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As America Fights Terror, it Loses More Than it Gains

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

As the United States ramps up its 'no boots on the ground' war against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, the stream of threats emanating from the region appear to grow ever wider and deeper.

Hirsi Ali, Why Do You Declare War on Me?

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Why would you be at war with me? I spend my time doing community service, preach peace and love, condemn violence in all its forms and drive across the country on my few free weekends to promote intra-faith and interfaith harmony.

To Counter ISIS Propaganda, Let's Stop Treating the Quran as Infallible

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion
Fathima Imra Nazeer

Well-meaning Muslims claim that these Islamists have simply 'misinterpreted' the Quran. But have they?

The Rise of the Islamic State: Who Is to Blame?

James Dorsey | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Behind the façade of a united front against the Islamic State the United States and its Gulf allies blame each other for the spectacular rise of the jihadist group that has overrun a swathe of Syria and Iraq.

New ISIS Appeal Erases Boundaries, Poses Challenge With Policing

AP | ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion

PARIS (AP) — The Islamic State group's call on Muslims to go after the "filthy French" and other Westerners multiplies already deep security concern...

Dalai Lama Has A Message For ISIS On The Nature Of Jihad

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion

On Saturday the Dalai Lama shared a lesson on 'jihad' aimed at the Islamic State and other groups who commit violence in the name of religion. Spe...

Does the Islamic State (aka ISIS and ISIL) Pose a Threat to America?

Sheldon Filger | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

Any serious observer and analyst of the intentions and capabilities of the Islamic State must conclude that their command authority is constantly thinking of ways and means of inflicting maximum damage on the United States.

Al Qaeda Struggles to Look Cool Next to Rockstar ISIS

Chris Michael | Posted 09.18.2014 | Comedy
Chris Michael

After dominating international headlines for more than a decade, al-Qaeda is struggling to remain relevant to a new generation of rosy-cheeked, fundamentalist jihadis smitten with ISIS.

The Key to Defeating ISIS

Qasim Rashid | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

ISIS is bad ideology and the best cure for bad ideas are better ideas. The obvious question, therefore, is does a superior version of Islam exist today and if so, where is it?

Where Is the Religious Justification for Killing Shias Coming From?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

The Muslim world must pressure Saudi Arabia to change and together or separately they must develop a convincing strategy for reducing Wahhabism and its global influence.

Can the Islamic State, ISIS, and the Global Jihad Defeat the U.S.? The Answer Is Yes

Sheldon Filger | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

Until and unless the U.S. has leadership that is as determined, disciplined and focused as is found in the newly established caliphate, we may find the 21st century being overwhelmed and subjugated by the 7th century.

Imagine a World Without Israel - Part 1

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

Whenever I have heard these words, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator wi...

Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You cannot bomb away a political movement. You cannot kill an idea that motivates millions of people with a Hellfire missile.

Extremists Banned From UK Linked To Qatar World Cup Bid

Telegraph | Posted 08.02.2014 | Sports

A group at the heart of Qatar’s controversial World Cup bid has close links to jihadist preachers, including at least two banned from Britain for te...

Who'll Come First, Internet Jesus or Cyber Adolf?

Jim Treacy | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Jim Treacy

Conditions are rife for a global revolution, with channels to drive one ever strengthening. All that's missing is a charismatic leader to pull the strings. History imparts that person will arrive. Pray for goodness because it could be evil.

Soccer Pitches: An Emerging Battleground for Control of Iraq

James Dorsey | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Iraqi soccer pitches have emerged as an alternative battleground in the struggle for control of Iraq between the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls chunks of northern Iraq, and embattled Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Intolerance and Violence

Martin Marty | Posted 09.14.2014 | 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.

What Do You Know About Sistani's Fatwa?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The fatwa is not about revenge or attack but the need to defend religious freedoms, sacred places and land from those whose aim is remove peaceful Muslims' freedoms to believe in Islam as they currently do, remove their shrines and to remove them from their lands.

Does Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and His Islamic Caliphate Mark the Beginning of the Third World War?

Sheldon Filger | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

The lessons of history itself should compel us to take Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's promise to wage a ferocious worldwide war of vengeance against those he sees as the enemies of God with the utmost seriousness.

Islamic State Urges FIFA to Deprive Qatar of the World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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.

Jainism and Islam: More Similar Than You Might Think

Aamir Hussain | Posted 09.07.2014 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

As a Muslim of Indian background, I have wondered how to counter misinformation about my religion while striving to build greater interfaith connections among traditions common in South Asia.

Islam -- Up for Grabs?

Ooi Kee Beng | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Ooi Kee Beng

Historically, effective resistance to excessive Islamization in Muslim-majority countries has often been headed by the military, as champions of secularism. This has been obvious in the modern history of the Middle East. Where monarchies have reigned, Islam's role has been harder to predict. And so in Brunei, a stable country living off oil wells, the sudden implementation of hudud has left many baffled. The government has suppressed social media response against the sudden imposition of hudud. Whether the whole exercise is simply the whim of an autocrat or long-term strategic politics is too early to determine.

The Saudi Roots of Today's Shi'ite-Sunni War

Pouya Alimagham | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Pouya Alimagham

The rise of Shi'ite-Sunni sectarian warfare has its roots not in the distant 7th century, but in Saudi Arabia's response to Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979, when the Saudi regime as a matter of policy began to counter Iran's revolution by financing anti-Shi'ite Islamists across the Muslim world.

Targeting Fans: Jihadists Get World Cup Fever

James Dorsey | Posted 08.21.2014 | World
James Dorsey

It's not just soccer fans whose football fever soars during a World Cup. So does that of militant Islamists and jihadists with deadly consequences. Scores of fans have been killed since this month's kick-off of the Cup in attacks in Iraq, Kenya and Nigeria.

Tracking the Sunni Foreign Fighters -- A Quick Primer

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.17.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

What we are witnessing from ISIS is a full-on, blitzkrieg-like campaign leveraging conventional-style tactics forcing tens of thousands of scared Iraqi soldiers and police into embarrassing retreat.