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Syrian Jihadists Employ Soccer as Propaganda and Recruitment Tool

James Dorsey | Posted 04.20.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Jihadists have found a new way of employing the game for propaganda and recruitment purposes. A recent jihadist video suggested that an apparent Portuguese fighter in Syria was a former French international who had played for British premier league club Arsenal.

Is Pope Francis Resurrecting Organized Religion?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Pope Francis in his first crucial year has exhibited a degree of humility that has given hope to masses and challenged the orthodoxy of a comfortably numb establishment.

Syria: High-Priced Economic Card for Iran?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Although the Syrian government and leaders of Hezbollah are offering differing signals from the Islamic Republic, Iranian leaders view the situation from another prism.

Surge in Executions and Human Rights Violations in Iran: Evidence of Rouhani's 'Moderate' Rule?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.04.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

One of the most alarming trends indicating egregious human rights abuses has been the surge in executions, many conducted in public, under the presidency of the moderate Rouhani, particularly since the beginning of 2014.

Ukraine Crisis Bolstering Iran-Russia-China Axis

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

The tensions between Russia and the West have further ratcheted up this week since the Crimean Peninsula's local government called for a referendum to secede from Ukraine. The current standoff between the West and Moscow concerning Ukraine might be viewed as the gravest instance of tension in the post-Cold War era.

'Vying for Allah's Vote'

Ziad Haider | Posted 03.13.2014 | Books
Ziad Haider

Pakistan's Islamic parties have long wielded influence through street politics; political and, at times, ideological alliances with the army; and support to militant groups. They are key players that merit continued study. Vying for Allah's Vote examines their origins, ideologies, bases of support, and relationship with extremism and civilian rule.

Human Rights: Iran's Crack Down on Arab Minority

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

In addition to the discriminatory laws practiced against the minorities, the ethnic Arab community has also been subjected to disproportionate exclusion from economic, social and political development.

Suspected Islamists Kill At Least 90 In Nigerian Village

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2014 | World

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist fighters killed at least 90 people in an early morning attack on a village in remote northea...

Iranians Celebrated the 35th Anniversary of Islamic Republic

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Ceremonies in the Islamic Republic of Iran began two weeks ago, marking the 35th anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which deposed pro-West monarch Muhammad Reza Shah and brought in the Islamic Republic.

United Nations' Invitation and Irans Reversal

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Many nations attending the Geneva II conference, including the United States, appear to have been totally caught off guard by a recent hastily organized news conference and announcement issued by U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The State of Egypt's Revolution, Three Years Later

David Hearst | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
David Hearst

The Muslim Brotherhood has survived three major crackdowns in its 80 year history with its reformist agenda in tact. Whatever happened, its leaders clung to the dream of changing Egypt from within and gradually. Until today.

Will Iran Use its Political Influence in Syria to Halt the Violence?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

This month, Iranian leaders encounter a unique and distinct political opportunity to improve Tehran's political image. The "London 11" will hold a meeting in Europe next week and the subject of Iran's role in the resolution efforts of the Syrian civil war as well as delivery of humanitarian aid to the nation will be discussed.

United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.

Islamists Have Failed to Deliver

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Muslims favor democracy, symbiotic coexistence with others and a system of governance that best reflects their own ethical values. Islamists like the ruling secularists they deposed have not been able to translate this aspiration into effective governance.

The Third Anniversary of the Arab Spring: Towards a Counter Counter-Revolution

Marwan Bishara | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Marwan Bishara

The antagonism and deadlock between the military and their opposition, notably the Islamists, will eventually lead to the emergence of new, decentralized and violent groups as witnessed in Syria. It's the ultimate sign of a "failed state."

Middle East's Struggle for Democracy: Going Beyond Headlines

Alp Aslandogan | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Alp Aslandogan

As the Turkish experience shows, democracy is a messy process with a steep learning curve. It sometimes can seem like too much to ask of both governments and the governed to have patience to learn the difference between legitimate democratic opposition and rebellion; enforcement and oppression.

Syria: Demands for Regime Change Derail Peace Talks

Michael Hughes | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Michael Hughes

After nation-building debacles in Iraq and Afghanistan one would think the international community would be reluctant to enforce top-down regime chang...

Who Owns Allah, the God? The Malaysian Muslim Fitna

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

There are thousands of names and attributes for God because of the many languages, cultures, and religions.

Islamism: Syria's Growing Cancer

Ribal Al-Assad | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ribal Al-Assad

With geopolitical, sectarian and civil divisions honing in on Syria, there are currently three possible outcomes: a victory for the regime, a victory for the overwhelmingly Islamist opposition or an endless war leading to the disintegration of Syria as we know it. None is preferable.

Turkish Soccer Pitches Re-Emerge as Political Battlefields

James Dorsey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Turkish soccer pitches have reasserted themselves as political battlefields following the death of a protester and the emergence of pro-government football support groups in the wake of mass anti-government demonstrations in June.

Why I Think Islamists Are Anti-Islam

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

The first Muslims, following after Muhammad, fought for a world where Islam was allowed, not imposed. The world they won was a world with religious liberty, not a world with one faith was forced on everyone else.

Pakistan's Islam: The Flaying of a Muslim Wife

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Today, the resurrection of violent punishments defines much of Muslim culture in both Diaspora and Muslim majority communities. This revivalist extremism is a deliberate, modern product of 20th century Islamists.

U.S. Foregin Policy and Egypt's Political Stalemate

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Although the recent developments have drawn strong reactions from around the world, international diplomatic pressure -- particularly from the West and the United States -- has not been effective.

Washington and the Egyptian Tragedy

Stephen Zunes | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
Stephen Zunes

The vast majority of Egyptians killed since the coup have been unarmed protesters who were struck down with American-made weapons by soldiers transported in American-made vehicles provided by the American taxpayer.

Journalist Offers BOUNTY On Islamist Leaders

AP | Posted 10.21.2013 | Media

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An Emirati journalist and prominent blogger has announced a 1 million Egyptian pound ($143,000) bounty for informa...