Category: MIDDLE EAST

How Egypt Faces the “Perfect Storm” for Islamic Extremism

| June 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
How Egypt Faces the “Perfect Storm” for Islamic Extremism

Originally Published with Gatestone Institute For a Western audience, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is a complex figure, who was shunned by the Obama administration. There appear truly pressing, immediate priorities in Egypt, such as developing the economy and combating the avalanche of extremist attempts to overthrow him. Among Middle East and North African territories, […]

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The World Needs to Drive Out Destructive Fantasies

| June 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
The World Needs to Drive Out Destructive Fantasies

Originally published in Gatestone Institute The most iconic moment of President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East was not his “speech on Islam“; it was his visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The Western Wall is a contested space, and that controversy has bled outside Israel’s borders. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently reignited the debate, […]

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Trump’s ‘Islam Speech’ Invited The Muslim World To A Renaissance

| May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
Trump’s ‘Islam Speech’ Invited The Muslim World To A Renaissance

Originally published in The Federalist President Trump understands the most direct path to change is to work in people’s self-interest, to cater to advancement through mutual gain — a strategy that also won him the election.   President Trump embarked on an iconic first foreign tour this weekend to the Middle East that started with […]

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Egypt’s Al-Azhar University Sees Freedom as a “Ticking Time-Bomb.”

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Egypt’s Al-Azhar University Sees Freedom as a “Ticking Time-Bomb.”

Source: CounterJihad While the average Muslim will tell you Islam is a flawless faith passed from the Heavens to mankind in timeless perfection, the reality is that Islam is one of the most hybrid, evolving (and devolving) faiths. It is deeply complex. Much of what is seen as “Islam” today is Islamic law and interpretation […]

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A Syrian Refugee Wedding

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
A Syrian Refugee Wedding

By Lauren Wolfe Source: The Nation Inside a furniture-free caravan in the Jordanian desert, sixteen women and girls and a plump boy wedge themselves in a circle around a 15-year-old girl and a woman doing her hair. The hairdresser combs through one-inch sections, spraying on a fixative before twisting them into elaborate shapes. The girl, […]

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‘Take Your Portion’: A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
‘Take Your Portion’: A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

by Lauren Wolfe Source: The Atlantic Alma Abdulrahman is lying gaunt and unable to move anything below her diaphragm in a hospital bed in Amman. Some bedsores have become so deep she’s having surgery tomorrow. Screws hold together her upper vertebrae, and cigarette burns pock her right shoulder. Her voice fades in and out, hoarse […]

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Afghan Woman Defies Gender Roles as First Village Chief

| May 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
Afghan Woman Defies Gender Roles as First Village Chief

In a male-dominated society that has for years been controlled by the ultra-conservative Taliban, the emergence of the first female village chief took everyone by surprise. After being ridiculed by male villagers for wanting to occupy political office, Zarifa Qazizadah, the mother of 15 children, managed to become the mayor of Naw Abad, a village […]

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The Tragedy of Iran

| February 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

From a Glorious Empire to an Orwellian State….What Went Wrong?  The Islamic Republic of Iran today is governed by a rigid majlis of mullahs who spend hours debating such engrossing topics as whether it is halal for women to wear blue jeans, or if dogs desecrate a Muslim’s household. They break for prayer, debate, then […]

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Jordanian Police Atrocities Against Palestinians, a Message to Israel?

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments
Jordanian Police Atrocities Against Palestinians, a Message to Israel?

Jordanian Police Atrocities Against Palestinians, a Message to Israel? With the advent of the new batch of Wikileaks classified documents, came a cable issued by the U.S. Embassy in Amman that reported “bullying” practiced by the fans of al-Faisali Soccer Club (predominantly East-Bank Jordanians) against the fans of al-Wihdat Soccer Club representing enthusiasts of Palestinian […]

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A Letter From the Grave, David Ben-Gurion Calling on Benjamin Netanyahu

| October 17, 2010 | 0 Comments
A Letter From the Grave, David Ben-Gurion Calling on Benjamin Netanyahu

Background: In a time of distorted efforts for peace with an unclear vision in sight, a Palestinian writer, Mudar Zahran, tries to envision conventional wisdom by impersonating a man who was involved in Arab Israeli conflict right from the beginning.  This is a letter Zahran has imagined Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben–Gurion, would write […]

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Israel, The Good Enemy

| October 6, 2010 | 87 Comments
Israel, The Good Enemy

Israel’s relationship to the Palestinians has always been globally approached with standardized heavy criticism made to Israel.  The main charges waved in Israel’s face have always been “the Disapropriate use of force” and “discrimination”. Israel’s critics, either willingly or out of ignorance, choose to overlook the way many Arab countries mistreat Palestinians. Some Arab countries […]

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Children of the Taliban | by Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

| May 26, 2010 | 0 Comments
Children of the Taliban | by Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

  Children of the Taliban     Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy takes on a terrifying question: How does the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers? Propaganda footage from a training camp is intercut with her interviews of young camp graduates. About Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy:  Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy makes documentary films. She’s the founder of the Citizens Archive […]

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Questioning the Sustainability of Shas

| January 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Shas: A Look at Israel’s Political Party and Its Role in the Future Development of the State   The modern state of Israel is as much a nexus of paradox as it is a homeland for Jews. It is a state born from a movement that had been so long defined by religious messianic hope, […]

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Jerusalem Divided: Palestine to Receive Stake in Jerusalem

| December 10, 2009 | 0 Comments
Jerusalem Divided: Palestine to Receive Stake in Jerusalem

EU’s Call for a Two-State Capital Fails Logic Originally written for and featured in REVOLUTION Islam · December 10, 2009 As if Jerusalem were stock that could be divided among shareholders –  butapparently that’s what EU ministers must think of one of the holiest cities to the three largest monotheistic faiths. In an effort to […]

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