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Ukraine Crisis Bolstering Iran-Russia-China Axis

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The tensions between Russia and the West have further ratcheted up this week since the Crimean Peninsula's local government called for a referendum to secede from Ukraine. The current standoff between the West and Moscow concerning Ukraine might be viewed as the gravest instance of tension in the post-Cold War era.

'Vying for Allah's Vote'

Ziad Haider | Posted 05.13.2014 | Books
Ziad Haider

Pakistan's Islamic parties have long wielded influence through street politics; political and, at times, ideological alliances with the army; and support to militant groups. They are key players that merit continued study. Vying for Allah's Vote examines their origins, ideologies, bases of support, and relationship with extremism and civilian rule.

Human Rights: Iran's Crack Down on Arab Minority

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

In addition to the discriminatory laws practiced against the minorities, the ethnic Arab community has also been subjected to disproportionate exclusion from economic, social and political development.

Suspected Islamists Kill At Least 90 In Nigerian Village

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2014 | World

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist fighters killed at least 90 people in an early morning attack on a village in remote northea...

Iranians Celebrated the 35th Anniversary of Islamic Republic

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Ceremonies in the Islamic Republic of Iran began two weeks ago, marking the 35th anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which deposed pro-West monarch Muhammad Reza Shah and brought in the Islamic Republic.

United Nations' Invitation and Irans Reversal

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Many nations attending the Geneva II conference, including the United States, appear to have been totally caught off guard by a recent hastily organized news conference and announcement issued by U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The State of Egypt's Revolution, Three Years Later

David Hearst | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
David Hearst

The Muslim Brotherhood has survived three major crackdowns in its 80 year history with its reformist agenda in tact. Whatever happened, its leaders clung to the dream of changing Egypt from within and gradually. Until today.

Will Iran Use its Political Influence in Syria to Halt the Violence?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

This month, Iranian leaders encounter a unique and distinct political opportunity to improve Tehran's political image. The "London 11" will hold a meeting in Europe next week and the subject of Iran's role in the resolution efforts of the Syrian civil war as well as delivery of humanitarian aid to the nation will be discussed.

United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.

Islamists Have Failed to Deliver

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Muslims favor democracy, symbiotic coexistence with others and a system of governance that best reflects their own ethical values. Islamists like the ruling secularists they deposed have not been able to translate this aspiration into effective governance.

The Third Anniversary of the Arab Spring: Towards a Counter Counter-Revolution

Marwan Bishara | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Marwan Bishara

The antagonism and deadlock between the military and their opposition, notably the Islamists, will eventually lead to the emergence of new, decentralized and violent groups as witnessed in Syria. It's the ultimate sign of a "failed state."

Middle East's Struggle for Democracy: Going Beyond Headlines

Alp Aslandogan | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Alp Aslandogan

As the Turkish experience shows, democracy is a messy process with a steep learning curve. It sometimes can seem like too much to ask of both governments and the governed to have patience to learn the difference between legitimate democratic opposition and rebellion; enforcement and oppression.

Syria: Demands for Regime Change Derail Peace Talks

Michael Hughes | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Michael Hughes

After nation-building debacles in Iraq and Afghanistan one would think the international community would be reluctant to enforce top-down regime chang...

Who Owns Allah, the God? The Malaysian Muslim Fitna

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

There are thousands of names and attributes for God because of the many languages, cultures, and religions.

Islamism: Syria's Growing Cancer

Ribal Al-Assad | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ribal Al-Assad

With geopolitical, sectarian and civil divisions honing in on Syria, there are currently three possible outcomes: a victory for the regime, a victory for the overwhelmingly Islamist opposition or an endless war leading to the disintegration of Syria as we know it. None is preferable.

Turkish Soccer Pitches Re-Emerge as Political Battlefields

James Dorsey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Turkish soccer pitches have reasserted themselves as political battlefields following the death of a protester and the emergence of pro-government football support groups in the wake of mass anti-government demonstrations in June.

Why I Think Islamists Are Anti-Islam

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

The first Muslims, following after Muhammad, fought for a world where Islam was allowed, not imposed. The world they won was a world with religious liberty, not a world with one faith was forced on everyone else.

Pakistan's Islam: The Flaying of a Muslim Wife

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Today, the resurrection of violent punishments defines much of Muslim culture in both Diaspora and Muslim majority communities. This revivalist extremism is a deliberate, modern product of 20th century Islamists.

U.S. Foregin Policy and Egypt's Political Stalemate

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Although the recent developments have drawn strong reactions from around the world, international diplomatic pressure -- particularly from the West and the United States -- has not been effective.

Washington and the Egyptian Tragedy

Stephen Zunes | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
Stephen Zunes

The vast majority of Egyptians killed since the coup have been unarmed protesters who were struck down with American-made weapons by soldiers transported in American-made vehicles provided by the American taxpayer.

Hacker Claims Access To 'Entire Database Of Users On Twitter'

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 08.20.2013 | Technology

An Islamist hacker claiming he has access to "the entire database of users on Twitter" leaked the account information of 15,000 people on Tuesday. ...

Free Abou Elela Mady!

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 10.08.2013 | World
Muqtedar Khan

Abou Elela Mady is a friend of mine and he is in jail. He is the chairman of the centrist party Al-Wasat of Egypt. The new government of Egypt arrested him, on charges that I am convinced are not true. I call on the government of Egypt to free him now.

Insight into the Middle East's Freedom Deficit

James Denselow | Posted 10.05.2013 | Books
James Denselow

The health of Arab democracy has been sorely tested after the initial hope and optimism that came at the start of the Arab Spring. Against such a backdrop Amaney Jamal looks to better explain what she terms the 'persistence of authoritarianism' across the region.

Egypt, Repression or Reconciliation? When Egyptians Are Right and Wrong

Marwan Bishara | Posted 09.24.2013 | World
Marwan Bishara

The Egyptian military proved that at the time of the January 25 uprising it belonged to the state -- not the regime -- when it sided with the people. The military made the right decision and was celebrated for it. This time around, however, it sided with one party over another in a rather swift and eerie manner.

Egypt's Debacle: The Beginning of History?

Sherman A. Jackson | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Sherman A. Jackson

I have lost count of the number of essays I have read on the unfolding events in Egypt. In all of them, however, the modern political imagination -- in the East as well as in the West -- seems to be thoroughly, if not exclusively, informed by Western thought.