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Extremism

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

Scott Atran | Posted 04.25.2015 | 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 04.24.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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 03.03.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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...

It's Time for a Dialogue on Ethnic and Religious Violence in America

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion
Rep. Mike Honda

We cannot allow the deaths of Yusor, Razan, and Deah, and others, to be in vain. I hope that these tragedies, even years down the road, will unite all Americans, and remind us to respect the value of all lives, regardless of appearance, orientation, or belief.

U.S. Muslim Leaders Seek To Counteract Extremist Recruiters

www.nytimes.com | Posted 02.19.2015 | Religion

STERLING, Va. — Imam Mohamed Magid tries to stay in regular contact with the teenager who came to him a few months ago — at his family’s urging ...

Instead of Seeking Revenge, We Must Fight ISIS by Advancing Ideologies of Human Solidarity

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal

The sensationalist tendencies of our contemporary global media have offered an ideal echo chamber for the warped and corrupt ideologies of these militant groups. We must better utilize this echo chamber to put forth convincing ideologies that strengthen the possibility for human solidarity.

Spin Is a Hell of a Thing

Nida Khan | Posted 04.08.2015 | Media
Nida Khan

As much as both pundits on the right and left would like us to believe that this is a conflict of 'radical Islam' vs. the rest of us, it's much more complex and nuanced than that childish line of reasoning.

How to Win the Ideological Battle Against Extremism

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

To fight ideological extremism in the Middle East the main starting point must be youth. It is vitally important that Arab/Muslim youth are given satisfactory answers to their economic, community and spiritual needs. The challenge is difficult and there are no magic solutions.

Opening Shots Fired in the War Over Guantanamo

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Republican lawmakers are exploiting the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in order to strengthen their argument that Washington is still in the middle of an active war on Islamist extremism. To put the message more alarmingly: If it could happen in broad daylight in Paris, it could happen in DC or New York.

Muslim American Taxpayer Reaction to SOTU 2015

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Mehrunisa Qayyum

The last two years of "lame duck" actually present an opportunity for executive leadership to truly drive policy change without fear of re-election politics. If caveats are included, here is where Obama may truly leverage his power as someone who has freedom to really pursue an agenda without worrying about spending political capital

Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie; Je Suis Frédéric

John Friedman | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
John Friedman

Most of us are not Charlie. Most of us are, like my colleague Frédéric Boisseau, simply going about our regular business until fate puts us in the path of angry people who have rationalized their anti-social hostility as being justified in the name of a higher calling.

Calling Radical Islam What It Is

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

That starts with saying that Islam and Muslims are not the enemy, they are part of the solution. We need to emphasize and acknowledge that there is prejudice against Muslims because of recent events and to emphatically oppose it. But we also must not hesitate to point out that those who suffer the most from radical Islam are Muslims themselves.

White House Official Says "Radical Islam," Turns Into Dust

Spencer Green | Posted 03.16.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Supervising Language Neuterer Lionel Fullingbrill was answering questions about February's Extreme Extremism summit (E2) when he accidentally said the aforementioned two words and disappeared into a swirling cloud of airborne particles.

Protecting Freedom of Expression in Newsrooms and Mosques: Unity and Dialogue

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Gaia Paradiso

The Mosque of Rome is the largest Mosque of Europe and its architecture replicates and perfectly integrates itself in the heart of Italy.