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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 07.31.2014 | 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 07.16.2014 | 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 07.16.2014 | 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 07.10.2014 | 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 07.10.2014 | 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 07.09.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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 06.30.2014 | 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 07.09.2014 | 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.

World Cup Sparks Islamist Debate on Rectitude of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

Ultra-conservative clerics are condemning soccer as a Jewish and Christian tool to undermine Islamic culture as millions of Muslims across the globe t...

The Syrian Conundrum: The Growing Threat of Returning Jihadi Fighters

Wolfgang Petritsch | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Wolfgang Petritsch

With Assad's armed forces seemingly on the verge of military victory over the rebels, it is important to ask what will happen to the ever-increasing influx of jihadi fighters, from both Islamic countries and the West alike, once the rebel defeat is obvious.

9/11 Museum Must Address Film Concerns

Nathan Lean | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Nathan Lean

The 9/11 Memorial Museum finally opened its doors on May 21, bringing a long-needed physical space to house public reflections of that apocalyptic September morning. It is a milestone that is as important for the nation's collective emotional health as it is for the education of future generations.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hamza

Phil Hirschkorn | Posted 07.21.2014 | Crime
Phil Hirschkorn

To have watched the terrorism trial of Mostafa Kamel Mostafa, the radical imam better known as Abu Hamza al-Masri, was to have seen two faces of the same man.

Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu Captivates Cannes: The Imagination as Rebellion

Karin Badt | Posted 07.20.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

It is one of the most stunning films in the Cannes Competition this year: Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu, about individuals in Mali trying to maintain dignity and freedom despite the oppressive rules of the Jihadists invading their country.

To Save the Girls, the World Must Help Nigeria

Jacob K. Olupona | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Jacob K. Olupona

It's important to understand that Boko Haram did not emerge in a vacuum. It is almost a direct result of the failed state that is corrupt and unable to provide even a basic level of safety and services to the country's citizens.

Ticking Time Bomb: Jordan's Islamists and the Rise of ISIS in the Hashemite Kingdom

Mathew Markman | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Mathew Markman

A beacon of stability in the Middle East, the Hashemite Kingdom is perpetually challenged by the need to moderate between the monarchy's pro-Western orientation and the Islamist tendencies of the country's population.

Too Bad Ukraine Didn't Keep Its 2,000 Nuclear Weapons

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The U.S. should tone down the rhetoric and concentrate on the core issues for worldwide peace and accept the Crimean reality. The solution will evolve slowly, if we let it.

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?

The Phobia of Being Called Islamophobic

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

When you're unable to introduce Pakistan-style blasphemy laws in a secular, Western society, you have to find alternative ways to silence those who offend you, right? And that's where the "Islamophobia" smear comes in.

The Boston Marathon Bombing One Year Later: What We Still Don't Know

David W. Kearn | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Just over a year removed from the attack on the Boston Marathon, we still know surprisingly little about the person allegedly responsible for its planning and execution.