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Debating Militancy In Post-2003 Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 07.03.2016 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The Evolution of Sunni Insurgency Talk by Luay al-Khatteeb at Al Khoei Foundation, CASS, 1 July 2016 The 2003 regime change in Iraq ignited a diffe...

Which Is the Greater Evil -- Terrorism or Governments' Response to It?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Co-authored by Jim Sisco Governments can maintain greater legitimacy among their populace and be more effective combating terrorism if they harness t...

Iran Prohibits Citizens From Performing Hajj

Zoha Qamar | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Zoha Qamar

Just recently, Iran enforced a strict ban forbidding any of its citizens from participation in Hajj, the annually offered and once-in-a-lifetime required major Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Muqtada's Political Revival

Sadok BenAbdallah | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
Sadok BenAbdallah

As some see Muqtada Al Sadr as both a political and militant proxy of Iran, his recent political revival may seem as though Iran sees to further expand its influence in Iraqi politics for strategic purposes.

Identifying the Threat: What Senior Officials Still Don't Understand

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2016 | World
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

Terroristic behavior will not stop in the near future. Now, we need to reset the stage and move to a strategic approach to identifying and resolving the problems. Whack-a-mole is not working.

Saudi Arabia Should Be Disturbed, Not Reassured, Since It Poses a Worse Threat to the Middle East Than Iran

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Last Month Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Riyadh to reassure the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that the U.S. stood with them. "Nothing has changed" as a result of the nuclear pact with Iran, he insisted.

What Would Work In Syria?

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

With the collapse of the United Nations peace negotiations to end the Syrian conflict, we need to step back and envision what an effective Muslim government with the support of the people would look like.

How to Convert a Terrorist in Three Grades or Less

Jeffrey E. Stern | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Jeffrey E. Stern

There was a child we will call Meena. She lived in Pakistan. She was a child of energy and initiative. She was six years old when she attempted her first terrorist attack.

Iran and Saudi Arabia: Where Does the United States Really Stand?

Rebecca Conroy | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Rebecca Conroy

The time for smoke and mirrors is coming to a close, globally, and it is obvious that Iran is being turned into a scapegoat boogeyman by the Saudis and their allies (including United States Republicans). Human rights violations from Saudi Arabia must be kept in check.

Two Of Pakistan's Best Friends Hate Each Other

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 01.11.2016 | World

KARACHI, Pakistan -- The Saudi consulate here, in the largest city of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is guarded by walls more than 10 feet tall, th...

Frum-Alter Consensus: Cruz Now Favored, But Would Lose Worse Than Trump in November

Mark Green | Posted 01.10.2016 | Politics
Mark Green

2014-02-03-BothSidesNowLogoPlaincolhirescopy1.jpgTrump has surprised all by maintaining his lead. But Frum and Alter agree that: A) the Republican Party will splinter if he's chosen, and B) Cruz is too ideologically rigid for general election. So GOP has to pick its poison. Also: Not hard to explain Dem schadenfreude over whether Cruz is a natural born Canadian.

6 Reasons Sunni and Shia Should Stick Together

Taymullah Abdur-Rahman | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
Taymullah Abdur-Rahman

Islamic history is rich with both violent fracturing and civilized disagreement. However Muslims must not allow political or religious leaders to dictate how we treat one another in everyday practical situations after we have such a rich history of mistakes to learn from.

General Wesley Clark: West Should Arm Ukraine

Diane M. Francis | Posted 12.17.2015 | World
Diane M. Francis

(Reuters) Retired US Army General Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, has campaigned since 2014 to convince Western governm...

Iraq: Clash of Coalitions or a Shared Endgame?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

After the disaster of last year's terrorist onslaught, Iraq is now landing heavy blows against the so-called Islamic State. But it needs its allies to stop bickering to truly defeat Daesh.

Squabbling Politicians Push Lebanon to Sectarian Brink

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.22.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The bigger threat to Lebanese stability is the implosion of Syria, which long played a dominant, sometimes controlling, role in Lebanon. Hezbollah has directly intervened on the side of the Assad regime. The Shia movement's involvement risks bringing the conflict back to Lebanon, as did Hezbollah's costly 2006 war with Israel.

Chalabi's Final Victory in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It says a lot about man's record in life, that within hours of his death he is widely proclaimed to have shifted the course of history, even though he was never a head of state.

Religion Is Not to Blame

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Soumaya Ghannoushi

To say that religion is divisive is to attempt no analysis of the problems at hand. It is to stop at the surface making no effort to dig deeper for the underlying problems seething underneath.

Terrorism and the Crisis of Sunni Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

The roots of Sunni Islam's ailments it must be noted are not entirely to do with religion, as most journalists, politicians and "experts" in Europe and across the Atlantic never tire of repeating. Rather than scripture and theology, it is in politics and economics, in power balances, foreign interventions and the scramble for influence and resources that the causes of its ills reside.

Kurdistan's Slow Rolling Coup d'état

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

A capital city in Iraq is in turmoil. The government has been hit hard by collapsing oil prices and is under pressure from an array of activist groups to reveal the fate of missing oil revenues, and be far more transparent.

Putin's Airstrikes on Syria Are Not What You Think

Said Elias Dawlabani | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Said Elias Dawlabani

Since Russian President Vladamir Putin began his military air campaign in Syria last week, Western media has been clamoring to explain his motivation. Most of the analysis so far has been incomplete or half-baked at best.

Obama's Big UN Week Sunk by Putin's Clever Gambit, Iran's Cold Rebuke, and Multiple U.S. Policy Failures

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

We may look back on this week as one of the true nadirs in America's post-9/11 efforts to lead the world, a series of events that make the failures of America's shallow strategies, of both Republican and Democratic administrations. It is a particular low point for President Obama.

Pope Francis and an Appeal to Our Higher Angels

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

If you want to work for peace, you must have your own inner peace. That is what Pope Francis teaches us in his humility. He draws his strength not by jeering at "losers." He lifts the "losers" in a way that strengthens the entire community.

Egyptian Artist Wael Shawky Is Pulling the Strings of Crusade and Jihad at MoMA PS1

G. Roger Denson | Posted 07.10.2016 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

In Wael Shawky's trilogy it's historicism, not history, that is being culled, a deliberate seeing in the past the makings of the present or more recent past.

Pluralism in Islam -- Between Scripture and Praxis

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 06.30.2016 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Muslim scholars, political leaders and civic society must emphasize the pluralistic message of the Quran and urgently address the pervasive exclusivist attitude among many Muslims.

Ramadan and the Blending of American Muslims

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 06.23.2016 | Religion
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

We Muslims will create a new American identity that allows us to live in peace with each other and with other faith communities.