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Extremism

Muslim Clerics Meet In Iran To Counter Extremists

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion

QOM, Iran (AP) — Shiite and Sunni clerics from about 80 countries gathered in Iran's holy city of Qom on Sunday to develop a strategy to combat extr...

Pakistan: A Tale of Two Countries

Zehra Mehdi-Barlas | Posted 11.18.2014 | World
Zehra Mehdi-Barlas

The circumstances in Pakistan are disabling it. But these circumstances, brought on by the extremism in religion and thought, can only be changed by the people themselves.

A Citizen's Plea

Terry Newell | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

Most Americans, if we can trust the polls, think our country is on the wrong track. They also seem to think that someone else put us there. Washington knew better. If America is failing, it is because we are failing to be what he knew we should and could be.

Are Religious and Political Extremists Crazy?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.24.2014 | Crime
Allen Frances

Jumping to a fake mental disorder diagnosis in everyone who is violent has another serious downside. It unfairly stigmatizes the mentally ill, most of whom are not violent.

Democratic Islam Is the Best Antidote to ISIS

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.24.2014 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Tunisia, which had shown Arabs a way out of the prison of dictatorship through peaceful protest, is today demonstrating that on the ruins of the old order a democracy could be built.

Climate Change on the Nuclear Subcontinent

Charles B. Strozier | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green
Charles B. Strozier

Unlike Syria, Bangladesh is not currently in full crisis. But the fault lines of its environmental, economic, and sociopolitical vulnerabilities are becoming increasingly clear.

Taboo Nation: Bill Maher, Islam and the Censorship of Ideas

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.11.2014 | Media
Sanjay Sanghoee

While Maher's points were vastly generalized and his analysis incomplete, there was still some validity to them. In modern America, we are so wed to the ideas of fairness and sensitivity that we can sometimes become blind to the obvious.

Illiberal Liberalism

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Soumaya Ghannoushi

We often boast of the uniqueness of our system. We are not a totalitarian society that crushes the individual out of existence and tramples over his/her rights and freedoms. But there are questions we need to ask ourselves.

Using Oklahoma Tragedy for Political Gain

Harris Zafar | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion
Harris Zafar

A horrifying tragedy in Oklahoma has been hijacked to become a tool of partisan politics, and lost is the practice of an intelligent discourse.

Carina Kolodny

This Unlikely Revolutionary Will Change The Way You Think About Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Carina Kolodny | Posted 11.06.2014 | World

At first look, Farouq Al Habib would seem an unlikely revolutionary. He wears thick, round glasses and speaks with a distinguished and professional ai...

Is ISIS Not as Powerful as You Think?

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

I'm not trying to argue that we shouldn't be fearful of ISIS, but I do think it's important to gauge exactly how much fear is appropriate before we start deciding what to do about it.

ISIS Launches Canada Unit in Latest Tax Inversion Deal

Seriously Skewed | Posted 11.09.2014 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

Now that American icon Burger King has agreed to merge with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons in a blatant "screw you" to the U.S. Treasury, the trend of moving abroad to save on taxes seems to be catching on. The latest party to take advantage of this is infamous terror group ISIS.

Extremism: Its Supporters and a Voice of Reason

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Today's New York Times carried an in-depth article about one of the myriad supporters of extremist Islam ("Qatar's Support of Extremists Alienates Al...

Time to Wake Up! Spirituality Versus Religion: A Dead End

Alan Jones | Posted 11.02.2014 | Religion
Alan Jones

I was brought up (well, sort of brought up -- my parents never went to church except for the odd funeral and occasional wedding) in a tradition which ...

Abortion: The X(treme) Games

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

There may be no middle ground on reproductive rights. But if the fetus wins, if a girlfriend's abortion decades ago gets blamed for someone's suicide, if "personhood rights" take precedence over women's rights, we will be back in the dark ages.

Legal 'Pussyrioting' Lives on in Another Russian Court Blunder

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 10.16.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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 10.05.2014 | 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 10.05.2014 | 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 10.04.2014 | 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 09.23.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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.