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Policy Analysis World Politics & Affairs

The Fall of Baghuz and the Territorial Defeat of ISIS

Al-Baghuz Fawqani, sometimes referred to as Baghuz, is a small city of about ten thousand people near the Iraqi border which had been, since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War, under the control of the Islamic State. That was, until the 23rd of March, 2019. The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared a […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Changing Our Approach to Defeating Terrorism

The phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” is but one of the many erroneous usages of the word “radical.” In fact, the misnomer of acts of terror as “radically Islamic,” besides being a dog whistle characterizing Islam has fundamentally destructive in its essence, also contributes to the degradation of the principal meaning of “radical.” While disagreements on […]

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Culture & Religion World Politics & Affairs

Meet the Norway Terror Survivor Advocating for Open and Inclusive Education

Bjørk Ihler holds the unusual record of knowing the most extremists. He’s also survived a terrorist attack. On July 22nd, 2011, eight people died in a bombing in Oslo and 69 people were killed on Utøya Island in Norway. The attacker, Anders Behring Breivik, and Ihler had things in common- they were educated in the […]

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United States World Politics & Affairs

The Implications Behind the Alberto Nisman Trial

“Then we have Hezbollah, the Shia terror group.”

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Opinion United States

Call White-Supremacist Violence What it Is: Terrorism.

“It must be understood, that I am in no way sympathetic to criminals no matter their race,”

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Opinion World Politics & Affairs

Opinion: In a Time of War, is it “Terrorism” or Counterattack?

When a gunman attacked two US military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2015, it was widely considered to be ‘terrorism’. In 2009, Maj. Nidal Hassan, who attacked the military installation at Fort Hood, was also considered a ‘terrorist’, although he was not charged with terrorism. But what constitutes terrorism? According the US army field manual, […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Analysis: Terrorist attacks in Tehran

Yesterday, 10 am IRST, 6 terrorist attackers had mounted simultaneous gun and suicide bomb assaults on Iran’s parliament building and the tomb of the republic’s revolutionary founder. Killing 17 people so far. Terrorist attacks are extremely rare in Iran and people are not used to it. Last year, in the Ramadan month, police forces reported […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Kabul’s horrific bombing: The war isn’t over yet

As an enormous truck bomb blast rips through Kabul’s diplomatic district, it reminds the world that Afghanistan is still here, fighting its own wars. The powerful explosion, which killed at least 90 and wounded more than 300, is described by officials to have been one of the largest to have hit the Afghan capital. A tanker truck […]