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23rd January 2005

As Saddam Trial Resumes, FDD Reminds of Regime’s Horrors

As the trial of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein resumes, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies has placed on its website videos from inside Iraq of torture and murder ordered by Saddam Hussein.

5th January 2005

New Footage Links Al-Jazeera, Media Figures to Saddam’s Regime

—New footage aired by Alhurra on Thursday shows that Saddam Hussein's corruption extended to the Arabic satellite network Al-Jazeera and certain Arab media figures. The newly discovered video tapes have been reviewed by Dr. Walid Phares, a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of...

20th December 2004

Terrorist Designation Drives Al-Manar from U.S. Airwaves

The Coalition Against Terrorist Media, a project of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, welcomed news that satellite providers have removed Hezbollah’s al-Manar television from the U.S. market. This action follows the State Department’s Dec. 17 designation of the station as a...

17th December 2004

Adding Hezbollah’s Television Station to Terrorism List “Important First Step”

The U.S. State Department’s decision to add Hezbollah’s TV station al-Manar to the Terrorist Exclusion List (TEL) is an important first step toward getting it off the air, but there is much more that needs to be done, said Avi Jorisch senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of...

27th October 2004

FDD, AIC and IWF to Train Iraqi Women Leaders

The American Islamic Congress is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social organization with extensive experience in Iraq.  As a member of the Revitalization of Iraqi Schools & Stabilization of Education (RISE) Program in 2003-2004, AIC surveyed schools, distributed back-to-school student kits,...

20th September 2004

Terror Prosecutor, Arab Media Expert Join FDD

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) announced that Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor who led the prosecution of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and Avi Jorisch, a terrorism expert and Arab media expert, have joined the foundation as senior fellows.

30th March 2004

FDD Senior Fellow Claudia Rosett Comments on Gadhafi’s Libya

Washington, D.C., March 30, 2004 FDD Senior Fellow Claudia Rosett will speak about Colonel Gadhafi's Libya on Capitol Hill in a meeting organized by the American-Libyan Freedom Alliance (  Ms. Rosett, a former member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board and...

24th February 2004

New FDD White Paper by Legal Scholar Ruth Wedgwood

Johns Hopkins University legal scholar Ruth Wedgwood argues in a new White Paper published by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague is treading on “dangerous ground” as it proceeds this week with hearings on...

19th February 2004

“The Human Cost of Terrorism”

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) will host a two-day photo exhibition in The Hague, Holland, showing the photos and stories of the some of the thousands of Israelis – Jews, Christians and Muslims, white and black, young and old – who have been murdered or maimed in...

30th January 2004

FDD Submits ‘Friend of the Court’ Brief to The Hague

Attorneys for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) today submitted a “Friend of the Court” brief to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague regarding Israel’s construction of a “Terrorism Prevention Security Barrier” along the West Bank.


1st April 2003

Richard Carlson joins FDD

Carlson has a long distinguished career in the media, government service and diplomacy.  Prior to joining FDD, he was U.S. Ambassador to Seychelles, the director-general of Voice of America during the last six years of the Cold War, and the President and CEO of both the Corporation for...

11th March 2003

White Paper: “The Geneva Convention Is Not a Suicide Pact”

Washington, D.C. – As President Bush prepares to render a decision on the status of the al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees in Guantánamo Bay, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies today released a White Paper demonstrating that under any reasonable interpretation of the Geneva...

3rd March 2003

Saudis Spread Hate Speech in U.S.

The Saudi Institute and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) have initiated a joint project to track and study the spread of hate speech in the U.S. and abroad by Saudi Arabian officials and institutions.

1st May 2002

American Investigators Ready to Go to Jenin

Washington, DC - The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies is prepared to send a team of impartial, professional investigators to assist with fact-finding in regard to the fighting that occurred last month in Jenin.

12th April 2002

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12th April 2002

If We Appease Terrorism, We’ll Get More Terrorism

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) announced today that it is launching a television advertising campaign beginning April 12th.  The new campaign will make the case that terrorists are employing the same “Suicide Strategy” against both the United States and Israel.



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