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Understanding and Treating the Cancer of Islamic Extremism

Ribal Al-Assad | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
Ribal Al-Assad

Since the dawn of time, the world has witnessed conflict, and since the onset of organized religion, it has played host to sectarian violence. But why is Islamism currently growing so fast, and so widely? The reasons are political and economic.

As Goes Egypt, So Goes Tunisia? Not Quite

Freedom House | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Russell Raymond Program Associate, Middle East and North Africa In the past week, dueling demonstrations have occupied public spaces in Tunisia'...

Egypt, Religion, and the Dilemmas of Democracy

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

Except for the large number of Egyptians who had become increasingly frustrated by the disappointing administration of President Mohammed Morsi, no one seems particularly happy over what happened last week.

Tunis Hints of Backpedaling on Syria

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 08.30.2013 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

Tunisia's own transition has been rockier than its quick disappearance from our media radar screen might lead us to think, and Tunisians' experience of Islamist politics has changed the lens through which many here now view Syria.

An Ethical Question

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.28.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It doesn't stop. Examples of unethical media behavior abound. Or do they? A brief video clip this week on Lebanon's LBCI TV's and New TV's nightly ne...

Iran's Long Leash

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although all of Syria's neighbors have been negatively impacted by the country's crisis, Iraq's sectarian tensions and the religious, historical and cultural bonds between Syrians and Iraqis connect the two states' political fates.

Arabian Night

Layla Demay | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Layla Demay

The last time I was in Tunisia it was a few months after the fall of Ben Ali, and I wonder how much the country has changed now that a transition government led by the Islamist party Ennahda is in charge.

The IMF's Tall Order for Morsi

Daniel Nisman | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Daniel Nisman

Parliamentary elections must be held within two months according to the new constitution, leaving Morsi's political opponents on the right and the left licking their chops at an opportunity to exploit economic woes.

Shattered Dreams of Times Square: Brave Young Africans and the Salafists

Birama Konare | Posted 03.02.2013 | Impact
Birama Konare

The youth also dream of joyful crowds, confetti, Frank Sinatra, "New York, New York"... celebrating New Year's Eve, carefree, with a bunch of friends, a glass of champagne in one hand, dancing and saying, "Happy New Year." Why should this privilege only be reserved to the West?

WATCH: Dispelling Egypt's Biggest Myth

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

On December 15, a historic referendum is set to be held on a draft consitution that has further polarized the country, pinning supporters of President Morsi, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, against a galvanized opposition made up of liberals, socialists and other youth groups.

Egypt's Constitutional Drafting Process Shows Egyptians Ready for Democracy

Sahar Aziz | Posted 01.26.2013 | World
Sahar Aziz

Political grandstanding and posturing aside, the heated disputes show a sophisticated debate on the role of religion, individual rights, and power sharing among the branches of government.

Hamas Aligned With Israel

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 01.23.2013 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

A highly vital step is in progress aligning the people of the Middle East to a mindset more in sync with the modern world ranging from Asia, emerging Africa, Europe and the Americas whereby faith becomes a builder rather than a destroyer.

What the Arab Awakening, Salafists and Israel Have in Common

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

As new expressions of democracy sweep across the Arab world, the spectrum of political philosophies -- from secular liberalism to religious ultra orthodoxy -- will struggle for positions of primacy in the development of these societies.

Egypt's Constitutional Clash: Liberals vs. Islamists (VIDEO)

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 12.25.2012 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

If you thought Egypt's revolution was chaotic, you haven't been following its constitutional process, which is all the more confusing and critical, as liberals and Islamists clash over role of Shariah law.

The Showdown Between The Muslim Brotherhood And Jihadist Salafis

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Hani Almadhoun

This is somehow the new model in the Middle East: put the moderates in charge and let them reason with the ultra-conservatives. I am watching this with mixed feelings.

Saudi Religious Police Losing Some Powers

AP | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- The director of Saudi Arabia's powerful religious police says his forces are losing some of their key powers, including arrest...

A Tale of Two Islams

Taufiq Rahim | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Taufiq Rahim

Following the Arab revolutions of 2011, Islam has forcefully entered the public square, and as political forces jockey for power, we are witnessing a growing duel between radical rejectionists and groups favoring more inclusive engagement.

A Field Guide to the Middle East Mess, Part I

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 11.19.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The latest cycle of anti-American outrage is symptomatic of a broader problem facing Arabs -- that these revolutions have brought neither jobs nor bread.

Morsi in Debt

Adel Iskandar | Posted 09.08.2012 | World
Adel Iskandar

Virtually no single political institution, party, organization, group, or movement possesses a reservoir of absolute legitimacy in the current maelstrom.

Egypt's Democratic Triumph

Scott MacLeod | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics
Scott MacLeod

Morsi's victory is testimony to the Brotherhood's ability to mobilize Egyptians against a deeply entrenched political system, and to convince Egyptians that its candidate was the most capable of taking the helm after Mubarak's removal from power.

Egypt Now Needs Activism 2.0

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 08.15.2012 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

Depressed, disillusioned and detracted from the political debates, many Egyptians are disappointed that they are left with a choice to pick between "the lesser of two evils."

Believers Of 'The Unbelievers Are The Enemy' Now Banned

AP | DAVID RISING | Posted 08.14.2012 | World

BERLIN — German authorities launched a nationwide crackdown Thursday on an ultraconservative Islamic organization, raiding homes, meeting halls ...

Who Will Be Egypt's Next President?

Annelle Sheline | Posted 07.24.2012 | World
Annelle Sheline

All of these candidates express support for Egypt's international commitments, such as the peace treaty with Israel, although Aboul Fotouh has said that he would put the treaty before a public referendum, and Sabahi has suggested the same.

The Sphinx Is Watching

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 07.22.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

It's hard to mask the fact that so much of this campaign was less about Egypt's future economic challenges, and far more about the role of religious and political Islam coursing through Egypt's body politic.

Egypt's Election: "We've Never Been Here Before"

James Zogby | Posted 05.19.2012 | World
James Zogby

As big as the question of who the winner will be, is what the job of the presidency will be like in the short and long term. This new situation in Egypt is an uncertain balancing act between competing forces. We've never been here before.