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Scott Atran — Hopes and Dreams in a World of Fear [remix]

Thursday, October 16, 2014

For over a decade, the French-American anthropologist Scott Atran has been exploring the human dynamics of what we analyze as “breeding grounds for terrorism”...

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On Being

[Unedited] Scott Atran with Krista Tippett

Thursday, October 16, 2014

For over a decade, the French-American anthropologist Scott Atran has been exploring the human dynamics of what we analyze as “breeding grounds for terrorism”...

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PRI's The World

With terrorism, as with business, it's all about market share

Friday, September 19, 2014

Before the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, al-Qaeda was the most-feared jihadi group in the world. But like a nimble start-up, ISIS broke away from al-Qaeda and let the parent fight the big powers, while it used new tactics and social media to gain money, power and a big reputation.

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PRI's The World

How Qatar is placing its bets on militant terrorist groups

Monday, September 08, 2014

An investigation by the New York Times has shown how the tiny Gulf state of Qatar is supporting a wide range of Islamist groups across the Middle East. This includes Hamas, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and even al-Qaeda's official branch in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra.

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PRI's The World

Ever wonder what the black-and-white ISIS flag means?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

It's reminiscent of a black-and-white pirate flag and, for some, it conjures up similar feelings of death, destruction, outlaws and violence. Here is our quick explanation of the symbolism of the flag and the meaning of its Arabic phrases.

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PRI's The World

An American veteran and a jihadi share memories of Robin Williams

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This isn't the setup for a joke: Last week, after the death of Robin Williams, a US Army veteran and a supporter of Islamic militant group ISIS tweeted their regrets. Soon the pair were swapping recollections of their favorite Williams movies and other pop culture trivia.

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PRI's The World

Who wants a caliphate, anyway?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The idea of a caliphate has a powerful history for Muslims, who enjoyed their greatest political and military successes under ancient caliphs. But Muslims are divided over whether the caliphate proclaimed by ISIS militants is worthy of that proud mantle.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Egypt, Islamism, and Democracy

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

In another bloody day in Egypt, over 50 pro-Morsi Islamist protesters were killed by military forces. Meanwhile, the interim leader laid out a political transition plan. Fawaz Gerges, director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and author of Obama and the Middle East: The End of America's Moment?, discusses the recent events in Egypt, and how the Islamist world is reacting.

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The Takeaway

This Might Be the Next American to Be Killed by Drones

Friday, April 05, 2013

Omar Hammami's was born and raised in a small town near Mobile, Alalbama, but now lives in Somalia where in 2006 he joined an Islamist guerrilla army group called al Shebab. His relationship with the al Shebab has faltered, though, and with the U.S. government assigning a $5 million bounty on his head he's a man with enemies on all sides.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The French intervention in Mali

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The French intervention in Mali

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On Being

Ed Husain — Reflections of a Former Islamist Extremist [remix]

Thursday, January 14, 2010

British activist Ed Husain was seduced, at the age of 16, by revolutionary Islamist ideals that flourished at the heart of educated British culture. Yet he later shrank back from radicalism after coming close to a murder and watching people he loved becom

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On Being

[Unedited] Ed Husain with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 14, 2010

British activist Ed Husain was seduced, at the age of 16, by revolutionary Islamist ideals that flourished at the heart of educated British culture. Yet he later shrank back from radicalism after coming close to a murder and watching people he loved becom

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