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Islamic Extremists

Egypt's 'Christian Winter'

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

Egypt faces an exodus of its Christian population similar to other Middle Eastern states in the grips of Islamist governments. This will be tragic for Egypt.

Why Africa Is Better Off Without the UN

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.01.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Assuming that the remainder of this decade sees continued economic and political distress in the U.S. and Europe, African nations will be forced to address their regional disputes without resourceful allies to act as referee.

Droning On -- But Where's the Dialogue?

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

We are a nation of laws. We are a democracy. No act -- even a President's decision to green-light a drone strike half way around the world -- should ever go so utterly unchecked, unexamined, unstudied, and unconstitutional.

5 Things Americans Need To Know About Pakistan

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion
Akbar Ahmed

In the public mind there is little apart from suicide bombings, terrorism, violence and corruption associated with Pakistan. Commentators freely call Pakistan a "nursery for terrorism." But surely there is more to Pakistan than this?

Malala Yousafzai: Does Islam Even Give You A Right To Education?

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

As if flogging adulterers, executing civilians, and selling women were not enough, on Oct. 8, the Taliban attempted to assassinate a 14-year-old girl for her public advocacy for education.

Pakistan Taliban: We Sent 'Hit Squad' To Kill 14-Year-Old Girl

AP | SHERIN ZADA | Posted 12.12.2012 | World

MINGORA, Pakistan — Pakistani police have arrested a number of suspects in the case of a 14-year-old girl shot and wounded by the Taliban for pr...

Islamic Extremism Shocks And Rocks The World

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

The violent protests in Cairo and in Benghazi were painted with an anti-American brush, and attributed to the vile anti-Islamic video produced in California. But could it be that the 9/11 anniversary -- etched in our psyches -- precipitated the violent demonstrations?

The Islamic Extremist War Against the Sufis

Richard Schiffman | Posted 12.02.2012 | World
Richard Schiffman

Last month the world was shocked to learn that the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans had been killed in an attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya. Few heard of the other violent events in that country in September, which included the destruction of Sufi shrines in three Libyan cities.

A Tale of Two Islams

Taufiq Rahim | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Taufiq Rahim

Following the Arab revolutions of 2011, Islam has forcefully entered the public square, and as political forces jockey for power, we are witnessing a growing duel between radical rejectionists and groups favoring more inclusive engagement.

Keep Calm and Carry Forward

Christopher Holshek | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Christopher Holshek

The violent riots that have been going on at U.S. embassies and other places in the "Arab Spring" countries in particular are certainly cause for alarm, but what's really going on here?

The Thin-Skinned Populace

Michael Drew | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Michael Drew

This isn't merely a West-versus Middle East, or West-versus East way of thinking. It's the nature of where we are now as a society. We have entered an age when people are defined more by their differences than by their similarities, by exclusion rather than by inclusion.

What Salman Rushdie Reminds Us About the Freedoms That We Cherish

Christina Patterson | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Christina Patterson

Those of us who believe in the right to say what you think without being threatened can only show that there are some beliefs that we cherish, too. We can show that we believe in the right of clever writers to write good books, and the right of stupid fantasists to make bad films.

What's the Most Islamic Approach to Islamophobia?

Melody Moezzi | Posted 11.18.2012 | World
Melody Moezzi

We must ask ourselves, both as Muslims and as responsible global citizens: What is the most effective and responsible way to respond to an offensive film or cartoon or other form of expression that has gained popularity for one reason or another?

Assault on the Daughters of Swat Valley

Rukhsana Hasib | Posted 10.10.2012 | Impact
Rukhsana Hasib

The misery in the Swat Valley and the plight of thousands of women and children, who have lost husbands and fathers, gave birth to Swat Relief Initiative.

Where's The Real Threat?

Jess Coleman | Posted 10.09.2012 | Teen
Jess Coleman

We don't fear Islamic extremism because it could take our lives; we fear it because we were taught to, because that's what everyone else seems to be afraid of.

The American Intelligence of Michele Bachmann

Nina Burleigh | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Nina Burleigh

It should come as no surprise that Michele Bachmann claims Huma Abedin, an aide to Hilary Clinton, might be a Muslim Brotherhood spy sent to influence the highest levels of America's foreign policy. Conspiracy theorizing, the classic Middle Eastern method of decoding power, is alive and well on the American right. It is so easy to be a bumptious average American about the Middle East. It's such a confusing place. But Bachmann sits on the House Intelligence Committee with access to intelligence that most do not receive. It is doubly alarming then to understand that she is no farther along in her bumptiousness than the average American. A funny-sounding name is all it takes to inspire all-American xenophobia, and a decade after 9/11, that passes for "foreign intelligence."

In Defense of Jihadist Internet Forums

Aki Peritz | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Aki Peritz

Defacing and darkening extremist websites is immensely satisfying. However, the U.S. and others should not keep reminding terrorists and their followers that they are being monitored online.

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor: Iran Thinks It Has a Direct Line to God

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 05.09.2013 | World
Elisabeth Braw

Dan Meridor is the Israeli government's leading moderate -- with the touch of a true intellectual. And Meridor now has an serious emergency at his hands: Iran's nuclear weapons, which Israel has vowed to stop -- with a war, if necessary.

Pakistan To United States: No More Drone Strikes

Posted 04.13.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD, April 12 (Reuters) - Pakistan's parliament on Thursday unanimously approved recommendations from its national security committee on tie...

4 Myths That Led To The NYPD Attack On Muslim Civil Liberties

Daniel Tutt | Posted 04.25.2012 | Religion
Daniel Tutt

The damage that these scandals have caused in severing the lines of trust between law enforcement and the Muslim community may be irreparable in the short term, but it is not too late for the NYPD to begin assessing the policies that led us here.

Andrea Stone

Dire Warnings Over Muslim American Terrorists Overblown, Study Finds | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new study of homegrown terrorism involving Muslim Americans suggests that the alarm bells set off by Republicans in Congress over slee...

Taliban To Open Office In Qatar

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ and PATRICK QUINN | Posted 03.04.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan Taliban said Tuesday they have reached a preliminary deal with the Gulf state of Qatar to open a liaison office there...

U.S. Ups Extremist Fight In Pakistan

AP | By SEBASTIAN ABBOT | Posted 12.31.2011 | World

OKARA, Pakistan -- Sultan Mehmood Gujar was a solid supporter of Islamist militants fighting in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India and even donated money...

Andrea Stone

Counterterrorism Czar Resists Muslim Labels, As Critics Say Right-Wing Threat Looms Larger | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government's point man working to counter homegrown violent extremism and defend communities from terrorist attacks isn't in...

Arab Spring Success Requires Islamists to Share

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 12.27.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Arab Spring will produce a mix of individuals subscribing to old and new ideologies. But as long as they are committed to power sharing and the voluntary nonviolent transfer of power, the revolution and the sacrifices would have been worth it.