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Islamic Extremists

The September 11 Memorial Museum's Moral Responsibility

Todd Fine | Posted 04.17.2014 | New York
Todd Fine

It is crucial that the terminology the museum uses in this section not generalize and blame the world's Muslims as a whole. We do not provoke Christians by calling the Kansas shooter a product of "Christian terrorism" and implicitly blaming the religion, so why do we continue to tolerate the term "Islamic terrorism?"

Understanding and Treating the Cancer of Islamic Extremism

Ribal Al-Assad | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
Ribal Al-Assad

Since the dawn of time, the world has witnessed conflict, and since the onset of organized religion, it has played host to sectarian violence. But why is Islamism currently growing so fast, and so widely? The reasons are political and economic.

'If Nigeria Falls to Islamic Extremists, All of Africa Will Be at Risk'

Joop Koopman | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Joop Koopman

Nigerian Christians are confronted with the growing threat of radical Islam in the form of the extremely violent anti-Christian Boko Haram sect, which was declared a terrorist organization by the U.S.

Flexing Saudi Muscles

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Allan Topol

For the most part, the Saudi monarchy, discrete and secretive, was willing to let their longtime ally, the United States, take the lead in pursuing a Middle East agenda with which the Saudis generally concurred. All of that has changed within the last year.

In Egypt, Extremism On The Rise As Muslim Brotherhood Retreats

Reuters | Posted 12.28.2013 | World


The World's Silence on Syria Is a Silence of Hypocrites

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?

The Central African Republic: The Emerging Pakistan of Africa

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.21.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) has deteriorated in recent months with worsening humanitarian conditions, lawlessness and violence between the Christian and Muslim communities.

Saudi Arabia's Dark Role in the Syria Conflict

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

While the Saudis are delighted to see Iran's top ally facing a potentially existential threat, Riyadh would be wise to recognize that Iran's loss might not necessarily advance the Saudis' longer term interests in the Middle East.

How Google Helps Islamic Extremists

Shawn Ahmed | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Shawn Ahmed

Knowingly or unknowingly, Google has given a tool that Islamists can use to silence and intimidate their enemies. What's the point of reporting on Islamic extremism if an Islamist can take it down in three clicks?

Slaughtering Elephants and Rhinos to Finance Terrorist Groups and Crime

James P. Farwell | Posted 07.24.2013 | World
James P. Farwell

International terrorists networks need more than ideology to function. They need money. That money, often laundered through legitimate fronts, helps recruiting. It helps terror networks subvert states, societies, and economies.

How Did Anwar Awlaki Radicalize The Boston Bombers?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Azeem Ibrahim

He studied engineering, education and human resources, but somehow never got round to Islam. He did not claim to have any qualifications from an Islamic seat of learning, nor even claim to have any from a secular academic institution's course on Islam.

Pope Francis Could Be A Game-Changer

Allan Brawley | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion
Allan Brawley

Based of what we hear about Pope Francis, there is reason to hope for better days ahead. He seems to be a very good person, in all senses of that word.

Secretary Kerry Must Stop U.S. Support for Islamic Extremism

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

America's uneasy partnership with Saudi Arabia must change and together or separately they must develop a convincing strategy for reducing Wahhabism and its global influence. Whether the new Secretary of State can achieve this or not remains to be seen.

Egypt's 'Christian Winter'

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

Egypt faces an exodus of its Christian population similar to other Middle Eastern states in the grips of Islamist governments. This will be tragic for Egypt.

Why Africa Is Better Off Without the UN

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.01.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Assuming that the remainder of this decade sees continued economic and political distress in the U.S. and Europe, African nations will be forced to address their regional disputes without resourceful allies to act as referee.

Droning On -- But Where's the Dialogue?

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

We are a nation of laws. We are a democracy. No act -- even a President's decision to green-light a drone strike half way around the world -- should ever go so utterly unchecked, unexamined, unstudied, and unconstitutional.

5 Things Americans Need To Know About Pakistan

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion
Akbar Ahmed

In the public mind there is little apart from suicide bombings, terrorism, violence and corruption associated with Pakistan. Commentators freely call Pakistan a "nursery for terrorism." But surely there is more to Pakistan than this?

Malala Yousafzai: Does Islam Even Give You A Right To Education?

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

As if flogging adulterers, executing civilians, and selling women were not enough, on Oct. 8, the Taliban attempted to assassinate a 14-year-old girl for her public advocacy for education.

Pakistan Taliban: We Sent 'Hit Squad' To Kill 14-Year-Old Girl

AP | SHERIN ZADA | Posted 12.12.2012 | World

MINGORA, Pakistan — Pakistani police have arrested a number of suspects in the case of a 14-year-old girl shot and wounded by the Taliban for pr...

Islamic Extremism Shocks And Rocks The World

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

The violent protests in Cairo and in Benghazi were painted with an anti-American brush, and attributed to the vile anti-Islamic video produced in California. But could it be that the 9/11 anniversary -- etched in our psyches -- precipitated the violent demonstrations?

The Islamic Extremist War Against the Sufis

Richard Schiffman | Posted 12.02.2012 | World
Richard Schiffman

Last month the world was shocked to learn that the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans had been killed in an attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya. Few heard of the other violent events in that country in September, which included the destruction of Sufi shrines in three Libyan cities.

A Tale of Two Islams

Taufiq Rahim | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Taufiq Rahim

Following the Arab revolutions of 2011, Islam has forcefully entered the public square, and as political forces jockey for power, we are witnessing a growing duel between radical rejectionists and groups favoring more inclusive engagement.

Keep Calm and Carry Forward

Christopher Holshek | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Christopher Holshek

The violent riots that have been going on at U.S. embassies and other places in the "Arab Spring" countries in particular are certainly cause for alarm, but what's really going on here?

The Thin-Skinned Populace

Michael Drew | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Michael Drew

This isn't merely a West-versus Middle East, or West-versus East way of thinking. It's the nature of where we are now as a society. We have entered an age when people are defined more by their differences than by their similarities, by exclusion rather than by inclusion.

What Salman Rushdie Reminds Us About the Freedoms That We Cherish

Christina Patterson | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Christina Patterson

Those of us who believe in the right to say what you think without being threatened can only show that there are some beliefs that we cherish, too. We can show that we believe in the right of clever writers to write good books, and the right of stupid fantasists to make bad films.