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The 5 Ways American Muslims Can Respond to Anti-Muslim Protests

Qasim Rashid | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

This October, anti-Islam extremists are planning roughly 20 anti-Muslim protests in front of mosques in America. With this context, here are five important ways my fellow American Muslims can, and should, respond to these anti-Muslim protests in America.

A Different Kind of Dot Com Boom

Julie Shain | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Julie Shain

In a world where marketing and messaging has moved online, we cannot afford extremist groups the legitimacy and recruitment possibilities attached to a formal web address. When what lies behind these digital storefronts are violent extremist groups, we have a responsibility to stand up and say no.

Fighting Extremism Requires More Than a Good Communication's Strategy

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.02.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

When King Abdullah, in the first of the seven points, calls for the return to basics, it must be emphasized that the basics here should not be limited to "deep values of love peace, justice and compassion." It should also include the basic rights of individuals and the needs for serious political and socioeconomic reforms.

Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia, and Their Gift to Yale

Omer Aziz | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Omer Aziz

The first thing you need to know about Saudi Arabia is that it is not a country but a financial and religious empire with a million poisonous tentacles stretching across both the West and the Muslim world.

Little Boys and Big Shots

Jack Rothman | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Jack Rothman

McNamara, Santorum, and Murdoch have all clutched tightly their battered truths, same as Dan did--reality checks be damned. In the end, there's a remarkable similarity in the foibles of renowned big shots and innocent little boys.

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.