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Beirut bombing: The other terrorist attack

A horrific terror attack by Islamic State that killed many in a world capital: Yes, in Paris on Friday. But a day earlier the target was a busy neighborhood in Beirut, long ago known as the Paris of the East.<p>Two coordinated explosions at rush hour killed at least 43 people and injured 200.<p>Before …

On being Muslim in America

The motto on the seal of the United States is "E Pluribus Unum," Latin for "out of many, one." American history has been one of endlessly absorbing people from the rest of the world and making them part of the national fabric.<p>It's not always an easy task. Newcomers from abroad bring different …

Obama can close Guantanamo

As President Barack Obama approaches the final year of his presidency, the urgency of closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility looms large. Some maintain that the congressional ban on transfers from Guantanamo to the United States prevents closure without congressional approval. But that is …

National Security

Tyshawn Lee's killer must be charged as a terrorist

Let's start with a simple premise with which we can all agree: Terrorists attempt to assert control over populations by targeting innocents.<p>Now let's go a step further and agree that the most heinous and cowardly terrorist is the one who targets children to achieve his objectives.<p>Think of Malala …