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1st August 2017 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Qatar’s Support Of Islamists Leads To Global Terrorism

David Andrew Weinberg, John Hannah

Qatar is a principal funder of Hamas – both in Gaza and in the West Bank.

12th July 2017 - Muslim Matters

How To Neutralize The Violent Jihadist Pull

Yaya J. Fanusie

Countering extremists requires shifting how they think more than what they believe. And while religion is central to jihadist narratives, culture is a way more malleable variable that determines how one approaches religion.

19th July 2016 - The New York Times

The Fight Against ISIS Will Suffer Because of Turkey’s Coup

Jonathan Schanzer

The failed coup in Turkey will set back global efforts to combat the Islamic State.

2nd July 2016 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz on the recent terror attacks, Islamist ideology, and playing defense through offense.

16th June 2016 - ABC KSRO

Morning News

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellow Bill Roggio comments on the Orlando attack and use of the term 'radical Islam'.

14th June 2016 - Quoted by Brian Naylor - NPR

Radical Islam Or Radical Islamism? It Depends Whom You Ask

Mark Dubowitz

The Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, claimed allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State during a phone call to 911 early Sunday. And that's reignited a debate over how to label the ideology that apparently inspired the attack.

13th February 2016 - The National Interest

The Middle East’s Conflicts Are About Religion

A meme is gaining traction within American government and media, and it goes like this: The conflicts of the Middle East aren’t about religion. Jihadist violence? Garden-variety criminality, the president says.

3rd February 2016 - The Washington Times

The Islamist wears Dolce & Gabbana

Clifford D. May

In the “culture” section of the venerable Atlantic magazine last month, there was a news item I wouldn’t want you to miss: “The Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has just launched a line of hijabs (headscarves) and abayas (cloaks) in the label’s signature playful, theatrical...

2nd February 2016 - 512 New Media

The Sam Malone Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May discusses Iran, sanctions relief, and his upcoming column in The Washington Times.

12th January 2016 - Quoted by Peter Baker - The New York Times

State of the Union Speech Is One Half of Nation’s Political Split Screen

Mark Dubowitz

Over the course of 48 hours, Americans will confront two starkly disparate views of Barack Obama’s America that will frame the debate over the future of the country in this election year and beyond.

30th December 2015 - The Washington Times

Boys in the Brotherhood

Clifford D. May

Among Western leaders these days, truth-telling is hardly habitual. So I feel compelled to give credit where credit is due: to British Prime Minister David Cameron for speaking frankly about the Muslim Brotherhood.

21st December 2015 - Foreign Policy

Can Obama Spur a Reform Within Islam?

John Hannah

President Barack Obama’s Oval Office address in the wake of the San Bernardino attack was almost universally panned. And rightly so. Telling the American people that our strategy to defeat the Islamic State is on track when fanatics inspired by the group have just committed mass murder on...

16th December 2015 - The Washington Times

Perfect Submission Possible

Clifford D. May

Michel Houellebecq is a sardonic and iconoclastic French novelist, winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, and subject of considerable controversy in Europe these days. He deserves to be controversial here in the United States as well.

4th December 2015 - PJ Media

What if the Jihad Fails?

Michael Ledeen

Napoleon famously preferred lucky generals to the most brilliant ones, and there is no doubt that luck plays an enormous role in life, whether through our own individual efforts or from earth-shaking events. My own guru, Machiavelli, believed that even the greatest leader could do no better...

2nd December 2015 - Syndicated

The Thom Hartmann Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May discusses international terrorism, the Paris attacks, and jihadist ideology.

16th November 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen discusses the Islamic State and the Parisian attacks.

14th September 2015 - Forbes

Temple Mount Violence Yet Again

Michael Ledeen

There were clashes on the Jerusalem Temple Mount in the runup to Rosh Hashanah, and I blame Moshe Dayan. He was the prematurely politically correct Israeli Defense Minister who, in 1967, couldn’t bear the thought of Jews in charge of the site of King Solomon’s Temple, the al Aqsa mosque...

30th July 2015 - Politico Europe

Turkish Grey Wolves Target ‘Chinese’

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit Wednesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing came at an awkward time. So far this month, Turkish ultranationalists have attacked two Chinese restaurants in Istanbul, assaulted Koreans (whom they mistook for Chinese) at an iconic...

29th July 2015 - NOW Lebanon

The ISIS Attack and Turkey’s Islamist Kurds

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

An ISIS-linked suicide bomber attacked the southern Turkish border town of Suruç on Monday, killing 32 and wounding 100. The victims were preparing for a trip to reconstruct the war-torn Syrian town of Kobane, which has held by the Kurdish People’s Democratic Union (PYD) since late...

28th July 2015 - The Washington Times

Defeating Civilization’s Enemies

Clifford D. May

“The enemy has to be defeated,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter last week told American forces stationed in the Middle East. That is a simple truth, one that, regrettably, is not heard often from officials in the current administration.

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