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Conflicts In Syria, Iraq Far From Over Despite Islamic State Setbacks

quoting Fabrice Balanche via Pakistan Today
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Despite recapture of swathes of territory from the Islamic State group, the conflicts in Iraq and Syria are far from over as their governments face major political challenges, experts warn.


Americans May Be More Tolerant Of Muslims Than Ever

by Paul E. Petersonvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, August 14, 2017

How would you feel about an Islamic after-school club at a public school? Support has been rising.

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The West’s Abandonment Of Syria Is A Crime

quoting Fabrice Balanche via The Globe and Mail
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Last month, it was revealed that U.S. President Donald Trump had quietly ended his government's four-year-old program to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad's regime. The covert program initiated under former president Barack Obama and overseen by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency had aimed to support the moderate – read non-Islamist – opposition in Syria's civil war. But it never enjoyed the full backing of Mr. Obama and, from the start, lacked the means and political will to make a difference.


On Radical Islam, Trump Has Lost His Focus

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, August 10, 2017

There’s no ‘extreme vetting,’ no outreach to moderates, and too much coziness with Riyadh.


Robert Service On The Lars Larson Podcast (28:25)

interview with Robert Servicevia The Lars Larson Podcast
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Robert Service discusses his recent book Russia and Its Islamic World.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the West, Dawa, and Islam

interview with Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Contain It.

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Modern Slavery Is Despicable And Shames Nigeria

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Business Day Online
Monday, August 7, 2017

How civilised is Nigeria? That’s the question I have been exploring in this column over the past two weeks. First, two weeks ago, I looked at the politico-governance context, and argued that as Nigeria hasn’t fully embraced the legal pillars of civilisation – the rule of law, natural justice, independent judiciary etc – its claim to civilisation is tenuous. 

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani Begins His Second Term In The Face Of Mounting Opposition

quoting Abbas Milanivia Los Angeles Times
Saturday, August 5, 2017

In most democracies, a resounding win at the ballot box would put a president in a strong position to deliver promised changes. But Iran is only partly a democracy.


Ayaan Hirsi Ali On Uncommon Knowledge

interview with Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, August 4, 2017

Preview a two minute clip of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's interview on the West, Dawa, and Islam. Hirsi Ali's full interview will be available on Tuesday, August 8.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali joins Peter Robinson to discuss her new book
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali On The West, Dawa, And Islam

interview with Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Contain It.