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20th June 2011 - Quoted by Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News

Persecution of Christians, Gays Ignored By Media

Benjamin Weinthal

Benjamin Weinthal, a journalist and research fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, blamed the lack of coverage of persecution of either gays or religious minorities on a "soggy appeasement policy" in Europe and the United Kingdom.

20th June 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Quiet Cheers For a Delay in Egyptian Elections

Khairi Abaza of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies echoes this sentiment. Having recently been in the region, he tells me, “The country is going through a debate that polarized the Egyptian politics.

20th June 2011 - Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Syrian Subterfuge

Tony Badran

“The argument for keeping Imad Mustafa in Washington, that we needed someone to send tough messages to, was never convincing,” says Tony Badran, research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

16th June 2011 - Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Leverage and Legitimacy in Lebanon and Syria

Tony Badran

However, as Tony Badran writes in Foreign Policy, “The evolution of the Syrian uprising has presented Washington with a unique opportunity to squeeze Assad. The United States has leverage; it has simply chosen not to use it.”

16th June 2011 - Quoted by Uri Friedman, The Atlantic

Jihadi Forum Watchers Beat Wires to Zawahri Story

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Here's how it all went down. At around 2 am EST, Aaron Zelin, who runs the website Jihadology, tweeted that al-Qaeda's General Command had announced its new leader, linking to a statement on the Islamist website Ansar al-Mujahideen (Followers of the Holy Warriors, pictured above).

16th June 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

The Obama-Fatah Tag Team

Jonathan Schanzer

Looking through a strictly foreign policy lens, Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies says Obama’s current stance on Israel is actually part of a trend evident since the beginning of his administration.

16th June 2011 - Quoted by Moni Basu, CNN International

Analysis: Al-Zawahiri Takes al Qaeda’s Helm When Influence is Waning

Bill Roggio

But as it were, al Qaeda's central command came together and talked it out until they agreed on al-Zawahiri, said Bill Roggio, military affairs analyst who is managing editor of The Long War Journal.

15th June 2011 - Quoted by Gary Thomas, VOA

US Steps Up Anti-Terrorism Efforts in Yemen

Bill Roggio

The editor of the Long War Journal, Bill Roggio, says the new Yemen drone program appears to be quite similar to the one targeting al-Qaida and Taliban fighters in Pakistan’s tribal regions along the Afghan border.

14th June 2011 - Quoted by Ben Birnbaum, The Wasington Times

Document: Syria Orchestrated Border Battles with Israel

Tony Badran

Tony Badran, a Syria specialist for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, said he “didn’t need the document” to know that the Syrian government was behind the clashes.

14th June 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Will State Dept. Nominee Get Through the Senate?

Journalist Claudia Rossett, who covered foreign policy at the time, tells me, “Among panderers to the North Korean regime, she earned herself a place in the group portrait that used to hang on the wall of the KEDO [a joint venture by the United States, China and North and South Korea]...

13th June 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Hamas Rules Out PM Job for Salam Fayyad

Jonathan Schanzer, Clifford D. May, Mark Dubowitz

Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) said in an e-mail to me last night, “This is predictable, of course. Fayyad was never acceptable to Hamas. This, among other things, made the late April unity announcement highly suspect.”

10th June 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

The ‘Peace Process’ Delusion: Have Another Meeting!

Jonathan Schanzer

He proclaims, “Mr Obama should announce during the summer that he is inviting them to resume the negotiations on the basis of these terms of reference with a timeline for an agreement by the September 2012 UNGA meeting.”

8th June 2011 - Quoted by James Rupert and Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

Afghanistan Nation Building May Fail: Senate Report

Bill Roggio

On April 25, Taliban completed a nearly 400-meter tunnel into the city’s main prison and used it to free about 500 fellow guerrillas in what officials said was an inside job.

7th June 2011 - Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Sectarian Violence in Syria?

Tony Badran

“Early on in the uprising the regime dispatched Mustafa Talas to negotiate with the locals in Rastan,” says Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “The negotiations obviously failed, and the townsfolk tore down a statue of Hafez, supposedly the...

7th June 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Clinton: French Should Forget About Hosting Peace Confab

Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies agrees that this is a “sad” statement on the decline of U.S. influence in the region. He says, “We are arguing with the French over who presides over the death of the peace process.”

7th June 2011 - Quoted by Praveen Swami, The Hindu (India)

In America, a Home-Grown Jihad

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

“In Europe and elsewhere,” says Daveed Gartenstein Ross, “the Islamist movement is rooted in wider conflicts between Muslim immigrants and the societies they live in. In the U.S., those conditions do not exist in the same way—study after study, after all, has shown that Muslims are...

6th June 2011 - Cited by The Heritage Foundation

Chancellor Merkel’s Visit

Benjamin Weinthal

Helping stop Iran’s race toward nuclear weapons. In testimony before Congress in 2008, Heritage expert Nile Gardiner shared a report by the Realité think tank in Europe that a “staggering” 5,000 German companies conduct business with Iran.

5th June 2011 - Quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald

Ilyas Kashmiri Killed in Drone Attack

Bill Roggio

Kashmiri's death deprives al-Qaeda of a key operational commander just one month after US. Navy commandos killed the group's overall leader, Osama bin Laden, also in Pakistan.

29th May 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

The Palestinians’ U.N. Gambit

Jonathan Schanzer

“So far,” Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told me, “Obama’s not winning the day.” Britain appears adamant about supporting the Palestinians’ U.N. effort while the French have made clear that they, too, would support a Palestinian effort, Schanzer...

27th May 2011 - Quoted by Zeina Karam, Bassem Mroue, and Don Melvin, AP

Syria Uses Mafia-Style Gunmen to Crush Protests

Tony Badran

The origin of the word shabiha is murky, although some have speculated it comes from "shabah," the Arabic word for ghost. But Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for defence of Democracies in Washington, said it signifies someone with a "long reach" - or, someone who can...

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