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'We Are All in This Together, Like It or Not': On Raif Badawi, Charlie Hebdo and Non-violent Islamism

Elham Manea | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Those who killed the journalists in Paris were followers of violent Islamist extremism. Those who lashed Raif are followers of non-violent Islamist extremism. The first kills in the name of God and the second violates in the name of God.

Pakistan School Reopens After Taliban Massacre

AP | ZARAR KHAN and REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 01.12.2015 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani children returned on Monday to the school where Taliban gunmen killed 150 of their classmates and teachers last ...

Counter-Terrorism Kickstarter

Michael Conniff | Posted 01.10.2015 | Denver
Michael Conniff

Silbi Kelly Stanton comes by her interest in counter-terrorism honestly. The daughter of both Irish Catholic and Protestant Irish descendants, Stanton also studied The Troubles in Ireland before turning to the Al-Qaeda conundrum.

Five Middle East Predictions for 2015

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Graham E. Fuller

Only a fool offers longer term predictions about the Middle East. I offer the following shorter term predictions about the Middle East for 2015.

Pakistan Strikes In Tribal Regions Kill 31 Militants, Drone Kills 7

AP | RIAZ KHAN | Posted 01.04.2015 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani airstrikes killed 31 militants and a suspected U.S. drone strike killed another seven, officials said Sunday, as...

IDPistan

Zaheen Fatima | Posted 12.30.2014 | World
Zaheen Fatima

We live within the same borders as these unlucky people, perhaps even a few kilometers away from their hell on earth, but as we cross over to the better half of our country, we easily forget the turmoil our personalized war on terror has caused to millions.

Pakistan Is Its Own Worst Enemy

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
Raza Habib Raja

Nothing will change until this narrative changes and our mindset which accommodates it changes. Pakistan has to realize that it is its own worst enemy.

The Peshawar Tragedy Shows That Pakistan Needs a New Religious Narrative

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 12.27.2014 | World
Junaid Jahangir

When will the Pakistani masses realize that exploiting Islam to recreate the glory of past Caliphates and to justify the subjugation of religious minorities is based on a supremacist ideology born out of immense inferiority complex and colonial baggage?

Pakistan: When Children Fear to Learn

Akshan deAlwis | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Akshan deAlwis

This "war against education" from the Taliban has effectively crippled the future of Pakistan, ensuring that the vast human potential of the nation will be going to waste. However, in the wake of the attack in Peshawar, there needs to be a concerted attempt by the state and people of Pakistan to reform and support the education system.

Benazir Bhutto -- The Muslim Leader Who Saw Jihadis Coming

Farahnaz Ispahani | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Farahnaz Ispahani

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by the jihadis on December 27, 2007 after addressing a rally where she repeated her warnings about the Taliban and other extremist groups. Today, events such as the recent massacre of school children in Peshawar, reflect what Bhutto was warning against. Extremist Islamist ideologues opposed her because as a western-educated Muslim woman leader she symbolized all that the jihadis hate.

Is There a Moses Basket for Persecuted Children?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The story is as old as the tale of Moses but to see it repeated and repeated is shocking - the deliberate killing of children for political or religious reasons.

Pakistan Hangs 4 Militants As Execution Campaign Widens

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2014 | World

By Syed Raza Hassan and Nadia Saleem ISLAMABAD, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Pakistan hanged four Islamist militants on Sunday in th...

Officials: U.S. Drone Strike In Pakistan Kills 5 Taliban Militants

AP | MUNIR AHMED | Posted 12.20.2014 | World

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, t...

132 Dead Children: Only Obeying Orders

Shahid Mahmood | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Shahid Mahmood

Pakistan should ensure these extremists never claim they are not guilty of these heinous charges. Killing children is never justified. "Only obeying orders" - divine or otherwise is simply not an excuse.

When Sole Military Action Is Not Enough!

Sameer Siddiqui | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Sameer Siddiqui

Once the dust settles on the military response, we need to collectively learn as citizens of this 21st century that people different from us are not a binary 0 to our 1 or an off to our on switch

Pakistani Military Kills Dozens Of Militants In Retaliation For School Massacre

AP | REBECCA SANTANA and MUNIR AHMED | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country's first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounde...

Our Future Generations Will Never Forgive Us If We Do Not Act Now

Wasif Shakil | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Wasif Shakil

The barbarous targeted attack on helpless children has done what a decade of terrorism couldn't -- Pakistan reacted venomously. The outpouring of grief for the victims and their families from across the country, the region and world has changed the very paradigm of how terrorism has been tackled by the government.

Sabrina Siddiqui

The Best Way To Help Pakistan After The School Attack Is To Donate To Education

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- When terrorists stormed a school in Peshawar on Tuesday and killed 141 people, mostly children, it was both one of the deadliest attacks...

Carnage in Peshawar

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
S. Azmat Hassan

The school attack is a moment of reckoning for the Pakistani government, and more so for the Pakistani army, which is a major player in Pakistani politics.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Pakistani Opposition Leader Ends 126-Day Protests, Calls For Unity Amid Peshawar School Attack

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.17.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- With Pakistan reeling from a terrorist attack that killed 141 people, mostly children, opposition leader Imran Khan on Wednesday declare...

NBC News Producer's Children Were Inside School During Taliban Siege

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.17.2014 | Media

Mushtaq Yusufzai, an award-winning NBC News producer based in Pakistan, endured the most trying five hours of his career this week as Taliban militant...

A Sad Day for Children

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

Today we all should mourn with the Pakistani people, but tomorrow we, too, must rise up to support them and people of good will everywhere and try to put an end to using children as sacrifices to the bloodlust of terror.

School Shootings by Terrorists Fail to Achieve Their Political Goals

John A. Tures | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

We've been told that terrorism is hard to fight because while you can kill a person, it is hard to kill an idea. By the same token, terrorists can kill people, but also fail to destroy ideas.

Pakistan Must Discard its 'Good Taliban, Bad Taliban' Narrative

Beena Sarwar | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Beena Sarwar

The Pakistani government has put off a decisive move against the Taliban due to 'lack of political consensus.

A Year to Remember: The Positives and Negatives

Amy Cooper | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Amy Cooper

The year 2014 will stand out to us for a multitude of reasons. For me, what resonates the most is the highs and lows we experienced in our efforts to create gender equality in education worldwide.