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ISIS Versus the West: A Clash of Civilizations?
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

Is the Islamic State — ISIS or ISIL — different from other Islamist terror groups? If so, is the difference one of substance or simply degree? Or is there any real difference at all? ...

4 Things You Need to Know About Terrorism and Religion
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Here are four things you need to know about the relationship between the archaic sacred and violence and how that relationship threatens our world. After my article on the ter ...

Closing the Loop on Khalid Sheikh Mohammad?
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

The excuse of national security is being used to eliminate a basic foundation of democracy: transparency. If evidence used to convict a person is secret, if the accused cannot openly challenge the charges bein ...

9/11? My Children Don't Remember
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

The oldest of them was six when the towers were destroyed and we went to war. I'm wondering how I talk to them about it. I wonder how I tell them the story without subjecting them to the trauma so many pe ...

Still Things Left Unsaid When it Comes to Drones
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

From  Mother Jones  this morning: White House Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan officially acknowledged the administration's targeted killing of Al Qaeda members abroad for the first time in a speech on Monday. But Brennan didn' ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 3, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

CNN (BELIEF BLOG): Politics And Prayers Speaking at the 60th annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday, the president said, "We know that part of living in a pluralistic society means that our personal religious beliefs alone ...

Christians Must Call For This War to End
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There is no more room or time for excuses. There is no more room or time for excuses. The war in Afghanistan -- now the longest war in American history -- no longer has any justif ...

The Violence We Live By
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"However much we try to distinguish between morally good and morally evil ways of killing, our attempts are beset with contradictions, and these contradictions remain a fragile part of our mode ...

Bin Laden's Gone -- Now Let's End the War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The killing of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/osama-bin-laden/" target="_blank">Osama bin Laden</a> brings partial closure to the long war against al Qaeda. ...

'Christians and Muslims, We Are All Egyptians'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/07/christians-and-muslims-we-are-all-egyptians/" target="_self"></a>While much of the prognostication about Egypt's future ha ...

Biden and Palin Upstage Obama with Bipartisan Diplomacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On the heels of President Barack Obama's surprise visit to the troops in Afghanistan on Sunday, Vice President Joseph Biden and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin revealed a surprise of their own: ...

Obama in Oslo: Nonviolence is the Strongest Weapon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I was saddened by our president's acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize. He missed a chance to witness to courage and leadership. True, Mr. I was saddened by our presid ...

One More Reason to Oppose Torture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/20/world/20detain.html?th&amp;emc=th">Abu Zubaydah was submitted to waterboarding at least 83 times</a>. Abu Zu ...

The Gentler Gamester is the Soonest Winner
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

"The appeal of terrorism is waning," said Mathew Burrows, head of long-range analysis in the office of the director of national intelligence. "The appeal of terrori ...

Charlie Wilson's Warning
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Coinciding with the visit of a dear friend who's spent the past few years working in Afghanistan for both development NGOs and (non-U.S.) government agencies, the DVD of Charlie Wilson's War ...