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Jihadists Being Recruited In German Jails
It has been known for some time that some radical Muslims use prison as an opportunity to recruit and develop future jihadists in the United States. But that practice is also being followed in Germany, Lisa Schnell reports in Der Spiegel.

“Officials at the Bavarian state unit of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the agency responsible for monitoring extremist activity in the country, say they have identified jihadist handbooks recommending the recruitment of fellow prisoners and that they have observed Salafist prisoners trying to convert other inmates,” says Schnell, adding that “a handful of international cases underscore the acute threat of young men converting or becoming radicalized in prison.”

For example, the man who shot seven people in March 2012 in Toulouse, France had become a Salafist while in jail.

Global Cooperation Needed To Combat Antibiotic Resistance
An editorial in The Guardian newspaper argues that more cooperation on the global level is needed to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

“Neither climate change nor antimicrobial resistance can be solved by nations acting alone. On the one hand, their scale is immense: disease and evolution do not respect national boundaries. The rate of depletion of the planet’s natural resources affects the whole of humanity but no one country alone has the incentives to make the radical shifts needed. On the other, their scale is intensely human: their solution lies in hundreds of millions of people making small changes to their day-to-day behaviour. And in the case of both, developments in science and technology have a critical role to play. All of this means the typical responses that 20th-century developed nation states are used to taking to protect their populations stand defunct in the face of these super-challenges,” the editors contend.

On The Rise: Al Shabaab Makes A Comeback In East Africa
According to Quartz reporter Steve LeVine, Al Shabaab, the brutal Islamic militia, is making a comeback in the Middle East and both coasts of Africa after three years in near-obscurity. 

Is Global Trade Good For Developing Nations?
Kimberly Elliott of the Center for Global Development examines the impact of large global trade agreements on developing countries.

 

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