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Thinking the Unthinkable: Coming to Grips with Islamic State

James Dorsey | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
James Dorsey

It's almost a year since a US-led coalition launched air strikes and increased support of Iraqi and Kurdish military forces in a bid to degrade and destroy the self-styled Islamic State; yet the jihadist group that has conquered a swath of Syria and Iraq has demonstrated resilience despite suffering significant losses.

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.

Tribeca All Access 2015: Giving a Cinematic Voice to the Underrepresented

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Years ago, when I first started writing about films, I remember attending a luncheon for the Tribeca All Access program, offered by the Tribeca Film Institute, during the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.

Burying Our Heads in the Sandbox: Ignoring Security at Summer Camps

Joshua Gleis | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Joshua Gleis

Regrettably, too many camp administrators are passing off concerns of parents as overreactions, claiming that there is nothing that can really be done in such wide-open environments. Others recognize the threat but are misallocating their limited resources.

When Blood Spills Over the Bardo's Works of Art

Sana Bouagila Abdelkefi | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Sana Bouagila Abdelkefi

This extraordinary cradle of culture, which traces the country's history back several millennia through a wide variety of major works of art, became the scene of a deadly attack.

Who is Kim Ki-Jong, The Man Who Attacked South Korea's U.S. Ambassador?

HuffPost Korea | Dohoon Kim | Posted 03.06.2015 | World

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was attacked with a 10-inch knife on Thursday morning. The man who carried out the slashing, Kim Ki-...

Soccer Fields: A Waystation en Route to the Islamic State

James Dorsey | Posted 05.03.2015 | World
James Dorsey

One thing the biographies of Jihadi John, the Islamic State's executioner of foreign hostages, and several of his European associates have in common is their passion for soccer and their dashed hopes of becoming professional players.

This Is Not the End of the World

David Moore | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
David Moore

Apocalyptic scriptures share one feature: They were always composed in distressing times for the benefit of desperate people who occupied a particular moment in history. They suffered politically and economically, and only a dramatic rescue by God could help.

ISIL Reminds Us Who Joins Terrorist Organizations and Why

Joe Navarro | Posted 04.13.2015 | Crime
Joe Navarro

The purpose of terrorism is, of course, to terrorize, and they are succeeding at that. Hundreds of thousands have now fled Iraq and Syria as a result of ISIL's unparalleled violence and mastery of social media. One has to ask: who would be susceptible to their recruitment?

UAE Embarks on Global Campaign to Market Its Brand of Autocracy

James Dorsey | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The United Arab Emirates has embarked on an all-out effort to broaden its regional influence and achieve global acceptance of its autocratic definition of terrorism that encompasses all non-violent, legitimate expressions of political Islam.

White House Grapples With Fraught Terrorism Language

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism. In the days after a d...

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.

Black Films Are Buzzing At This Year's Sundance Festival

The Root | Julie Walker | Posted 01.28.2015 | Black Voices

Every year the Sundance Film Festival premieres some of the best independent black films around, and it looks as if 2015 will be no different. Viola D...

Conflicting Views of Islam Spill onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
James Dorsey

When Sarah Samir stepped this week on to an Egyptian soccer pitch to referee a men's match, she joined a small band of Arab women referees staking out their right to be involved in the sport on par with men.

Je Suis Raif Badawi

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi with his children. Photograph: Handout The Guardian. Here is the actual writing that gets you put in prison for 10 years and lashed 1000 times in Saudi Arabia. I call on all bloggers who value freedom of speech to pass this on.

Boko Haram in Baga: One of the Deadliest Terrorist Attacks in Modern History

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 03.16.2015 | Media
Daniel Gastfriend

We should strive to reaffirm the most basic principle upon which our societies stand: that all individuals are created equal. We have failed to provide Baga's victims that recognition. Let us demand that all individuals be protected from its reach, not merely those similar to us.

United Flight Attendants Fired for Security Concerns on Trans Pacific Flight

Christine Negroni | Posted 03.14.2015 | Travel
Christine Negroni

How long does it take to undo years of effort to improve the way flight crews communicate and share safety-related concerns? About two and a half hours if we're talking about United.

The Dangers of Clarity: Don't Let Terrorism Define Us

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

This is the age of terror only if we are terrorized, which is not a fact but a state of mind. Terrorists are not nihilists. They are meaning-builders. Their whole strategy depends on controlling the meaning of the death of innocents.

How Can We Not Be Afraid?

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Montserrat Domínguez

In order to fight against fanaticism, there is no other way but to strengthen the principles of liberty, equality, tolerance and respect for the law.

Deaths in Paris: Separating Fact from Fiction

James Dorsey | Posted 03.13.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The jihadist assaults in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket as well as two French police officers have sparked allegations of a failure by French intelligence and security agencies. Jihadists beyond the Middle East are also portrayed as coordinated by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). A closer look suggests those assertions are at best speculation.

Igor Bobic

Thousands Of People March In Washington In Remembrance Of Paris Terror Attacks

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of people gathered in the nation's capital on Sunday to participate in a silent march in honor of the 17 victims who died in t...

Deaths in Paris: Refining the Post-9/11 Model

James Dorsey | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The attack on Charlie Hebdo has similarly sparked reinforced public support for freedoms -- first and foremost the freedom of expression, a pillar of the French republic.

Charlie Hebdo: Deadliest Attack In France In 50 Years

HuffPost France | Alexandre Boudet | Posted 01.07.2015 | Media

12 people were killed on Wednesday when the offices of the weekly newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, were attacked. French President Francois Hollande calle...

Hamas Off Terror List on Technicality; Hysteria Reigns

Gabriel Sassoon | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Gabriel Sassoon

It is obvious to everybody, including the widely respected Washington Institute, that Hamas will be placed back on the list. Not least because the EU's political echelon has emphasized that it will, and that there will be "no practical effect" as a result of the General Court's finding.

School Shootings by Terrorists Fail to Achieve Their Political Goals

John A. Tures | Posted 02.15.2015 | 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.