A Time of Darkness in the City of Light

February 01, 2017

Islamophobia and indifference in an age of terror tarnish the legacy of Paris as the city of light. The old city is still beautiful in its elegant, well-designed, almost understated way. In fact, it’s hardly old. What we see, the streets in which we play the flâneur, were designed and built...

Islam and the Far Right: Is Bigotry Back?

November 28, 2016

Is the media responsible for the far-right backlash following acts of terrorism? * In 2016 the different types of far-right extremism and its new, lowest-common denominator, anti-Muslim hate incidents, have taken leaps and...

Let’s Not Forget Our Own Extremism

June 25, 2015

To deem behavior or opinion as extremist depends on a particular point of view. In January, a million people gathered behind world leaders who elbowed each other to be out in front of a “Je Suis Charlie” banner. When normality does not sell, as Vincente del Bosque puts it, elites cut out an...

No, Religion is More Than Morality Tales for Grown-Ups

February 20, 2015

Like science and music, religion is a complex human artifact with interesting links to a universe we are all trying to understand. Peter Isackson writes an open letter to Atul Singh, the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Fair Observer.  Dear Atul, I read your recent article in Fair...

The Dialogue of Civilizations, Not the Clash of Civilizations

January 28, 2015

In this edition of the Interview, Fair Observer talks to Ambassador Akbar Ahmed. The terrorist attacks in France earlier this month, which resulted in the death of 17 people, has prompted a heated debate over free speech and religious intolerance. Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine...

What’s the Connection Between Suicide Bombers and Suicide Rates?

January 17, 2015

Isolation and desperation are the likely cause of young men becoming “terrorists,” argues Larry Beck. The “terrorists” have struck again, offering up last week’s version of mindless violence in the name of some cause. When this happens, I am appalled at the violence, heartbroken that...

Europe Remains at Risk of Further Terrorist Attacks

January 17, 2015

Due to limited resources for intelligence services, European cities will remain vulnerable and further attacks are highly likely to occur. The attacks in Paris are the latest reminder of European cities’ vulnerability to terrorism. The style and duration of the attacks highlight the high...

The World This Week: A Question of Freedom

January 16, 2015

Founder & Editor-in-Chief Atul Singh provides a roundup of the week’s events. The bloody attacks in Paris resulted in 17 deaths. Four Jews were killed at a kosher supermarket. They were buried in Jerusalem. At an emotional ceremony, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invited all...

Media Coverage of Charlie Hebdo and the Baga Massacre: A Study in Contrasts

January 14, 2015

While 17 people died over three days of terror in France, 2,000 were killed at the hands of Boko Haram in Nigeria. Consider two tragic events that took place last week. A small cell of Islamist terrorists attacked cartoonists at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and shoppers in a Paris...

Separating Fact From Fiction in Paris

January 13, 2015

The jihadist assaults in Paris on Charlie Hebdo have sparked allegations of a failure by French intelligence and security agencies. The attacks in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket, as well as two French police officers, have prompted analysts and the media...

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