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Islamic State Cell from Tajikistan Arrested in Germany

On Wednesday, April 15, four suspected members of an Islamic State terror cell were arrested in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The raids took place in the cities of Essen, Siegen, and Neuss. All four individuals are citizens of Tajikistan. According to the German news outlet, Deutsche Welle, the members of the cell are named Azizjon B., Muhammadali G., Farhodshoh K., and Sunatulloh K. Surnames were not released. All four were under the age of 32 and migrated to Germany legally as refugees. Authorities report that the men swore allegiance to the Islamic State in January 2019.[1] It was not immediately reported if their radicalization occurred before or after their arrival in Germ

Privateers: Old Tactics in a Modern World

Six weeks after the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the COVID-19 virus a pandemic, the world continues to be under a near-total lockdown. In the weeks since, the U.S. has focused efforts on maintaining ‘stay-at-home’ orders and passing legislation to support affected Americans in an attempt to reduce the overall spread and long-term impacts of the virus. Despite these efforts, there are growing concerns over potential vulnerabilities that may arise in areas such as defense and national security. In addition, as nations around the world focus their efforts on the health of their citizens, diplomacy has lacked precedence. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, experts are concerned

Tension is brewing in the South China Sea as the world fights Covid-19

StartFragment On April 3, a Vietnamese fishing vessel sank near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea colliding with a Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) vessel. According to the Vietnam Fisheries Society, the eight fishermen onboard were picked up by the Chinese vessel and temporarily detained on a nearby island until they were released. China and Vietnam provided divergent versions of the incident.[1] The Vietnamese Foreign ministry claimed that China violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa archipelago, while the Chinese Coast Guard said that the Vietnamese boat entered the area illegally and refused to leave, and claimed that the collision happened as a result of “dangerous maneuvers

Sex Trafficking in the Digital Age

Human Sex Trafficking: A Global Epidemic[1] In recent years, the advancement of technology has permitted a more efficient way of life in many aspects. The prevalent influence of the internet has fostered international communication networks as well as a complex web of interdependence among nation-states; such expansion has facilitated ease of communication, an exchange of knowledge and ultimately, new avenues for human enhancement. However, with these developments comes the manifestation of novel digital crimes. Formerly, crimes such as theft, violence, and illegal trafficking were conducted physically. Now, the internet has become an additional medium, an intersection that melds tools of te

Lockdown in the Philippines: discrimination and abuse are on the rise and the cash program is dubiou

StartFragment On Wednesday, April 01, 2020 President Duterte has ordered law enforcement and the military to kill citizens that do not comply with the rules established with the country’s coronavirus lockdown.[1] While human rights violations committed against citizens by President Duterte’s administration are not new, the President’s direct tone and orders of using violence to combat the virus has created a breeding ground for discrimination against healthcare officials and a lack of focus on properly eliminating COVID-19 from the country. Before President Duterte’s announcement of orders to kill citizens, healthcare workers suffered discrimination from people such as, landlords and neighbo

JEWISH COMMUNITIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT SHOULD INCREASE THEIR SECURITY, AWARENESS, AND VIGILANCE IMM

The Counterterrorism Group (CTG) is issuing a FLASH ALERT to all those of the Jewish faith in the United States and Europe, and law enforcement globally but specifically in the United States, to increase general security, awareness, and vigilance during the COVID-19 pandemic due to a threat of weaponizing of COVID-19. While we are seeing a medium to low level threat in regards to this, members of these communities who are required to go to work, cannot stay home and must interact with the general public should be aware. Also, all Synagogues and Jewish Centers should be aware of this alert. White supremacist groups and neo-Nazi’s are calling for the ‘weaponizing’ of COVID-19, specifically th

The Maidan Ukrainian Regime: A Rising Threat of Ultra-Nationalist and Neo-Fascist Terrorism

On the 16th of February 2020, the U.S. State Department Coordinator Ambassador for Counterterrorism, Nathan Sales, arrived in Ukraine.[1] Whilst the agenda for the meeting was not announced, hope remains he discussed at least some of the issues relating to the increasing threat posed by ultra-nationalist and neo-fascist groups in Ukraine with his counterparts. If anything, this long-overdue meeting highlights the ever-increasing, and greatly concerning, neo-fascist problem afflicting Ukraine. Indeed, on the eve of the Euromaidan revolution of 2014,[2] the threat of ultranationalist and neo-fascist Ukrainian terrorism (UNUT) should have been clear to all; unfortunately, it was not.[3] Thin

COVID-19 and The Rise of Asian Hate Crimes

StartFragment The current pandemic of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, has caused a sharp increase in hate crimes against Asians around the world. The virus originated in Wuhan, China which incited politicians like President Donald Trump to openly use the term ‘Chinese Virus’ to describe the current situation, enticing more xenophic comments and re-tweet responses from individuals and politicians. When asked about intentionally using this particular language, Trump said, “It’s not racist at all...it comes from China, that’s why.”[1] On March 24, 2020 President Trump stated that he was going to stop calling the virus the ‘Chinese Virus’, stating, “everyone knows it came out of China,

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