After Massacre, Le Pen and National Front Benefits

Amid the aftermath of massacre in Paris on Saturday, some French politicians have decided to politicize the tragedy in time for December’s regional elections. The main culprit: Marine le Pen and the National Front, the far-right party she leads. In the last three weeks of the campaign season, Le Pen and her party has called for the immediate halt of all intake of migrants in France in a statement released following the massacre. These statements also echo similar ones from other far-right gro...
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After Paris: The Rise of Islamophobia

The terrorist attack on Paris last week left not only over a hundred dead and more than 300 injured, but it also prompted an alarming increase in Islamophobic and anti-refugee sentiments all around the world. After ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on the French capital, a wave of hate crimes undulated through Europe, the United States, Australia and even Canada. This backlash is strongly reminiscent of the Islamophobia that gripped the United States after September 11. However, only 2 ...
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Is Islam Part of the Solution to Middle East Violence?

In the Western world, Islam is all too often pointed to as a root cause of violence in the Middle East or a source of terrorism. However, many individuals fail to understand that Islam is an ancient religion steeped in tradition and custom, and it does not support terrorism, suicide, or random acts of violence. On September 21, 2001, in his declaration of war on terrorism, President Bush addressed Congress and the American people, saying: "The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying,...
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