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'Jihadi John' a reminder that extremism comes in all shapes and sizes

Analysis: The White House's focus on poverty as the main cause of extremism may not tell the whole story. Thursday, "Jihadi John" was unmasked by the Washington Post as Mohammed Emwazi, a British man described by friends and relatives as “from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London."... Read more»

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FactCheck: Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Zacarias Moussaoui, a convicted 9/11 co-conspirator, says members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family helped finance al Qaeda prior to the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Saudi government says that “there’s no evidence to support Moussaoui’s claim.” Who’s right?... Read more»

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After a series of defeats, the Islamic State resorts to shock tactics

The killing of hostage Maaz al-Kassasbeh by the Islamic State was different from others that came before it, but the motivation was the same. There is a reason that al-Kasaesbeh was killed in such a theatrical and sadistic manner. ... Read more»

Obama recruits Texans to help sell immigration plan

Texas lawmakers may be leading the charge to derail President Obama’s executive action on immigration. But the White House wants it known: Not everyone in the Lone Star State wants to scrap the policy. ... Read more»

Brother of slain Mesa man works to spread word about Sikhs

Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh man in the religion’s traditional turban, was one of the first victims of the hate crimes against immigrants that followed the 9/11 attacks. His brother, Rana Sodhi, has made it his “life mission” to educate people about his faith and values.... Read more»

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After Charlie Hebdo attack, reflecting on the war on journalism

The attacks in France highlight the need for everyone — including governments — to defend journalists' right to report.... Read more»

Europe's new terrorists: Low-tech loners who make major impact

Assailants range from radicalized 'amateurs' to those like Said Kouachi, believed to have honed his killing skills in the battlefields of the Middle East.... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Je suis Charlie

Wednesday, three masked gunmen walked into the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed 10 staffers and two police officers. Ideas can not be shot, cut, stabbed, blown up or beaten. Neither Zeus, Thor, Jesus, Allah nor any other deity can kill an idea, let alone ignorant fundamentalists with AKs. Je suis Charlie.... Read more»

French president calls for unity as Charlie Hebdo attack stokes fears

Wednesday's attack is the deadliest suspected Islamist attack on French territory and is sure to crank up fear in a country already tense after a series of recent incidents. ... Read more»

Analysis

How to stop Islamic extremism in Europe

Some experts worry increased security and surveillance in Europe could lead to a backlash, and a more radicalized public.... Read more»

Inside Charlie Hebdo: Attack targeted paper that mocked fundamentalists

Charlie Hebdo's French satirists had refused to bow in face of terror threats. Islamist radicals were among the favorite targets of its biting, sometimes crude, satire — along with French politicians, religious leaders of all denominations and celebrities from Michael Jackson to anti-Semitic comic Dieudonee M'bala Mbala.... Read more»

FactCheck: Is Cuba a 'leading' sponsor of terrorism?

Sen. Ted Cruz condemned President Obama’s announcement that he would normalize relations with Cuba, calling the communist country “a leading state sponsor of terrorism.” That’s a stretch, to say the least.... Read more»

Who's responsible for the CIA's torture policy?

The Senate intelligence committee report provides some accountability for detainee abuse. ... Read more»

FactCheck

Cheney's tortured facts

The former vice president offers misleading spin in defending CIA interrogation tactics.... Read more»

Graphic: Torture is a global problem

Out of the 155 countries that have adopted the UN Convention Against Torture 79 are violating it, activists say.... Read more»

Freed Gitmo prisoners go to Uruguay

Six former prisoners of the U.S. military’s Guantanamo Bay detention facility arrived in Uruguay last weekend after more than a decade in captivity. A high-profile lawsuit over the U.S. military’s force-feeding of Guantanamo prisoners during a months-long hunger strike will continue despite their release. ... Read more»

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