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After Manchester, We Cannot ‘Carry On Exactly as Before’

After Manchester, We Cannot ‘Carry On Exactly as Before’

Originally published under the title “A Very Real War on Women Arrived in Manchester, England, Last Night.” Teddy bears, tears, candles, cartoons, murals, mosaics, flowers, flags, projections, hashtags, balloons, wreaths, lights, vigils, scarves, and more. These are the best solutions the Western world seems to come up with every few months when we are slammed […]

Syria Has Effectively Ceased to Exist

On my last night in Damascus, some younger members of the Ministry of Information-sponsored delegation in which I was taking part decided to have a drink. It was late April, and the bars and restaurants were doing good business in the cool and breezy evenings. An inebriated Russian journalist, accompanied by a uniformed Russian soldier […]

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Why Eastern Syria is Essential to Containing Iran

Originally published under the title “Race for the Ruins.” Events taking place in a remote stretch of southeast Syrian desert in recent days reveal the current direction of US Middle East strategy. An observable ratcheting up of US and allied air and special forces activity in eastern Syria is currently under way. This in turn […]

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Dear ACT! for Canada members,   The Canadian Interfaith Conversation is holding a conference at St. Paul’s University in Ottawa on May 8-9. As you can see from the message below from Brooke Goldstein of the Lawfare Project, at least two of the speakers are problematic, to put it mildly: Dr. Ingrid Mattson, formerly of […]

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Islamist Terror: ‘The Real Bomb Is in the Books’

Originally published under the title “‘The Real Bomb Is in Islam’s Books’.” During his visit to Egypt last week, “Pope Francis visited al-Azhar University, a globally respected institution for Sunni Islamic learning” and “met with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the imam of the government-run Al-Azhar mosque and an Islamic philosophy professor.” This has been reported by […]

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Academic Malfeasance: U. of Arkansas Disinvites Phyllis Chesler

The latest speaker to be “disinvited” from an American college is prominent feminist scholar Phyllis Chesler, whose participation in a University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, symposium on honor killing earlier this month was nixed days before the event. Behind the cancellation lies a sordid tale involving faculty machinations, threats from a dean, and at least one […]

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MEF Sues DHS for Hiding Information on Its Funding of Islamists

Philadelphia – May 1, 2017 – The Middle East Forum has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to secure the release of documents related to the Obama administration’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) grant program. The grant program, which began last year, is intended to assist “efforts at the community level to […]

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Originally published under the title “Muslim Brotherhood Earns Its Terrorist Designation.” In an April 11 Brookings Institution report titled “Is the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization?” senior fellow Shadi Hamid states that the Trump administration’s proposed designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group “could have significant consequences for the U.S., the Middle East, […]

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An Onslaught of Islamist Violence Is Europe’s New Normal

Last Thursday, in an attack that has started to feel routine, Karim Cheurfi opened fire on French police on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, killing a police officer. Cheurfi then wounded two others before he was shot and killed. Police later found a note in which he expressed support for the Islamic State, which later declared […]

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Why Is Female Genital Mutilation Still Happening in the U.S.?

Originally published under the title “FGM is Illegal in the United States. So Why Is It Still Happening Here?” Let’s be clear: FGM (female genital mutilation) is illegal in the United States. That fact did not stop Drs. Humana Nagarwala, Fakhruddin Attar, and his wife Farida Attar, from allegedly performing these criminal and human rights […]

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