'Trump should end illegal arming of al Qaeda groups in Syria': SAIS-Johns Hopkins Fellow

Dr. Christina Lin is a Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University where she specializes in China-Middle East/Mediterranean relations. Dr. Lin has extensive US government experience working on China security issues, including policy planning at the US Department of Defense, the National Security Council, and US Department of State. Her papers have been cited in publications such as the Korea Herald, Asia Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, CNN

The West has launched a war of interest in Africa: Kenyan Imam

What comes bellow is Habilian Association's interview with Abbas Juma, member of the organization of Imams in Kenya on the sideline of 30th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran. What do you think about unity among Muslims? What is the role of Muslims in confronting the West that promotes terrorism in the region and Islamic countries and all over the world? First of all, unity among Muslims is very important. All of us must walk together. Once we unite, it will be easy for us to

MEK fits well within the criteria used to define a cult

Rick Alan Ross is an American deprogrammer, cult specialist, and founder and executive director of the nonprofit Cult Education Institute. He frequently appears in the news and other media discussing groups some consider cults. Over the course of three decades, Ross has participated in about 500 cult interventions, provided expert court testimony, and performed cult-related work all around the world. With the help of current and former cult members, Ross demonstrates many of the tactics the

The anti-terrorism resistance axis saved Syria from collapsing

Dr. Amer Al Sabaileh, director of Middle East Media and Policy Studies Institute (MEMPSI), is a university professor and political analyst. He is a leading columnist in various newspaper and Media outlet beside being part of several Think Tanks. His is emerging as a leading expert and commentator on politics in the Middle East. He has a PHD degree from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2006 focusing on intercultural dialogue and interreligious encounter in the Mediterranean region.  Prior to

Salafism and Wahhabism are the roots of terror and anarchy

Dr. Taj Hashmi is a professor of security studies at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, US. He has taught at various other universities in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Singapore and the US. He has authored several books and scores of academic papers, book chapters and popular articles. His major publications include Pakistan as a Peasant Utopia (Westview Press, 1992); Women and Islam in Bangladesh (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2000); Islam, Muslims and the Modern State (Palgrave-Macmillan

Jihadist groups are fragmented, but they share a common goal

"Historical research indicates that fragmentation is one of the main causes for terrorist campaigns to halt", said Wietse van den Berge, a Research Fellow at ICCT, in an interview with Habilian Association. Wietse van den Berge studied political science at Leiden University, specialising in international relations and political philosophy. After graduating in 2002, he joined the Royal Netherlands Air Force and attended the Royal Netherlands Military Academy. A 12-month internship at the

The West has allowed Turkey to be a massive base for ISIS: UK analyst

A London-based political activist blames the United States for preparing the ground for ISIS and a ‘new generation of sympathisers and recruits to extremist Islam’ to be born. “The reckless actions of President George W. Bush made the threat of terrorism all the more dangerous. It is because of his illegal invasion of Iraq that ISIS was born in the first place and because of his subsequent illegal occupation of Iraq that a new generation of sympathisers and recruits to extremist Islam was

ISIS is a creation of the United States: Iraqi commander

Talib Abdulwahab Al-Saedi, Secretary General of Sha’abanieh Intifada movement of Iraq and the commander of Al-Qaem brigades of popular mobilization forces said in an exclusive interview with Habilian Association: “Iraqi officials must bravely join the Iran-Russia-Hezbollah antiterrorism coalition.” In reply to a question about his analysis of the situation on the ground in Iraq and the country’s war against terrorism, he reiterated: “There are still major parts of western and northern Iraq

‘US needs help to disentangle from Syrian misadventures’

Iran nuclear talks drew to a close and a historic agreement was reached between Iran and P5+1 and the deal was implemented, but the opponents, from the Israeli Prime Minister and Saudi Arabia to Iran hawks in US congress to the Iranian terrorist groups functioning unhindered in the West, went out of their ways to sabotage the agreement from the very beginning. A Beirut-based commentator and analyst covering Middle East geopolitics says Saudi Arabia and Israel were desperate to strike a blow at

US encouraged more terrorism instead of reducing it: UCSB professor

An American author and professor of sociology and global studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara has said the US may have actually encouraged more terrorism instead of reducing it by over-reacting to terrorism on the US. I think that the idea of a “war on terrorism” and the US invasion and occupation of two countries (Afghanistan and Iraq) were over-reactions to a very real problem, terrorist attacks on the US, said Professor Mark Juergensmeyer during an interview with

‘US unending war on terror made world less safe’

A British author and journalist said the world has been a less safe place ever since US President George W Bush launched his never ending War on Terror. “In addition, so many crimes are now being described as acts of terrorism when in fact they are merely criminal,” Yvonne Ridley said during an interview with Habilian Association. “The way forward would be for the UN to determine an exact and definitive definition for terrorism and until it comes up with a definition countries and people from

War on terror is actually more of a war on Islam, Israel’s enemies

An American author and political analyst in Madison says terrorism has been created as an enemy image and the so-called war on terror is actually more of a war on Islam and war on Israel’s enemies. “The United States using terrorism while pretending to fight against it,” American author and Islamic Studies expert, Dr. Kevin Barrett, told Habilian Association. Following is the text of interview. What do you think of US claims of fighting against terrorism and the fact that terrorists are now

'MKO in cahoots with US, Israeli intelligence services'

Mujahedin-e Khalq sees Iraq's political system as part of the resistance and an anti-Zionist base, so they are trying to overthrow it, an Iraqi security analyst said. Jassim al-Mousavi made the remarks in an interview with Habilian's correspondent, adding that the MKO tries to wage a sectarian war in Iraq in collaboration with ISIS. Al-Mousavi described the MKO members as part of the bloody clash in Iraq that is directed by the remnants of the former Iraqi Ba'ath regime. The security
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