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Trump Flounders As The Stakes Get Bigger

William Bradley | Posted 07.18.2016 | Media
William Bradley

After boasting again via twitter that he had foreseen another jihadist terrorist attack -- Does the man's genius know no bounds? Heh -- Trump has had remarkably little to say. Which is just as well, as these are complex matters and Trump has no knowledge about or facility for them.

The 'Loser Terrorists'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.17.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The inspiration of many of today's terrorists is to achieve name recognition or even re-branding from loser to terrorist.

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...

What Does the US Killing Mullah Mansour Inside Pakistan Mean?

Mohammad Taqi | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
Mohammad Taqi

Mullah Mansour's assassination is a great setback for Pakistan's army and a major vindication for the Afghan government, which has claimed all along that Pakistan, through its Taliban and HQN proxies, is waging an undeclared war against Afghanistan.

Brussels and the True Threat to Our Values

Murray Forseter | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

I don't know how to combat fanaticism. But I am certain it is not through repression. Even in totalitarian states individuals willing to forfeit their lives can blow up complacency.

Jihadist Terrorism Is Pakistan's Festering Sore

Mohammad Taqi | Posted 04.04.2016 | World
Mohammad Taqi

Pakistani civil and military leaders, as well as the society, must realize what is bad for Kabul and Delhi is bad for Lahore, too. The Pakistan state policy of using jihadist terror to wage proxy wars is backfiring, as the Lahore bombing on Easter Sunday has tragically demonstrated.

Bombs and Band-Aids Won't Cure Terrorism

Wahab Raofi | Posted 03.28.2016 | World
Wahab Raofi

As the blood of innocents - spilled by terrorist bombers - is wiped from Brussels Metro and airport walls, politicians amp up their dithering about ho...

I Was in Brussels

David Harris | Posted 03.25.2016 | World
David Harris

On Tuesday morning, March 22nd, I went to the nearby park for some exercise. Just after 8 a.m., it became filled with the sirens of police and other emergency vehicles, as well as military trucks, all racing in one direction.

X-Files America?

William Bradley | Posted 03.01.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Its melange of conspiracies and supernaturalism, bringing incisive and often elegant thinking in the midst of frequently crackpot scenarios is certainly a match for this era of American history. Perhaps too much so.

Saudi Arabia's Economic Time Bomb

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Time is a luxury that Saudi Arabia can no longer take for granted. It faces an economic time bomb, which, if not defused, will have severe and possibly irreversible effects both nationally and internationally.

The Cost Of Turkey's Self-Interest

Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi

The Syrian Civil War, which began as an uprising to overthrow the Assad regime, has devolved into a proxy war, with Turkish-backed jihadist forces serving as the main anti-Syrian opposition. Could the Islamic State have become this powerful without Turkey's assistance?

When Did the US Become a Nation of Cowards?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The purpose of terrorism is to terrorize. Much of the American population is terrorized. In that light, we're giving the jihadi terrorists exactly what they want.

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.

UN Climate Summit's Scattered Approach Points Up Importance of California and Jerry Brown

William Bradley | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
William Bradley

There is some very good news and some very bad news about the current United Nations Climate Summit in Paris.

Get a Grip, Americans!

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 12.06.2015 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Difficult as it is at a time like this, we need to take a step back from our fears and stand up for our American way of life, our values and our liberties.

Anti-ISIS 'Grand Alliance' Derails in Wake of Russian Jet Downing and Quick Revival of Business-As-Usual

William Bradley | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Would the result have been different had Turkey not chosen to shoot down a Russian plane which may have veered momentarily -- and this in the Turkish version, mind you -- into its territory? We'll never know.

The U.S. Should Join Hands With Russia to Fight ISIS

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Any rational person would have to agree that the world stands a better chance of effectively fighting IS together, than separately.

"Freedom Fries" And The Republican Right's Faux Solidarity With France

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.15.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

I thought about the intertwined recent histories of our two countries and how much the French really loved the Americans, which made me all the more ashamed of the Republicans under George W. Bush who ridiculed that country and its people.

9/11 Plus 14: The Morphing Long War Bloodily Meanders On

William Bradley | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

How is it even possible that the jihadist situation is even more screwed up now than it was right after the 9/11 attacks? Because two successive presidencies, seeming and mostly real political opposites, have pursued deeply incoherent and ultimately profoundly counter-productive strategies.

Is Right Wing Extremism the Biggest Danger Facing America?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 09.06.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Just after President Obama took office, a Department of Homeland Security report recognized that the combination of a tanking economy together with the election of America's first African-American president might trigger right-wing violence. The report was later withdrawn, given the headwinds of conservative criticism.

Erdogan Is Pursuing Turkish Self-Interests, Under the Guise of Fighting ISIS

Harut Sassounian | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

The Turkish President's self-serving fake war against terrorism could have the tragic consequence of escalating the violence throughout Turkey and neighboring countries. If Ankara is truly interested in countering the Jihadists, it should have done that long ago, instead of arming and abetting ISIS and other terror groups.

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.

This July Fourth: A New Push for Freedom From Terror

Ahmed Charai | Posted 06.30.2016 | World
Ahmed Charai

In the short term, American security measures should be tightened, to be sure. And the U.S. can more closely cooperate with the security services of its Arab allies, benefiting from the latter's human intelligence while sharing its own technological intelligence.

Be Careful Of Retrospective Data In Assessing Terror Threat

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

Our focus on only one type of ideological terrorist risk creates what economists call availability heuristics, where fears about the frequency of events come to frame an inaccurate understanding of them. With everything from terrorism to vehicular accidents, our risks are broader than our fears dictate.