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Bahrain Protesters "Determined as Ever" Despite State Violence

Meedan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Protesters built a stage in the middle of the roundabout. Tents soon followed. By nightfall, thousands were chanting "we will not leave before he leaves." He is Bahrain's Prime Minister.

Why Islamism Can't Be Compared to Communism

Paul Scham | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Scham

Misleading historical analogies between Islamism and Communism cloud American perceptions and encourage us -- dangerously -- to mistake parts for the whole.

Mubarak's Exit and America's Choice

Jalal Alamgir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jalal Alamgir

In cases in which an Islamist party was elected fairly to power, democracy was indeed dismantled, but not by the Islamists. It was dismantled by the paranoid reaction of America and its allies.

Which Model for Egypt?

Elcin Poyrazlar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elcin Poyrazlar

Recently, quite a few opinions have been published on how the Turkish model is the one that will work best for Egypt. I could not disagree more.

Cairo in Chaos: What's Next?

Joel Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joel Rubin

As Hosni Mubarak sends mixed signals about his next steps, what should Americans expect next? Here are some scenarios that could play out as a result of this week's chaos.

Media Key to Covering Egyptian Revolution

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The scene of protesters trying to break into the state-run TV station on Cairo's Corniche brought to mind other revolutions where control of the media was of primary importance.

Fear Extreme Islamists in the Arab World? Blame Washington

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Cohen

In the last year of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. questioned U.S. military interventions against progressive movements in the Third World by invoki...

US Tacit Support for Mideast Autocrats Reeks of Short-Sightedness, Undermines US Interests

Ahmed Rehab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmed Rehab

The US government's blurry vision when it comes to the Arab world is a victim of its own simplistic two-bit approach to the region: lust for oil and fear of Islamism.

Why the Real Threat Is Islamophobia, Not Islam

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

Islamophobia is far more threatening than any Muslim could ever be, for it breeds ignorance and bigotry.

Somali Islamists Ban Men And Women From Shaking Hands

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalis say Islamist insurgents have banned unrelated men and women from shaking hands, speaking or walking together. Reside...

"The Second Time as Farce": Lebanon's Al Akhbar newspaper

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

Marx's observation, proffered in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, about history repeating itself first as tragedy, then as farce, has been r...

U.S. Kills 5 German Militants

AP | RAPHAEL G. SATTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — Did their voices betray them? The discovery of an alleged terror plot against Europe owes at least some of its success to "voiceprint" ...

Sufi Islam: Reclaiming Muslim Spirituality

Fahad Faruqui | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fahad Faruqui

The rapturous quality of Sufi poetry continues to fascinate me, but the idea of loving and seeking God while listening to radical mullahs is deeply troubling. Prostration to God devoid of spirituality is no different from doing sit-ups.

Does Free Speech Mean Free to Offend?

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

Obviously life is full of offense. We can't legislate good taste or make everything that offends everyone illegal. Freedom of speech entails the freedom to offend. But that doesn't mean we have to offend.

Difficult Search for Reform in Jordan

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The visitor from Washington, who represented an independent democracy foundation, asked a group of Jordanian, "Where do you see the potential for reform in Jordan and the Arab region?"

Israel's Attacks Reflect Lack of Respect for World Order

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Israeli attempts to solve their problems with Palestinians using only military means, reflects an attitude that rejects the very the concepts for which international humanitarian law is based on today.

Pakistan Mosque Attacks: At Least 20 Killed

AP | BABAR DOGAR and NAHAL TOOSI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LAHORE, Pakistan — Islamist gunmen and a suicide squad lobbed grenades, sprayed bullets from atop a minaret and took hostages Friday in attacks ...

Saudi Arabia's Most Daring Newspaper Loses Its Top Man

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Al Watan, arguably Saudi Arabia's most daring newspaper, seems to have lost its top man after Jamal Khashoggi, the publication's editor in chief, resigned earlier today.

What if the Right was Right? A Reflection on the "Christian States of America." (Updated)

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

I am not saying that Jesus was a Stalinist or even a communist, just that it's very clear from his teachings that he believed that people were happier and healthier when they shared with each other.

Are Congressional Democrats Irrational?

Shadi Hamid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shadi Hamid

If Democrats give up on health reform, then I suspect it will be the dumbest political act in the recent history of American politics.

The Islamist Threat In Tunisia Still Justifies the Stagnation of the Political Scene

Amel Boubekeur | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amel Boubekeur

The Tunisian president has not chosen to address religious radicalism and terrorism through transparent solutions that are respectful of civil liberties.

Blast At Spy Agency In NW Pakistan Kills Seven

AP | RIAZ KHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide car bomb devastated Pakistan's main spy agency building in the northwest Friday, killing at least 7 people and st...

The Taliban's Ties to Al-Qaeda

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Marshall

How severe a threat does the Taliban pose to America? Blithely assuming that they would never again play host to America's sworn enemies is not a risk progressives should be prepared to take.

Islamists and the Future of Democracy in the Arab World

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John L. Esposito

The Bush legacy in the Muslim world leaves America with a significant credibility gap to overcome.

The Ultimate Divide

Wael Nawara | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Wael Nawara

The recent events in Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon and even inside the United States, show that we are experiencing a deep divide in our world.