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Is Maxim 'The Hatchet' Martsinkevich a Political Prisoner?

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 04.11.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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.

President Obama Needs to Avoid False Choices in the Middle East

Marwan Bishara | Posted 03.14.2014 | World
Marwan Bishara

The approach of the Obama administration cannot be based on knee-jerk reactions to labels. It must ask some fundamental questions like: Is Assad fighting or fermenting terrorism? Is Iran an "oasis of stability" or an exporter of instability?

Will the GCC Take Leadership of Arab Economic Integration?

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

With the GCC countries facing their own youth bulge and implementing labor nationalization policies, the prospects of growing intra-Arab labor mobility looks dim. Protectionism will only lead to greater unemployment, frustration and radicalizing of Arab youth, leading to more extremism.

Westboro Baptists' Sickening Plan For Paul Walker's Funeral

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Westboro Baptist 'Church' will be picketing Paul Walker's funeral, because harassing grieving people is just part of their creed. After the 'Fast ...

The Key to Countering Extremism and the Arab Firestorm

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

The time has come to set up an Arab Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ABRD) to address the multiple challenges faced by countries in transition in a region where the 'Arab spring' has turned into a firestorm.

UNESCO Matters

Irina Bokova | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Irina Bokova

This is not just about funding. It is about shared values -- this is why UNESCO matters for the U.S. today, and a recent survey showed that 82 percent of Americans agree.

Can a Third Political Party bring America back to Center?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The United States cannot afford extremism or bitter partisanship any longer, which is why it is time for a third, and centrist, political party to enter the arena. Long considered pure fantasy, there are several reasons why it may not be far-fetched this time.

Study Reveals Issue That Many Muslims Are Worried About

Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion

Sectarian tensions occupy the minds of many Muslims living in Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Pew Research Center polls conducted in 2011-2012 report ...

Jewish Leaders Who Attack the Most Devoted Jewish Communal Activists

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Rabbi Eric Yoffie is one of those courageous souls, prepared to throw stones while living in a glass house. Not content to c...

In Egypt, Extremism On The Rise As Muslim Brotherhood Retreats

Reuters | Posted 12.28.2013 | World


Religious Right Will Cheer Tea Party Extremism at Values Voter Summit

Peter Montgomery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

The Values Voter Summit makes clear how completely the Religious Right's leaders are working to merge their activists' anti-abortion and anti-gay zeal with the anti-government extremism of the Tea Party. Actually, it goes beyond that.

Tea Party: They Don't Believe in Science, They Don't Know History, They Don't Do Math -- But They Are Obsessed With Extremism

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

This conservative, austere budget has been rejected for months. Their goal is not really about defunding ObamaCare. Their goal was to force their extreme agenda onto the American people.

Muslim Leaders Denounce Al-Shabab As 'Enemy Of Islam And Humanity'

Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion

Minnesota imams condemned the Somali terror group al-Shabab at the first Friday prayer services after its horrific attack on Westgate shopping mall in...

My Experience in a 'Christian' Cult

Jake Dagel | Posted 11.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Jake Dagel

We all have dreams and aspirations, and we often will do anything to achieve those dreams. Because I was not willing to listen to those with more wisdom I fell into a trap that has changed my life forever.

An Urgent Dispatch From Egypt on the New Revolution

Seriously Skewed | Posted 09.01.2013 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

I am reporting this from an undisclosed location in Cairo under the cover of darkness and in an ancient script that no one but me and some Templar knights who died a long time ago can read.

Hate Group Leader Cited By Terrorist to Headline Catholic Homeschool Conference

Nathan Lean | Posted 08.28.2013 | Religion
Nathan Lean

Robert Spencer's scheduled appearance casts a negative light on what should be a positive event. Is this the type of person with whom the Kolbe Academy and Catholic homeschoolers in California want to be associated?

Tony Blair Cannot Face Up to the Consequences of His Own Analysis on Islam

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Earlier this week Tony Blair penned a piece for the Daily Mail about Islam. His core argument is right, but he shies away from the conclusions it points to.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Muslim Americans Amp Up Anti-Radicalization Efforts | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.30.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON -- Muslims in the United States have grappled with the consequences of extremism since Sept. 11, 2001, when the actions of 19 men affiliate...

The Obama Doctrine and Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 07.27.2013 | World
Philip Seib

President Obama speech at the National Defense University does not mark the end of the struggle against terrorism, but rather puts new emphasis on remedying the discontent that nurtures extremism.

Mothers of Extremists: The Unlikely Allies for a New Female Security Paradigm

Edit Schlaffer | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
Edit Schlaffer

Security is one of the last bastions of male dominance with the main focus being intelligence, military operations and law enforcement. Yet mothers are strategically located at the core of their families and are therefore typically the first to deal with their children's fear, resignation, frustration and anger.

Voice to the Voiceless

John Feffer | Posted 07.20.2013 | World
John Feffer

The media in East-Central Europe used to be idea-centric. The unofficial samizdat publications focused on the cruelties and inanities of the regimes, unearthed nearly forgotten history, and often featured philosophic meditations on politics and morality.