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Word of the week: Anti-Shi’ism

WASHINGTON, August 19, 2014 — Anti-Shi’ism (noun) – Prejudice against or hatred of Shia Muslims. Coined by Shia Rights Watch in 2011, this term describes the wave of discrimination and violence that has crashed against Shia Muslims in recent decades. Shia Muslims comprise between 10 and 20 percent of the world’s Muslim population. They have been the target ...

Hatred in Gaza, peace in an exploding world

WASHINGTON, August 14, 2014 — In the last year, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in Syria’s civil war and by the Islamic State. Two thousand Palestinians have died in Gaza, and more thousands have died in Ukraine and North Africa. In an unguarded moment, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told an audience ...

Islamic State stones women, threatens US

WASHINGTON, August 9, 2014 — Even as America is conducting military airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq, reports that Islamic State jihadi fighters have stoned to death a young woman accused of adultery have been verified by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. On July 18, the woman, clad head to toe in black, was ...

Can the Taliban make a comeback in Afghanistan?

KANDAHAR, August 9, 2014—Pessimism has infected Americans’ outlook on the world. Nowhere is the tendency more evident or pronounced than in Afghanistan. It is a bipartisan affair, too. Conservatives seem resigned that a Muslim country will go the way of our other two recent interventionist projects in Iraq and Libya. Liberals are convinced that military ...

Shiite, Sunni, Wahhabi and the Israel-Gaza conflict

Wahhabis imply that if Israel converted to Shiism, they would be defeated in no time, but for now, defending Israel is from Sunnis who they incomprehensibly claim are Shias, is more beneficial than defeating it.