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Radical Islam

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?

Why Won't Major Media Report on Muslims Combatting Terrorism?

Qasim Rashid | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

There exist two scenarios where no one can hear you scream. The first is of course, in space because there's no oxygen. And the second is on Earth, but only if you're a global Muslim leader condemning ISIS and promoting universal religious freedom.

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.

Educating Bill Maher

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Benjamin Orbach

Maher is right that we should stand up for liberal principles everywhere, but it does no justice to our principles if our arguments are stacked on a foundation of stereotypes.

My Weekend in Tunis: Anti-Semitic Sound and Fury

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

How did a simple weekend trip become a veritable affair of state? Having come to meet with leaders of various Libyan factions at the Hôtel La Résidence, a philosopher found himself at the center of a maelstrom in which rumor and spite eclipsed truth and diplomacy.

Want to Destroy ISIS? Deny Weapons to Saudi Arabia Until Their Women Can Vote and Drive

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

I detest religious extremism, but what I detest equally is funding this plague and pretending the billions in weapons we give to Islamic fundamentalists isn't the primary reason that ISIS and other terrorist groups exist.

Islamist Terror Group Recruits Members With $50 And A Cell Phone, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.02.2014 | World

The typical terrorist in Somalia was recruited when he was young, poor and afraid. In some cases, he just wanted $50 and a cell phone. These are th...

A Ten-Point Plan for Defeating ISIS and Muslim Fundamentalism

Karima Bennoune | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
Karima Bennoune

In doing research for my recent book, I interviewed nearly 300 people of Muslim heritage from almost 30 countries, and heard countless stories of ordinary people engaged in extraordinary acts of courage to fight extremism.

Extremism: Its Supporters and a Voice of Reason

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Today's New York Times carried an in-depth article about one of the myriad supporters of extremist Islam ("Qatar's Support of Extremists Alienates Al...

ISIS Beheadings of Journalists Are Nothing Short of Barbaric

Imam Muhammad Musri | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Imam Muhammad Musri

As I watch, listen to and read what reporters and commentators have to say about such savagery, I repeatedly encounter the question: Where are the voices of the moderate Muslims? Why aren't they saying anything?

A New Paradigm for Muslim-Jewish Dialogue

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Rabbi Marc Schneier

The good news is that Israel and the most powerful of its longtime Arab adversaries have come to a common understanding of the peril to their very survival from resurgent fundamentalist Islamism.

The Perils of Obama's Vacillating Strategy Toward ISIS

Robert G. Kaufman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Robert G. Kaufman

The United States would save much blood, toil, tears, and sweat defeating ISIS decisively now rather than later. Yet Obama's pinprick response devoid of strategic rationale will invite the maximum contempt for American resolve.

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.

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.

Blair: The Neocon's Dead End

James Zogby | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

After reading and rereading the speech, "Why the Middle East Matters," I was struck by how similar it was to the "agitprop" used by George W. Bush in the lead-up to the Iraq war.

Obama, Putin and Ukraine: No Charge of the Light Brigade But A Big Unnecessary Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Even though Putin lectured Obama at length, after forcing him to come to his dacha outside Moscow, about Russia's concerns, with a very special emphasis on Ukraine, the reality that the administration had to deal not with a nice ally and potential buddy but a tough guy with very clearly defined limits did not sink in.

Is Tanzania Radical Islam's Next Target?

Joop Koopman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Joop Koopman

Bishop Bernadin Francis Mfumbusa heads the almost three-year-old Diocese of Kondou, in the heart of Tanzania, one of 34 dioceses that serve a Catholic population of some 9 million who represent 20 percent of the population.

In the Muslim World, Genius of Christianity

Joop Koopman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Joop Koopman

"Great effort must be made to establish a dialogue between the regime and moderate elements of the opposition. The world's big players must get involved in earnest and put real pressure on the various parties to come to the negotiating table."

Devastating Blow to Radical Islam: What the Media Missed (Update)

Barry Lando | Posted 09.06.2013 | World
Barry Lando

If true, what may be a far more devastating -- and under reported -- blow against radical Islam than the killing of Osama Bin Laden was delivered by the new the emir of Qatar.

Tony Blair Is Right About Islam

Khurram Dara | Posted 08.02.2013 | Religion
Khurram Dara

For the better part of the last 10 years, many Muslims in America have been searching for ways to change the image of Islam. But every time there is a terrorist attack committed by a Muslim, it sets back years of work by activists and decades of Muslim integration into American society.

What's Russia Doing in Syria and Why

Rajan Menon | Posted 08.02.2013 | World
Rajan Menon

Moscow's take on the Libya war is that a Security Council resolution crafted to protect civilians ended up enabling regime change, which was never the original intent. Russia is determined that Syria not be Libya redux.

The Way Forward In Countering Violence Of Radicals

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 05.03.2013 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

We should not be victims of the vicious circles of the past, perpetually dwelling on who first incited the trend of radicalization. However, we should devote more time and energy to dealing with simmering conflicts around the world emphasizing the importance of dialogue, compassion, empathy, justice and respect.

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.

Muslims Are Not Fighting The War You Think We're Fighting

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

Our Ummah was founded on love: love for Muhammad that made us follow him, love for each other that made us care for each other, and love for this world God gave us that made us strive for a better and more just world. However, love is the opposite of what we are known for now.

Muslims! Are You Awake Yet?

Ani Zonneveld | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Ani Zonneveld

To my Muslim community, no matter how you interpret or live out your Islam, I appeal to you for us all to work together. We've been complacent and all of humanity is suffering for it. Not just us in America, but look at the mayhem radicalism have spawned.