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The “Radicalization” Elephant in the Room: Violence Against Women

Left: ISIS considers women as “war spoils” and has adopted special regulations how to rape and manage their slavery. Around the globe from Europe, Pakistan, the Middle East to Minnesota everyone seems to be talking about extremism and radicalization these days. Rohan Gunaratna, an al Qaeda expert, defines radicalization as “a movement in the direction of supporting or enacting radical ...

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Feeding Iran’s Terrorist Agenda

Left: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif waving [goodbye] to the Peace Dove. (cartoon by Keyvan Varessi, Iranian daily Iranian daily Ghanoon) –  The lifting of the sanctions on Iran is significant not only because it rewards the regime with $150 billion, allowing to increase its global terrorist activities. It is significant because it marks President ...

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Egypt’s Salafist* Party Returns to the Wilderness

“Running for the Salafi Party was a loss…I regret it. [My] popularity in the constituency was very strong, but joining the party caused it to decline.” – Daily News Egypt, October 24, 2015 Results from the first round of phase one of Egypt’s parliamentary elections earlier this month show that the pragmatic “For the Love of Egypt” — a movement ...

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Weekly Review, June 1-5, 2015

Pic Credit: Saul Loeb, the Atlantic — Fueling the ISIS Fire – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Under growing criticism of handling the war against ISIS, the Obama administration decided to send more weapons to the Iraqi army and has already sent the first shipment of the 2,000 AT4 anti-tank missiles to be used against ISIS driven American tanks and armored vehicles that the withdrawing Iraqi army left ...

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Fueling the ISIS Fire

Left: U.S. Humvee captured by ISIS in Mosul, June 11, 2014.  According to Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, the international coalition forces against ISIS succeeded in the past nine months, mainly through the United States air-campaign, to kill more than 10,000 ISIS fighters. This, according to Blinken, caused ISIS to lose control over 25 percent of the territory it ...

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Obama, ISIS, the Pope and the Palestinians

While  cache of computers, cell phones, and documents that was captured during the raid will provide important information about ISIS financial operations in Iraq and Syria and possibly on its support of its branches in North Africa, South-East Asia and beyond. But this will not stop ISIS.  What would? Certainly not supplying new arms to the failing Iraqi army that flees and leaves its ...

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