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Fighting the Master Cult of Jihad

Ben Barber | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Ben Barber

The latest reports from Europe about ordinary, normal young men suddenly shifting to become jihadis -- throat cutters, suicide bombers, assassins of children and women -- reminds me of the way cultish holy men formed their slavish followings in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

Fifty Shades of Jihad

Roger S. Gottlieb | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Roger S. Gottlieb

Shades of Grey is a Hollywood movie. ISIS is a serious threat to our way of life. So isn't it the height of intellectual irresponsibility to mention them in the same breath -- let along the same blog?

After Copenhagen, What Next for Europe?

David Harris | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
David Harris

Even so, I desperately want to believe that Europe, with all its dazzling achievements since the end of World War II, can still strengthen its resolve, stiffen its spine, and fully understand the stakes involved, however late in the day it is. Here is what I wish would happen now.

Spin Is a Hell of a Thing

Nida Khan | Posted 02.06.2015 | Media
Nida Khan

As much as both pundits on the right and left would like us to believe that this is a conflict of 'radical Islam' vs. the rest of us, it's much more complex and nuanced than that childish line of reasoning.

White House Reveals New Strategy Against ISIS: Hope The Avengers Show Up

Spencer Green | Posted 02.06.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"We understand they have other things to do and are difficult to assemble but if Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk or any of them are listening, we can really use some help," said Armond Hullicoat, spokesperson for the Department of Graveyard Whistling.

Our Fight Against ISIS

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Chaker Khazaal

The solution to end this insane violence is not to circulate gruesome imagery of beheadings and violence. We must return to the human element that all these brave journalists so passionately tried to shed light on.

UK Search for Jihadi John Spotlights Recruitment Role of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The United Kingdom's search for Jihadi John, the masked, British-accented fighter who appears in videos and beheading of foreigners condemned to death by the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, has highlighted the significance for militants of soccer as a recruitment and bonding tool.

Timbuktu

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.23.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

As Islamic fundamentalists encroach on the basic liberties of people in Africa and the Arab world, we hear about it, but it's hard to put it into context and understand the magnitude of the situation. Leave it to veteran, Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako to boil a complicated social phenomena down to a simple allegorical tale.

The Heartbreaking Story That Truly Moved Sheryl Sandberg

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents

In a conversation with Arianna Huffington at the World Economic Forum, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talked about what had moved her most while in Davo...

Learning Nothing from Paris

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

There are certain things you don't get to do because there's no valid reason for doing them, and they could cause immense harm to others. Is there any reason we cannot add to that list that no one gets to go to a country where terrorists are at war with the U.S.?

After the Attacks in France, What Next?

Rep. Nita Lowey | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Rep. Nita Lowey

Obviously, this is a decision that only the democratically elected government and people of France can make. That said, as longtime friends of France and the trans-Atlantic partnership, we too have a big stake in where France goes from here. Allow us a few observations.

Barack Obama, Missing in Action

Sheldon Filger | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

The absence of Barack Obama or any other senior official from his administration on January 11 in Paris is so inexplicable, even the president's most steadfast defenders are aghast. What rationale can possibly be proffered in defense of so counter-intuitive a non-action?

The Real War Is the Ideological One

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Whenever violent acts take place, the natural response is the need to obliterate the group or militias behind it militarily.

Deaths in Paris: Separating Fact from Fiction

James Dorsey | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The jihadist assaults in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket as well as two French police officers have sparked allegations of a failure by French intelligence and security agencies. Jihadists beyond the Middle East are also portrayed as coordinated by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). A closer look suggests those assertions are at best speculation.

Potential UK Club Acquisition Could Help Qatar Polish Its Image

James Dorsey | Posted 02.19.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A Qatari acquisition of Tottenham would no doubt at least temporarily refocus some of the negative reporting on the country. But it could also revive assertions that wealthy Gulf countries are seeking to launder their reputations through soccer acquisition.

What Happened to the Key Tenets of Islamic Humanity and Spirituality That We Grew Up With?

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

A corrective political course in Pakistan is the need of the hour. Corruption needs to be eradicated and good governance is essential.

The Battle for Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Does the situation of present-day Muslim society, marked by crisis, tensions, foreign interventions and political despotism, foster the reformist democratic Islam, or does it promote its violent and theocratic rivals?

Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Unite At Saudi Conference To Condemn Islamic State

Reuters | Posted 01.19.2015 | Religion

VIENNA, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Senior Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders condemned violence by jihadi militants such as Islamic State (IS) at a Saudi-...

Dealing with ISIS/Islamic State: three scenarios

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Ronald Tiersky

Media accounts of gruesome executions and beheadings carried out by ISIS fighters over the past week have put in the background another aspect of their strategy besides barbarism: the process of constructing a state.

Lessons of the Berlin Wall's Forgotten Aftermath

Tim Stone | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Tim Stone

Though the Wende, or "Change," freed the East German people from over forty years of Stalinist dictatorship, remembering the forgotten side of German unification -- when right-wing hooligans waged thousands of attacks on defenseless foreigners -- provides a cautionary tale of failed leadership.

Mythbusters: Bill Maher Edition

Omar Sarwar | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Omar Sarwar

Since his highly controversial exchange with Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof on October 3rd, Bill Maher has insisted that he's simply stating the unpleasant facts about the Muslim world. But there are two particularly noxious myths that need to be debunked.

Aasif Mandvi Opens Up On His 'Complicated Relationship' With His Faith

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion

Like many Muslim Americans today, comedian Aasif Mandvi — of "Daily Show" fame — finds himself having to spend more time explaining the misconcept...

Soccer and Militant Islam Intersect in Incidents Across the Middle East

James Dorsey | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A successful soccer player near the peak of his career, 22-year Nidhal Selmi died last week a foreign fighter for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq.

An Honest Open Letter to Moderate Muslims

Qasim Rashid | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

You've likely heard the old saying, "You can't wake up someone pretending to be asleep." This thoughtful proverb crossed my mind as I read new atheist Ali Rizvi's letter, which I can only assume is addressed you and I.

The 'Bent Twig' Of Arabia: A Note On The Origins Of Jihadism

John Tirman | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
John Tirman

Americans' commonplace view of ISIL, al Qaeda, and similar groups is one of irrational, hateful savages wreaking havoc as they bomb, rape, and pillage. This view is not wholly mistaken, but it overlooks the causes of this poisonous ideology of Jihadism.