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Extremism

Legal 'Pussyrioting' Lives on in Another Russian Court Blunder

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

The Hatchet may be on the opposite end of the political spectrum from the ultra-liberal feminists of Pussy Riot, yet like the women he was silenced for exercising Russia's constitutionally protected right to free speech.

Egypt's Top Muslim Leader Condemns Islamic State

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion

(Adds more quotes, background) CAIRO, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Egypt's top religious authority condemned the armed group Islamic State which...

Hard Choices in a Time of Extremism

Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman

Whether by accident or by design, Hard Choices doggedly makes the case for the person to lead us who is best placed to deliver more democracy, more freedom and more peacefulness the world over -- and it doesn't hurt that this person has the biggest, most diverse rolodex on the planet.

Out of Touch GOP Rapidly Seals Fate With Majority of Ordinary Americans

Robert Creamer | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The Republican Leadership may be doing just fine with the Wall Street crowd and extremists who oppose birth control, but for the majority of ordinary Americans its actions over the last several weeks have rapidly begun to seal its fate as a minority party.

The Politics of Hostility: "If Librels Are For It, We're Agin It" Doesn't Cut It

Andy Schmookler | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

[This piece appeared in newspapers in my conservative congressional District in Virginia.] How did it come to this? How did our political life in...

Children of Syria

Hind Kabawat | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
Hind Kabawat

Teenagers joining extremist groups are a growing sign of the desperation facing young Syrian refugees. It should also be a stark warning to the outside world that has been content to stand by while the fighting continues.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 07.18.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.

ISIS Group Blows Up Shiite Muslim Mosques In Iraq (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion

The ISIS militant group is further advancing its extreme religious agenda by destroying Shiite mosques and Islamic shrines around the ancient Iraqi ci...

The Contagion of National Anger

Terry Newell | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

Emotional contagion is not always bad. But when it seeks to generate anger merely to criticize, condemn, and push ends for which no compromise is sought and no valid claims of others are acceptable, it propagates hate and despair

Branding Terrorism for What It Really Is

Matt Freear | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Matt Freear

Al Qaeda might have been "decimated" yet our fear of terrorism remains a specter that haunts our way of life, hindering our Constitution and foreign policy. We still allow easy cliches, propaganda and generalizations to decide our actions and obscure a way forward.

What's Happening in Pakistan?

Harris Zafar | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Harris Zafar

What is happening in that country that makes people so hard-hearted, vicious, and sadistic? If Pakistan will not come to the aid of its own people soon, it will be too late for anyone to save the country from being completely overrun by extremists.

Global Climate Change Is Worsening Instability And Making It Harder To Keep The Peace

Lach Litwer | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
Lach Litwer

What is clear is that global climate change is worsening instability and expanding the frequency of events and number of locales in which we count on our military keep the peace.

Extremists Are Evolving –- So Should We

Salmaa Elshanshory | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Salmaa Elshanshory

Counterterrorism is not working. Retaliatory military actions, condemnation by world leaders and by the general public on social media and censorship of terrorist organizations have all proven futile. It's time to try something new.

Searching for Common Ground: Are Muslim Terrorists Islamic or Islamist?

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

Terrorism rightly breeds anger, grief, fear and anxiety, emotions that don't make for effective communication in any situation, much less across cultures. This is why it's important to collectively work harder to be compassionate with each other and to speak in ways that don't deepen divides.

Our Outrage Must Be a Call to Action

Catherine Russell | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Catherine Russell

For all of the Nigerian girls, and for all of the women and girls around the world who have experienced violence simply because they dared to dream, let's get to work.

There Is No Meaningful Difference Between Tea Party and 'Establishment' Republicans

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Whether Thom Tillis or Marco Rubio calls himself establishment or tea party makes little substantive difference. They are either committed ideological extremists or cynical ones. The consequences for America of their election are, in either case, exactly the same.

Blair: The Neocon's Dead End

James Zogby | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

After reading and rereading the speech, "Why the Middle East Matters," I was struck by how similar it was to the "agitprop" used by George W. Bush in the lead-up to the Iraq war.

5 Reasons the 9/11 Museum Should Drop 'Islamist'

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

If "Islamist" means one's admiration for the values of an Islamic system of governance, it would make the founder of Islam and his companions Islamists of the highest order. So how will visitors walk away without associating Islam with extremism?

'Extreme Ways' Go on in Russia With Misuse of Anti-Extremism Laws

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

The first thing you'll hear upon arrival at the Yaroslavsky Rail Terminal in Russia's capital is a warning that no "extremist activities" will be tolerated by law enforcement, suggesting it's a government priority Number One these days. And it is, kind of.

Cliven Bundy and the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Those tempted to write off the standoff at the Bundy Ranch as little more than a show of force by militia-minded citizens would do well to reconsider their easy dismissal of this brewing rebellion.

Is Maxim 'The Hatchet' Martsinkevich a Political Prisoner?

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

This Russian neo-Nazi activist is facing a second prison term. Could he be prosecuted unfairly?

On Islam and Feminism

Sami H. Elmansoury | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Sami H. Elmansoury

My concern is the rush to defend these actions. My concern is the lack of recognition that there is, in fact, a problem. My concern is the dominating reluctance to speak out.

Impeding Jobs: The Bad Business of the GOP's Social Agenda

Michael Sargeant | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

Governor Jan Brewer's moment of sanity notwithstanding, the sad spectacle of Arizona's SB 1062 is simply further proof that the GOP's obsession with bashing gays and regulating uteruses is itself impeding job growth in the states Republicans control.

Gang Found Guilty of Killing Gay Men Sentenced in... Moscow?

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 04.26.2014 | Crime
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

Although hate crime provisions weren't applied in this case -- and, truth be told, won't be applied in any case tried in Russia any time soon -- the punishment for the gang is severe. The murder charges do carry aggravating circumstances and were appropriately applied in this case.

To Vladimir Putin's New Admirers: Not So Fast

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

Russia won't last at the forefront of the "traditional values" movement. It's way to secular, it had too many constitutions and too many forms of governance in the twentieth century to know what traditions are, and how to abide by them.