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How Saudi Arabia Is Losing Influence

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which was once at the front and center of the Arab world and a significant player on the global stage due to its oil riches, has been steadily losing its regional influence and prominent role.

Saints, Beheadings And Chaucer: The History of Valentine's Day

Meggen and Peter Taylor | Posted 02.10.2017 | Weird News
Meggen and Peter Taylor

In wrapping up my exploration of the history behind Valentine's Day the day itself has a past that is not quite like the way we celebrate in modern times and thank goodness. Heck, my male friend whose comments about what his significant other should be doing to and for him were not so far off the mark in terms of the history.

ISIS Video Appears To Show Beheading Of Russian Captive

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 01.10.2017 | World

BEIRUT, Dec 2 (Reuters) - A video released online by Islamic State on Wednesday purportedly showed the beheading of a man the group said was a Russian...

Inquisition in Our Time

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 09.29.2016 | World
Harry Leibowitz

A young man is about to be beheaded and then have his body crucified in public. Sounds like some novel that takes place at the time of the Inquisition, but this is very real and is scheduled to happen in Saudi Arabia this week.

France Announces Terrorism Charge Against Man Suspected Of Beheading

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2016 | World

PARIS, June 30 (Reuters) - France's chief public prosecutor said on Tuesday a man arrested last week on suspicion of beheading his boss and trying ...

French Attack Suspect Admits To Killing His Boss, Source Says

Reuters | Posted 06.28.2016 | World

PARIS, June 28 (Reuters) - The suspected Islamist militant held over an attack against a French chemical plant has admitted killing his manager, a s...

French Police Question Beheading Suspect With Islamist Ties

Reuters | Posted 06.27.2016 | World

By Michel Rose LYON, France, June 27 (Reuters) - French authorities are questioning a 35-year-old delivery man of North African origin...

ISIS Continues to Rise

Mike Smith | Posted 05.23.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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.