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26th October 2016 - The Weekly Standard

Don’t Let Wahhabism Off the Hook

David Andrew Weinberg

Now that American victims of terrorism can sue Saudi Arabia on allegations of facilitating 9/11, the kingdom's counterterrorism record is under the microscope like never before.

21st October 2016 - Quoted by Tom Kertscher - PolitiFact

Russ Feingold says U.S. Ally Saudi Arabia exports extreme Islam that teaches Americans are the devil

David Andrew Weinberg

Near the end of an hourlong interview at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Oct. 7, 2016, Russ Feingold was asked about his criticism of Saudi Arabia in the fight against international terrorism.

14th September 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Iran Calls For Eliminating Saudi Arabia’s National Religion

Jonathan Schanzer

Saudi Arabia’s brand of Islam, known as “Wahhabism,” is facing calls for global elimination by Iranian political leaders.

25th August 2016 - Quoted by Scott Shane - The New York Times

Saudis and Extremism: ‘Both the Arsonists and the Firefighters’

David Andrew Weinberg

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don’t agree on much, but Saudi Arabia may be an exception. She has deplored Saudi Arabia’s support for “radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path towards extremism.” He has called the Saudis “the...

6th May 2016 - Hoover Institution

The Battle For Europe

Reuel Marc Gerecht

In 2004 Gilles Kepel, the noted French scholar of the modern Middle East and Muslims in Europe, wrote:

2nd May 2016 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Are US Schools Turning a Blind Eye to Radical Qatari Preachers?

David Andrew Weinberg

A parade of radical Islamist clerics using the mosque at Qatar’s Education City to propagate religious intolerance - including demonizing Christians and Jews - is drawing mounting criticism from six American universities that maintain satellite branches on the sprawling campus located on...

16th December 2015 - Quoted by Sharon Behn - Voice of America

Analysts: Saudi Arabia’s Clerics Inspire Islamic Extremism

David Andrew Weinberg

A new Saudi Arabian-led Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism could be part of the solution in Syria, but analysts say Riyadh will have to first overcome its ambivalence toward Islamic extremism.

25th March 2014 - Cited by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

U.S. Keeps Saudi Arabia’s Worst Secret

David Andrew Weinberg

As President Obama prepares for his first visit of his second term to Saudi Arabia, pressure is mounting on the State Department to publish the most comprehensive U.S...

24th March 2014 - FDD Press

Textbook Diplomacy

David Andrew Weinberg

With President Obama poised to visit Saudi Arabia at the end of this month, America’s relations are strained with the Kingdom. The Saudis do not trust America’s nuclear deal...

15th May 2013 - Fikra Forum

The Battle for Control of Al-Azhar

In the wake of the crisis between radical Islamists and Copts during the Coptic Easter, another major religious crisis has been unfolding in Egypt. Al-Azhar, one of the world’s most respected...

27th February 2013 - The National Interest

The Radicalization of African Islam

Each spring, the entire community of Djenne, a small town in central Mali, gathers to repair the natural damage inflicted upon the town’s Grand Mosque in the previous year. The festival, known as the Plastering...

13th November 2012 - The National Interest

The Great Salafi Gamble

In serving their patrons in Saudi Arabia, ultraconservative religious Salafis are stirring violent protests and flexing political muscle in North Africa and fledgling Arab democracies. But the instability they...

2nd November 2012 - Pragati

A Blind Spot

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

One area of study that has significantly grown over the past decade is that of radicalisation. How do individuals come to believe that violence is a proper response to current political problems or unjust...

18th October 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

Is Al-Qaeda Defeated?

Clifford D. May

At the Aspen Security Forum this past summer, Peter Bergen, CNN’s intrepid national-security analyst and a director at the New America Foundation, gave a talk titled...

18th September 2012 - The Wall Street Journal

Black Gold And Black Veils

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States and other Western democracies have had good reason to learn more about the close relationship between the Saudi royal family and the...

6th August 2012 - National Review Online

Why Is the West Ignoring Saudis’ Persecution of Christians?

Benjamin Weinthal

Saudi Arabia’s deportation of 35 Christian Ethiopian workers last week for holding a private prayer in advance of Christmas in December 2011 has brought the anti-Christian violence of the Saudi regime back into the public eye.

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.

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.

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)...

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