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INDONESIA - ISLAM
Aceh, the operative base for the Islamic Caliphate in Asia, through recruitment and indoctrination
Fringes of the jihadist movement already active in 16 provinces in the Indonesian archipelago. Thousands of people have sworn allegiance to the fundamentalist leader Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi. Most are veterans of the jihad with extensive experience in Afghanistan or, on the domestic front of the Moluccas. Jakarta: some areas are "fertile ground" for enrollment.
Jakarta (AsiaNews) - It has yet to make any startling
conquests in the Asian nation, but the Indonesian section of the Islamic State (formerly
ISIS, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has already started mass
recruitment - as
recently reported- in over 16 provinces of the archipelago. In
particular, Aceh, the westernmost and majority Muslim area, is turning into a
sort of haven for Sunni extremists, with the active brainwashing and
indoctrination, especially of young people. According to a survey published in
the local Serambi newspaper, in at least 21 districts of Aceh there is a
massive infiltration of militants, as thousands took the oath of allegiance to
the head of the Caliphate, the fundamentalist leader Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi.
Last week, a man identified as Abu Jundullah said to be the
head of the Islamist movement in Aceh; the foundation of the group dates back
to the 1st January 2014, as the leader says "we are not the Indonesian
branch of IS, but act directly under the leadership of Al-Baghdadi and we are
all inhabitants of Aceh".
For the Indonesian Islamic leader Jundullah the presence of
an Islamic State is explained by the "great work" done in Syria and
Iraq; most affiliates in Aceh are jihadist veterans from the wars in
Afghanistan and violent inter-religious conflict in Ambon and Moro, the
He adds that the goal is to transform all districts of Aceh
into "chapters" of the Islamic state "before 2015" and work
has already begun with propaganda campaigns in the countryside.
At the same time the number of Muslim religious leaders in
Aceh, who condemn the presence of affiliates of IS in the province is growing; dozens
of ulema and experts in Islamic law preach against the seizure of power by the
Islamists. Jakarta is also stepping up its warnings with the head of
counter-terrorism - Gen. Ansyaad Mbai - confirming the "fertile
ground" found by the international jihadist movement in some provinces of
the country, with particular attention to recruiting.
In recent days, special units carried out a series of raids
in the district of Ngawi, in the province of East Java, detaining two suspects;
they also seized guns, ISIS flags and a book praising the jihad.
Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, is increasingly
the scene of attacks or episodes of intolerance towards minorities, whether
they are Christians, Ahmadi Muslims or other faiths. In the province of Aceh -
the only one in the Archipelago to apply Islamic law (sharia) - following a
peace agreement between the central government and the Free Aceh Movement
(GAM), and in many other areas (such as Bekasi and Bogor in West Java) the version
of Islam practiced by citizens is becoming more radical and extreme.
Indonesian Muslims slate the "Caliphate" and ISIS: We need peace and coexistence
A video posted on YouTube by an unknown Indonesian Islamic guerrilla calls the "brothers and sisters" of Southeast Asia to join the Islamic State in Iraq and fight for the creation of a Muslim caliphate. In recent days, hundreds of people gathered to invoke “holy war." Moderate Islamic leader: "Only a fool would make such a choice, we strongly condemn these senseless actions."
21/08/2014 INDONESIA - ISLAM
Borobudur, Islamists target Indonesia’s most important Buddhist temple
The complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, risks being destroyed like the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Authorities strengthen security measures. Citizens invited to participate in the defense of "cultural heritage". President Yudhoyono declares jihadist violence "humiliating" for Islam.
Patriarch of Baghdad grateful for the election of the Speaker of the House, now for the government
After sending a letter-appeal to MPs, Mar Sako welcomes the appointment of the Sunni al-Salim Jabouri at the helm of the House. He calls for a renewed effort to complete the appointments (President and Prime Minister of the Republic) and open the doors to the formation of the executive. In Mosul, the Islamists "mark" the homes of Christians.
Massoud Barzani launches a referendum for the independence of Kurdistan
It has been the Kurds’ dream since the end of the First World War. But the UN and the United States are calling for national unity to oppose the rebels of the Islamic Caliphate. Maliki opens to the generals of Saddam Hussein. Saudi Arabia deploys 30 thousand troops to the border: it fears the very rebels that it has financed.
Patriarch of Baghdad, Mosul Christians should be able to stay in Iraq, not forced into exile
Mar Sako thanks France and Bahrain for the proposal to facilitate visas for Iraqi Christians, but calls for support for "a political solution" so the population is not forced to leave Iraq. Desperate need for emergency aid and shelters for refugees.
HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN
On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"
John Mok Chit Wai
A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.
The "enemies" of Pope Francis
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