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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?

9th May 2012 - Cited by Zawya

Facebook Fatwas: Saudi Clerics On Social Media

Jonathan Schanzer

Mr Al-Oudah and other Saudi clerics are the subject of a fascinating report by The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative American non-partisan institution.

8th May 2012 - Cited by CBN News

Saudi Muslims Venting Radical Beliefs on Facebook

Jonathan Schanzer

A growing number of Wahhabi Muslims in Saudi Arabia are now expressing their radical views on social media sites like Facebook, according to a new study.

7th May 2012 - Syndicated

America Tonight

Jonathan Schanzer

Facebook Fatwa.

5th May 2012 - Cited by Nuqudy

Saudi Clerics Adopt Social Media

Jonathan Schanzer

According to a report published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Saudi clerics are increasingly becoming important figures in Arab social media.

5th May 2012 - National Review Online

Compulsory Blindness

A few years back, I wrote a book called “Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad.” It was about being on the “front lines,” so to speak, of the battle against Muslim terrorism.

4th May 2012 - Briefing for the Joint Chiefs of Staff - Pakistan-Afghanistan FED Forum

The Grand Strategy of Al Qaeda: How the Enemy Learns

Eleven years into this war, we still do not adequately understand the Enemy. AQAM is moving from a kinetic strategy of Guevarist insurgency to a Maoist strategy that incorporates an indirect and non-kinetic approach.

3rd May 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Foggiest War

Clifford D. May

The “fog of war” is a concept derived from the writings of Carl von Clausewitz, the great 19th century Prussian military theorist who recognized that those leading troops into battle often lack data, perspective and situational awareness.

24th April 2012 - American Family Radio

Crane Durham’s Nothing But Truth

Clifford D. May

Jihadism, Islamism, Arab Spring, and the Nahda.

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