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The Two Remaining Obstacles to a New Iran Deal

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a press conference in Tehran on August 29, 2022 – STR/AFP via Getty Images

Islamist Extremism

The Two Remaining Obstacles to a New Iran Deal

  • Iran is demanding that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) investigation into the uranium particles found at several Iranian sites be closed prior to full implementation of the agreement. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that resolving the IAEA investigation issue is a pillar of any nuclear deal and without it, “It is meaningless to talk about an agreement.”
  • Iran is also demanding guarantees in case of a future U.S. withdrawal from the deal. Read More
  • See Clarion Project’s review of the dangers of the new deal HERE.

New Mexico Man Arrested for Attempting to Assist ISIS

  • Herman Leyvoune Wilson, 45, of Albuquerque, N.M. was arrested for attempting to provide material support for ISIS.
  • Wilson, also known as Bilal Mu’Min Abdullah, attempted to establish an “Islamic State Center” in New Mexico that would teach ISIS ideology and provide training for individuals preparing to travel and fight on behalf of ISIS.
  • Wilson faces up to 20 years in prison for each count. Read More

Man Pleads Guilty to Planning ISIS-Inspired Attack in Queens

  • Awais Chudhary, 22, pled guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS.
  • Chudhary, who was born in Pakistan, pledged his loyalty to ISIS in 2019, began planning an attack on targets in Queens, and sought guidance from ISIS supporters.
  • Chudhary faces up to 20 years in prison. Read More

New York Times Again Caught Hiring Openly Antisemitic Freelancers

  • The New York Times recently terminated its relationship with a Gaza-based journalist, Fady Hanona, for comments supporting Palestinian terrorism and praising Adolf Hitler, following a report by the watchdog group HonestReporting.
  • HonestReporting has uncovered a string of similarly antisemitic posts by two more NYT freelancers. Read More

Alt-Right & Alt-Left Extremism

Boogaloo Boys hold a rally at the Capitol Building in October 2020 in Lansing, Mich. to distance themselves from the Wolverine Watchmen who plotted to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer – Seth Herald/Getty Images

Two Convicted in Conspiracy to Kidnap Michigan Governor

  • A federal jury convicted Adam Fox, of Wyoming, Mich., and Barry Croft Jr., of Bear, Del., in connection with a conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
  • The individuals were members of a Boogaloo Boi-affiliated militia group called The Wolverine Watchmen.
  • Five additional co-conspirators are in court for preliminary hearings for their role in the kidnapping plot. Read More

Armed Antifa Protesters Support Texas Drag Queen Story Hour

  • A group of armed Antifa members came to Roanoke, Texas to show support and act as bodyguards for a “kid-friendly” drag show.
  • The local chapter of the Antifa-affiliated militia group known as the Elm Fork John Brown Gun Club led the call to direct action. Read More

More News From the Alt-Right

  • Joshua Pruitt, 40, a former Washington, D.C. resident who was in the process of joining the far-right Proud Boys group, was sentenced to serve about 4.5 years in prison for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. Read More

More News From the Alt-Left

  • Video has emerged of black-masked Antifa members harassing street preachers in Portland, Ore. by ripping apart signs, throwing fireworks, and assaulting people at an outdoor market event downtown. Watch Here

Hate Crime

Video screenshot of teen spraying an Orthodox man with a fire extinguisher – via New York Daily News

  • A 14-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime for spraying two Orthodox Jewish men in the face with a fire extinguisher and punching one of them in Brooklyn, N.Y. Read More
  • Esmeralda Upton, 58, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of assault and terroristic threats after she was seen on a cell phone video yelling several racial slurs toward a group of women and hitting multiple women outside a restaurant in Plano, Texas. Read More

Hostile Foreign Influence Operations

Peiter Zatko – Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Former Twitter Security Chief Alleges Spies on Staff and Critical Cybersecurity Risks

  • Twitter’s former head of security Peiter Zatko has disclosed to Congress and federal agencies that it is possible that the company has foreign spies on its payroll.
  • Zatko’s report became public two weeks after a former manager from Twitter was convicted of spying for Saudi Arabia.
  • Zatko also said that Twitter is vulnerable to foreign government exploitation in many ways that undermine the national security of the United States. Read More

Socialite Unmasked as Russian Spy

  • Investigators have unmasked socialite and jewelry designer Maria Adela Kuhfeldt Rivera for being a spy working on behalf of Russia’s GRU foreign intelligence service. Rivera infiltrated NATO by charming and seducing commanders. Read More
A video of far-right media personality Alex Jones is shown during a full committee hearing on Capitol Hill on July 12, 2022 – SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

The Pros and Cons of Deplatforming Extremists

  • A professor at University College of London recently reported on the effects of deplatforming extremists from social media.
  • Research shows deplatforming has positive effects of decreasing hateful content from users who stayed active on a platform following the elimination of a hateful group.
  • However, as dangerous communities’ footprints became smaller, users would become significantly more extreme. Read More

Research Shows Sports Keep Youth Away From Radicalization

  • Researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) highlight the effect that sports have in building resilience against youth involvement in violent extremism.
  • A researcher involved in the study said sports programs assist in developing bonds and social ties between young people, making them an ideal method to help move young people away from radicalization. Read More

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