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Category Archives: France

January 17, 2015

Leicester terrorist cell that laid seeds of Paris atrocity

Originally posted in the Telegraph
Nobody ever suspected the two Algerian friends. Brahim Benmerzouga and Baghdad Meziane had slipped into Britain undetected in 1997, refugees from Algeria, a country bedevilled by civil war. The pair lived here illegally, largely unnoticed and …

Posted in Extremism, France, Islamism, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
January 13, 2015

The Battle From Algiers: Lessons from the Charlie Hebdo Attack

Originally published in Foreign Affairs
Last week’s atrocities in Paris, which left 17 dead, were not the first rounds of terror brought to France by Islamists. In fact, such attacks in France have killed over a dozen and wounded hundreds since …

Posted in CRT Editorial, CRT Highlight, Editorial, Extremism, France, Islamism, Opinion Editorials, Religious Fundamentalism, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security

The Yemeni Connection

Originally published in The Wall Street Journal
Two major terrorist atrocities were committed on Wednesday. Events in Paris received more coverage, but the other attack, in Yemen, also deserves scrutiny. The two incidents are more closely linked than they might first …

Posted in CRT Editorial, CRT Highlight, Editorial, Extremism, France, ISIS, Opinion Editorials, Religious Fundamentalism, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security, Yemen
January 11, 2015

McCaul: Western Europeans can fly to U.S. without a visa

Originally posted in PolitiFact
The slayings in France have raised awareness that terrorist threats can spring up on European soil. And if terrorists can emerge there among people holding European passports, they could come here.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, highlighted that risk …

Posted in Europe, Extremism, France, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom, United States

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows, Jan. 11

Originally posted in The Daily Beast
As world leaders linked arms and led millions of Parisians in a march honoring the 17 people killed by terrorists last week, security officials from around the world worked on identifying the affiliation of the extremists …

Posted in Extremism, France, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
January 9, 2015

The siege in a kosher shop in Paris proves why Israel needs to exist

Originally posted in the Spectator
As I write a siege is ongoing in a Kosher shop in Paris.  In France, Belgium and across Europe in recent years, Jews have repeatedly been the targets of Islamist attack.  They always are.  Last year …

Posted in Belgium, Europe, Extremism, France, Islamism, Opinion Editorials, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
January 7, 2015

Charlie Hebdo stood alone. What does that say about our ‘free’ press?

Originally posted in the Spectator
Over the coming hours and days there will be a lot of talk – largely by anonymous Twitter warriors – about the need to express ‘solidarity’ with Charlie Hebdo.  Many others will say how important it is to …

Posted in Defence, Democracy & Development, Extremism, France, Human Rights, Islamism, Opinion Editorials, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security

Can cash-strapped Europe prevent terrorism surge?

Originally posted in CNCB Online 
“All the advances that have been made in counter-terrorism in Western countries over the last few years have been primarily intelligence-led rather than harsh policing responses, however, the difficulty is resources,” David Lea, Western European Analyst …

Posted in Extremism, France, News Coverage, Terrorism & Security
April 1, 2014

A Tear in Our Culture

Originally published in Standpoint
“How do we mend the tear in our culture? On one side we have a growing number of atheists who refuse to acknowledge where they come from. On the other we see a small, but perhaps growing …

Posted in Editorial, France, Opinion Editorials
January 28, 2014

Anti-Semitism is an international threat once again

First published in The Evening Standard
Nicolas Anelka’s controversial goal salute should alert us that prejudice against Jews is spreading worldwide.

What do a major Palestinian political organisation, a French comedian of partly African descent, large sections of the Iranian elite and …

Posted in Editorial, Far-Right, France, Human Rights, Islamism, Israel/Palestine, Opinion Editorials, Religious Fundamentalism, Spotlight
October 16, 2012

The EU’s Nobel Peace Prize: In recognition of the EU’s contributions to the spread of democracy

Guest post by Henry Jackson Society Research Assistant Jennifer Falkenhorst
Having received the Nobel Peace Prize at a time when its visions are under scrutiny, the EU is a deserving recipient due to its great democratic past achievements, the opportunities it …

Posted in Europe, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, The Scoop
October 9, 2012

Fears of home-grown terrorism on the rise in France

Guest post by Henry Jackson Society Research Assistant Charlotte Le Masson
On Saturday, the 6th of October, the French security services arrested 10 suspects and killed a man in a counter-terrorism raid in Paris, Strasbourg, Cannes and Nice. The police found 27,000 Euros, jihadist …

Posted in France, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
July 5, 2012

Embracing Germany to Secure Britain

On the 1st July this year conscription in Germany will be formally abolished, and already the last consignment of troops has been called under the outgoing system. Upon the formation of the coalition government in Britain last May, Dr. Fox, …

Posted in Article, France, Germany, Opinion Editorials, United Kingdom
April 25, 2012

Guarded Optimism

If you follow European politics, you will be familiar with the popular protests against austerity that have been so visible in struggling Southern countries such as Greece. This week marked a new departure in public anger against national savings drives: …

Posted in Democracy & Development, France, Spotlight, The Scoop
March 23, 2012

What are the real lessons to be learned from the Toulouse killings?

Even before French police stormed the building containing the Toulouse terror-suspect Mohammed Merah, questions were being asked as to what lessons France could learn from this gruesome episode.

Revealingly, however, as the killer’s suspected identity metamorphosed, so both the ‘lessons’ to …

Posted in France, Opinion Editorials, Terrorism & Security
March 22, 2012

Islamist extremists targeting soldiers living in the West: A Deadly Trend

This week, Mohammed Merah killed four French Jews and three French soldiers. Merah, a French national of Algerian descent, claims to be associated with al-Qaeda and spent time in Afghanistan and Pakistan. His attacks relied solely on identifying targets and …

Posted in Briefing, France, Islamism, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security

The Toulouse massacre and root-cause roulette

“Nazi or Islamist?” sounds like a bad game show that would be broadcast on a public access cable channel from Queens, not a question that serially embarrasses deadline-harried hacks and blog-first-read-later instant pundits. Yet so many in the news-gathering and …

Posted in France, Opinion Editorials, Terrorism & Security
March 21, 2012

Context is no excuse: The Toulouse murder suspect is responsible for his crimes, and he alone

Even before the apprehension of terror-suspect Mohammed Merah by the 300 police surrounding his house in Toulouse, questions are being asked about what lessons can be learned from the horrendous spate of killings that have terrorised France over the past …

Posted in France, The Scoop
December 14, 2011

French woman faces jail for wearing the burka

It appears as if France is, for the first time, about to jail a woman for wearing the burka.
Hind Ahmas was arrested for wearing the Islamic veil on April 11 in Paris. She had already refused to pay a fine …

Posted in France, Human Rights, The Scoop
November 10, 2011

Unmitigated Gaul: Why does Sarkozy dislike Netanyahu?

The French president’s dislike of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu goes back further than last week’s caught-on-tape exchange between Sarkozy and Barack Obama. “I cannot stand him,” Sarko told his American counterpart, who replied with equal exasperation, “You’re fed up …

Posted in France, Israel, Israel/Palestine, The Scoop, United States