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Religions (which in this context are often misdescribed as "faiths" often restrict what are often termed "inter-faith" relationships including marriage, even where restrictions also apply to marriages between those of different religions or even sects within the same faith. Compulsion is by a variety of means, in some countries backed by national law and in others by authorised religious police or by the clergy. But, as a new age of radicalism develops across parts of the world, there is increasing denouncement to the authorities and, even, calls for vigilantism.

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The Chief Inspector of of OfStEd (the Office for Standards in Education), the education regulator in England and Wales, has said that head teachers must be allowed to make rules for the benefit of the entire pupil body and must not bow to pressure from minorities and that religion must not be used for purposes of division, and that the young must be protected from indoctrination in religious schools of all faiths.

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Da'esh is proving far more difficult to eradicate than many politicians would have the world believe. Yesterday's attack on Save the Children in Jalalabad, Afghanistan,has been claimed by the group's PR division. But they claim almost every newsworthy attack these days. Does that mean they did, or didn't do it?

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At the heart of Islamic fundamentalism across South East Asia is the desire to set up a so-called Caliphate taking in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Southern Thailand and the Southern Philippines. In the Southern Philippines, there are a number of Islamic Fundamentalist groups who have taken to extreme violence and terrorism. The largest is Abu Sayyaf with which there is, supposedly, a peace deal, of sorts, in place. But the Abu Sayyaf leadership has splintered...

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Below is an example of the tactics used by Israeli company RevenueHits that sells itself as a high-profit platform to rival Google Adsense.

This advertisement takes control of the user's browser, produces a page that falsely claims to belong to Microsoft and then says that the computer is locked and asks for a user-name and password. The window cannot be closed by usual means. Amongst other things, it threatens the standard business model of millions of websites.

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When US President Trump announced he thought that the USA had been pushed around in relation to financial regulation, that was fake news generated by paranoid delusion or total ignorance. But now he's made a similar stupid decision raising the question whether it's personality more than capability that's leading him to paint the USA as a victim.

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The news that two bombs were detonated, about five minutes apart, at a busy bus station in Jakarta last night is, at the time of writing, the latest in a series of mass murders, apparently perpetrated under the false-flag of Islam. The bus station, in the Eastern part of the city, is a primary transport hub for working class Indonesians, the vast majority of whom are Muslim. The two suicide bombers succeeded in killing three police officers and injuring about 30 members of the public. What is worse, is that the attacks are disrupting preparations for the Holy Month of Ramadan which begins on Saturday.

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The full details have yet to be uncovered but police are certain of one thing: the bomb that was triggered by a suicide attacker in the lobby of the Manchester Arena late last night is being classified as terrorism. Who, what and why remains to be seen but the fact that a second device, apparently intended to cause harm to those escaping from the first and/or emergency services arriving on the scene are indicative of long-established terrorism tactics.

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Yesterday, Hamas, which now has effective political control over those parts of Palestine that Israel does not occupy, issued a landmark statement which announced its new Charter. It was an amazing document, with almost everything that Israel could reasonably expect from a peace treaty, except the inevitable refusal to acknowledge an Israeli state as a legal entity, while acknowledging it as a fact. It was such a departure from the previous position, that only the most radical and racist Israeli could possibly dismiss it out of hand. So Israeli president Netanyahu did just that. The BBC simply gave this extraordinary news such a low priority that it does not appear on any of its early mobile screens.

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The "international community," whatever that is, should be very concerned by the style of campaigning for and election of a new governor for Jakarta. There is a demonstration as to why there must be a clear separation of powers between parliament, the executive and the courts and why race and religion must be left out of politics. The danger is of widespread disunity and contagion across much of ASEAN.

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Michaelia Cash is Australia's Women's Minister. She is known for speaking in a, well, let's say, forceful manner. But yesterday, during a routine press conference about employment figures, she was asked to comment on a video produced by a Muslim group in Australia which says violence by women is acceptable. Cash went loopy.

Let me make it very, very clear to all Australians: it is not alright to hit a woman in Australia. We have one law and that law prohibits violence against women. We all get to comply with that law.

So, Australia says that it is a secular society to which all religions must submit. That's not going to go down well with some.

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A leader in The Economist echoes the official position of, in particular, the USA in saying that "the Iraqi Army is on the brink of defeating Islamic State." In what sounds like a dangerous reprise of the claim that the war in Iraq was won, the assumption that clearing Mosul of this criminal gang will rid the world of its dangers is, and was always going to be, wrong, says Nigel Morris-Cotterill.

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No comment is necessary for this document, a full republication of the official English version of a statement issued today by KCNA, the media arm of the government of the DPRK (North Korea).

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There is now no doubt that a man killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport's budget terminal KLIA2 was murdered and there is, equally, no doubt that he was KIM Jong-Nam, the half brother of North Korean "Supreme Leader" KIM Jong-Un. As we reported in a daily news round-up on 20170216, if NoKo authorities were behind the attack, choosing Malaysia as its venue was a poor decision. Then again, it would have been equally poor if the attack had taken part in Macau, a region of China, where the victim lived. As evidence mounts, both Malaysia and China have begun actions against North Korea, which now has almost no significant support from any significant country.

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In the USA, a gun lobby is not the place where hunters put their guns in racks when they pop back into the house for lunch. It's the grammatically challenged collective name for those who promote the interests of manufacturers of, traders in and users of firearms. Together, they provide enough support to sway elections and ensure that guns are central to the lives of many Americans. But now, a group of lobbyists made up of prosecutors say, the gun lobbyists have gone too far.

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