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In the Era of the Angry Nut

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Keith M. Parsons

If you express an opinion in any public forum these days on any subject whatsoever you will soon encounter the Angry Nut. The Angry Nut is angry. Very angry. At you.

Shooting Our Mouths Off

John A. Tures | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Nationwide, we mourn the victims of the Lafayette Theater shooting. It is a particularly sad time for people in West Georgia and East Alabama who knew the shooter, and have to come to grips with someone they know perpetrating such a deed. Yet some want to keep the hate that helped fuel Rusty Houser going.

Early Detection Key for 'Lone Wolves' Acting in Behalf of ISIS

Anne Speckhard | Posted 07.07.2015 | World
Anne Speckhard

The narrative that Islam, Islamic people and lands are under attack by the West has long been a narrative with al Qaeda and is now being furthered by ISIS. And it's a narrative that finds footholds with many who radicalize by interacting with slick ISIS marketing materials.

Countering Violent Extremism and Bridging the Security-Development Gap

Dr. Khalid Koser | Posted 07.02.2015 | World
Dr. Khalid Koser

There remains in many administrations a gap between those government agencies charged with security, and those with responsibility for overseas development. Countering violent extremism depends on bridging this gap.

Prime Minister David Cameron: British Schools Must Root Out Muslim Extremists

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Headmasters and teachers at Britain’s privately owned and state-run schools have been ordered to be on the lookout for Mus...

Be Careful Of Retrospective Data In Assessing Terror Threat

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

Our focus on only one type of ideological terrorist risk creates what economists call availability heuristics, where fears about the frequency of events come to frame an inaccurate understanding of them. With everything from terrorism to vehicular accidents, our risks are broader than our fears dictate.

Is It Called 'Terrorism' Or 'Violent Extremism'?

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Faisal J. Abbas

The two recent attacks on mosques in eastern Saudi Arabia can't be labeled as anything but evil acts of terrorism. Such a classification seems obvious to most of us; however, having just attended brain-storming sessions at the WEF summit, I fear there might be some confusion as to what is defined as terrorism and what isn't.

MYHACK: Harnessing Creativity to Prevent Radicalisation

Keeya-Lee Ayre | Posted 05.24.2015 | Impact
Keeya-Lee Ayre

The head of ASIO recently issued a call to arms for families to spot teenagers on the path to radicalisation. The Director General of Security has sai...

Random Evolution, Intelligent Design or Both?

Shahram Shiva | Posted 05.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Shahram Shiva

Right wing vs. left wing, Republican vs. Democrat, Intelligent Design vs. evolutionary theories, these constant battles of ideology seem to point to...

Beating the Terrorist Brand -- The Need for a Political Offensive

Matt Freear | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Matt Freear

It is clear that today's persistent terrorist organizations are manipulating marketing ideas like consistency, uniqueness and credibility far more effectively than we are undermining them. Often, we inadvertently help them, without realizing how they are succeeding.

Role of Youth in Countering Violent Extremism

Common Ground News Service | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Common Ground News Service

Today, young people are in a paradoxical situation in relation to Islam and the West. This critical situation is rooted in two realities that are seemingly contradictory but inherently complementary.

Here's What the Social Science Says About Countering Violent Extremism

Scott Atran | Posted 06.25.2015 | Science
Scott Atran

Unless we understand the powerful cultural forces behind the turn to violent extremism, we will fail to address the threat. When, as now, the focus is on military solutions and police interdiction, matters have already gone way too far. If that focus remains, we lose the coming generation.

Institutionalized Racism: National Security Threat and Mental Health Crisis

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Over the past nine months, the FBI has arrested five African Americans suspected of sympathizing with ISIS. These arrests necessitate an examination of why some African Americans might be drawn to violent extremist groups.

Film Offers An Inside Look Pakistan's Extreme Islamic Schools

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion

The film "Among the Believers," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend, gives an in-depth look into the rise of Islamic school...

The Quest for Islamic 'Reformation'

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Saleem H. Ali

As a Muslim, who has followed this polarization of narratives, I am convinced that all opinions deserve to be heard and not just marginalized as either "Islamophobia" or "Jihadism," albeit with caution. Prejudice is a common human failing which people of all faiths are capable of.

Contemplating Islamic Reform

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion
Muqtedar Khan

The Muslim World is unhealthy in body, spirit and mind. We need to revive and reform left, right and center. Western criticism must be treated as informative but not instructive of Muslim initiatives for reform.

The State of Romanian Extremism

John Feffer | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
John Feffer

Relations between ethnic Hungarians and ethnic Romanians have improved to a degree. There are still tensions, particularly around the top of regionalization, which would provide greater autonomy to different parts of the country, including the area with a Hungarian majority.

Arab Summit Highlighted Stark Differences Between the US and Its Main Arab Allies in the Fight Against Extremism

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Neil Hicks

There is little sign that America's key allies in this fight are paying attention to all of the elements of President Obama's multifaceted approach to countering violent extremism. The forthcoming Arab Summit will further expose these differences. That can only undermine the effectiveness of multilateral cooperation against ISIL.

Good Stories Well Told: How a Movie Producer Approaches Diplomacy

Alex Schwartz | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Alex Schwartz

Our enemies tell a story of revenge, hatred and brutalilty. We need to talk over them with a story about tolerance, freedom and opportunity.

Another Kind of Muslim Brotherhood

Kenan Trebincevic | Posted 05.03.2015 | New York
Kenan Trebincevic

As a 34-year-old Muslim man with an older brother I look up to, I hated how much we had in common with 34-year-old Said Kouachi and his brother Cherif, the terrorists who murdered 12 at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

How Islamic Is The Islamic State? Not Very, Experts Say

AP | LEE KEATH and HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion

CAIRO (AP) — Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become "jihadi" brides. Three young men charged in New York with plotting t...

Major Muslim Anti-Terrorism Conference Calls For Reform In Practice Of Islamic Law

AP | Posted 02.25.2015 | Religion

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — An anti-terrorism conference in Saudi Arabia attended by Muslim clerics from around the world has ended with leaders cal...

Press Freedom Must Not Be Compromised in Fight Against Extremism

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Courtney C. Radsch

There is a valid concern that the countering violent extremism initiative could provide justification for governments to broaden surveillance online and use it to curb human rights and civil liberties.

Obama: 'Pitch Perfect'

James Zogby | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

As we have found so many times before, while current challenges may have brought out the worst in some, it has also created the opportunity to bring good people together to support each other.

Obama: Notion Of War With Islam Is An 'Ugly Lie'

USA Today / Religion News Service | David Jackson | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama said Thursday (Feb. 19) that governments across the globe are obligated to confront the “warped ideologies” that...