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Islamic moderates are using WhatsApp to battle violent extremism in Mali

By Mark A. Bonta / January 27, 2020 / Comments Off on Islamic moderates are using WhatsApp to battle violent extremism in Mali

In Mali, WhatsApp is the weapon of choice for both Al Qaeda-aligned jihadists and peaceful Muslims in their battle for the hearts and minds of the nation.  For centuries, Mali’s nomadic Fulani herders have periodically erupted into violence, fighting against both injustice and what they perceived as violations of the teachings of the Koran.  In […]

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Why did entire families move from Trinidad to join ISIS?

By Mark A. Bonta / November 10, 2018 / Comments Off on Why did entire families move from Trinidad to join ISIS?

Why did entire Trinidadian families take their children and go to fight with ISIS in Syria and Iraq? Dr. Simon Cottee, a criminologist at the University of Kent, found some counterintuitive answers to this troubling question in an extensive study on the island. The situation is unusual, as most ISIS recruits in the West were […]

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