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Islamic Radicalism

Dealing With ISIS

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The United States needs to form a multi-nation coalition to destroy ISIL. This must include Sunni Muslims as a major component; after all, alienating Sunnis was one of the factors that led to the formation of ISIL.

War: Thinking The Unthinkable

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

What holds us back? Why have we been so stinting in assisting our Kurdish allies? What is it about this war that the America of Barack Obama, at least for the moment, seems not to really want to win?

Is Putin Abetting an Arc of Islamic Radicalism?

Kristofer Harrison | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Kristofer Harrison

Russia has a strategic partnership with Islamic radicalism and uses it to expand its zone of control. Don't misunderstand me. I'm not suggesting Vladimir Putin is in bed with the extremists who bombed the Russian airliner in the Sinai.

Religion Is Not to Blame

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Soumaya Ghannoushi

To say that religion is divisive is to attempt no analysis of the problems at hand. It is to stop at the surface making no effort to dig deeper for the underlying problems seething underneath.

Terrorism and the Crisis of Sunni Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

The roots of Sunni Islam's ailments it must be noted are not entirely to do with religion, as most journalists, politicians and "experts" in Europe and across the Atlantic never tire of repeating. Rather than scripture and theology, it is in politics and economics, in power balances, foreign interventions and the scramble for influence and resources that the causes of its ills reside.

Erdogan, You Are to Blame

Nuri Kino | Posted 10.14.2015 | World
Nuri Kino

We're switching between Turkish TV channels. It's Monday evening, October 12, and in Turkey they're burying the victims from the country's worst terrorist attack in modern times. Newsanchors have tears in their eyes.

Waging Jihad Against Extremists

Mohamed Elmenshawy | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Mohamed Elmenshawy

The word "Jihadists" does nothing to alienate thousands of would-be extremists seeking to join terrorist organizations; instead, it grants these groups legitimacy and prestige, and enhances these networks' ability to recruit angry and disaffected youths.

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.

The Shortcut to Deradicalization Is the Long Road

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.20.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Whereas military force is selectively necessary to destroy irredeemably ruthless and bloodthirsty organizations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), to neutralize violent extremism in the long-term, no amount of military muscle will suffice.

An Interview with Libya's Ambassador to the United Nations

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Joseph Braude

Joseph Braude met with Ambassador Ibrahim al-Dabbashi, the Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations, to discuss hopes for reconstruction and renewal of civil society and state institutions, and a culture of religious moderation and tolerance.

Incinerating Internet Intifada: Creating Alternatives to Radical Islam Through Bold Policy Change

Tom Caramanno | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Tom Caramanno

There are social, political and economic factors at work, which motivate men and women to join the ranks of terrorist groups.

Is ISIS Islamic? Why This Is the Wrong Question to Ask

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 05.23.2015 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

What we need at this point are politicians who have the intellectual and moral courage to move beyond questions such as "Is ISIS Islamic?" and who can recognize this question for what it is - a thinly veiled form of Islamophobia intended to heighten our fears of Islam.

By Destroying Churches and Relics, ISIS Claims Mohammad Was Wrong

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

ISIS yesterday destroyed an ancient Christian monastery which has been described as the equivalent of Canterbury Cathedral. Just weeks earlier, it raided Mosul Museum and filmed themselves destroying all the relics on show, including priceless, irreplaceable Assyrian statues.

Is Obama's Wisdom Good for America?

Mike Ghouse | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

None amongst us is without sin; a few among us tend to misuse the power of religion on the minds of the followers. The problem was not with the religion, it was with the ones who did not get their religion right.

Jaweed Kaleem

Obama's Anti-Extremist Strategy Criticized As Wrongly Singling Out Muslims | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion

As the White House prepares to host a three-day summit next week on countering violent extremism, many high-profile Muslim and religious groups argue ...

Boko Haram Wins as Nigeria Postpones National Elections

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 04.10.2015 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

For starters this is not the first time that Nigeria has postponed national elections. Elections were postponed as recently as 2011 in the last presidential poll. Former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida holds the unenviable record in tinkering with timetables for elections.

I Am Muslim. Deal With It.

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Arzu Kaya Uranli

We don't know what the coming days will bring, but it feels like there will be many problems because of ignorance and lack of dialogue. The mission of a politician is to embrace everybody in society, not leaving anybody out.

A Tale of Two Markets

Daniel Raphael Silverstein | Posted 04.05.2015 | Religion
Daniel Raphael Silverstein

In the face of the fragility of life and mighty forces of hatred and fear, many will lapse into denial or despair, making decisions from a place of spiritual defeat. This is not what our tradition asks of us. We are called to fully acknowledge the reality of evil, and lovingly perpetuate life in spite of it.

Je Suis Nigeria

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Michael Shammas

American media should not pretend as if nothing is happening as Nigeria continues to battle the ignorant cancer calling itself Boko Haram. Nigeria's struggle with radicalism is at least as newsworthy as our own.

Je Suis Dreyfus?

Dan_Weiss | Posted 03.14.2015 | World

Anti-Semitism in France has long played an unwitting role in facilitating of the Zionist movement.

Je Suis Charlie

Walker Bragman | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Walker Bragman

Ideas are bulletproof.

Sankara Ghost Hangs Over Burkina Faso Turmoil

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 01.06.2015 | World
Kevin A. Lees

Only seven world leaders held office longer than Burkina Faso's president Blaise Compaoré before his ouster late last week, following chaotic protests in the capital city of Ouagadougou, when protesters set the parliament on fire before the Burkinabé military.

Radicalization: An Urgent Threat That Needs Washington's Attention

David Oualaalou | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
David Oualaalou

Currently, the United States does not understand why and how the process of radicalization evolves, and who is being radicalized and why.

If ISIS Had Committed the 11 School Shootings Since Sandy Hook, Congress Would Have Declared War.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If the 14 mass shootings cited by Harvard were the result of Muslims killing in the name of Islam, how would our society have reacted? Is "terror" only the beheading of a journalist on video or it is also the madman who enters a movie theater and sprays the moviegoers with bullets?

Soccer Fan Support for the Islamic State: Protest or a New Generation of Jihadists?

James Dorsey | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

At face value, a recent one minute video clip on You Tube leaves little doubt about support for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, among supporters of storied Moroccan soccer club Raja Club Athletic.