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This Is Not the End of the World

David Moore | Posted 02.23.2015 | 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 02.11.2015 | 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 02.11.2015 | 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 01.26.2015 | 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 01.21.2015 | 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 01.15.2015 | 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 01.14.2015 | 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 01.14.2015 | 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 01.14.2015 | 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 01.13.2015 | 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 01.12.2015 | 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 01.09.2015 | 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.

The Death Of A Terrorist Leader Doesn't Necessarily Mean The End Of The Group

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.14.2014 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's ba...

School Shootings and Lone Wolf Attacks: What's the Difference?

James Dorsey | Posted 01.02.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Fryberg and Zehaf-Bibeau cases may differ in detail and motivation, yet they both reflect societal problems whether they are concepts of misguided masculinity in which young men feel inhibited in expressing emotion or increased isolation and alienation as a result of prejudice against mental instability.

Halloween and Grief: When the Nightmare Is Real

Megan Devine | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

One dear friend pointed out this morning how hard it is to reconcile the cemetery where she takes her very young child to visit her father's grave with the plastic headstones all over town, the scary way graveyards are depicted, not just at Halloween, but in many children's stories.

Tilt Shift Terror With Photographer Rob Reeves

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 12.20.2014 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Images Copyright Rob Reeves As Halloween draws closer and closer, I decided I'd need to find some spooky photos to feature here on the blog. ...

10 Twilight Zone Episodes That Will Give You Chills

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 12.06.2014 | Entertainment
Alexandra Rosas

This week marks the 55th anniversary of The Twilight Zone series. It's not easy to pick from my favorite TZ episodes, but if carnivorous Martians landed on earth and forced me to choose under threat of human extinction, I'd have to name these.

Soccer Fan Support for the Islamic State: Protest or a New Generation of Jihadists?

James Dorsey | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

At face value, a recent one minute video clip on You Tube leaves little doubt about support for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, among supporters of storied Moroccan soccer club Raja Club Athletic.

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Emre Celik

Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.