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Why Is ISIS So Awful? Evolution, Ideology, Culture, and Sex

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

Who are these guys, why are they so awful, and how can we account for their success? Many are trying to find specific answers, a few resort to racist slurs, but I hope to get to the heart of the matter by framing the questions in evolutionary psychology.

Biden Was Right

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It may not have solved everything, but dividing Iraq up at least had the best chance for success. It might have allowed what is happening now to have happened in a more organized fashion, with a lot less violence and death. Or, to put it another way, Joe Biden was right.

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.

How the ISIS Peril Clarifies What Iraq Needs

Rami G. Khouri | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
Rami G. Khouri

The news that many locals have not resisted, and even often welcomed, the arrival of ISIS should clarify the intense problems that existed between the government and mostly Sunni local communities in northwest Iraq.

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?

WATCH: Prince Charles Slams Christian Persecution In The Middle East

Posted 12.19.2013 | Religion

Prince Charles delivered an impassioned warning about the dangers faced by Christians in the Middle East at an interfaith Christmas reception held for...

Dim Prospects for Peace in Southern Thailand

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Since February of this year the Malaysian government has sponsored talks in Kuala Lumpur (KL) with the aim of ending the bloodshed that has plagued southern Thailand for nearly a decade.

Al-Shabab's Attack in Kenya: Media Coverage Plays into Terrorist Agenda

Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Posted 12.01.2013 | World
Sumbul Ali-Karamali

Using blanket terms like "Islamist" to describe any non-secular Muslim group or individual is a lazy way to simplistically term an enormous spectrum of people and attitudes and philosophies and histories.

Why Morsi's Ouster and a Civil Society Offer Hope for Egyptian Women

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

In Pakistan, two politicians who opposed blasphemy laws were assassinated, and a woman was allegedly hacked into 10 pieces by her pious husband becaus...

Egypt's Hard Lesson: Old Time Religion Cannot Lead a Modern Democracy

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 09.09.2013 | World
Clay Farris Naff

Power-sharing, pluralism, minority rights -- these are alien concepts to those who seek to rule in God's name. Yet, these concepts form the heartbeat of liberal democracy.

Jihad, Crusade And Our Marathon Race Against The Neuron Bomb

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

I hate to break ranks with my liberal brethren, but there is a clear pattern in the mass killings that this country has suffered over the past 10 years. If, as the evidence strongly indicates, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the mayhem in Boston, then that pattern extends right up to the moment.

Military Intervention in Mali: Military Logistics and Human Costs

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 01.19.2013 | World
Stefan Simanowitz

Whilst equipment, intelligence, training and support from American, British and French special forces will add steel to the operation, it will nevertheless involve difficult desert fighting conditions against a well-armed enemy.

The Trouble with Syria

Joshua Gleis | Posted 10.09.2012 | World
Joshua Gleis

For many people around the world, Syria's civil war might not appear to have particular significance for them. Yet the troubles in Syria could quickly escalate, causing very real consequences felt worldwide.

Obama And Clinton Legacy Linked To Afghan Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

As the U.S. exit from Afghanistan approaches, protection of Afghan women's rights requires courage and political will instead of tired rhetoric. However, in an election year, we are unlikely to see meaningful action.

Tunisian Media Aren't Quite Free Yet

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.25.2012 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Tunisian reformers, activists, bloggers, journalists and others who suffered under Ben Ali are eager to see radical changes in record time, which may not be realistic, as the dust has yet to settle on their country's revolution.

Morocco Knows How to Win in Sahara

Ben Barber | Posted 09.16.2012 | World
Ben Barber

Thirty years ago I rode across the Western Sahara with Polisario guerrillas, who are very much like the rebels and Islamists in Mali.

The Tobruk Theorem

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 09.08.2012 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Who, having staked all on crushing barbarity, would take the risk of being deprived of the fruits of victory?

The Sahara Is Lost

Ben Barber | Posted 09.04.2012 | World
Ben Barber

After 14 centuries, Islamist Arabs have once more conquered the Berbers of North Africa. The Sahara is lost again.

15 Christian Worshippers Dead In Nigeria, Latest In Series Of Attacks

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2012 | Religion

* At least 15 killed in attacks * No claim of responsibility * Boko Haram has attacked churches in northern Nigeria ...

The Death of Khalil Ibrahim, Darfur Rebel Leader

Rob Crilly | Posted 02.26.2012 | World
Rob Crilly

The government of Sudan has reported the death of Khalil Ibrahim, leader of the Justice and Equality Movement, the largest and most powerful of Darfur's rebel groups.

War Is Over. What Next?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To mark the milestone of the last American troops to leave Iraq, I'd like to take a wider view and look at the entire region, post-Saddam and post-Arab Spring.

Religious Right and Politics -- From Iowa to Cairo

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 02.15.2012 | World
Parvez Ahmed

The nexus between politics and religion has been on the rise globally for quite some time now. It is an irony that it is the religious right in each country that often expresses the most misgivings about the rise of the religious right in other countries.

'Arab Spring:' Live by the Media, Die by the Media

Dovid Efune | Posted 01.16.2012 | Media
Dovid Efune

It is still unclear and appearing increasingly unlikely that the popular Arab uprisings of last spring will amount to any significant progress towards the creation of free and open societies.

Fall of the Gaddafi Regime: A Brief Analysis

Joshua Gleis | Posted 12.28.2011 | World
Joshua Gleis

While the post-Gaddafi state of Libya is only now beginning to take shape, the consequences of the fall of one of the world's most brutal dictators are being felt around the world.

Will the Islamists Win in Egypt Too?

Hoda Osman | Posted 12.26.2011 | World
Hoda Osman

I believe in respecting the choice of the people. We wanted democracy. Here's the caveat: it comes at a price. You won't always be happy with election results, but you will learn to accept them.