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Extremism

ISIS, Slavery, and Islamic Abolitionism

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Usaama al-Azami

Does Islam sanction slavery? Until recently, this question would have been seen as somewhat outlandish or else academic. Aside from the odd right-wing talk show host in the US, the latter question does not generally arise these days except in academic and theological discussions.

Women Can Help Fight Terrorism In Tunisia

Boutheina Ben Yaghlane | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Boutheina Ben Yaghlane

We face exceptional threats against our nation but, as evident from the president's declaration of the state of emergency, Tunisians are determined not to give in. As a group less likely to commit terrorist acts but disproportionately affected by terrorism, women must play a critical role in countering violent extremism.

Israel's Extremist Settlers Latest Front In Terrorism Struggle

USA Today | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion

AHIYA, West Bank — Elhanan Shmidov views this illegal Jewish outpost, within earshot of the drumming ceremonies of nearby Palestinian villages...

With Kenya's Youth, The Future Is Here: Invest to Reap Demographic Benefits

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

Kenya, is at the cusp of a "demographic dividend," which could transmute Kenya's fortunes in the first half of the 21st century -- but only if the country takes the right steps towards investing in the current youthful population.

Islamic State Releases 22 Christians In Syria, Activists Say

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion

Islamic State militants on Tuesday released 22 Christians they had held captive since February, following mediation by tribal leaders, activists said....

Combatting Religious Blasphemy in Israel

Ron Kronish | Posted 08.06.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

On Sunday of this week, I went with about 100 Jews associated with the Tag Meir Forum, to pay a condolence call to the family in the village in Duma in the West Bank.

#NotAnotherBrother Campaign Challenges ISIS's Online Propaganda

The Huffington Post UK | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.04.2015 | Religion

A powerful video appearing to show a British man who has joined the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria has been released to urge Mus...

Jewish Extremists Make Me Embarrassed to Be Jewish

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

It is both shocking and embarrassing that these extremists cite my Torah as the blueprint for their brutality. If we Jewish people are to call on Muslims to rail against Islamic extremism, then we in the Jewish community must heed our own call. We must stand in opposition against those who tarnish Judaism through their hate and bloodshed.

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.