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How The Obama Administration Is Asking Tech Companies To Help Combat ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In response to the Islamic State's savvy use of social media to spread its messages and publicize its deeds, the Obama administration sa...

To Win the War on Terror, We Must Win the War of Ideas

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

We should not forget the successes we've had in the fight against terror. At the same time, surveying the current landscape suggests that the U.S. and its allies need to up their games considerably in dealing with ISIS and other terrorist groups.

Muslims Should Live, Not Die, In America

Ethan Casey | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's all too predictable that some Muslims, as tragically disturbed and misguided as alleged Chapel Hill killer Craig Stephen Hicks seemingly is, will take matters into their own hands. That's one thing I'm afraid of. But I'm also afraid of the opposite -- that Muslim communities around the US will be terrorized into cowering timidity.

UAE Embarks on Global Campaign to Market Its Brand of Autocracy

James Dorsey | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The United Arab Emirates has embarked on an all-out effort to broaden its regional influence and achieve global acceptance of its autocratic definition of terrorism that encompasses all non-violent, legitimate expressions of political Islam.

How Exactly Do We Get Rid of Boko Haram?

The Root | Charles D. Ellison | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices

The closer we get to Nigeria’s upcoming presidential elections, set to take place Feb. 14, the worse it gets as Boko Haram is emboldened. What start...

Obama Defends Counterterrorism Strategy And Drone Strikes In Yemen

AP | JULIE PACE and ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, saying efforts to root out a dangerous al...

Obama and India: Love in the Time of Cholera

Sunil Adam | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Sunil Adam

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.

Conflicting Views of Islam Spill onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
James Dorsey

When Sarah Samir stepped this week on to an Egyptian soccer pitch to referee a men's match, she joined a small band of Arab women referees staking out their right to be involved in the sport on par with men.

Will the Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack Kill Intelligence Reform in the United States?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Just as the gruesome beheadings in Syria rallied a once war-weary public to support the deployment of US troops in both Iraq and Syria, the brutal assault at Charlie Hebdo could have the effect of convincing more Americans that US intelligence should keep the power they have in order to detect a similar act of violence.

Deaths in Paris: Separating Fact from Fiction

James Dorsey | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The jihadist assaults in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket as well as two French police officers have sparked allegations of a failure by French intelligence and security agencies. Jihadists beyond the Middle East are also portrayed as coordinated by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). A closer look suggests those assertions are at best speculation.

Counter-Terrorism Kickstarter

Michael Conniff | Posted 01.10.2015 | Denver
Michael Conniff

Silbi Kelly Stanton comes by her interest in counter-terrorism honestly. The daughter of both Irish Catholic and Protestant Irish descendants, Stanton also studied The Troubles in Ireland before turning to the Al-Qaeda conundrum.

Deaths in Paris: Refining the Post-9/11 Model

James Dorsey | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The attack on Charlie Hebdo has similarly sparked reinforced public support for freedoms -- first and foremost the freedom of expression, a pillar of the French republic.

Thank You, America

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

From the report on torture we can draw three lessons. The first is a terrible one, but the other two are encouraging. The first thing the report teaches us is that it is possible for the most prominent intelligence agency of the world's most powerful democracy to commit torture on a large scale

Counter-Terrorism: Counter-Humanitarianism?

Chris Lockyear | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Chris Lockyear

As international troops leave Afghan security in the hands of their domestic counterparts, ISAF will let its "clear, hold, build" counter-insurgency mandate fade.

Protecting the World's Biggest Marathon, How New York City Got It Right

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | New York
Irwin Redlener, M.D.

Thousands made it across the finish line, exhausted, though elated. And behind the scenes was an incredible demonstration of how a city like New York was able to deter acts of aggression and protect the runners, the spectators and the thousands of workers who helped pull off this major event without serious mishap.

No Iraqi Training Until Congress Approves the Money

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The sooner Congress passes the Pentagon budget for 2015, or at least another continuing resolution, the sooner the president will receive the money. And in fighting terrorism, sooner is often better than later.

Economic Empowerment Is Needed to Fight Terrorism

John Sullivan | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
John Sullivan

Creating an environment where entrepreneurs and their businesses can succeed is a key tool in fighting poverty, providing economic opportunity and defeating terrorism, and one that must not be ignored.

School Shootings and Lone Wolf Attacks: What's the Difference?

James Dorsey | Posted 01.02.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Fryberg and Zehaf-Bibeau cases may differ in detail and motivation, yet they both reflect societal problems whether they are concepts of misguided masculinity in which young men feel inhibited in expressing emotion or increased isolation and alienation as a result of prejudice against mental instability.

One Group's Struggle To Record The Deaths From U.S. Drone Strikes In Pakistan

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. This week, we talked to Jack Serle about the Uni...

The Role of American Muslims in International Peace

Dr. Saud Anwar | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Dr. Saud Anwar

As Americans, we are concerned with protecting our people and resources, as well as providing humanitarian assistance whenever possible. It is not always that the 'mightiest of sword' that wins the wars; it is the 'truest of heart.'

Soccer Fan Support for the Islamic State: Protest or a New Generation of Jihadists?

James Dorsey | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

At face value, a recent one minute video clip on You Tube leaves little doubt about support for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, among supporters of storied Moroccan soccer club Raja Club Athletic.

White House Announces Countering Violent Extremism Program: Is It Pretext for Spying on Muslims?

Sahar Aziz | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Sahar Aziz

While the threat of ISIL is real, Muslims in America should not collectively pay the price every time an individual or group engages in political violence in the name of Islam. Overtly targeting Muslims only corroborates what many Americans have suspected for decades -- systemic bias against minorities infects law enforcement.

Life Sentence for Bin Laden's Son-in-Law Is Hardly 'Soft' on Terrorism

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Critics have expressed legitimate concerns about U.S. conspiracy law, saying it's too easy to convict some people accused of low-level terrorist assistance and sentence them to hard time in highly restrictive prisons. But the claim that the U.S. prison system gives terrorists rights that ought to be reserved for U.S. citizens is simply impossible to support.

Australia Conducts Its Largest Counteterrorism Operation In History

AP | KRISTEN GELINEAU | Posted 11.17.2014 | World

SYDNEY (AP) — Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. Th...

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.