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Why do kids desert the West to fight with ISIS?
Carolyn Moynihan | 27 February 2015 |
tags: adolescents, ISIS, Western values
The terrorists seem to understand adolescent psychology better than we do.


Obama’s fight against the Ideology-With-No-Name
Robert R. Reilly | 23 February 2015 |
tags: Barack Obama, Islam, Islamic extremism, terrorism
Egyptian President al-Sisi knows its name and has courageously denounced it.


Fiery imam denounces terror
Michael Cook | 19 February 2015 |
tags: Islam, terrorism
"Rotten and despicable conduct", says Brooklyn preacher.


Obama floundering in fight against ISIS
Michael Cook | 19 February 2015 |
tags: Barack Obama, ISIS, Islamic extremism, Islamic State
The President is recycling tired old slogans.


Did Stephen Fry’s passionate denunciation of God make sense?
J. Fraser Field | 12 February 2015 |
tags: atheism, existence of God, Stephen Fry
A two-minute outburst became a YouTube sensation.


Why does Pope Francis keep dropping hints about a century-old dystopian novel?
Francis Phillips | 04 February 2015 |
tags: books, Pope Francis
Perhaps he wants journalists to read it.


What is Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia?
Galina Yemelianova | 02 February 2015 |
tags: Islam, Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism
The future of the Middle East hinges on the beliefs of the Muslim sect which dominates the oil-rich kingdom.


Islam and violence: how not to answer a question
Zac Alstin | 30 January 2015 |
tags: Islam, violence
Islam and Muslims are not just one thing. It is high time to make some distinctions.


The Middle East’s vanishing Christians
Michael Cook | 22 January 2015 |
tags: Islam, Islamic State, Middle East Christians, persecution of Christians
But some of the region's bishops urge Christians to work with Muslims for free and tolerant society.


Lessons from Paris
James Schall SJ | 15 January 2015 |
tags: Charlie Hebdo, Islam, terrorism
Muslims should use this crisis to prove that being human and being religious are compatible.


“I am not Charlie Hebdo”
Bernard Toutounji | 09 January 2015 |
tags: blasphemy, free speech, Islamic extremism
Insult is the lowest – and now most dangerous – form of free speech


Paris attack underscores a deeper malaise
George Friedman | 08 January 2015 |
tags: Charlie Hebdo, France, Islam, Islamic extremism
Ultimately, this is an intra-Muslim struggle for control wrapped in a debate over what it means to be a Muslim.


Islamic State promoting “sexual jihad”
Chiara Pellegrino | 18 December 2014 |
tags: Islam, Islamic State, women in Islam
ISIS is recruiting women as temporary brides, a practice which revolts even many Muslim preachers.


The reason for the season
James Schall SJ | 18 December 2014 |
tags: Christianity, Christmas
Christmas Day 2000 years ago really did change the world for ever.


Sydney siege shows the rise of a new extremism
Ali Mamouri | 16 December 2014 |
tags: Australia, Islam, Islamic extremism, Islamic State
Muslims must not be blamed for the atrocities of a group of criminals and psychopaths.


How have Syrian rebels become so radical?
Nader Hashemi | 16 December 2014 |
tags: Islam, Middle East, radical Islam, Syria
An expert on Syria says that young people are attracted by a simplistic and delusional ideology.


Muslim leaders face a dilemma
James Schall SJ | 02 December 2014 |
tags: Islam, Islamic State, Pope Francis
Can Muslim leaders condemn the terrorism of ISIS without endangering their own lives and the integrity of the Qur’an?


The great reformer
Austen Ivereigh | 25 November 2014 |
tags: Catholic Church, Pope Francis
A biographer of Pope Francis reflects upon his career as a reforming leader.


What the fall of the Wall did not change
George Friedman | 12 November 2014 |
tags: Berlin Wall, freedom
It is difficult to remember how seductive Marxism was and how frightening Soviet power was.


Canadian rampage is tip of iceberg
Michael Coren | 24 October 2014 |
tags: Islam, Middle East Christians, persecution of Christians
Middle East Christians are being slaughtered by radical Islamists, says a Canadian journalist.


Egyptian Christians cautiously optimistic
Rafik Greiche and Oliver Maksan | 22 October 2014 |
tags: Christians in Middle East, Egypt
Under the new military-backed president, they may be allowed to build churches.


A joyful, crowded 21st century pilgrimage
Carolyn Moynihan | 10 October 2014 |
tags: Catholic Church, saints
If religion is on the wane it is was not evident in Madrid or Rome earlier this month.


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