Welcome to AS IT IS, from VOA Learning English.
I'm Christopher Cruise.
Today, we tell about the struggle facing Iraq and other countries tocare for the thousands of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria…
Then, Kelly Jean Kelly tells about a planned free-trade area inCentral Africa. The plans were approved 20 years ago, but have yet tobe carried out. We will look at why that is…
But first, Jim Tedder reports on the growing threat from extremistgroups to European nations…
The British government recently warned that anti-Islam extremism is areal threat to security in the country. The warning comes as some observers have noted increasing activity among what they call "counter-Jihad" groups across Europe. As we hear from Jim Tedder,those groups are reported to be seeking new members.
Anders Breivik killed 77 people in Norway in July of 2011. He claimshe carried out the attacks to save Norway and Europe from an Islamic takeover.
After the attacks, Britain added far-right extremism to its planningfor fighting terrorism. James Brokenshire is the country's Minister for Crime and Security. He says one in 10 cases of extremism now underinvestigation is linked to what he calls the far right.
Investigations showed Anders Breivik was not an active member of anextremist group. But they did find he was active on nationalist andanti-Islam websites.
Breivik was known to support the anti-Islam English Defense League.The EDL has helped set up similar organizations across Europe.
Last August, activists from across the continent gathered inStockholm, Sweden. Among them was the EDL's organizer, who calls himself Tommy Robinson.
"It's about us sharing ideologies, sharing resources, and workingtogether in any way we can, over the next 12 months, in order to highlight the truth, the truth about Islam."
The British government says the cases of far-right extremism that it is fighting are, in its words, "self-starting groups and individuals."Again, Britain's Minister for Security James Brokenshire.
"The far-right threat is not as widespread or systematic as the al-Qaida-inspired threat. And, operationally, there are vast differences.But we also notice that at the same time, at its core, the far rightappeals to people who share many of the same vulnerabilities as those exploited by al-Qaida inspired extremism."
I'm Jim Tedder.
1.takeover n. 接收，接管；接任
There's been a military takeover of some kind.
That's why the government needs to look for new ideologies.
3.highlight vt. 突出；强调；使显著；加亮
His remarks highlighted his own function.
4.exploit vt. 开发，开拓；剥削；开采
We must exploit every opportunity to learn new things.