American Sniper is well on its way to being the biggest war film ever at the domestic box office, and second most popular R-rated film ever behind The Passion of the Christ.
While everyone is debating the pros and cons of French satire, they are ignoring the robust and vibrant world of Middle Eastern satire. Through irony and puns they are able to send messages that expose the absurdity of those they target.
President Obama will be in India for a three-day visit starting Sunday, searching for that elusive foreign policy triumph to consolidate his presidential legacy. This is not the first time that New Delhi has come to the rescue of a president who lost his sheen.
I see soldier worship as harmful because it so easily morphs into support for wars, no matter how unjust, by letting our affection for our fellow citizens in uniform and our desire to see them come home alive obscure the truth behind what they're supposedly fighting and dying for, which is rarely as black and white as we are told or wish it to be.
It's become almost routine -- the prosecutions of alleged al Qaeda operatives and spokespeople, men picked up halfway across the world brought to downtown Manhattan, where they're tried for acts they're alleged to have committed years ago in cahoots with Osama bin Laden.
The fountainhead of Islamic extremism that promotes and legitimizes violence lies with the fanatical "Wahhabi" strain of Islam centered in Saudi Arabia. And if the world wants to tamp down and eliminate such violent extremism, it must confront this primary host and facilitator.
The proper response to the Charlie Hebdo murders is not to jail "blasphemers" of any persuasion, whether they hold a pen or a microphone.
American counter-terrorism officials had higher hopes for Yemen's stability -- until now. Yemen's descent into a gory failed state poses a clear and present danger to Europe, the U.S. and the West.
Since the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo office that left twelve people dead there has been a considerable amount of coverage by U.S. media. Unfortunately the bulk of this media attention has been errant fear mongering.
The terrorist attacks in Paris, for all their horror and barbarity, are a clarifying event. Freedom of speech, we can all see, is the ultimate soft target, as vulnerable as it is precious.
Mohammed was a gentle and compassionate man at a time in history when tribes and factions were forging alliances with the sword. The Koran is full of references to war as the backdrop to building the Muslim community but also contains a clear condemnation of this sort of vigilante behavior.
Bahrain must tread carefully. The ruling monarchy finds itself vulnerable to a resilient Shi'ite opposition and a growing current of pro-Daesh elements within the monarchy's political and security structures.
If these murders do not constitute a war, they nonetheless point to a deep conflict inside Europe. This conflict is not over whose religion is the one true religion. It is about the very identity of Europe.
Europe is now at the frontline of Islamist terrorism and anti-Semitism, and January 2015 will be remembered as a beginning rather than the climax of Islamist terrorism in Europe.
You can't avenge God. And you have to be overly foolhardy to assume that you are qualified to do so.
No it's not because the bad guys are strong enough to do whatever they fancy doing, nor because they have the popular backbone that keeps them alive.