Suspect Puts U.K. Schools in Focus

By DANA CIMILLUCA and ALISTAIR MACDONALD Accused airline bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s affiliation with University College London is reviving concerns in Britain that its universities and colleges—even the elite—can breed Islamic radicalism. In several of the terrorist plots linked to London since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S., the suspects have been university students or graduates. In many cases, the schools involved are among Britain’s most prestigious, including UCL, King’s College London and the London School of Economics, all of which receive taxpayer funding. Despite questions raised by government officials in the U.K. about whether Mr. Abdulmutallab, the … Continue reading Suspect Puts U.K. Schools in Focus

Is Al-Awlaki targeting or is he a target?

Al-Awlaki, a new public enemy As reports claim would-be plane bomber Abdulmutallab may have met Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical’s profile grows Zahed Amanullah When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23 year-old Nigerian Muslim, failed in his attempt to detonate explosives smuggled aboard Northwest Airlines flight 253 on Christmas Day, the trail leading back to Yemen brought a familiar name back into the spotlight. “Informed reports” indicated that Abdulmutallab met Anwar al-Awlaki, a 38 year-old American-born imam who studied and preached in the US before leaving in 2002 to reside permanently in Yemen, escaping the FBI scrutiny that followed his close contact … Continue reading Is Al-Awlaki targeting or is he a target?

College chief rejects ‘bomber’ radicalisation claims

College chief rejects ‘bomber’ radicalisation claims The provost of University College London (UCL) has rejected suggestions the Christmas Day airline bomb suspect was radicalised while studying at the institution. Malcolm Grant spoke out as he announced a review into Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s time at UCL. Abdulmutallab, 23, is at the centre of a major terror investigation on both sides of the Atlantic after allegedly attempting to detonate a powdery substance on a flight from Amsterdam as it prepared to land in Detroit with 280 people on board. The Nigerian, now known as Umar Farouk, studied an engineering degree at UCL … Continue reading College chief rejects ‘bomber’ radicalisation claims

Is UCL a hotbed of Radicalisation?

Detroit bomber: British university ‘complicit’ in radicalisation University College London, where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was recently president of the Islamic Society, has been accused of being “complicit” in the radicalisation of Muslim students by “failing grotesquely” to prevent extremists from giving lectures on campus. By Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter Published: 8:00AM GMT 30 Dec 2009 Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab is the alleged terrorist behind the failed attempt to bomb a passenger jet over Detroit on Christmas Day. Photo: EPA UCL has been heavily criticised in the past for its relaxed attitude to radical preachers, and security agencies are investigating whether … Continue reading Is UCL a hotbed of Radicalisation?

Passing the buck?

Gain trust to stop terrorism Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s father warned authorities about him. It’s a good reminder of the best way to prevent terrorism Inayat Bunglawala, Friday 1 January 2010 14.00 GMT As Barack Obama takes his security services to task for their “systemic failure” in the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, it is worth recalling that Umar’s own father was the person who first alerted the US embassy in Nigeria to his concerns regarding his son. The reported warning by Umar’s father is an important reminder that very often our best defence against would-be terrorists and their ambitions … Continue reading Passing the buck?

British Police, Jack Straw – clashing Egos

A stab in the back for police from Straw Jack Straw’s remarks about lazy coppers are politically driven and imply he knows little about the nature of grassroots policing John O’Connor, Friday 1 January 2010 15.00 GMT If I was still a serving police officer I would take great exception to the remarks made by Jack Straw, the justice minister, about lazy coppers who would rather stay in a warm police station than patrol their beats. At the very least the police have the right to expect unequivocal support from that quarter and they must be dismayed at what … Continue reading British Police, Jack Straw – clashing Egos

Mullahs kill dozens at volleyball event

Pakistan suicide bomber kills dozens at volleyball Explosion near north-western town of Lakki Marwat may be retaliation for citizens trying to push out militants, Friday 1 January 2010 14.40 GMT Children march under armed guard in Karachi during a protest over Monday’s suicide attack on Shia Muslims. Photograph: MK Chaudhry/EPA A suicide bomber has killed at least 25 people at a volleyball tournament near the north-west Pakistan town of Lakki Marwat as militants hit back at a government offensive against the Pakistani Taliban. “We have confirmed a figure of 25 deaths. There are many more wounded who are being … Continue reading Mullahs kill dozens at volleyball event

Scholar, Gentleman, Mullah

The scholar, the sufi, and the fanatic Posted by Nadeem F. Paracha in Featured Articles on 12 31st, 2009 Roughly speaking, the political and social aspects of Islam in Pakistan can be seen as existing in and emerging from three distinct sets and clusters of thought. These clusters represent the three variations of political and social Islam that have evolved in this country: modern, popular and conservative. The modern aspect of Islamic thought in Pakistan has its roots in the ‘Aligarh Movement’ – a nineteenth century effort launched by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. His analysis convinced him that the Muslims … Continue reading Scholar, Gentleman, Mullah

Air travel, Mullahs and exploding bottoms!

The hazards of air travel Irfan Husain // <![CDATA[// // <![CDATA[// The recent terror attempt in Detroit has shaken the country.— Photo from Reuters/File During the Inquisition in the Middle Ages, papal investigators would insert a pointed stick into the rectum; this interrogation technique became known as questioning somebody in ‘the Spanish fashion’. I was reminded of this arcane bit of history by the recent arrest of a suspect who was trying to blow up the Delta Airline jetliner as it approached Detroit airport. The Nigerian passenger is supposed to have been carrying the deadly explosive PETN in a strap … Continue reading Air travel, Mullahs and exploding bottoms!

Demystifying mysteries

Demystifying mysteries By Ayesha Siddiqa Friday, 01 Jan, 2010 // // “Every other day there is some news of suspicious cars being stopped by the Punjab police and the passengers being interrogated and then released under pressure from unknown and unnamed people in the government.” – Photo by APP. The Pakistani media is playing its role by informing citizens about the threat posed by the American security contractor Blackwater. Every other day there is some news of suspicious cars being stopped by the Punjab police and the passengers being interrogated and then released under pressure from unknown and unnamed people … Continue reading Demystifying mysteries