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19th October 2010 - The Atlantic

Prominent European Islamic Terrorist Renounces Extremism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

57046656.jpgA key figure in one of Europe's most infamous Islamic extremist networks has written a public letter renouncing whole swathes of the ideology that led him to try to murder non-believers. On Saturday a Dutch newspaper published what Jason Walters, an imprisoned member of the...

19th October 2010 - Foreign Affairs

Exposing the Nutrients: How to Improve Enforcement of Sanctions Against Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Can sanctions persuade Iran to renounce its quest for nuclear weapons? The international community's standoff with the Islamic Republic has now entered its eighth year, and there are no signs that Tehran will concede. Some skeptics of sanctions advocate

19th October 2010 - The National Interest

Palestine’s Web 2.0

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

In the waning days of his presidency, Bill Clinton believed Yasir Arafat and the Palestinians were prepared to make peace. In September 2000, the Palestinians launched a guerrilla war. Five years later, President George W. Bush believed the secular Fatah faction would win the Palestinian...

19th October 2010 - World Defense Review

Somalia’s New Prime Minister: Not Quite What the Doctor Ordered

Just when it seems things can get no worse for Somalia's dubiously legitimate, utterly ineffective, and wholly self-serving "Transitional Federal Government" (TFG), the embattled clique pulls a surprise by sinking even deeper into the mire and, in the process, prolonging the agony of the...

18th October 2010 - Forbes

Put China To A Choice: Tehran Or Texas

Mark Dubowitz

As the Obama administration looks for ways to persuade Chinese energy companies to end their trade with the Iranian regime, China is seeking a strategic foothold in the United States energy sector. Earlier this week China's state-owned CNOOC signed a $2

17th October 2010 - The New Republic

The Bill O’Reilly Fallacy

Reuel Marc Gerecht

After recent conversations with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and others who are of a more conservative bent, I started to reflect on Western scholarship and American conservative commentary on Islam. Western historiography of Islam provides a treasure-trove of sympathetic and hostile...

16th October 2010 - Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa

Review: The Globalization of Martyrdom: Al Qaeda, Salafi Jihad, and the Diffusion of Suicide Attacks

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

One clear blind spot in the contemporary study of terrorism is the role religious ideology plays as a motivating force and driver of strategy. In the scholarship on suicide missions in particular, Jessica Stern is correct to regard occupation theory as "the received wisdom" among certain...

16th October 2010 - NOW Lebanon

What Becomes of The Palestinian Reconciliation?

Tony Badran

In the past couple of weeks, the dormant inter-Palestinian “reconciliation” process was said to be stirring again. Representatives of the rival Fatah and Hamas movements met in Damascus, where they are scheduled to meet again in a week to continue talks. However, from the vantage point...

15th October 2010 - National Review Online

An Islamic Republic in Lebanon

Benjamin Weinthal

Is there a Churchillian lesson to be found in Ahmadinejad's visit this week to wildly enthusiastic Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon?

15th October 2010 - Scripps Howard News Service

Of Niqabs and Neo-Colonialism

Clifford D. May

What's your opinion of polygamy? Many consider the practice immoral and it's illegal in this country and most of the developed world. It's probably not just coincidence that few, if any, polygamous countries are liberal democratic societies in which women enjoy equal rights. Anthropologists...

14th October 2010 - Wall Street Journal Europe

Free Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The recent decision by the Obama administration to sanction some of the Iranian regime's worst human-rights abusers is a welcome if belated step in the right direction. But it falls far short of what could be done on this front to further isolate Tehran.

14th October 2010 - The Long War Journal

Two Ex-Gitmo Detainees Featured in al Qaeda’s Inspire Magazine

Thomas Joscelyn

The newly released issue of Inspire, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) quarterly online magazine, features two former Guantanamo detainees. The first is Othman Ahmed al Ghamdi, who is the military commander of AQAP. Al Ghamdi also appeared in an AQAP tape released in May. [See LWJ...

14th October 2010 - The Weekly Standard

Why is Germany Playing Down Radical Islam?

Benjamin Weinthal

On the cover of Monday’s edition of the International Herald Tribune, the headline was, “Germany is annoyed by U.S. terror alert.”The thrust of the report is that Germany has gone on the offensive to play down the U.S. (as well as British and French) travel advisory warnings about...

13th October 2010 - National Review Online

Some Pragmatism

‘Obama’s administration has adopted what it calls a flexible approach” to terrorism cases, says the Reuters dispatch. The president, Reuters elaborates, “favor[s] military tribunals in some cases and civilian trials in others.” By contrast, we’re told, “most Republicans say all...

13th October 2010 - Hill

Iran’s Uranium Holdings

Jonathan Schanzer

Despite international sanctions designed to derail Iran's nuclear program, the Islamic Republic legally owns 15 percent of the third largest uranium mine in the world. How is this possible? Ask the management of Rossing Uranium Limited in the southern

13th October 2010 - Jerusalem Post

Protests Against Swiss Failure to Uphold Iran Sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

The Stop the Bomb coalition held demonstrations in front of several Swiss embassies in Europe on Monday, to protest Bern's support for the Iranian government and (EGL) Elektrizitätsgesellschaft Laufenburg's €18 billion-€20b. gas deal with Teheran. The

13th October 2010 - The Weekly Standard

On the Tenth Anniversary of the Cole Attack

Thomas Joscelyn

Today is the tenth anniversary of al Qaeda’s October 12, 2000 attack on the USS Cole. Three thoughts come immediately to mind.

13th October 2010 - The Long War Journal

Brother of Notorious al Qaeda Operative Denied Habeas Petition

Thomas Joscelyn

On Oct. 7, DC District Judge Reggie Walton's decision denying Guantanamo detainee Toffiq Nasser Awad al Bihani's petition for a writ of habeas corpus was released to the public. Al Bihani comes from a notorious family of al Qaeda operatives, with several of his brothers serving the terror...

12th October 2010 - National Review Online

Geert Wilders: A Free-Speech Litmus Test

Benjamin Weinthal

Berlin - Holland's judicial campaign to strip Geert Wilders of his right to engage in ruthless polemical and intellectual criticism of Islam reached today its final prosecution phase. A hypersensitive and overly politically and socially correct Dutch legal system charged Wilders, the head of...

11th October 2010 - Jerusalem Post

IAEA Claims Iran Delivery is for ‘Cancer Therapy Project’

Jonathan Schanzer

After The Jerusalem Post first reported Friday on the International Atomic Energy Agency's role in the delivery of illicit nuclear equipment to Iran, the IAEA responded by saying the device was for a medical project. "We've issued a statement on

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