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Among The [Dis]Believers

The Rapid Rise of Daesh Has Come to A Head in Paris BY Kareem Shaheen “A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.” This was the sage advice of the author, J. R. R. Tolkein in his work, The Children of Húrin. It

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Paris Attacks Prompt Tweets, Hashtags and Trends

Following the deadly attacks in Paris that killed 127 people and injured 252 on Friday, social media was abuzz with reactions ranging from disbelief and anger, to solidarity and scepticism. We compiled a sample.                                          

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Bosnian Court Sentences Imam For Recruiting Daesh fighters

SARAJEVO, Nov 5 (Reuters) – A Bosnian imam was jailed for seven years on Wednesday for recruiting fighters for Daesh in Syria and Iraq, under a new law aimed at stopping people joining militants in the Middle East. Husein Bosnic, known as an unofficial leader of the ultra-conservative Salafi movement in Bosnia, was arrested last year

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How The UAE’s Model Works

Emirati Tolerance: A Necessary Role Model for a Beleaguered Middle East BY Habib Al-Mulla Wherever one looks in the Middle East region, it is difficult to see beyond the impact of extremism on religion, culture, education, and politics. Hatred, wars, anarchy, sectarianism, instability, and crises define perceptions both within and outside the area; extremism seems

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How to Win Back Jihadis Without Using Reason

By Pauline Mevel and Chine Labbé PARIS (Reuters) Anthropologist Dounia Bouzar used to try religious arguments to turn young people away from militant Islam – and failed. So the 51-year-old grandmother developed her own techniques along the lines of Alcoholics Anonymous. Her main rule: Don’t try to reason with people. “Characteristically, a young person who

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