Essam AbdElaal

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A Surprising History of Turkey in America

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently made the news when he claimed that Muslim seafarers "discovered America" and that when Christopher …

ISIS Enters Egypt

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has officially entered Egypt. On November 10, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a militant movement that operates …

Jordan's King Abdullah: ISIS fight a "Third World War" (Dec. 5, 2014) | Charlie Rose

It’s Erdogan vs. Ataturk in a battle for Turkey’s soul

With his vociferous call on Monday to elevate an older form of Turkish in the national school curriculum, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is attempting to dismantle the linguistic cornerstone on which modern Turkey was built — and challenge the legacy of its master builder. If 20th century Turkey …

Stocks tumble with drop in oil price

Major stock indexes tumbled Friday as a main crude oil benchmark fell below $60 a barrel to its lowest point since the depths of the Great Recession, leaving stunned analysts looking for a bottom.<p>With some investors concerned about the energy sector and others taking profits from a high-priced …

Taliban massacre of children: how Pakistan must now change

The Taliban massacre of school children, meant to avenge a military offensive, has stirred political leaders to unite. Perhaps this will lead to firm …

Author's journey inside ISIS: They're 'more dangerous than people realize'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Juergen Todenhoefer's journey was a tough one: dangerous, but also eye-opening. The author traveled deep into ISIS territory -- the area they now call their "caliphate" -- visiting Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in Syria, as well as Mosul in Iraq.<p>Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, was taken by ISIS …

Telling (all) hard truths

IN AN ideal world, Muslims in the Western world should be able to watch events in their faith's heartland with a critical, dispassionate eye, and …