While pseudo-scholars spin tall tales about "anti-Muslim bias" in the media, the media actually actively covers up the Islamic character of jihad terror attacks. Note that in this story about the increase in terror attacks, the only terrorists who are actually identified are Maoists. All the other terror attacks are described in the passive voice, as if they were just acts of God. To their perpetrators, they were: they were acts of Allah. But the average American reading this, unless he is aware of the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat, will get the impression that the increase in terror attacks was all due to various kinds of disparate "non-state actors" and "militants," and have no idea that the overwhelming majority of the attacks were committed by people holding to the same ideology and belief-system, despite being scattered all over the world.
And that ignorance is just what AFP and other mainstream media outlets are trying to foster. "Terror attacks at high levels in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan: study," from AFP, December 6 (thanks to AINA):
AFP_WASHINGTON: The number of terrorist attacks worldwide has sky-rocketed over the past decade, with a third of all incidents taking place in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new study published Wednesday.
Violence carried out by a “non-state actor” rose from less than a thousand incidents in 2002 to 4,564 attacks in 2011, according to the Global Terrorism Index, produced by the Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace.
The other countries most affected were Pakistan, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Russia, the study said.
Let's see. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Russia. What could they possibly have in common?
The number of victims claimed by the violence peaked in 2007 with 10,000 people killed, while 7,500 died in 2011.
"The violence" claimed victims. No one in particular actually committed "the violence." It just happened.
“The current global trend of terrorism can best be described as plateauing rather than decreasing” since 2002, the report said.
In 2011, Iraq remained the country with the highest number of deaths from terrorist attacks, with 1,798 killed in 1,228 incidents, half of which took place in Baghdad. US troops pulled out of Iraq at the end of 2011.
About 1,468 people were killed last year in attacks in Pakistan and 1,293 in Afghanistan, where the bulk of a Nato-led force is due to withdraw by the end of 2014.
1,468 people were killed by whom?
During the ten-year period assessed by the study, the most lethal assaults occurred in 2004.
In that year, a March 21 attack in Nepal by Maoist rebels left 518 dead and 216 wounded. In Madrid, 191 were killed and 1,800 injured in March 11 commuter train bombings. And in the Russian town of Beslan, more than 300 people were killed and 700 wounded, mostly children, after militants took hostages at a secondary school on September 1.
"Maoist rebels" killed 518 people in Nepal. But who killed 191 people in Madrid and over 300 in Beslan? AFP isn't telling.