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Thinking the Unthinkable: Coming to Grips with Islamic State

James Dorsey | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
James Dorsey

It's almost a year since a US-led coalition launched air strikes and increased support of Iraqi and Kurdish military forces in a bid to degrade and destroy the self-styled Islamic State; yet the jihadist group that has conquered a swath of Syria and Iraq has demonstrated resilience despite suffering significant losses.

The Shortcut to Deradicalization Is the Long Road

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.20.2015 | 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.

Freedom in Martyrdom

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.10.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The public discussion about the causes of violent extremism has focused mainly on the socioeconomic and political conditions that exist in Arab countries. But we must also carefully consider how the events in the wake of World Wars I and II have impacted the psychological disposition of the Arab population throughout the Middle East.

Can Political Islam Co-Exist With Liberal Democracy?

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.24.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Shadi Hamid on the current ...

The Pains of Hijacking the Muslim American Narrative

Marwa Azab | Posted 05.07.2015 | Religion
Marwa Azab

I am not going to apologize for being Muslim, or for any crime I did not commit, no matter how seasoned and convincing the imposters of Islam have become, because an apology for a crime I did not commit, is insulting to my intellect and yours.

Soccer Fields: A Waystation en Route to the Islamic State

James Dorsey | Posted 05.03.2015 | World
James Dorsey

One thing the biographies of Jihadi John, the Islamic State's executioner of foreign hostages, and several of his European associates have in common is their passion for soccer and their dashed hopes of becoming professional players.

Terrorist Attacks Hurt Muslims and Islam More Than Anyone Else!

Marwa Azab | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Marwa Azab

The consequences of such attacks are disturbing to all. But, as a Muslim, this means, more intentional random checks by TSA, when traveling. I got randomly selected twice in a row at the same airport on my last business trip.

The U.S. Government Is Making the Problem of Islamist Extremism Worse

Ivan Eland | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

The government needs to put quiet law enforcement to work to catch the criminals that are attacking the United States instead of implicitly glorifying them as warriors by being too quick to take military action against them.

36th Anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution Victory

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Although not many experts, politicians and scholars held the belief that the Islamic revolution, its political system and the cleric rule would last long, the new system of governance which created upheaval in the socio-political system of Iran has survived for 36 years.

Islamist Murders in Paris and Nigeria

Pius Kamau | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Pius Kamau

The logic of an African leader appreciating the pain and agony of European souls while at the same time lacking any semblance of caring or humanity towards the citizens of his own country escapes many people's minds.

Conflicting Views of Islam Spill onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
James Dorsey

When Sarah Samir stepped this week on to an Egyptian soccer pitch to referee a men's match, she joined a small band of Arab women referees staking out their right to be involved in the sport on par with men.

Panic Is Not the Way to Fight Islamist Anti-Semitism in Europe

Carlo Strenger | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Carlo Strenger

Europe is now at the frontline of Islamist terrorism and anti-Semitism, and January 2015 will be remembered as a beginning rather than the climax of Islamist terrorism in Europe.

The Trouble With Charlie...

William Bradley | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

While I support the right of the journalists involved to express their evident contempt for the religion of Islam, I also support my right to express my disdain for the acts that precipitated their murders.

Je Suis Charlie: In Defense of Free Speech

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

It is time for Muslim imams to lead their flocks in recognizing free speech and free exercise of religion as integral part of Islam. It is time for Western societies to stop asking Muslims what they feel every time radicals perpetrate yet another spectacular act of violence. Only then will "Je suis Charlie" find real meaning.

Charlie Hebdo Killings

Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Jeff Danziger

Charlie Hebdo Killings

2015 Predictions for Islamist Terrorism Worldwide

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

What's in store for 2015? Here's what we can expect of Islamist terrorism in the coming year.

Qanta Ahmed's Message and Mission

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

As a campaigner for peace and pluralism, Ahmed is dismayed by the toxic lure of an Islamist doctrine that is supremacist, separatist, and hostile to secular Western values, and she calls for an urgent review of this ideology.

The Hunt for Terrorist Leaders: Is the Effort Worth It?

Arie Kruglanski | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
Arie Kruglanski

Targeted killings remain a useful tactical tool in the kit of counterterrorism strategists. While they cannot be expected in the long run to paralyze a terrorist organization, they often can bring short-term, intense pressure on a successor's operations. They cannot bring an end to terrorism.

Drivers of Deradicalization: Needs, Narratives, Networks

Arie Kruglanski | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Arie Kruglanski

Dealing with violent extremism occupies, these days, a top spot on the world's agenda. Like the Ebola virus, another global threat du jour, the disease of radicalization is spreading with alarming speed. A reported 20,000 foreign fighters from over 70 countries are now engaged in Syria and Iraq, including 3,000 fighters from the West.

Islamo-Fascism for Real: To Appease Islamists, Egyptian Court Makes a Travesty of Justice Over Gay Wedding

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Old Time Religion is a global scourge. People of good faith, whether they adhere to a mainstream religion, no religion, or humanism, need to stand united against religious fascism in all its guises.

The 'Stop Bill Maher' UC Berkeley Petition Is How Islamists, Not Liberals, Promote Free Speech

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.03.2015 | Media
H. A. Goodman

The day liberals confuse real talk and passionate debate with bigotry is the day Bill O'Reilly and Fox news shape the narrative of our nation.

School Shootings and Lone Wolf Attacks: What's the Difference?

James Dorsey | Posted 01.02.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Fryberg and Zehaf-Bibeau cases may differ in detail and motivation, yet they both reflect societal problems whether they are concepts of misguided masculinity in which young men feel inhibited in expressing emotion or increased isolation and alienation as a result of prejudice against mental instability.

Don't Blame New Freedoms for Violent Religious Extremism

Neil Hicks | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Neil Hicks

f the United States and its allies cannot find a way to counter violent religious extremism while promoting and protecting human rights then everyone will lose.

Norm Coleman, Brookings and the Magic Carpet of Saudi Money

Nina Burleigh | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Nina Burleigh

It's becoming increasingly apparent some new Koch Brothers are on the loose in Washington, lavishing money on liberals and conservatives alike. Like the Brothers K, they got rich on filthy fossil fuel revenues, and are using their booty to buy up think tanks, lobbyists and the best law firms. For good measure, they're tossing some of the nation's top liberal institutions into their shopping carts, too.

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.