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Soccer and Militant Islam Intersect in Incidents Across the Middle East

James Dorsey | Posted 10.20.2014 | 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 10.14.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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 10.14.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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 10.02.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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 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 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 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 10.14.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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.