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Why ISIS Should Be Called 'Fahish,' or 'Obscene'

Turki al-Faisal | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Turki al-Faisal

The truth is that the group that attempts to impress the world with the name "Islamic State" is neither Islamic nor a state. The global community would do better to look at this organization and call it by a name that refutes its lies and exposes its true nature.

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.

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.

The Tragedy Continues - Arab Spring Gives Way to Salafist Summer

Lawrence A. Levine | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
Lawrence A. Levine

Despite the religious and political "marketing" of Jihad and martyrdom by al Qaeda, like any good organized crime syndicate, ISIS leadership and sponsors recognize violence as a profitable tool to advance their interests.

Ticking Time Bomb: Jordan's Islamists and the Rise of ISIS in the Hashemite Kingdom

Mathew Markman | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Mathew Markman

A beacon of stability in the Middle East, the Hashemite Kingdom is perpetually challenged by the need to moderate between the monarchy's pro-Western orientation and the Islamist tendencies of the country's population.

Understanding and Treating the Cancer of Islamic Extremism

Ribal Al-Assad | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
Ribal Al-Assad

Since the dawn of time, the world has witnessed conflict, and since the onset of organized religion, it has played host to sectarian violence. But why is Islamism currently growing so fast, and so widely? The reasons are political and economic.

As Goes Egypt, So Goes Tunisia? Not Quite

Freedom House | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Russell Raymond Program Associate, Middle East and North Africa In the past week, dueling demonstrations have occupied public spaces in Tunisia'...

Egypt, Religion, and the Dilemmas of Democracy

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

Except for the large number of Egyptians who had become increasingly frustrated by the disappointing administration of President Mohammed Morsi, no one seems particularly happy over what happened last week.

Tunis Hints of Backpedaling on Syria

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 08.30.2013 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

Tunisia's own transition has been rockier than its quick disappearance from our media radar screen might lead us to think, and Tunisians' experience of Islamist politics has changed the lens through which many here now view Syria.

An Ethical Question

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.28.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It doesn't stop. Examples of unethical media behavior abound. Or do they? A brief video clip this week on Lebanon's LBCI TV's and New TV's nightly ne...

Iran's Long Leash

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although all of Syria's neighbors have been negatively impacted by the country's crisis, Iraq's sectarian tensions and the religious, historical and cultural bonds between Syrians and Iraqis connect the two states' political fates.

Arabian Night

Layla Demay | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Layla Demay

The last time I was in Tunisia it was a few months after the fall of Ben Ali, and I wonder how much the country has changed now that a transition government led by the Islamist party Ennahda is in charge.

The IMF's Tall Order for Morsi

Daniel Nisman | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Daniel Nisman

Parliamentary elections must be held within two months according to the new constitution, leaving Morsi's political opponents on the right and the left licking their chops at an opportunity to exploit economic woes.

Shattered Dreams of Times Square: Brave Young Africans and the Salafists

Birama Konare | Posted 03.02.2013 | Impact
Birama Konare

The youth also dream of joyful crowds, confetti, Frank Sinatra, "New York, New York"... celebrating New Year's Eve, carefree, with a bunch of friends, a glass of champagne in one hand, dancing and saying, "Happy New Year." Why should this privilege only be reserved to the West?

WATCH: Dispelling Egypt's Biggest Myth

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

On December 15, a historic referendum is set to be held on a draft consitution that has further polarized the country, pinning supporters of President Morsi, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, against a galvanized opposition made up of liberals, socialists and other youth groups.

Egypt's Constitutional Drafting Process Shows Egyptians Ready for Democracy

Sahar Aziz | Posted 01.26.2013 | World
Sahar Aziz

Political grandstanding and posturing aside, the heated disputes show a sophisticated debate on the role of religion, individual rights, and power sharing among the branches of government.

Hamas Aligned With Israel

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 01.23.2013 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

A highly vital step is in progress aligning the people of the Middle East to a mindset more in sync with the modern world ranging from Asia, emerging Africa, Europe and the Americas whereby faith becomes a builder rather than a destroyer.

What the Arab Awakening, Salafists and Israel Have in Common

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

As new expressions of democracy sweep across the Arab world, the spectrum of political philosophies -- from secular liberalism to religious ultra orthodoxy -- will struggle for positions of primacy in the development of these societies.

Egypt's Constitutional Clash: Liberals vs. Islamists (VIDEO)

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 12.25.2012 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

If you thought Egypt's revolution was chaotic, you haven't been following its constitutional process, which is all the more confusing and critical, as liberals and Islamists clash over role of Shariah law.

The Showdown Between The Muslim Brotherhood And Jihadist Salafis

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Hani Almadhoun

This is somehow the new model in the Middle East: put the moderates in charge and let them reason with the ultra-conservatives. I am watching this with mixed feelings.

Saudi Religious Police Losing Some Powers

AP | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- The director of Saudi Arabia's powerful religious police says his forces are losing some of their key powers, including arrest...

A Tale of Two Islams

Taufiq Rahim | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Taufiq Rahim

Following the Arab revolutions of 2011, Islam has forcefully entered the public square, and as political forces jockey for power, we are witnessing a growing duel between radical rejectionists and groups favoring more inclusive engagement.

A Field Guide to the Middle East Mess, Part I

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 11.19.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The latest cycle of anti-American outrage is symptomatic of a broader problem facing Arabs -- that these revolutions have brought neither jobs nor bread.

Morsi in Debt

Adel Iskandar | Posted 09.08.2012 | World
Adel Iskandar

Virtually no single political institution, party, organization, group, or movement possesses a reservoir of absolute legitimacy in the current maelstrom.

Egypt's Democratic Triumph

Scott MacLeod | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics
Scott MacLeod

Morsi's victory is testimony to the Brotherhood's ability to mobilize Egyptians against a deeply entrenched political system, and to convince Egyptians that its candidate was the most capable of taking the helm after Mubarak's removal from power.