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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.

A Saudi Psychologist on Jihadism, Clerical Elite and Education Reform

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.20.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

Clinical psychologist Abdullah al-Garni serves a niche clientele: recovering jihadists. He heads the mental health division at the Mohammed bin Naif Center for Counseling and Advice.

Syrian Jihadists Employ Soccer as Propaganda and Recruitment Tool

James Dorsey | Posted 06.19.2014 | 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.

Student Charged With Attempting To Aid Al Qaeda Fighters From California

AP | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal grand jury in Sacramento has indicted a California man on a single charge of attempting to provide support to a ...

Student Tried To Join Al Qaeda Fighters In Syria: Police

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 03.18.2014 | Crime

SEATTLE (AP) — A California man who spoke of wanting to bomb the Los Angeles subway system was arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state...

The Policeman and the Journalist: A Mid-East Policy Dilemma

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.24.2014 | Media
Joseph Braude

The January 2010 assassination in Dubai of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a cofounder of the military wing of Hamas, briefly drew international attention to the man who went on to investigate it: Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai's long-serving chief of police.

Abolishing War, Resurrecting Fallujah

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I was struck by this small moment because it encapsulates the lie of militarism where it is most invulnerable: at the humanity of the men and women who protect us, putting their lives on the line. When all else goes wrong, the troops remain sacred. In a broken economy, the troops are sacred. Militarism is the god we can manipulate.

Afghanistan Needs Its 'Knights' for Age of Greater Jihad

Suleiman Wali | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Suleiman Wali

Afghanistan has become entirely too fluent in the language of Lesser Jihad, which it famously fought and won in the 1980s. But as that pivotal year of 2014 approaches, let us define who we are in peacetime and be even better at winning at that.

Lessons from Arab Idol

Nushin Arbabzadah | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Nushin Arbabzadah

If such life-affirming enthusiasm for one's country was a part of Arab culture, then, I would happily welcome an Arab cultural invasion of Afghanistan.

Karzai's Taliban Solution

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

What seemed inconceivable a decade ago -- the integration of the Taliban into Afghanistan's post-9/11 political process -- appears not only possible today, but probable.

Al-Shabab's Attack in Kenya: Media Coverage Plays into Terrorist Agenda

Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Posted 12.01.2013 | World
Sumbul Ali-Karamali

Using blanket terms like "Islamist" to describe any non-secular Muslim group or individual is a lazy way to simplistically term an enormous spectrum of people and attitudes and philosophies and histories.

Testing Iran's Change of Position

Allan Topol | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Allan Topol

Some in the U.S. concluded that at long last, Tehran desires a thaw in its relations with Washington and a normalization. I remain skeptical, hoping they are correct, but unwilling to make that leap for a number of reasons.

Why Muslim Women Are Key to Tackling Extremism

Samina Ali | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion
Samina Ali

The fact is that women understand -- and are key to confronting -- extremism because it is too often they who are the victims of it. So what is the potential for tackling extremism and for building peace when Muslim women's voices are brought to the table?

Voting in Congress on Syria

Allan Topol | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Allan Topol

By virtue of its power, position, and principles, the United States, albeit reluctantly, must put on the sheriff's badge and play that role. Failure of the U.S. to do so in Syria moves the world closer to anarchy.

Back to the Future: Egypt's Battle With Islamic Terrorism

David W. Kearn | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
David W. Kearn

Given the perceived heavy handedness of the military regime's crackdown and the potential international isolation that Cairo may face in its wake, jihadists within and outside of Egypt may see a ripe opportunity to renew the battle against their most despised "near enemy."

Government Wants to Ban Material From 9/11 Defendants Central to Their Defense

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.22.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Twelve years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 military commission case against the five alleged masterminds of the attack is only in the pre-trial phase; the case may not get to trial until 2015.

A New Perspective of 'Jihad' in Christianity and Islam

Craig Considine | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

The hype in America and abroad over "jihad" has brought me to consider the term through a Christian perspective. In this piece I seek to explore how forms of "jihad" are present in Christianity and pinpoint different ways of looking at "jihad" in Christian and Islamic texts.

Come at Me, Pork!

Laila Alawa | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Laila Alawa

So why should the production of such hard-hitting, necessary hell-sending ammunition ever be protested? Oh, wait. Perhaps it's because the production of the pork-laced bullets are completely erroneous in intention and purpose.

The Real Weapons of Mass Destruction: America's 300 Million Guns

Tim_Arnold | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

On 9/11, Islam jihadists turned four U.S. airlines into weapons of mass destruction and killed almost 3,000 people. Within a month the George W. Bush ...

Man, 19, Pleads Guilty To Buying Gun For Terrorist Jihad

AP | Posted 05.14.2013 | Crime

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- A North Carolina man who the FBI says spoke of killing U.S. Army soldiers as part of a personal jihad has pleaded guilty to poss...

Must We Enforce Our Red Line in Syria?

Daryl Rowland | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
Daryl Rowland

Showing the world that we will not be lured into making rash, foolish decisions does not undermine our credibility, it enhances it.

An Atheist Muslim's Perspective On The 'Root Causes' Of Islamist Jihadism And The Politics Of Islamophobia

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 07.03.2013 | World
Ali A. Rizvi

Muslims have rightly complained about the Israeli government labeling them anti-Semitic for legitimate criticism of Israeli policy, but today Muslims (along with liberal apologist allies) are doing the same thing with their broad use of the "Islamophobia" label against the "new atheists."

Tsarnaevs, Mass Murders And Radicalization

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Given the lack of any pattern in radicalization, both law enforcement and community leaders face a very difficult task as to how they go about unearthing violence-prone radicals. As a free society, we will have to manage such threats without veering away from our constitutional principles.