Sweden Prosecuting Pensioners, Welcoming ISIS

Perhaps the Council of Europe considers Ã…berg's successful efforts of turning in fellow Swedes to the police for perceived thought crimes an example that other European countries should emulate? The pensioner explained during questioning, "I was angry


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Germany: Number of Foreign-Born Prison Inmates at Record High

North Rhine-Westphalia once had 114 prison imams, but now has only 25. The drop occurred after German authorities carried out security checks on prison imams and discovered that 97 imams were Turkish civil servants whose salaries were paid for by the


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When Will the World’s Largest Sunni Religious Institution Disavow Colonization?

It is difficult to find today Christian clergy proud of their colonial past. In contrast, many Muslims consider Islamic colonialism and imperialism sacred and part of their religion. To be sure, the West has committed sins, but it has apologized for them


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Hamas, Islamic Jihad War Crimes Against Children and Women

It is worth noting that the Hamas and Islamic Jihad members who were killed while participating in the violence near the Gaza-Israel border did not come there dressed in military uniforms or carrying their weapons. Instead, the Hamas and Islamic Jihad


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Turkey: Imprisoned Former Opposition Lawmaker Symbol of Unjust Justice System

During his tenure as an Turkish member of parliament, Eren Erdem exposed ISIS and al-Qaeda activities across Turkey and often called on the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government to stop those activities and bring the militants to account.


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Should Washington Heed Intelligence Assessments about North Korea?

In spite of the fact that Reagan ultimately won the Cold War -- and the Soviet Union subsequently fell -- his policies and extraordinary global achievements were partially discarded by the failures and laziness of the U.S. intelligence community.


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Pope Francis Leading His Flock to the Slaughter?

The "Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together" is being portrayed as a "historic pledge of fraternity" and applauded as a "historical breakthrough." The problem is that one of the two men who signed it, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, has


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The 40th Anniversary of the Islamic Republic of Iran

To harness both the trust and the loyalty of the Iranian people, Ayatollah Khomeini and his followers initially portrayed themselves as spiritual people who had no desire to rule the country. One of the regime's worst mass executions of political


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Syria: French Count Returns as Russian Apparatchik

For Russia, Turkey and Iran, the terrible troika, Syria is an ungoverned territory, the future of which must be decided without its "inhabitants." All three wish to dilute the Arab aspect of Syria's identity. The official media in the troika is full of


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Get China and Russia Out of Venezuela – and the Western Hemisphere

The partnership of Beijing and Moscow is certainly up to no good. As an initial matter, the duo, powers from the other side of the world, are in Venezuela to take on the United States, not help it. It is doubtful, as Matt Ferchen of the Leiden Asia


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Has Turkish President ErdoÄŸan Distanced Himself from the Muslim Brotherhood?

The picture sent shockwaves through the Turkish grassroots: A poor Egyptian member of the Muslim Brotherhood, handcuffed by the Turkish police, put aboard a Turkish Airlines plane to fly back to Cairo, to be tortured and eventually executed. Is President


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Why Won’t the British Left Pick on Someone Else?

Why are Labour members not speaking out loud about the need to boycott or overthrow such a regime as Iran, but instead focus all their venom on Israel, a country they demonize on wholly false grounds, especially considering the full IHRA definition of


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UK: Landmark First Conviction for Female Genital Mutilation

"Female genital mutilation is a sickening, depraved form of child abuse and we will do all we can to ensure all perpetrators are brought to justice." — British Home Secretary Sajid Javid. "It is the physical damage and emotional damage as well. It can be


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