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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 07.06.2015 | 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 06.30.2015 | 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 06.24.2015 | 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.

Our Jihadis and Theirs: The Real (Armed) Dangers of American Life

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

National security officials and politicians have been pounding home the message that the "greatest threat" to Americans is an extreme and brutal jihadist movement thousands of miles away and the videos and social media messages its followers produce that make it seem close at hand.

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

Defying the Islamic Totalitarians

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

The essence of freedom is the freedom to think for oneself. And that is intolerable to the jihadist. From the fatwa issued against author Salman Rushdie by Iran's ayatollahs, to the recent Charlie Hebdo slaughter in Paris, the jihadist allows no dissent from religious dogma.

Integration Is the Open Secret to Deradicalization

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The rise of violent extremism is only at the early stages, and if the West wants to stem the flow of volunteers to these ruthless groups, Western countries should make a concerted effort to engage and understand the nuances of their Muslim communities, especially the families from which these volunteers are coming.

Political Violence: Retiring the Word Terrorism

James Dorsey | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Founders of many modern states, including stalwarts of anti-terrorism like Israel and allies in the war on terror like the Kurds, achieved goals with political violence that killed innocent people and would be classified today as terrorism.

Freedom in Martyrdom

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The public discussion about the causes of violent extremism has focused mainly on the socioeconomic and political conditions that exist in Arab countries. But we must also carefully consider how the events in the wake of World Wars I and II have impacted the psychological disposition of the Arab population throughout the Middle East.

UK Search for Jihadi John Spotlights Recruitment Role of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 03.27.2015 | 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.

Pulling Our Punches in Paris and Beyond

John K. Herr | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
John K. Herr

The proper response to the Charlie Hebdo murders is not to jail "blasphemers" of any persuasion, whether they hold a pen or a microphone.

Invidious Comparisons: Asymmetric Massacres in France and Nigeria

David Tereshchuk | Posted 03.17.2015 | Media
David Tereshchuk

A remarkably packed media week certainly flowed from the massacre at France's Charlie Hebdo magazine and the hostage killings at the Porte de Vincennes HyperCacher kosher food store.

Charlie and Ahmed's New Year's Resolution: Together We Will Defeat Terrorism

Susan Bloch | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Susan Bloch

We will not cave in to terror. We can all be Charlie and Ahmed, anywhere, anytime, any place. Let's raise our pencils and fight their way. "#JeSuisCharlie," et "#JeSuisAhmed," et tu?