the winding dirt road...

July 10, 2007 Al Qaeda Cell in the U.S. Or On Its Way, According to New Intel Share (ABC News Blog). Senior U.S. intelligence officials tell ABC News new intelligence suggests a small al Qaeda cell is on its way to the United States, or may already be here.

May 03, 2007 Path to extremism: How it started (BBC). Earlier this week, five men were jailed for conspiring to build a massive homemade bomb out of fertiliser. The plotters made up a cell of Islamist extremists, increasingly dubbed "Jihadis", who believed violence was the answer to the problems which they believed Muslims experience around the world.