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Islamic Terrorism

Some Form of Formal Partititoning Is Still the Answer for Iraq

Ivan Eland | Posted 05.30.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

In my book Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq, written some years ago but never more relevant now, I said that if Iraq was not partitioned peacefully, it would be divided by war. Unfortunately, the latter has occurred. Yet the U.S. government and other governments still haven't faced this reality.

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.

Implications of Boko Haram's Allegiance to the Islamic State

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.09.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

By pledging allegiance to Daoesh, Boko Haram will surely gain more credibility and attract more recruits, making it even more difficult for the region's governments to successfully combat it.

Why Obama Won't Call Violent Extremists 'Islamic'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.20.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Although President Obama has come under fire for avoiding the word "Islamic" in his discussions about violent extremist groups, not everyone is up in ...

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.

The Quran's Voice: Blessing or Terrorizing?

Akbar Ganji | Posted 04.06.2015 | Religion
Akbar Ganji

It is true that there are verses in the Quran in which violence is permitted. Islamic fundamentalists have given such verses a central role in how they interpret the Quran, practically marginalizing the rest. But, enlightened Muslims reject such hermeneutics.

'Jew Tax' a Warning to All

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Michael L. Millenson

Extremist violence is a threat everywhere to the life of the mind, the life of the spirit and to life itself. We are all Charlie. So, too, the war against the Jews is a war against us all.

We Need Free Speech Because We Are Ignorant

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We are all ignorant; none of us have all the answers. That fact is not only a strong argument in favor of free speech and against those who would suppress it -- it is a spur toward greater wisdom.

The Dangers of Clarity: Don't Let Terrorism Define Us

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

This is the age of terror only if we are terrorized, which is not a fact but a state of mind. Terrorists are not nihilists. They are meaning-builders. Their whole strategy depends on controlling the meaning of the death of innocents.

Are Homegrown Terrorists 'Lone Wolves' or 'Stray Dogs'?

Allen Frances | Posted 01.03.2015 | Crime
Allen Frances

Media discussions immediately focus on the psychology and motivations of the killers. What leads someone to murder massively and randomly? How much are these true believing political/religious extremists? Or are they mentally ill?

GOP Congressman Claims Mosques Are ‘Incubators' For Terrorism

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) continued his pattern of inflammatory comments about Muslim Americans on Thursday, this time calling for greater “surveilla...

ISIS Delenda Est

Pietros Maneos | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Pietros Maneos

While I applaud President Obama for authorizing military airstrikes against ISIS, I do feel that we should do more, most especially with our special forces.

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

A Group Too Extreme For Al Qaeda Just Took Over Iraq's Second Biggest City

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.12.2014 | World

They have live-tweeted amputations, carried out public crucifixions and have been disavowed as too extreme by al-Qaeda. Now they have taken over Mosul...

Muslims Must Defend the Olympics: For Chechnya

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

Indiscriminate violence is anti-Islamic. Al Qaeda's calls for tumult are anti-Islam. But defending Chechnya from Putin's false claims, atrocities and terrorism against them is absolutely Islamic.

Staying in Afghanistan Is a Recipe for More Terrorism

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Anthony W. Orlando

Barack Obama is daring the terrorists. He's standing in their front yard. He's calling them out. Of course, that's not how it's reported.

Fox News' "When Did You Stop Beating Your Wife" Kind of Question to Rick Perry

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.19.2012 | Media
Dorian de Wind

Perhaps we should not focus too much on Perry's answers -- we have heard enough of them and have come to expect them -- but more on Fox's "When did you stop beating your wife" question and on the motives for such a question.

The True Cost Of 9/11

Maher Arar | Posted 11.13.2011 | Religion
Maher Arar

Politicians should have a moment of truth and admit that the cost of these wars, both in human and economical terms, far outweighs what they have achieved on the ground.

Is The Islamic Terrorist Threat Overblown?

Posted 10.09.2011 | Religion

By Yonat Shimron c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) After a car bomb detonated on Wall Street one minute past the noon lunch hour killing 38 peop...

Muslim "Terrorists," White "Lone Wolves," and the Lessons of Oslo

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.28.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

As the facts of Breivik's ideology slowly broke through, mainstream news showed momentary compunction. That emotion was quickly overtaken by a second and equally familiar theme in coverage of political violence: the often-deceptive "lone wolf" trope.

Algerian Exceptionalism and the Arab Spring

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.27.2011 | World
Daniel Wagner

While mass protests and civil unrest were unprecedented in much of the rest of the region prior to January of this year, Algeria has had a long history of political upheaval.

Reject Terrorists, Not Scripture

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Reject Islamophobia in favor of terror-o-phobia. The enemy is not a certain religion but barbaric practices done in its name.

Religious Terror Is a Problem for All Faiths

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Placing quotation marks around phrases like Jewish terror or Jewish terrorist is foolish at best and dangerous at worst. Jewish terror is real, Islamic terror is real, and so is Christian terror.

Washington In A War Of Words On How To Label Terrorists

Religion News Service | By Maggie Hyde | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Maggie Hyde Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) In addition to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Obama administration is fighting on anothe...

WaPo 'On Faith': Violent 'Muslims' Distort The Tradition

The Washington Post | John Esposito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Religiously motivated violence adds the dimensions of divine authority, religious symbolism, and heavenly reward that enhance recruitment and a willin...