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ISIS Is Waging a War Within Islam –- A War That the West Continues To Exacerbate

Alastair Crooke | Posted 10.13.2014 | World
Alastair Crooke

The signs of this impending "madness" have been out there -- "hiding" in the open, as it were -- for the last 25 years.

How ISIS Is Using Us to Get What It Wants

Alastair Crooke | Posted 09.26.2014 | World
Alastair Crooke

Already the western-backed Syrian rebels are howling that they have been discredited by America's attacks in Syria.

Obama Is Wrong That ISIS Is 'Not Islamic'

Alastair Crooke | Posted 09.18.2014 | World
Alastair Crooke

ISIS, in short, is as Wahhabist -- or more so -- as the Saudi King, Abdullah. There is here, surely, a delicious irony in Obama and Kerry taking upon their shoulders the task of seeking the "delegitimization" of the very doctrine from which the Saudi kingdom is derived. The only upholder of "true Islam" and custodian of Mecca happens to share the "same" Islam as ISIS. How can King Abdullah then denounce it? And how could any Muslim, familiar with the issues, take any such denunciation -- were it to be made -- seriously?

Middle East Time Bomb: The Real Aim of ISIS Is to Replace the Saud Family as the New Emirs of Arabia

Alastair Crooke | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Alastair Crooke

The real time bomb being set by ISIS is the implosion of Saudi Arabia as a foundation stone of the modern Middle East. The real target of ISIS must be the Hijaz -- the seizure of Mecca and Medina -- and the legitimacy that this will confer on ISIS as the new Emirs of Arabia. We should understand that there is really almost nothing that the West can now do about it but sit and watch.

Saudi Contrition Fighting Terrorism: Much Too Little, Much Too Late

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Has Washington continued be lulled into silence by the millions of Saudi contributions to myriad Beltway think tanks and their lobbying influence, or for those fund strapped 'American Presidential Libraries' who have been the recipients of millions of Saudi largesse?

The Coming of Eid al-Fitr

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The pursuit of justice is a good deed in Islam, appropriate for Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr alike. Justice has so far been mocked in the MH17 case. Muslims everywhere should therefore join the appeal for a thorough investigation and punishment of the perpetrators.

Joshua Hersh

Mali's Top Islamic Leader Pushes Conservative Values

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.22.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Mali -- When radical Islamists surged across northern Mali last year, temporarily seizing control of major cities and imposing a harsh form of...

Understanding Syria: How a Cold Front Chilled the Damascus Spring

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 08.28.2013 | World
Zaman Stanizai

Why has all the political punditry failed in predicting an end to the Syrian crisis and why have the experts repeatedly miscalculated the fall of the regime in Damascus?

Secretary Kerry Must Stop U.S. Support for Islamic Extremism

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

America's uneasy partnership with Saudi Arabia must change and together or separately they must develop a convincing strategy for reducing Wahhabism and its global influence. Whether the new Secretary of State can achieve this or not remains to be seen.

OPEC's Massive $1 Trillion Haul in 2012 While Sowing Jihad

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 03.07.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

This torrent of money flowing into OPEC, especially into the Persian Gulf States, raises the question how this massive windfall is being put to use other than providing fresh capital for the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, as those of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

Egypt's President Morsi Is Wrong; It's Not American Taxpayer Money That Has Purchased Arab Hatred

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.23.2012 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

The money exacerbating hatred and misunderstanding does not emanate from the "American taxpayer" per se, but rather from the American consumer both directly and symbolically.

Are They Really Religious?

Alaa Al Aswany | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
Alaa Al Aswany

True religion requires us to defend human values: truth, justice and freedom. This is the essence of religion and it is much more important than growing beards or giving the call to prayer in the Parliament chamber.

Hajj: What It Has Become And What It Should Be Again

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Millions of Muslims are satisfied to celebrate at home, while waiting for Mecca, Medina and Hajj to be freed from the grip of the Wahhabis and to regain their past splendor -- a spiritual, not commercial, illumination.

The Sufi Foundation Of Libya's Revolution

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The Libyan historical and spiritual heritage dominating the anti-Gaddafi campaign has drawn on precedents that could not be more distant from the radicalism of al Qaeda.

How to Bring Jihadist Fundamentalism to Its End

Amir Madani | Posted 07.26.2011 | World
Amir Madani

Bin Laden's demise is a serious blow to al-Qaeda but not the end of al-Qaeda, because its ideology endures.

Bin Laden and Pakistan: Will There Be a Thorough Reckoning?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The execution of Osama bin Laden in a raid on the Pakistani town of Abbottabad calls forth a wide range of reflections. For me, some of these thoughts are personal, and embody experiences in my own life.

Why Islamism Can't Be Compared to Communism

Paul Scham | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Scham

Misleading historical analogies between Islamism and Communism cloud American perceptions and encourage us -- dangerously -- to mistake parts for the whole.

Change in Egypt Will Change the Region

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Muqtedar Khan

Egypt's enduring authoritarian regime is the biggest hurdle to democracy and freedom in the region. If the Mubarak regime falls, other dictatorships will also fall.

Afghanistan, the Saudi Arabia of lithium?

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

It seems that Afghanistan is a never ending font of surprises. For decades U.S. officials took the position that Afghanistan held nothing of value for...

Breast-Feed Adult Men, Saudi Clerics Tell Women

AOL News | Dana Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Women in Saudi Arabia should give their breast milk to male colleagues and acquaintances in order to avoid breaking strict Islamic law forbidding mixi...