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How a Young Londoner Escaped Radical Islam

Rodney Wilson | Posted 06.22.2016 | Religion
Rodney Wilson

Sohail is not yet 30, so he has many years ahead to help build a more peaceful and loving world. His future is limitless and unknown. What is known is this: Sohail's past as a young Londoner who escaped radical Islam is behind him and now he's doing everything he can to help others do the same.

The New Mayor of London Inspires Hope

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Sadiq Khan, a Muslim, being elected Mayor of London, topples a pervading narrative and in its wake leaves behind unparalleled opportunities.

Bangladesh Hangs Islamist Party Leader For Genocide

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 05.11.2016 | World

DHAKA, May 11 (Reuters) - Bangladesh hanged an Islamist party leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami, on Wednesday for genocide and other crimes committed durin...

Al Shabaab Car Bomb Attack Kills At Least 9 In Somalia

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 02.26.2016 | World

MOGADISHU, Feb 26 (Reuters) - At least nine people were killed when fighters from Somali Islamist group al Shabaab set off a car bomb at the gate of a...

Three Simple Truths About Terror, Religion, And Islam

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 11.15.2015 | World
Clay Farris Naff

It's one thing to sympathize with the real victims and their loved ones, and indeed France itself; it's another to reward the terrorists by giving in to outdated emotional instincts. The most consequential of these is the desire for overgeneralized revenge.

Libya's Descent to a Failed State

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.07.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The failure of last year's election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or "Libya Dawn" -- a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias -- rejected the election's outcome and seized control of Tripoli.

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.

Jews Are Not at War With Islam. But Jihadi Terrorists Have Declared War on Jews Worldwide

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.18.2015 | Religion
Ian Reifowitz

We have to ask ourselves what it means that Jews worldwide have become targets in this way. We also have to ask ourselves what we are going to do about it as a society. As for me, I'm furious. I'm also scared for myself and my family. Lest we forget, the goal of terrorists is to strike terror in its target audience.

One Man's Pastry Is Another Man's Poison

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

However foolish, corrupt, or hypocritical, you are free to pray as you like so long as you leave me out of it. Alas, godly zealots of every stripe reject that bargain. So we battle on.

There Is No ‘Muslim World'

Ahmed Benchemsi | Posted 03.21.2015 | World
Ahmed Benchemsi

It's no wonder the West has been quick to give up on and to forget the liberal, cosmopolitan youth that fueled the Arab Spring of recent years -- a demographic that hardly fits into the Western view that everyone in these countries is primarily characterized by religiosity.

If We Equate Muslims With Terrorists, al-Qaeda Wins

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

The vast majority of believers adhere to mainstream religion and seek three things there: community, moral guidance, and the comforts of ritual and belief. A minority get caught up in what I call Old Time Religion. OTR is authoritarian, reactionary, oppressive, and bent on domination.

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Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Why Is ISIS So Awful? Evolution, Ideology, Culture, and Sex

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

Who are these guys, why are they so awful, and how can we account for their success? Many are trying to find specific answers, a few resort to racist slurs, but I hope to get to the heart of the matter by framing the questions in evolutionary psychology.

Biden Was Right

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It may not have solved everything, but dividing Iraq up at least had the best chance for success. It might have allowed what is happening now to have happened in a more organized fashion, with a lot less violence and death. Or, to put it another way, Joe Biden was right.

Branding Terrorism for What It Really Is

Matt Freear | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Matt Freear

Al Qaeda might have been "decimated" yet our fear of terrorism remains a specter that haunts our way of life, hindering our Constitution and foreign policy. We still allow easy cliches, propaganda and generalizations to decide our actions and obscure a way forward.

How the ISIS Peril Clarifies What Iraq Needs

Rami G. Khouri | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
Rami G. Khouri

The news that many locals have not resisted, and even often welcomed, the arrival of ISIS should clarify the intense problems that existed between the government and mostly Sunni local communities in northwest Iraq.

5 Reasons the 9/11 Museum Should Drop 'Islamist'

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

If "Islamist" means one's admiration for the values of an Islamic system of governance, it would make the founder of Islam and his companions Islamists of the highest order. So how will visitors walk away without associating Islam with extremism?

WATCH: Prince Charles Slams Christian Persecution In The Middle East

Posted 12.19.2013 | Religion

Prince Charles delivered an impassioned warning about the dangers faced by Christians in the Middle East at an interfaith Christmas reception held for...

Dim Prospects for Peace in Southern Thailand

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Since February of this year the Malaysian government has sponsored talks in Kuala Lumpur (KL) with the aim of ending the bloodshed that has plagued southern Thailand for nearly a decade.

Al-Shabab's Attack in Kenya: Media Coverage Plays into Terrorist Agenda

Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Posted 12.01.2013 | World
Sumbul Ali-Karamali

Using blanket terms like "Islamist" to describe any non-secular Muslim group or individual is a lazy way to simplistically term an enormous spectrum of people and attitudes and philosophies and histories.

Why Morsi's Ouster and a Civil Society Offer Hope for Egyptian Women

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

In Pakistan, two politicians who opposed blasphemy laws were assassinated, and a woman was allegedly hacked into 10 pieces by her pious husband becaus...

Egypt's Hard Lesson: Old Time Religion Cannot Lead a Modern Democracy

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 09.09.2013 | World
Clay Farris Naff

Power-sharing, pluralism, minority rights -- these are alien concepts to those who seek to rule in God's name. Yet, these concepts form the heartbeat of liberal democracy.

Jihad, Crusade And Our Marathon Race Against The Neuron Bomb

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

I hate to break ranks with my liberal brethren, but there is a clear pattern in the mass killings that this country has suffered over the past 10 years. If, as the evidence strongly indicates, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the mayhem in Boston, then that pattern extends right up to the moment.

Military Intervention in Mali: Military Logistics and Human Costs

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 01.19.2013 | World
Stefan Simanowitz

Whilst equipment, intelligence, training and support from American, British and French special forces will add steel to the operation, it will nevertheless involve difficult desert fighting conditions against a well-armed enemy.

The Trouble with Syria

Joshua Gleis | Posted 10.09.2012 | World
Joshua Gleis

For many people around the world, Syria's civil war might not appear to have particular significance for them. Yet the troubles in Syria could quickly escalate, causing very real consequences felt worldwide.