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Erdogan Has Obama Over A Barrel

Daniel Williams | Posted 07.23.2016 | World
Daniel Williams

Turkey's President Recip Tayyip Erdogan, fresh off putting down an inept military coup, looks set to accelerate his already speedy run toward autocrat...

Libya Back To The Drawing Board

Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi | Posted 06.16.2016 | World
Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi

If Libyans can set aside their differences to eliminate the terror of the Islamic State and liberate Sirte, they will be one step closer to fulfilling the promise of the 2011 revolution.

A lurking threat to Western classical music

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 06.13.2016 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Is Western classical music under threat? The genre known as classical, serious, or art music has certainly suffered from being labeled elitist and ina...

Is It Terrorism Or A Mass Shooting?

Ethan Casey | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Ethan Casey

I fear that in the days and weeks to come, the American public will indulge in the same old insinuations, recriminations and evasions. We can't afford to do that.

The Long Wait for "Enlightenment" in Egypt

Sara Khorshid | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Sara Khorshid

Egypt's Sisi is no moderniser or reformer. Nor is the military establishment that he hails from. His core trait when it comes to ideology and thought is his being opposed to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group, and that could be largely related to power struggle more than it is to ideology.

Brazilian Cartoonist Carlos Latuff Takes Aim Globally

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.16.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

He punches hard, he's opinionated, his commentary is biting, his cartoons are thought provoking, and he doesn't regret being a magnet for nasty criticism. He is Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff who doesn't mince words or hold back on stirring up people, in his country and across continents.

ISIS's Backwards 'Caliphate' Evokes Crusaders Over Caliphs

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.29.2015 | Religion
Michael Shammas

ISIS is a tragic foil. Despite its presumptuous claim to a "new caliphate," the group -- by punishing trifling deviation from its narrow Sunnism, by elevating theocracy over free thought -- exemplifies a mentality opposite that which fueled the caliphates of Islam's golden age.

2,000 Islamist Fighters Will Be Evacuated From Syria's Damascus: Report

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 12.25.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Two thousand Syrian Islamist fighters are expected to be evacuated soon from besieged, rebel-held areas of southern Damascu...

What Bravery Looks Like: Muslims Shield Christians During al-Shabaab Terrorist Attack

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 12.24.2015 | Religion
Ian Reifowitz

You want to talk about some Muslims standing up to Islamist terrorists? Here are some Muslims putting their lives on the line to do so:

Jihadists vs. Extremists ... When Language Matters

Mohamed Elmenshawy | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Mohamed Elmenshawy

Media pundits, experts and politicians alike have routinely cited Jihad and Jihadists as the greatest threat to America's national security at home and abroad. But these words of caution have done more harm than good, not only because they misrepresent Islam but also because they squander what maybe a decent chance to defeat terrorism by waging a Jihad against extremists.

Trump's Ban on Muslims Is Unconstitutional and Obscures Real Solution

Ivan Eland | Posted 12.14.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

Legal scholars don't agree on whether Trump's demagogic proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S. would be constitutional. That disagreement says more about the sorry state of the constitutional law profession than it does about the quality of Trump's proposal.

How to Stand up for Your Muslim Friends

Manal Omar | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Manal Omar

I am scared here at home. I have been on the receiving end of hateful glares, shoving on the sidewalks, and hateful phrases yelled at me. The fear I face here at home has made me decide not to ride the metro since the Paris attacks. I find myself using my hostile environment training for Baghdad and Benghazi here at home.

Is Islamophobia Creating Terrorists?

Setareh Sabety | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
Setareh Sabety

Is ‪Islamophobia‬ creating ‪‎terrorists‬? This is a question that many don't dare to ask. But ask we must.

Paris Terrorists: Islamic in Name Only

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Marshall

Many conservatives, such as Sen. Ted Cruz, accuse President Obama of "bizarre, politically correct doublespeak" for referring to "violent extremists/j...

Muslims Can Serve

David L. Phillips | Posted 10.08.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

A critical distinction exists between a Muslim and a radical Islamist. Muslims may serve. Radical Islamists who reject constitutional democracy and allegiance to the US Constitution may not.

Egypt Enforces Tough Media Restrictions

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.06.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

One can't blame journalists in Egypt for being confused about what they can (and can't) cover and what language to use in their reports, given the widening chasm between authorities and countless news organizations.

Turkey: Hope and Fear

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 06.21.2016 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Two weeks have passed since the legislative elections of June 7 marked a major shift in the recent history of Turkey. The Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP in Turkish), headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, lost its parliamentary majority, declining to 258 out of 550 seats.

Iran Army Mastermind's Tactics and Strategies: Soleimani

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Qassem Soleimani, Iranian military leader, ideologue, and commander in chief of the Quds force- a branch of the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guard Corps that conducts extraterritorial military and clandestine operations- has been coming out of his shell and becoming more vocal in stating his opinions.

The War of the Tweets: On Counter-Messaging ISIS

Arie Kruglanski | Posted 06.02.2016 | World
Arie Kruglanski

The various State Department efforts share a common problem: A seeming lack of a guiding framework to afford a coherent messaging strategy. Instead, campaigns seem to be launched on the basis of intuitive hunches devoid of solid grounding in the science of radicalization.

Thinking the Unthinkable: Coming to Grips with Islamic State

James Dorsey | Posted 05.14.2016 | 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 03.14.2016 | 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 03.21.2016 | 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.