Numerous right wing groups and politicians have associated their country’s Muslim immigrant population with terrorism; according to them, terrorists usually originate from countries which are facing political or economic crisis. Countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan have been plagued by terrorism, most of which is homegrown. But this does not mean that governments should ban…

Admittedly, some foreign recruits articulate a clear understanding of why they elect to take part in foreign terrorist organizations. They believe they are doing something meaningful, something that solidifies their name in history. In one interview, when I asked about the motivations of an ex-ISIL terrorist, the interviewee responded: “What is greater than making a…

Pakistan was formed as a democratic country, where every religion coexisted peacefully, however, after the demise of its founding fathers, things quickly went south.  In 1958, just one year after the adoption of the first constitution, the then President Iskander Mirza staged a military coup d’état which eventually lead to the rise of Pakistan’s first…

It a pleasure to address you on behalf of Dutch liberal democratic party D66. Today I was asked to share some thoughts with you regarding the recent Dutch no vote on the EU-Ukraine Association Treaty, the refugee crisis and finally global terrorism. Indeed, a fun-packed list for a speech! Let me start with a bit…

It seems as if each generation of western society has suffered a formative conflict. I dread that ours will be the war on terror. If this is so, we need find ways to understand its causes properly, and combat terrorism accordingly. Unfortunately, the political response thus far has been partially based on a false understanding…

The September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center was an attack on a symbol of freedom and cooperation. Just a few days after the attack, the Security Council on behalf of the United Nations pushed through new terror legislation for all members. Without any debate, all the UN states got new laws concerning terrorism….

The political debate on prohibition against drugs has changed more, and faster, than most people could have anticipated. Tolerating others’ use of substances you would never even touch is liberal in its essence. Every human has the right to decide what they want to do with their own bodies and lives as long as they…