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A Civic Infrastructure for Arab Spring

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

The only circumstances in which robust democracy can fill such a vacuum is if its building blocks have already been established. In a word, Arab Spring lacks a civic infrastructure.

Choosing Between Evils: Egyptians Realize Gravity of What Is Coming and Yet March Ahead

Wael Nawara | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Wael Nawara

"Having signed the petition, are you not afraid that a civil war could erupt in Egypt if Morsi is removed?" I asked my taxi driver. He replied: "I am afraid. I am very afraid. But I am afraid more that there would be no Egypt left if the Brothers stay in power."

How Google Helps Islamic Extremists

Shawn Ahmed | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Shawn Ahmed

Knowingly or unknowingly, Google has given a tool that Islamists can use to silence and intimidate their enemies. What's the point of reporting on Islamic extremism if an Islamist can take it down in three clicks?

Syrian Civil War: Russia Forges Risky Ties With Islamists

James Dorsey | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Russian President Vladimir Putin is countering foreign criticism of his pro-Assad policy and Russia's declining credibility in sections of Arab public opinion by forging ties with Islamist detractors.

Female Suicide Bomber Injures 18 In Russian Region

AP | ARSEN MOLLAYEV | Posted 07.25.2013 | World

MAKHACHKALA, Russia — A female suicide bomber blew herself up in the southern Russian region of Dagestan on Saturday, injuring at least 18, incl...

Emran Hossain

Bangladeshi Bloggers Face Constant Death Threats Since Arrest | Emran Hossain | Posted 05.18.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Even though Rasel Parvez is out of prison, he isn't out of danger. "They have pushed my life to a state in which I cannot walk free. ...

Hunting Down the Boston Bombers: It Isn't Over

James D. Zirin | Posted 06.25.2013 | World
James D. Zirin

Why the brothers did it, and whether others were involved remain to be seen. Of two things we can be sure. There is more to come out of this investigation; and we have not seen the end of Islamist terrorism.

Bassem Youssef: Islam Is Being Hijacked By Those Who Have Power

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion

Speaking on HuffPost Live with host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin on Wednesday, Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef said that Islam was being hijacked by people in ...

Justice Is Not Enough!

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Muqtedar Khan

How do we teach young Muslims to struggle for justice, but without resorting to terror tactics? How do we teach them that a just cause is not a justification for unjust means?

A Brief History of Western 'Jihadists'

Khaled Diab | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
Khaled Diab

What the hype over European Muslims fighting in Syria overlooks is that Westerners have been volunteering for what you can call "jihad" in foreign lands for centuries.

Emran Hossain

Bangladesh Bloggers Fear They Could Be Next | Emran Hossain | Posted 04.09.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- As four bloggers in Bangladesh have been arrested in recent days, others in the country's blogging community worry that they could be ne...

Emran Hossain

Bangladesh Arrests 'Atheist Bloggers' | Emran Hossain | Posted 04.03.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Bangladeshi government is cracking down on bloggers critical of its pro-Islamist stance, arresting four of these writers in the capi...

Harassing Bassem Youssef, Fueling Societal Divisions

Neil Hicks | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
Neil Hicks

These protests -- together with the prosecution of Youssef and now also of another comedian, Ali Qandil, on charges of "insulting religion" -- are a steepening slippery slope that the Egyptian government would be wise to pull back from.

The Road to Damascus Is Fraught With Pitfalls -- for the U.S.

Claude Salhani | Posted 05.29.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

U.S. troops to help stop a civil war in an Arab and/or Muslim country? Hold on just a minute! Rewind the tape. The last two Muslim nations in which the U.S. intervened militarily -- Afghanistan and Iraq -- actually helped ignite and perpetuate a civil war.

Pakistan's Islam Imperils the Public Space

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 03.25.2013 | World
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Religious intolerance has become de facto a central component of Pakistani identity. This intolerance is legislated within Pakistan's constitution, rooted in a Presidential decree, no less, when Pakistan introduced new legal definitions defining Muslim identity.

This Is What the Challenges for Israel and Palestine Look Like

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

The real battle in the Middle East is between those who wish to see the region in general, and the Arab world in particular, modernize along the lines of universal values, and those who would impose their own versions of intolerance and authoritarianism. Which is to say: Values and ideas matter.

The Keystone XL Pipeline, Terrorism and Our National Security

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 04.20.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Are we helping to fund a future danger on our northern border, and will the revenues generated by the Keystone Pipeline help to create a condition deeply adversarial to our national security?

Timbuktu's Ancient Islamic Manuscripts Face Uncertain Fate

AP | KRISTA LARSON and MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion

SEVARE, Mali — Timbuktu, the fabled desert city where retreating Muslim extremists destroyed ancient manuscripts, was a center of Islamic learni...

EgyptAir Reviews In-Flight Movies After Islamist Complaint

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion

CAIRO, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Egypt's national airline said on Thursday it will analyse its onboard movies to make sure they respect "Egyptian values an...

Mali Meditations

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.25.2013 | Media
Paul Stoller

I cannot predict the outcome of what may turn out to be a long lasting military conflict in Mali. Even so, it is worthwhile to pay attention not only to the short-term news of military maneuvers and human suffering, but also to the long term stories of human resilience.

Why Africa Is Better Off Without the UN

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.01.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Assuming that the remainder of this decade sees continued economic and political distress in the U.S. and Europe, African nations will be forced to address their regional disputes without resourceful allies to act as referee.

Shattered Dreams of Times Square: Brave Young Africans and the Salafists

Birama Konare | Posted 03.02.2013 | Impact
Birama Konare

The youth also dream of joyful crowds, confetti, Frank Sinatra, "New York, New York"... celebrating New Year's Eve, carefree, with a bunch of friends, a glass of champagne in one hand, dancing and saying, "Happy New Year." Why should this privilege only be reserved to the West?

Egypt's Perfect Storm: A Convergence of Political and Economic Crises

Carina Kamel | Posted 02.17.2013 | World
Carina Kamel

Had Egypt's newly elected leader devoted as much attention to mending the economy as he has on gripping power, perhaps the country would be less polarized and his actions would be viewed with less skepticism and mistrust.

Laugh Like an Egyptian

Carina Kamel | Posted 02.05.2013 | World
Carina Kamel

At one of the most critical moments in post-revolution Egypt and in the throes of a political tsunami I found myself laughing uncontrollably. I was watching the season premiere of Bassem Youssef's satirical news show Al Bernameg.

Boko Haram Islamists Kill 10 Christians In Nigeria

Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion

(Reuters) - Suspected Islamist fighters went on the rampage in northeast Nigeria overnight, killing 10 Christians with guns and machetes and burning d...