Analysis & Commentary

20th September 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

Misunderstanding 9/11

Clifford D. May

‘We have seen that the desire for liberty and freedom is, indeed, universal, as men and women in the Middle East rise up to seize it.” I admire Condoleezza Rice and thought...

17th September 2012 - Fox News

Do Americans Dare Trust Egypt’s President Morsi?

The dramatic attacks on the U.S. embassy in Cairo capped off a summer in which Egypt has already seen its greatest political developments in 150 years. The first democratic elections...

14th September 2012 - Gunpowder & Lead

Free Speech and Political Violence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

I find the number of people willing to censor offensive speech in the wake of the anti-Islam film, and the reaction that it has provoked, disturbing. One example is this USA Today op-ed...

9th August 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

Jeane Kirkpatrick’s War

Clifford D. May

Jeane Kirkpatrick spent her life studying — and fighting — totalitarianism. Reading Peter Collier’s illuminating new biography, Political Woman: The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick...

17th July 2012 - Gunpowder & Lead

Islamism in the Popular Imagination

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The term “Islamist” has been bandied about frequently since revolutionary events gripped the Arab world last year. It is a term meant to signify those, including political parties.

16th July 2012 - Ordered Liberty

Secretary Clinton and ‘Real Democracy’ in the Middle East

“The era of Big Government is over!” I could not get President Bill Clinton’s famous declaration out of my mind this morning as I read the speech Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave in Egypt yesterday.

27th June 2012 - Edited by Katharine C. Gorka & Patrick Sookhdeo, Isaac Publishing

Fighting the Ideological War

Thomas Joscelyn

Islamism is a growing and powerful ideology that tolerates no dissent or rivalry. Yet in recent decades the United States has responded only to the violence that Islamism has generated, not to the beliefs and ideas that drive it.

27th June 2012 - Tablet

What’s Next for Egypt?

What’s going to happen in Egypt now that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi has been elected president? That’s the question weighing heavily on everyone’s minds—perhaps no one’s as much as Benjamin Netanyahu’s.

25th June 2012 - World Affairs Journal

Read Me If You Can: Censorship Today

It all goes back to the Rushdie Affair. In 1988, when an Indian-born Briton wrote a novel that portrayed the Prophet Muhammad in a less-than-reverent light, the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, a religious edict, encouraging any Muslim, anywhere, to kill him.

11th June 2012 - The Long War Journal

Study Shows Saudi Ambivalence on Radicalism

On May 27, an airstrike by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in northeastern Afghanistan killed Sakhr al Taifi, a Saudi citizen and al Qaeda's deputy commander for Afghanistan.

7th June 2012 - Cited by Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz

In Attempt to Garner Votes, Obama is Ignoring the Palestinians

Jonathan Schanzer

Tuesday evening, it seemed like deja vu, when U.S. President Obama "dropped by" a meeting at the White House between his chief of staff, Jacob Lew, and a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders.

19th May 2012 - National Review Online

From Democracy to Sharia

A few weeks ago, amid the “Arab Spring” giddiness, a Shiite mosque opened in Cairo. This was big news. Among Egypt’s 80 million people, there are only a few thousand Shiites.

18th May 2012 - The Hill

Facebook Must Contend with Saudi Radicalism

Despite the clerics’ historical opposition to modern technology, they’re increasingly gravitating towards it. Here are five of the Saudi clerics’ most politically incorrect messages that you (probably) wouldn’t want your religious leaders repeating.

15th May 2012 - Ordered Liberty

Moderation Happens To Islam, Not In Islam

“If you want meaningful moderation in Islam, then turn for more lessons to the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, Indonesia.” I imagine my colleague Irshad Manji is having second thoughts about that line (brought to my attention by Andrew Bostom).

12th May 2012 - National Review Online

Western Sharia

Ismail Belghar, a 36-year-old Muslim man living in Australia, assaulted, abducted, and nearly killed his sister-in-law. The victim, a 25-year-old Moroccan named Canan Kokden, had dared to take her older sister, Mrs. B, to the beach without Belghar’s permission.

11th May 2012 - Cited by Tgcom24 - Italy

Se Fatwa e Sermoni Si Fanno su Twitter

Jonathan Schanzer

Mohammad al-‘Arifi ha un milione e 500 mila follower su Twitter e di professione fa l’imam in Arabia Saudita. Insieme a ‘Aidh al-Qarni e Salman al-Odah (oltre un milione di seguaci nel mondo dei cinguetti virtuali)...

11th May 2012 - Cited by Seth Mandel, Commentary

Wahhabi Intolerance in the 21st Century

Jonathan Schanzer

In early 2011, along with a handful of other American journalists, I interviewed Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon in Jerusalem. Ayalon pressed the need for recognition of Israel on the part of the Palestinian leadership–but not in English or Hebrew.

10th May 2012 - The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden on the Muslim Brotherhood

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the chief beneficiaries of the Arab Spring thus far has been the Muslim Brotherhood, which has gained power in Egypt and elsewhere. This did not escape Osama bin Laden's attention prior to his demise.

10th May 2012 - Cited by Oren Kessler, The Jerusalem Post

‘Saudi Clerics Use Social Media to Spread Hate’

Jonathan Schanzer

Saudi clerics have toned down calls for violence in the decade since the September 11 attacks, according to a new report on social media in the kingdom, but still regularly use web technology to disseminate religious rulings hostile to women.

9th May 2012 - Foreign Policy

The 140-Character Fatwa

Jonathan Schanzer

Enormously popular, extremist Saudi clerics are promoting hatred, violence, and intolerance on Facebook and Twitter. Can they be stopped?


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