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Potential UK Club Acquisition Could Help Qatar Polish Its Image

James Dorsey | Posted 12.21.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A Qatari acquisition of Tottenham would no doubt at least temporarily refocus some of the negative reporting on the country. But it could also revive assertions that wealthy Gulf countries are seeking to launder their reputations through soccer acquisition.

What Happened to the Key Tenets of Islamic Humanity and Spirituality That We Grew Up With?

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

A corrective political course in Pakistan is the need of the hour. Corruption needs to be eradicated and good governance is essential.

The Battle for Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.27.2014 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Does the situation of present-day Muslim society, marked by crisis, tensions, foreign interventions and political despotism, foster the reformist democratic Islam, or does it promote its violent and theocratic rivals?

Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Unite At Saudi Conference To Condemn Islamic State

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion

VIENNA, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Senior Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders condemned violence by jihadi militants such as Islamic State (IS) at a Saudi-...

Dealing with ISIS/Islamic State: three scenarios

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 11.18.2014 | World
Ronald Tiersky

Media accounts of gruesome executions and beheadings carried out by ISIS fighters over the past week have put in the background another aspect of their strategy besides barbarism: the process of constructing a state.

Lessons of the Berlin Wall's Forgotten Aftermath

Tim Stone | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Tim Stone

Though the Wende, or "Change," freed the East German people from over forty years of Stalinist dictatorship, remembering the forgotten side of German unification -- when right-wing hooligans waged thousands of attacks on defenseless foreigners -- provides a cautionary tale of failed leadership.

Mythbusters: Bill Maher Edition

Omar Sarwar | Posted 11.06.2014 | Religion
Omar Sarwar

Since his highly controversial exchange with Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof on October 3rd, Bill Maher has insisted that he's simply stating the unpleasant facts about the Muslim world. But there are two particularly noxious myths that need to be debunked.

Aasif Mandvi Opens Up On His 'Complicated Relationship' With His Faith

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion

Like many Muslim Americans today, comedian Aasif Mandvi — of "Daily Show" fame — finds himself having to spend more time explaining the misconcept...

Soccer and Militant Islam Intersect in Incidents Across the Middle East

James Dorsey | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A successful soccer player near the peak of his career, 22-year Nidhal Selmi died last week a foreign fighter for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq.

An Honest Open Letter to Moderate Muslims

Qasim Rashid | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

You've likely heard the old saying, "You can't wake up someone pretending to be asleep." This thoughtful proverb crossed my mind as I read new atheist Ali Rizvi's letter, which I can only assume is addressed you and I.

The 'Bent Twig' Of Arabia: A Note On The Origins Of Jihadism

John Tirman | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
John Tirman

Americans' commonplace view of ISIL, al Qaeda, and similar groups is one of irrational, hateful savages wreaking havoc as they bomb, rape, and pillage. This view is not wholly mistaken, but it overlooks the causes of this poisonous ideology of Jihadism.

Why Foreign Fighters Are Joining ISIL

Robert D. Onley | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Robert D. Onley

The appeal of the Caliph's simple end times narrative forms the foundation of an Islamist movement which is driving men to commit unthinkable acts of murder, genocide and suicide attacks against strangers with different religious beliefs.

Mobilizing Civil Society Against IS

Edit Schlaffer | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Edit Schlaffer

Even if USA and their allies have declared war on IS there is an additional tactic in dealing with the problem that has been overlooked: the mobilization of a carefully planned and generously supported social response as the first line of defense.

Norm Coleman, Brookings and the Magic Carpet of Saudi Money

Nina Burleigh | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Nina Burleigh

It's becoming increasingly apparent some new Koch Brothers are on the loose in Washington, lavishing money on liberals and conservatives alike. Like the Brothers K, they got rich on filthy fossil fuel revenues, and are using their booty to buy up think tanks, lobbyists and the best law firms. For good measure, they're tossing some of the nation's top liberal institutions into their shopping carts, too.

The Muslims' Date With Destiny

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

A growing number of spiritual authorities, from Cairo to Riyadh to Jakarta, have decided, finally, to condemn the crimes of a form of militant Islam of which they had long been far too indulgent.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Lawrence Wright: Jihadist Groups Are ‘Proxy Armies'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.02.2014 | World

With gruesome videos from the Islamic State and reports of new al-Qaeda cells popping up in Syria and areas in South Asia, there has been no shortage ...

Can You Catch It From a Caliph? Ebola, ISIS, and the Politics of Contagion

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Two potent forces power the Ebola and ISIS epidemics that the media are ignoring. They're (1) breakdown of governing authority, and (2) dissolution of "social capital" -- ties of trust and cooperation that empower individuals, families, and others to forge coalitions and tackle common problems at the community level.

The Women of Afghanistan Must Not Be Forgotten

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

A marauding misogynist Taliban in the style of Islamic State is not a fantasy, and the Security Council could envision such an outcome with a resolution that would surely garner a wide consensus of support.

As America Fights Terror, it Loses More Than it Gains

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.29.2014 | 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 11.25.2014 | 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 11.25.2014 | 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 11.23.2014 | 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 11.23.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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.