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ISIS Continues to Rise

Mike Smith | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Mike Smith

ISIS Continues to Rise

Jessica Schulberg

Pentagon Plans Mosul Attack, Saying Islamic State Might 'Is In Decline' | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon, departing from previous reluctance to disclose specifics about the fight against the Islamic State, on Thursday announced ...

ISIL Reminds Us Who Joins Terrorist Organizations and Why

Joe Navarro | Posted 02.11.2015 | Crime
Joe Navarro

The purpose of terrorism is, of course, to terrorize, and they are succeeding at that. Hundreds of thousands have now fled Iraq and Syria as a result of ISIL's unparalleled violence and mastery of social media. One has to ask: who would be susceptible to their recruitment?

Our Fight Against ISIS

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Chaker Khazaal

The solution to end this insane violence is not to circulate gruesome imagery of beheadings and violence. We must return to the human element that all these brave journalists so passionately tried to shed light on.

Bearing Witness Even When It Seems Too Much to Bear

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 03.22.2015 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Just listening isn't enough. We must give what we can, stay active and aware, help out the person next to us and the one overseas, and pressure leaders with our votes and voices.

The Islamic State: Existential or Exaggerated Danger?

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

The threat of IS may be exaggerated. But if effective action is not taken now, IS will become existential. And that threat will extend far beyond the Middle East.

Invitation to a Beheading

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

The debate over boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria has now lost its meaning. The U.S. has got to respond to the beheading of innocent American citizens. The beheadings have turned around American public opinion.

In the Memory of Abdul Rahman Peter Kassig

Zaher Sahloul | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Zaher Sahloul

I am confident that the Syrian people who knew Peter and loved him as a person and as a humanitarian will one day establish a school, a hospital and a foundation under his name. His legacy will outlive the criminals who took his life away.

Will ISIS Beheadings Change American Views on Islam and the Middle East?

John A. Tures | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

At a political science conference on Friday, I presented research my students and I were working on about the subject of beheadings. We were trying to determine whether the killings of journalists James Foley on August 19 and Stephen Sotloff on September 2 had any impact upon U.S. public opinion.

Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Honored by PEN Canada

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

So, proudly, claims the official website of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. If you were to ask imprisoned liberal Saudi writer Raif Badawi, you may hear otherwise. Or not. He may not be able to tell you what he really thinks.

Exclusive: A Private Meeting with President Obama to Discuss ISIS and Boko Haram

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Tanya Young Williams

I spoke with Anthony Egbase, exclusively, to learn more about how the Obama administration's plans to deal with ISIS and Boko Haram in the wake of the escalated terrorist attacks.

ISIS, Ukraine, the South China Sea and the End of the Era of American Power

David Paul | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
David Paul

Shock and Awe was the name for the onslaught of missiles and bombing that was to initiate the U.S. invasion and would intimidate Saddam, quickly bringing his regime into submission. Little did we know that the opening days of the second Iraq war marked the end of the era of America as the world's dominant military power.

About Beheading: There Is More to ISIS Decapitations Than Mere Publicity

Michael Vlahos | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Michael Vlahos

Ritualized IS beheadings tee-us-up for defeat to come. Suddenly confronted with the power and horror of sacral death -- which we are deeply receptive to and yet not equipped to understand -- we move, reflexively, like the monarchies of the 1790s, to simply destroy the bacillus.

Using Oklahoma Tragedy for Political Gain

Harris Zafar | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Harris Zafar

A horrifying tragedy in Oklahoma has been hijacked to become a tool of partisan politics, and lost is the practice of an intelligent discourse.

Did the ISIS Beheadings Change American Attitudes Toward Islam?

John A. Tures | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

When ISIS started beheading Americans, did it change public attitudes in the Middle East in general, and Islam in particular? Recent polls have suggested a dramatic shift in public attitudes.

A Cop Killing and a Beheading: How Fox News Picks and Chooses Its 'Terrorism' Targets

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.30.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

On Fox News a Muslim who killed a co-worker in Oklahoma and who remains in police custody represents a much bigger story than a suspected anti-government assassin who killed a cop and remains on the run, eluding hundreds of law enforcement officials while terrorizing a Pennsylvania community.

Rick Perry Believes Oklahoma Beheading Was More Than ‘Workplace Violence'

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Monday that the beheading at a workplace in Oklahoma last week “is an act of violence that is associated with terrori...

Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings But Love Drone Killings?

Coleen Rowley | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

The answer lies in human psychology. And probably like the old observation about history, people who refuse to understand human psychology are doomed to be victims of psychological manipulation.

ISIL and the World's Policeman

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

So goes the political dance in America between reality and rhetoric. However, most Americans see past the rhetoric. They understand the reality that the Middle East is a mess and that American military action is not going to do much.

What Role Do Social Media Companies Have in Stopping Speech?

Robert Quigley | Posted 11.15.2014 | Media
Robert Quigley

Who would want to see the gruesome video or further the militants' propaganda goals? Count me out. However, it is wrong that Twitter and YouTube made that decision for us, without a clear explanation.

Fighting the Islamic State: What About the Day After?

James Dorsey | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Decades of entrenched autocratic mismanagement and abusive rule in the Middle East and North Africa cannot be erased overnight. Similarly, they cannot be reversed by foreign intervention.

Keeping Their Memories Alive

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

We need to emphasize and celebrate the values, passions, memories and legacies of those we have lost rather than constantly rewinding how they were taken from us.

For Steve Sotloff: My Personal Tribute to My Friend and Collaborator

Leah Stern | Posted 11.06.2014 | Media
Leah Stern

You chose to venture to the most dangerous places on the planet because sharing the story was worth the risk of your own mortality. You unmasked the evils of our world today and you stared at it straight in the face. And you truly loved doing it.

We Should Encourage Obama to Play More Golf, Not Less

Steven Kurlander | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Does our president really play too much golf these days? That's the question being debated lately after questions were raised about President Obama'...

The Challenges in Defeating ISIS

John L. Esposito | Posted 10.27.2014 | World
John L. Esposito

Given the current momentum of ISIS and stated intentions to expand its caliphate, it may well attempt to increase its activity in northwest Syria and southern Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and southern Turkey.