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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 04.28.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.10.2015 | 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?

The Hunt for Terrorist Leaders: Is the Effort Worth It?

Arie Kruglanski | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
Arie Kruglanski

Targeted killings remain a useful tactical tool in the kit of counterterrorism strategists. While they cannot be expected in the long run to paralyze a terrorist organization, they often can bring short-term, intense pressure on a successor's operations. They cannot bring an end to terrorism.

Men Behaving Badly

Matthew Fox | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Matthew Fox

All the bad news about men behaving badly offers us an opportunity to speak out, to ask the deeper questions, to redirect the messages our boys and young men are getting from a patriarchal and reptilian-brain-driven culture that is dangerous to women and men, children and the Earth.

The Perils of Conflating ISIS and Al Qaeda

Samuel Ramani | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Samuel Ramani

The diffusion risk and unprecedented economic and military capabilities ISIS possesses should compel US policymakers to devise a new approach to combat the threat it poses.

Why the UN Rejected Turkey's Bid for a Security Council Seat?

Harut Sassounian | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Harut Sassounian

By ignoring all these legitimate reasons for Turkey's failure to win the Security Council seat, Foreign Minister Cavusoglu falsely attributed his country's defeat to its reluctance to abandon "its values for the sake of getting more votes."

How to Win the Ideological War Against ISIS

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Faisal J. Abbas

Critics of the coalition may see military action as a threat and think that it will only intensify the problem. However, such critics seem to be ignoring that it was the inaction towards the atrocities in Syria and the failed state in Iraq that resulted in the swelling of ISIS's ranks from a few hundred to nearly 30,000 according to the latest estimates.

As America Fights Terror, it Loses More Than it Gains

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

As the United States ramps up its 'no boots on the ground' war against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, the stream of threats emanating from the region appear to grow ever wider and deeper.

To Counter ISIS Propaganda, Let's Stop Treating the Quran as Infallible

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion
Fathima Imra Nazeer

Well-meaning Muslims claim that these Islamists have simply 'misinterpreted' the Quran. But have they?

The Battle Against ISIL: A New and Different Kind of War -- Monsters, Mobsters or Both?

Lawrence A. Levine | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Lawrence A. Levine

ISIL leaders have connections in the black market of international finance. The real intelligence needed to understand what is going on in the region is not targets for the U.S. Air Force, but the type of financial intelligence General Petraeus tasked General McMaster to find in Afghanistan in 2010.

A Ten-Point Plan for Defeating ISIS and Muslim Fundamentalism

Karima Bennoune | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
Karima Bennoune

In doing research for my recent book, I interviewed nearly 300 people of Muslim heritage from almost 30 countries, and heard countless stories of ordinary people engaged in extraordinary acts of courage to fight extremism.

The Foley Murder: Reading Between the Lines

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

If the slaughter of over 1,000 Iraqi soldiers, 700 Syrian tribesmen, and the potential massacre of tens of thousands of Yazidis did not awake Americans the world over to the threat that the Islamic State poses to their way of life, then perhaps James Foley's death will serve that purpose.

Obama's Irrelevant Air Strikes

William Bradley | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

After months of temporizing analysis, President Barack Obama re-engaged militarily in the fading colonial construct known as "Iraq." That he has done so in limited fashion is to be commended, though the air strikes he has ordered so far are mere pinpricks.

Are Australians Committing Human Rights Abuses in Syria and Iraq?

Hector Sharp | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Hector Sharp

Young Australians are being recruited to fight in foreign wars for extremist groups and these same groups are responsible for human rights atrocities in Iraq and Syria.

Islamic State Urges FIFA to Deprive Qatar of the World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A purported letter by the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls chunks of Syria and Iraq, has warned world soccer body FIFA not to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, reviving concerns first raised in a FIFA security assessment warning two weeks before it was awarded the tournament.

Islam -- Up for Grabs?

Ooi Kee Beng | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Ooi Kee Beng

Historically, effective resistance to excessive Islamization in Muslim-majority countries has often been headed by the military, as champions of secularism. This has been obvious in the modern history of the Middle East. Where monarchies have reigned, Islam's role has been harder to predict. And so in Brunei, a stable country living off oil wells, the sudden implementation of hudud has left many baffled. The government has suppressed social media response against the sudden imposition of hudud. Whether the whole exercise is simply the whim of an autocrat or long-term strategic politics is too early to determine.

Tracking the Sunni Foreign Fighters -- A Quick Primer

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.17.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

What we are witnessing from ISIS is a full-on, blitzkrieg-like campaign leveraging conventional-style tactics forcing tens of thousands of scared Iraqi soldiers and police into embarrassing retreat.

World Cup Sparks Islamist Debate on Rectitude of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

Ultra-conservative clerics are condemning soccer as a Jewish and Christian tool to undermine Islamic culture as millions of Muslims across the globe t...

ISIS: What Does It Mean for Israel?

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Ronald Tiersky

With Syria and now Iraq in flames, Israel's security is not at the top of any country's agenda other than Israel itself. But Israel's security should always be a concern for Washington and other governments as well as Jerusalem.