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Why the War on Terror is Failing

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Not only has the United States failed to blunt terrorism, Islamic State and radical hegemony, it has made them worse. Indeed, the foreign terror attacks so many Americans live in fear of have morphed into Americans themselves committing terror attacks. That is not progress.

A Remarkable Silence -- Taking a Look in the Mirror

Shahar Azani | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Shahar Azani

In mid-August, an American Jewish singer, Matisyahu, was due to perform at Rototom Sunsplash festival in eastern Spain.

Erdogan Is Pursuing Turkish Self-Interests, Under the Guise of Fighting ISIS

Harut Sassounian | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

The Turkish President's self-serving fake war against terrorism could have the tragic consequence of escalating the violence throughout Turkey and neighboring countries. If Ankara is truly interested in countering the Jihadists, it should have done that long ago, instead of arming and abetting ISIS and other terror groups.

The Allure of ISIL's Caliphate

Philip Seib | Posted 07.22.2015 | World
Philip Seib

Exposing the true ISIL first requires debunking the caliphate-building message. That can best be done by taking it on directly.

Why Won't Iraqi Troops Fight Like Americans?

Inge Fryklund | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
Inge Fryklund

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has complained that Iraqi National Army soldiers have demonstrated "no will to fight" against the Islamic State (IS); the fall of Ramadi was their fault. American soldiers attached to Iraqi units might be needed to "stiffen their spines."

Beating ISIS on the Golf Course

Tom Morris | Posted 06.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tom Morris

This is a true story in every detail. I had a very strange dream the other night. But then, I often do. And they sometimes involve me in a Jack Bauer ...

Stabilizing the Middle East

Amir Madani | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Amir Madani

The cancer of terrorism is the symptom of society's unresolved problems, festering in the swamps of economic inequality, authoritarianism, suppression of civil rights and retrograde creeds.

Why ISIS Should Be Called 'Fahish,' or 'Obscene'

Turki al-Faisal | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Turki al-Faisal

The truth is that the group that attempts to impress the world with the name "Islamic State" is neither Islamic nor a state. The global community would do better to look at this organization and call it by a name that refutes its lies and exposes its true nature.

Defending the Right to Offend

Ayaan Hirsi Ali | Posted 06.20.2015 | World
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I am a free speech absolutist. Perhaps the biggest tragedy in the West today is the fact that freedom of speech is no longer a right that we can take for granted. It is now a privilege available only to those with armed security.

The Peshmerga's Leaders and the French President

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

A civilian war leader conferring with uniformed military leaders. The president of the world's fifth-largest power, a member of the United Nations Security Council, listening intently to the generals of a great nation that is not yet a state, offering encouragement, promising France's redoubled support. It is a weighty and potentially decisive moment.

Major Piece Of Obama Anti-IS Strategy Is Stalled

AP | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military and intelligence officials are increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for political reconciliation in Iraq, a ...

Out-Thinking ISIS

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 05.03.2015 | College
Amanda Botfeld

Instead of proposing a liberal alternative, the United States seems to be apologizing. Statements explaining away the actions of ISIS with lack of job opportunities or poor governance can be used to justify genocide. But the strongest indication that America has entered crisis-mode is that it can no longer make its case.

This Is Not the End of the World

David Moore | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
David Moore

Apocalyptic scriptures share one feature: They were always composed in distressing times for the benefit of desperate people who occupied a particular moment in history. They suffered politically and economically, and only a dramatic rescue by God could help.

Lead Mr. Obama, Please Lead

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

If Mr. Obama can become the force for mobilizing coalition responses by leading both from the front and, where necessary, from behind with real rather than vague strategies and promises, IS is doomed. If not, this will be as a former secretary of defense famously mused "a long, hard slog."

ISIS Fighters Reportedly Seize Parts Of Iraqi Town, Threatening U.S. Marine Base

Reuters | Posted 02.13.2015 | World

BAGHDAD, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents took control on Thursday of large parts of the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, threatening an ...

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.

Jordan Executes 2 Prisoners After ISIS Killing Of Pilot

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 04.05.2015 | World

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan called Wednesday for a decisive battle against the Islamic State group, declaring "this evil can and should be defeated,...

Obama and India: Love in the Time of Cholera

Sunil Adam | Posted 03.25.2015 | 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.

The Death Sentence That Could Inflame Sectarian Tensions Across the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last October, Saudi Arabia's Special Criminal Court sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr -- a popular Shi'ite cleric and outspoken political dissident -- to death.

When Dating Is Like Stubbing Your Toe

Wilson Knight | Posted 03.14.2015 | Entertainment
Wilson Knight

Everything is great, you have the temperature set, your pillows are in the perfect position to support, and you are drifting along in a gentle breeze of sleep, and suddenly you wake up with an insufferable thirst.

Wicked Surveillance Is Abominable, Terrorism Is Worse.

Andrea Stroppa | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Andrea Stroppa

Today's deadly attack shows one more time that terrorism is an actual threat and that, in order to protect, monitor and prevent such attacks, Western nations must deploy sophisticated technologies and cooperate with each other.

New Appraisals of Violent Extremism

Philip Seib | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Philip Seib

Not all those heeding Daesh's call are lunatics; some could be diverted by counter-messaging that offers alternatives to violence. Reaching these young men and women might accomplish more than countless air strikes can achieve. This is the true heart of the struggle against violent extremism.

Should We Oppose the Intervention Against ISIS? An Exchange of Views

Danny Postel | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Danny Postel

Some Syrian activists question how committed the Kurds are to toppling the Syrian dictator. The Kurds, for their part, distrust Turkey, which supports the Syrian opposition. These debates and dynamics are mostly unknown to American progressives.

U.S. to Use Psych Tests to Vett Syrian Rebels for Moderateness

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Many have compared those "moderate Syrian rebels" the U.S. keeps looking for to unicorns. The U.S. now thinks it has a new set of tools to scare the unicorns out of hiding, and to tell the nasty terrorists from the good terrorists: psychological evaluations, biometric checks and stress tests.

Saudi IS Supporters Claim They Shot Danish Man

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Supporters of the Islamic State extremist organization have released a video claiming responsibility for the shoo...