Analysis & Commentary

20th November 2009 - CTR Vantage

Jamil al-Amin, the former H. Rap Brown

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The criminal complaint against Luqman Abdullah and his associates states that when al-Ummah succeeds in establishing a "separate, sovereign Islamic state," they intend for it to be led by Jamil al-Amin, who is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of shooting two police...

20th November 2009

CTR Vantage: The Luqman Abdullah Shooting and Cause Celebre Islam

The Center for Terrorism Research (CTR) at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies is proud to present its second issue of CTR Vantage. This issue examines the Oct. 28 shooting of Detroit imam Luqman Abdullah by FBI agents.

19th November 2009 - CTR Vantage

The Shooting of Luqman Abdullah

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

“Police, so what? Police die too! Feds die too! ... Do not carry a pistol if you’re going to give it up to police. You give them a bullet.” — Luqman Abdullah, the late imam of Masjid Al-Haqq1

19th November 2009 - Scripps Howard News Service

Lessons of Fort Hood

Clifford D. May

When a military officer participates in a war against his own country, that is high treason, and that is the charge that ought to be brought against Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. But it's not going to happen.

19th November 2009 -

Iran’s Man In Manhattan

Claudia Rosett

It made headlines last week when federal prosecutors moved to seize assets of the Alavi Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit that is allegedly a front for the U.S.-sanctioned government of Iran. Sidelined in the excitement was another blockbuster aspect of this case: the alleged role of a...

18th November 2009 - Weekly Standard Blog

Al Qaeda’s Civil Liberties Union

Thomas Joscelyn

"I'll talk to you guys after I get to New York and see my lawyer."

18th November 2009 - Roll Call

It’s Time to Open the Fuel Market to Methanol

Here's a fact that is worthy of lawmakers' attention: Methanol is currently selling internationally, without any subsidy, for $1 per gallon.

16th November 2009 - The Weekly Standard

Connecting the Dots

Thomas Joscelyn

On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stinging rebuke to a district court that granted a Guantanamo detainee’s habeas petition last year.

13th November 2009 -

UN in Darfur Lets Members Feel Right at Home

Claudia Rosett

Nov. 13 (Bloomberg) -- When Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi spoke at the United Nations in September, he suggested moving the organization from New York to New Delhi or Beijing.

13th November 2009 - National Review Online

September 10? It’s Worse Than That

‘September 10 America.” The phrase signifies a reprise of the “terrorism is just a crime” mindset that reigned in the years before the 9/11 attacks.

12th November 2009 - Scripps Howard News Service

Media Mush

Clifford D. May

Imagine if, in 1942, the son of German immigrants from the Sudetenland had yelled "Heil Hitler!" and then gunned down several dozen of his fellow soldiers on an American military base.

12th November 2009 - Forbes.copom

Fog Of War

Claudia Rosett

There's been plenty of debate about President Barack Obama's omission of the word "terrorism" when he spoke Tuesday at Fort Hood to honor the 13 Americans shot to death and dozens wounded last week by a Muslim army psychiatrist, Nidal Hasan.

12th November 2009 - Long War Journal

Arrest in Netherlands May Yield Insight Into Shabaab Recruiting Networks

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Yesterday the Star Tribune (published in Minneapolis-St. Paul) reported on a seemingly significant arrest in the Netherlands related to the al Shabaab recruiting networks that have centered on the Twin Cities area.

12th November 2009 - World Defense Review

Return of the Somali Pirates

After maintaining a relatively low profile since the end of the monsoon season two months ago, Somali pirates literally shot their way back into the headlines this week with a brazen daylight attack on a crude oil tanker that was their longest range strike ever.

11th November 2009 - National Review Online

It’s Mainstreamism, Not Extremism

At the Daily Standard blog, FDD's Tom Joscelyn is doing his usual stellar work, this time detailing the FBI's shocking lapses in the failure to investigate Nidal Hasan.

10th November 2009 - RUSI Journal

Review of “Fighting Identity: Sacred War and World Change”

In this volume, Dr. Vlahos gives a book-length treatment to the theses he raised in his much-debated essay for Military Review two years ago in which he examines how military societies adapt, both to broader change within their national cultures and to the cultural dimensions of new enemies...

10th November 2009 - The American Spectator

Michael Ledeen on Iran and Democracy

Michael Ledeen

I hadn't seen Michael Ledeen in years when I bumped into him at a party for George Gilder's new book, The Israel Test.

10th November 2009 - Politics and Religion

Review of African Immigrant Religions in America

African Immigrant Religions in America, a collection of 14 essays edited by Jacob Olupona and Regina Gemignani, is the first book to explore in depth the religious traditions and institutions that have accompanied the recent wave of African immigration.

10th November 2009 - American Thinker

One Wall Falls, Another Rises

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was a benchmark that made an impression on me, as it did on millions of people around the world.

9th November 2009 - RUSI Journal

Peripheral Vision: A Model Solution for Somalia

Somalia is once again in turmoil.


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