The World Organization for Resource Development and Education [WORDE] is a nonprofit, educational organization whose mission is to enhance communication and understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities and to strengthen moderate Muslim institutions worldwide to mitigate social and political conflict. … Read More
In light of the recent Boston terrorist attack, the Montgomery County Faith Community Working Group (FCWG) called leaders of faith communities, government officials, youth activists, gang prevention experts and journalists for a town hall forum on preventing violence on April 25th, 2013. The meeting was hosted by the International Cultural Center (ICC) and led by [...]
In April, WORDE Senior Fellow Mehreen Farooq traveled across Germany to meet with Muslim communities, law enforcement and public officials in the Interior Ministries to discuss the issue of preventing radicalization. Farooq delivered several keynote addresses at the Hans-Seidel Foundation in Munich, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin.
On March 19, 2013 WORDE hosted the National Counterterrorism Center’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Group* for an updated community awareness briefing on the threat of homegrown violent extremism (HVE) at WORDE’s International Cultural Center (ICC). The first briefing was provided to the ICC community in 2011. The NCTC is directed to prepare presentations on counterterrorism [...]
Feb 26-Apr 4, 2013 | Washington, DC
WORDE is co-sponsoring career fair events for job opportunities within the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). Various agencies within the IC are seeking a culturally diverse, technologically savvy and skilled workforce for a range of careers in a number of fields.
Across the world, violent extremists are destroying ancient shrines and cultural sites long revered by both Muslims and non-Muslims. Militants are also targeting cultural thought leaders who have historically championed pluralism, and denounced intolerance. The overwhelming majority of Muslims and non-Muslims around the world repudiate … More
WORDE specialists collaborate, advise and provide resources to the US Government on a number of foreign and domestic issues from countering violent extremism, homeland security, civil rights, to Muslim-community outreach and engagement. WORDE strives to engender trust between the government and Muslim American communities through several avenues. … More
As America faces a growing threat of homegrown terrorism, it is increasingly essential that Muslim communities and policymakers collaborate to undercut radical ideologies that lead to violent extremism. With input from law enforcement agencies, Muslim community leaders, and youth in America, WORDE developed a series of projects to counter … More
WORDE educates policymakers and law enforcement officials about the differences between mainstream Islamic ideologies, and radical ideologies promoted by violent extremists. Our programs are designed to facilitate US government efforts to identify credible Muslim partners, and engender mutual trust between the government and Muslim … More
In 2011 WORDE established a new cultural center for the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. Located in Gaithersburg, MD, the ICC is a forum where people from all traditions can gather to promote principles of peace, social harmony and plurality through prose, music, meditation and sacred … More
A new RAND report entitled, “Promoting Online Voices for Countering Violent Extremism” by Todd C. Helmus, Erin York, and Peter Chalk was an extensive study on the effects of social media and other online resources to counter violent narratives. The authors of the report describe how al -Qa’ida and its followers have used the Internet [...]
April 22, 2013 | KCRW, To the Point
The suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing has been charged with using weapons of mass destruction, a charge which can carry the death penalty. We hear about his condition and how he’s being treated by federal authorities.
April 19, 2013 | National Journal
by Michael Hirsh
Based on what we know so far, the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were likely self-motivated terrorists who were probably not part of a larger al Qaida plot, but may well have been inspired and perhaps prepared in part by ideology and training from the global jihadist network. Based on police reports and witness testimony, the older brother, 26-year-old Tamarlan Tsarnaev…
April 18, 2013 | National Journal
by Micahel Hirsh
Until this week, Americans had been living in something of a bubble. Nothing like the Boston Marathon bombing had happened to us for a very long time—since around Sept. 11, 2001, in fact. Despite repeated waves of overseas terrorism from Europe to the Middle East, the United States had avoided the epidemic of IEDs.