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“The recent White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism emphasized working with community leaders and youths. Yet these programs fail to address the root ideological causes, and they sometimes overlook the affiliations of these leaders and the ideas they support.

“Countering violent extremism requires a diverse and multipronged approach. Also, the Muslim community has adopted a narrative of victimhood that must be combatted, in part by Muslim leaders taking better responsibility for the community. One effort toward this end, called Project Noor, focuses on civil and human rights issues and teaches individuals how to counteract radicalism; it is now active on fifty-five college campuses,” they write.

US-Israeli Speech Controversy Is About Policy, Not Protocol
The controversy over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress is more about the Obama administration’s policy toward Iran than it is about protocol, writes The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald F. Seib.

Community Versus Society in Europe
Foreign Affairs reporter Kenan Malik asserts that multicultural policies in Europe may be well-intentioned, but they have failed by forcing people into ethnic and cultural boxes. While they proclaim to celebrate diversity, they actually help create the very divisions they were meant to manage.

Afghanistan’s First And Only Female Cab Driver
The Washington Post features the story of Sara Bahayi, Afghanistan’s first female cab driver, and her struggle to achieve equal rights for women in her nation by simply driving a cab.


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