Analysis

THE ENIGMATIC CALIPH: How long will Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi be able to survive on the run? What powerbase will he be able to establish in the Middle East? The ISIL commander came out of hiding Friday 4 July, leading the prayer in a mosque in Mosul in Iraq. A recording of the appearance was published by ISIL the day after.

The quest for the caliph(ate)

ANALYSIS: With several national intelligence services using all their resources to hunt him down, the self-declared “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi needs to maintain the fighting spirit of his mujahedeen force while establishing his […]

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Sympathizers of the Sweden Democrats party leader Jimmie Åkesson who speaks on Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm May 24, 2014. (Photo: Frankie Fouganthin / Wiki Commons. Under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0).

EU earthquake? Not quite

ANALYSIS: The European Elections were not the watershed victory for the far right that the media makes them out to be. Cas Mudde Media reports on far-right gains in the 2014 European elections […]

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Wins, losses for EU far right

ANALYSIS: A number of radical right-wing parties did make gains in the European parliamentary elections between 22-25 May. Some results are worrying. But let’s not lump together a wide assortment of unique parties. Øyvind […]

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In this photograph from August 2013, an Egyptian man walks in front of a pharmacy marked with anti-Coptic and anti-coup graffiti in Assiut, Upper Egypt. Arabic graffiti reads, "No to the coup and yes to legitimacy." Following the coup that ousted Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, Islamists widely blamed the Coptic minority in the country.
(Photo: Manu Brabo/AP/Scanpix. Under copyright).

Egyptian Copts under pressure

“The night I was evicted from my home and my land was the worst night of my life. I will never forget it,” says Abu Solaiman, one of many Coptic Christian victims of […]

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Arfan Bhatti at a demonstration against the "Innocence of Muslims" film, outside the US embassy in Oslo in fall 2012. Bhatti is currently imprisoned in Pakistan. Photo: Kyrre Lien, NTB / SCANPIX. Copyrighted.

"Innocence of Muslims" Foto: Kyrre Lien / NTB scanpix

The Nordic jihadists

ANALYSIS: Despite their strong welfare policies and efforts to integrate immigrants, the Nordic countries are a major source of Syria-bound jihadists. (more…)

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