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Islamic Extremists

Intolerance and Violence

Martin Marty | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

In today's world, I get inspiration from the American Muslims who abhor all the violence and who host and invite me and Jews and other Christians of my kind to their hyper-peaceful Iftar dinners during Ramadan. These are small beginnings, but they are beginnings.

Islamic State Urges FIFA to Deprive Qatar of the World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A purported letter by the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls chunks of Syria and Iraq, has warned world soccer body FIFA not to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, reviving concerns first raised in a FIFA security assessment warning two weeks before it was awarded the tournament.

Iraq and the Freedom Deficit in Islam

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 07.02.2014 | World
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

The ambitions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are darker and more extreme than those of Mr. al-Maliki. But they are the logical result of a cultural norm that compels religious obedience and criminalizes dissent -- a norm held throughout the Arab and Muslim world.

Africa's Islamic Extremist Problem Doesn't End With Boko Haram

Religion News Service | Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) In the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, al-Qaida became a household name. But today, other extremist Islamist groups, m...

Extremists Are Evolving –- So Should We

Salmaa Elshanshory | Posted 06.02.2014 | 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 05.29.2014 | 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.

Nigeria's Peace Path: Can Lessons from the Oil-Rich South Defeat Boko Haram?

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Saleem H. Ali

The human development indicators that are beginning to improve in the Niger Delta appear to transcend short-term political cycles. Of course, there is still no room to be sanguine about Southeast Nigeria.

Boko Haram Are Not Muslims but the Enemy of All Muslims

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Azeem Ibrahim

Our priority must be to find the girls. We should also denounce Boko Haram as extremists peddling a false notion of religion. I'd go further than that and refuse to call them Muslims.

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.

The September 11 Memorial Museum's Moral Responsibility

Todd Fine | Posted 06.16.2014 | 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

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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.