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Obama on ISIS: Is the Islamic State really unrelated to Islam?

SAN DIEGO, August 27, 2014 — “Let’s be clear about ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant),” President Obama said firmly last week after confirmation that the terrorist organization had beheaded American journalist Jim Foley. “They have rampaged across cities and villages,” he continued, “killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct ...

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 ...

Political solutions: When rational thinking just won’t do

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., July 21, 2014 — From the apparent shooting down of Malaysian flight MH17 to the flood of immigrants across our southern border, only one thing is certain: Our response will be random rather than strategic. Since we have divorced ourselves from the concept of being a “Nation of Laws” and replaced ...

Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

LOS ANGELES, July 21, 2014 — The murder of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinians was the spark that ignited the latest round of missile and air strikes between Israel and Hamas. That led to the latest Israeli Defense Forces incursion into the Gaza Strip. The phrase “cycle of violence” is often used to describe the ...