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Prominent Muslims React To Trump's Islamophobic Border Plan

"He's a dangerous divisive demagogue!"<p>Donald Trump amped up his unapologetically Islamophobic campaign rhetoric on Monday with a call for the "complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." The comments from Republican presidential front-runner have been widely decried by his opponents …

Donald Trump

Trump's Magical Realism: Banning Muslims

Donald Trump wants to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, including tourists and businessmen. I am sure, as he always does, that he has put a lot of his deep thought into this grand scheme. After all, he is a leader with big plans for many things, but most especially for keeping …

United States

California shooting shows difficulty ID'ing attackers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time the married couple who carried out the deadly San Bernardino attack came to the attention of police, it was far too …

Terrorism

Donald Trump's comments escalate GOP rhetoric on Muslims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid fear of terrorism, Republican presidential candidates for months have escalated their rhetoric about the place of Muslims in …

Republicans

The Kurds Trying to Beat Islamic State Have Lots of Other Problems

Last year’s sweeping offensive by Islamic State militants through northern Iraq thrust one community in particular to the fore – the Kurds.<p>As …

Middle East

Obama in speech to nation vows to defeat 'new phase' of terrorist threat | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Sunday laid out the most sweeping defense yet of his strategy to defeat Islamic State, but he offered no U.S. policy shift to confront what he called a “new phase” in the terrorist threat after a mass shooting in California.<p>In a rare Oval Office …

Terrorism

Father of San Bernardino shooter says son supported ISIS, newspaper reports

<b>(CNN) —</b> The father of Syed Rizwan Farook told an Italian newspaper that his son, one of two shooters in last week's San Bernardino massacre, supported ISIS ideology and was "fixated on Israel."<p>Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire at Farook's co-workers at a holiday party for the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Islamic State Trying to ‘Exploit’ Refugee Program, House Chairman Says

Members of the Islamic State are trying to use the U.S. refugee program to enter the United States, said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas).<p>“ISIS members in Syria have attempted to exploit it to get into the United States,” McCaul said during a speech at the …

Dispelling the ‘Few Extremists’ Myth – the Muslim World Is Overcome with Hate

It is simply false to declare that jihadists represent the “tiny few extremists” who sully the reputation of an otherwise peace-loving and tolerant …

Religion

There’s one thing Donald Trump might have right

Trump, Cruz and Carson — the Triumvirate of GOP Dunces — are easy to dismiss. Consider listening to them on this<p>If Donald Trump says it, it must be wrong. If Ben Carson agrees with him, doubly so. Add Sen. Ted Cruz's endorsement, and you have nothing short of apparent mathematical certainty that …

Obama 'a total pu--y,' Fox News commentator says after Oval Office address

Reacting to President Barack Obama's terrorism address, one Fox News analyst and former US Army officer had some harsh words for the …

The big hole in Obama’s Islamic State strategy

At the center of President Obama’s strategy for dealing with the Islamic State is an empty space. It’s supposed be filled by a “Sunni ground force,” but after more than a year of effort, it’s still not there. Unless this gap is filled, Obama’s plan won’t work.<p>Otherwise, Obama made a reasonable case …

Middle East

Syria: 3 troops killed by US-led strikes; US blames Russia

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria on Monday accused the U.S.-led coalition of bombing an army camp in the eastern part of the country, killing three Syrian …

Middle East

After UK stabbing, 'You ain't no Muslim' strikes a chord

LONDON (AP) — It's become the rallying cry of many who want the Muslim faith to be separated from the violence some commit in its name: "You ain't no …

Extremism

Sinjar aftermath highlights Islamic State resilience in Iraq | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Kurdish forces backed by U.S. air strikes declared a major victory last month over Islamic State after cutting access to a key supply route in northern Iraq. Yet days later the militants were back in business, underscoring their resilience in the face of defeat.<p>Smoke rises from …

Middle East

The Latest: Republican presidential candidates underwhelmed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on President Barack Obama's Oval Office address on the threat of terrorism and the government's response following …

National Security

Obama's speech reminded Americans that the war with Isis is still illegal

If you listened closely during Barack Obama’s speech to the nation on Sunday night, you would have heard him reference the fact that the US war against Isis – which is well over a year old at this point – is illegal and unconstitutional.<p>Barack Obama TV address: president resists pressure for …

Political Science

President Obama’s push for military authorization to fight ISIS won’t go anywhere in Congress. Here’s why.

Sunday night was just the most recent example this year of President Obama asking Congress to authorize his use of military force to fight the Islamic State.<p>"If Congress believes, as I do, that we are at war with ISIL," he said, using another acronym for the Islamic State or ISIS, "it should go …

National Security

This map shows ISIS' expanding reach across Europe

As ISIS loses ground in the Middle East, it has mounted attacks in Europe to convince the world of its strength, experts say.<p>But ISIS activity in Europe hasn't all been recent; the terrorist group (also known as the Islamic State, ISIL, and Daesh) has long had its sights set on Europe as a …

Minnesota man whose tweets urged jihad surrenders in Africa

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who joined al-Shabab in Somalia more than seven years ago and more recently went online to urge others to carry …

Extremism

Leaked documents show how ISIS is building its state

The 24-page document, obtained by the Guardian, sets out a blueprint for establishing foreign relations, a fully fledged propaganda operation, and centralised control over oil, gas and the other vital parts of the economy.<p>The manual, written last year and entitled Principles in the administration …

Special Forces

Turkey refuses to withdraw troops sent to north Iraq base

Turkey has said it will not withdraw hundreds of soldiers who arrived last week at a base in northern Iraq, despite being ordered by Baghdad to do so within 48 hours.<p>The arrival of such a large and heavily armed Turkish contingent in a camp near the frontline has added yet another controversial …

Middle East

The U.S. is running out of bombs to drop on ISIS

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The U.S. Air Force has fired off more than 20,000 missiles and bombs since the U.S. bombing campaign against ISIS began 15 months ago, according to the Air Force, leading to depleted munitions stockpiles and calls to ramp up funding and weapons production.<p>As the U.S. ramps up its …

Military

Lil Wayne Plots 'Dedication' Tour With Rae Sremmurd

Lil Wayne will put fans in far-off places first on his 2016 Dedication Tour, announcing a string of dates between January and March in towns and …

Lil Wayne

Thom Yorke Compares Google and YouTube to Nazi Germany In New Interview

<i>Photo by Eliot Lee Hazel</i><p>Thom Yorke recently conducted an interview with the Italian newspaper <i>La Repubblica</i>. During the chat, the <i>Guardian</i> reports, the Radiohead frontman said YouTube and parent company Google had "seized control" of art, then compared their commercial paradigms to Nazi Germany's …

J.J. Abrams, Lin-Manuel Miranda Collaborated on 'Star Wars' Cantina Music

As the <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens'</i> December 18th release date approaches, more details about the much anticipated film come to light. Director J.J. …

Star Wars

50 Best Albums of 2015

As the curtain falls on 2015, it might be hard to remember any albums released this year besides Adele's record-breaking, generation-uniting, …

Music

Climate week part 3: Extreme weather linked to global warming.

<i>One of the hardest parts of writing about global warming—and there are lots and lots of hard parts—is simply keeping up with the news. Much of it</i> …

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