Skip to comments.9/11 Mosque Imam Wrote Much of the Guts of Obama's Historic Cairo Speech!
Posted on 08/24/2010 6:45:34 PM PDT by geraldmcg
WEBTODAY EXCLUSIVE (August 24, 2010)-- QUESTION: Who really was speaking on that historic day of June 4th 2009 in Cairo, Egypt? President Obama or the Imam of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque, Feisal Abdul Rauf?
ANSWER: Feisal Abdul Rauf! Link to audio of Rauf's admission
The Shoebat Foundation obtained this shocking audio recording of Rauf's own voice boasting in Arabic that Obamas historic Cairo speech was provided by the Imam and the Cordova Initiative in what the Imam called The Blue Print which he said was the solution to the Islamic-American divide. Rauf claimed Chapter 6 of the Imams work engineered by the Cordova Initiative was the construct for the entire speech:
This is an example of the impact of our work in a positive way to be used by the President.
"The blue print," Rauf elaborated, included everything from U.S. policy to Jewish and Christian relations with Muslims.
For an Imam in New York to be involved in the orchestrating U.S. foreign policy is quite the claim. In the recording dated February 5th, 2010 Rauf boasted that:
We have to look at it [as] how to engineer solutions. At the Cordova Initiative we think of ourselves as an engineering shop. Yes. We have an analytical approach. Our work has been that. IN THE BOOK CHAPTER 6, I WROTE ABOUT THIS BLUE PRINT as to WHAT HAS TO BE DONE BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, what has to be done by the Jewish community, what has to be done by the Christian community, what has to be done by the Muslim community, what has to be done by educators, what has to be done by the media. For example, IN MY BOOK IN THE ARABIC VERSION page 293, what did I write? WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO DO. IF YOU EXAMINE THIS CHAPTER YOU WILL FIND THAT THE OBAMA SPEECH IN CAIRO WAS ALL TAKEN FROM THIS SECTION [Section 6]. When you do a job that is very complicated. You ask yourself, what have you accomplished. All these problems can be solved but requires the will to solve it. It requires political will, resources and the right focus. The signs of how to go to the moon was known 200 years ago, but the political will and financial will for it happened during 1960-1961. When John Kennedy said that we will send an American to the moon before the end of the 60s, he established the financial resources and the political will.
The story was even collaborated in a written article in an interview with Hani Al-Waziri of Egypt. The clue was revealed while Rauf was answering a question regarding President Barack Obamas speech in which Rauf replied:
The speech was wonderful and wise in his choice of words, the Prime Minister of Malaysia after the speech disclosed to me that it is now easy for any president of a Muslim country to establish good relations with America, and I AM NOT GOING TO HIDE FROM YOU THAT ONE OF THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN WRITING THE SPEECH, TRANSFERRED ENTIRE PARTS OF MY BOOK A NEW VISION FOR MUSLIMS AND THE WEST, which he referred to U.S. interests being compatible with top interests of the Muslim world.
Rauf did not disclose the name of this speechwriter that included Raufs work in president Obamas historic address to the Muslim world. It is crucial to note that the Arabic version of Feisal Abdul Raufs book was published in Malaysia titled A CALL TO PRAYER, FROM THE WORLD TRADE CENTER RUBBLE: ISLAMIC DAWA (SUMMONS TO ISLAM) IN THE HEART OF AMERICA POST-9/11."
The interview with Hani Alwaziri dated February 7th, 2010 intended to discuss Raufs plans for what he terms American Style Islam and the Cordova Initiative goals for the U.S. Rauf later stated that his goal was To establish an American style Islam in the United States in which he explains his aspiration of spreading Islam in America by using flexibility and molding Islam to become palatable to the American culture while preserving the integrity of Islamic ideology:
If we look how Islam was spread from Hijaz (Arabia) to Morocco then Turkey, we note that Islam was shaped by the culture and society, hence showing a Muslim version of the architecture and culture and the arts, but with preservation of the framework of belief and worship. We need to provide a GLOBAL ISLAM in accordance with the nature of each society.
Rauf boasted about his towering structure by Ground Zero as:
an icon that will make Muslims proud, not only locally but globally.
His suggestion to Muslims on how to deal with western Christians and Jews was:
deal with them as one courts a pretty girl he wants to date; stop thinking like a typical Muslim. Then you can engage.
He also discussed how he courted Bloomberg and the Jewish Community boards that we have inroads with the Jewish Community Center. It is interesting that Rauf stated in Arabic to Hadielislam, another prominent Muslim think tank that:
people need to use peaceful means to advise the governors and government institutions we also suggest to the governors and political institutions to CONSULT [MUSLIM] RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS AND [MUSLIM] PERSONALITIES IN THE FIELD SO AS TO ASSURE THEIR DECISION MAKING TO REFLECT THE SPIRIT OF SHARIAH.
In previous reports researched by the Walid Shoebat Foundation, it was revealed that Imam Rauf has made statements in the Arabic language - while appearing on Arabic media outlets - that completely contradict his moderate tone when speaking English, exposing him as a direct supporter of terrorism, both financially and verbally.
Walid Shoebat a former terrorist now an advocate for the U.S. and exposes Jihadist political agenda is conducting interviews on various news media outlets to expose this outrage.
ABOUT WALID SHOEBAT
Walid is the author of several bestselling books including Why I Left Jihad, Why We Want To Kill You and Gods War on Terror. Walid is an American citizen and lives in the USA with his wife and children, under this assumed name. Walid has spoken all over America and the world including Chile, Mexico, Canada, UK, and South Africa. He has appeared on national television also all over the world including CNN, CNN International, FOX News, ITN, RTE, NBC, CBS, The 700, ABC and ABC Australia. He has also been featured on BBC radio 4, 5 and the largest radio audience on the BBC World Service reaching 180 million people.
Walid has the unique insight so as people can now fully understand the issue of terrorism from the perspective of someone who was once a terrorist. Walid Shoebat has given lectures at Harvard Law School and Columbia University, and has also spoken at Oxford University UK, National Constitution Center, Capitol Hill, UCLA, USC, University of Georgia, Washington University, Penn State, and San Diego State University.
Full story at: http://888webtoday.com/articles/viewnews.cgi?id=EklkyAFAFVxHELEDIJ
well we know where Obama stands and its not with the USA
He’s not one of us.
does Obama ever express a thought or word for himself? or is he just a sponge soaking up whoever he surrounds himself with? How on earth did Americans elect such an Anti American president? and how does congress stand to help him destroy the country and our kids future?
Gomer Pyle voice saying, “Surprise, surprise, surprise.”
Gomer Pyle voice saying, “Surprise, surprise, surprise.”
Whoa, Nellie, and Katie bar the door!
This one is gonna get sent out far and wide.
Cleaning out my temp files and fueling up the emailer...
Now we know exactly why Obama kept referencing “Cordoba” in this speech. Obama and the Saudi-backed Imam were laying the groundwork for the ground zero mosque a long time ago.
The proof just keeps mounting. 0baMao is a traitor.
Let’s get this to EVERYBODY! Talk shows, talk radio, major bloggers, Fox, e-mail addresses, etc, etc...
Because the Muslim world perceives that 0bama is a Muslim and having been elected our President they now perceive America to be a Muslim country. They will consider America a Muslim possession forever now.
Thank you! I think this may be the biggest story of the year. It’s treachery to high heavens. Clearly an impeachable offence. Where’s the Senate on this one? Hopefully the post Nov. election Senate will begin immediate impeachment proceedings leading to conviction and expulsion. It will interesting to see what nation Obama ends up in....
Cordoba is clearly the code for Islamic victory—again.
Pathetic, isn’t it? the U.S. being an Islamic possession. Sounds like Congress has a collective case of Stockholm Syndrome.
The plot sickens.
Yes, a traitor who should be given a fair trial in the new Senate after the Nov. elections. Impeach him. Convict him. Oust him. Although our founding fathers would probably go farther than that, like tar & feathers—at least.
Yes, he celebrates Ramadam, or however you spell it, but shuns Christianity. Under that Obamask, do you see Christ or Mohammed?
Yeah, Gomer. And the suprise is Sharia law imposed in America, including beheading of ‘infidels’
People will soon tire of jumping through his hoops. The question is,” What will happen then?”
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I would bet it's more like a collective case of Offshore Bank Syndrome filled with Saudi petro-dollars.
I'm not sure what's going on here. I can't recall Pres. Bush speaking in Cairo but then, my ol' brain cells may not be firing completely. LOL!
Or did Rauf just mispeak and mean Obama when he said Bush? (which is what I'm thinking)
A little confusing at the moment, but the quote in text doesn't match the audio. Just thought I'd bring it up. This sort of thing is more credible when everything matches up.
The claims in this post are dynamite, and could be very useful. But they have to check out. We are at a disadvantage because we do not know Arabic and cannot verify.
Also, did O really reference Cordoba (Cordova) in the Cairo speech? Where is a transcript? (I confess I detest listening to O and didn't pay much attn to it other than what was reported in experpts.)
I thought you would want a head’s up on this one. Will it grow legs? I hope so.
Yes, this article is absolutely wild. Some of the best usable election material we can have for his fall.
( On the ping!)
I did a quick search and could find nothing on GWB giving a speech in Cairo. Condoleeza Rice did in 2005 but I don’t think what she said mirrors what Rauf is saying in any way.
Should be the number one song in the country soon.
possible last straw ping....if this pans out, the US population will be enraged.
I didn’t think Pres. Bush had given a speech there. That’s why I was a bit surprised when Rauf said his name in the interview.
I don’t know what to make of it. But there’s so much stuff on the internet, I just like it better when everything matches up. When it doesn’t match, the credibility is questionable.
One thing that isn’t questionable - - - that Rauf guy is bad news. And I don’t doubt for a second that he’s up to no good overseas right now.
Thanks for the ping!
9/11 Mosque Imam Wrote Much of the Guts of Obama’s Historic Cairo Speech?
9/11 Mosque Imam Wrote Much of the Guts of Obamas Historic Cairo Speech?
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FWIW, IMO, Shoebat is NOT a crackpot. I’ve seen him on TV and read about him.
For your perusal and consideration.
ANY IDEA WHAT THIS GUY IS SAYING ..AND IF THE TRANSLATOR IS BEING HONEST?
My partner told me earlier that he was doing some research and came across a name listed as a suicide bomber recruiter on a jihad site. He looked for the name, which is a rather unique one, and found it in ONE other place.
It was on the GUEST LIST FOR OBAMA’S CAIRO SPEECH!
Remember obama issued special invitations to members of the muslim brotherhood. I’ll get the name and get back to you.
thanks for the ping, reading through the thread now, sickening!
"Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance. We see it in the history of Andalusia and Cordoba during the Inquisition."
Which ofcourse is a load of crap because anyone that does a real study of the history of Islamic occupation of the Iberian peninsula during that time knows full well that there was no tolerance by its Islamic rulers against the other religions. It was slavery and pay the jizya tax, or convert.
First a little history of why the muslims conquered Spain:
By 710AD, Jews and Christians had been in the Iberian peninsula for a few hundred years and the Visigoth king Rodrigo ruled from the capital Toledo.
Emir Musa ruled North Africa from Kairouan in Tunisia. He saw that Spain was ripe for plunder with great financial wealth, and beautiful girls aplenty for the Harems in Kairouan and Damascus. Musa then received permission from the Caliph Walid who ruled from Damascus, and then chose Tariq, a Berber, who was a former Algerian slave, but now a fierce warrior and a recent convert to Islam, to lead his army. They sent a small force of a few hundred men on a raid, and when they returned loaded with riches and pretty girls, Musa was much impressed. So the invasion of Al-Andalus (valley of Vandals) was not so much about converting the infidel to Islam, but the focus was on booty, women and slaves to be delivered back to Damascus.
The first major battle was against the Visigoth king Rodrigo, and took place near the river Rio Barbate, which is in the Xeres district, now famous for its sherry.
Rodrigo and his army was no match for the fierce Berbers and were easily defeated, with casualties in the tens of thousands. Rodrigo himself is believed to have drowned in the river attempting to escape. His horse, robes and diadem were found on the river bank.
On the way Cordoba was captured, and Toledo was easily taken. The booty was fabulous and included a gold and emerald table from the Temple of Solomon.
Musa returned to Damascus with tons of booty, Visigoth dignitaries as prisoners and 3,000 Spanish virgins.
From 756AD to 1031AD, there was a series of Islamic leaders of Cordoba (Umayyads of Cordoba). Some of their highlights include:
Hisham I (788-796) called for Holy War against Asturias and France, and assembled 100,000 warriors from even Syria, Arabia and Algeria, and attacked Narbonne and Carcassone and won enough booty to fund a new mosque in Cordoba.
Al-Hakam (796-822) became known for the Day of the Ditch where he beheaded 5,000 converts to Islam in Toledo on suspicion of treachery.
Almanzor (967-1002) He beheaded 4,000 Christians after taking Zamora. He won the battle near Simancus and again beheaded about 4,000 Christians. Almanzor also razed the Christian shrine city of Santiago de Compostela which was to the Christians like the Kaaba was to the Muslims.
Conversion to Islam was encouraged by the Ummayad caliphs and Emirs of Córdoba. Many Christians converted to Islam to avoid the Jizya tax which they were subjected to as Dhimmis. Apostasy, however, for one who had been raised as a Muslim or had embraced Islam, was a crime punishable by death.
From the point of view of the Muslim rulers, jizya was a material proof of the non-Muslims' acceptance of subjection to the state and its laws. Non-Muslims were also not allowed to build any new places of worship.
In Al-Andalus, the large numbers of Christians adopting Islam to escape the Jizya tax and treatment of Dhimmitude prompted concern among the authorities about the weakening of the tax base and further inflamed resentment towards the Muwallads.
The Muwallads were in almost constant revolts against the Arab and Berber immigrants who had carved out large estates for themselves, farmed by Christian serfs or slaves.
In 1011, there was a massacre of Jews in Cordoba: which was followed by other slaughters in other parts of Al Andalus, notably in Granada in 1066. The famous Jewish scholar, Maimonides originally lived in Cordoba in the early 12th century, until the Almohades dynasty took the city, and threatened to kill any Jews who did not leave or convert to Islam. Maimonides family relocated to the more tolerant university city of Fes, in Morocco.
The Berbers, who held strictly to Islamic teachings, terrorised and looted Cordoba until the city fell and the Umayyad dynasty came to an end in 1031AD.
When Toledo was recaptured in 1085AD, and Seville had become the centre of Moorish culture, they sought help from North Africa. However the Almoravids were horrified when they entered Seville and noticed Jews and Christians trading freely in the markets, selling musical instruments and wine. A Fatwa was obtained and the Almoravids gained control of all Muslim lands and even taking back Valencia from the Christians.
This was followed by the even stricter Almohads who in turn fought and defeated the Almoravids in bloody Jihad.
But eventually the Reconquista proved unstoppable and soon only the southern Taifa of Granada was left in Muslim hands.
Eventually Ferdinand and Isabella forced Mohammed XII (Boabdil) to surrender and he even gave them the keys to the palace before fleeing to Fez in Africa. Islam no longer controlled any part of Spain.
Was there a Golden Age of tolerance that Obama is talking about?
What can be concluded is that under the Umayyads of Abdul Rahman III, civilization flourished for only about 100 years because true Islam was not practised, and indeed Jews and Christians Dhimmitude was not as severe, and they mixed with Muslim scholars; Literature, Medicine, Science and Astronomy advanced; Poetry and Music flourished (not banned); Wine was drunk for pleasure (not banned) Indeed, it could be said that:
the Golden Age happened in spite of Islam, NOT because of Islam.
When Cordoba was sacked, the scholars moved base to Toledo after 1085AD where science and literature flourished under Christian rule, NOT Islam. Scholars came from Europe to embrace new ideas then spread this throughout Europe.
But, in any case, this was long before the Spanish Inquisition, which started in 1478. Cordoba had been reconquered by Spain in 1236. The city was not under Muslim rule during the Inquisition.
Don’t forget this little gem! It’s all about the MONEY. (Wonder how much of a cut BO gets?)
Meet the Ground Zero Mosque Developer (Mr. El-Gamal-—Feisal Abdul Rauf and Con are his puppets)
I’d never met an American imam who spoke the way I speak, who, it was almost like I was listening to a professor,” Mr. El-Gamal said. “I went up to him and I said, ‘It’s not fair that only 70 people get to hear this.’ And I started a relationship with him.”
“Then as I got married and as I became a father and a husband and a member of the Jewish Community Center on 76th and Amsterdam, I was like, ‘Wow, let’s build a community center.’”
Yet all of this remained more of an idea than an actual plan until about three and a half years ago, when Mr. El-Gamal and his wife were walking along 57th Street and entered a Sharper Image store.
“And I saw this young man by the name of Francisco Patino, who was on this reality show called American Inventor,” he said. “I don’t watch TV, but for some reason, I saw this show a couple of times. He was a young 18-year-old kid, but I loved his passion and he stuck in my head.”
Mr. El-Gamal said he approached Mr. Patino, and two weeks later, Mr. Patino was his employee. He gave him a map and told him to find a development site in Tribeca south
Crucial to the 13-story project, which is to include a mosque, a swimming pool, a 9/11 memorial and a basketball court, is, of course, financing, somewhere in the ballpark of $100 million, which is a sizable sum, particularly in one of the worst financing markets in decades.
Mr. El-Gamal brushed aside any such concerns.
“Over the last couple of years, I’ve started understanding how these community centers work. And, this is all public information, but the Jewish Community Center makes over $25 million in annual revenue. The 92nd Street Y makes over $50 million in annual revenue, from membership and programming.”
APRIL 2009 : (TURKEY : OBAMA TELLS THE WORLD THAT “WE DO NOT CONSIDER OURSELVES A CHRISTIAN NATION OR A JEWISH NATION OR A MUSLIM NATION”) [Just what obama thinks a more or less secular culture would want to hear]
Then obama flip flops:
JUNE 2, 2009 : (FRANCE : OBAMA TELLS THE WORLD THAT THE US IS A MUSLIM NATION)
JUNE 4, 2009 : (EGYPT : OBAMA’S CAIRO SPEECH ; MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD MEMBERS ARE INVITED BY OBAMA; THE EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT MUBARAK DOES NOT ATTEND)Ten of MB Parliamentary Bloc have received official invitations to attend the speech of the US President Barak Obama which will be directed to the Islamic World from Cairo University tomorrow morning.
MB MPs are:
- Dr. Mohammed Saad El-Katatny (Head of the Parliamentary Bloc and member of the Guidance Bureau),
- Dr. Hazem Farouk,
- Yosry Bayoumi,
- Alam Eldin El-Sakhawy,
- Adel El-Bermawy
- Mahmoud Mogahed
- Gamal Hanafy
- Bahaa Eldin Ateya
- Sheikh Mohammed Abdelrhman
The Egyptian daily Al-Masryoon was informed that the invitation to 10 Egyptian MPs from the Muslim Brotherhood parliamentary faction to attend the speech by U.S. President Barack Obama at Cairo University was extended at the request of U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Margaret Scobey.—————Report: Muslim Brotherhood MPs Invited To Obama Speech At U.S. Ambassadors Request; Source: Al-Masryoon, Egypt, June 3, 2009, Posted at: 2009-06-03
133 posted on Thursday, June 04, 2009 2:59:39 AM by Cindy | To 108
As the White House embarked on this “new chapter of engagement” between the U.S. and the Muslim world, it changed the presidential job description and stretched the facts. “I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States,” Mr. Obama told his Cairo audience, “to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” He also told an interviewer, “If you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” Sorry, Mr. President, but that’s not even a stretch; it’s just a baldfaced fabrication designed to ingratiate yourself with your “audience.” ———— “Apologies and Ayatollahs,” Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2009 | Oliver North
We have known that since before he was elected. God save Amerca because Obama won’t.
I don’t listen to Obama’s speeches but I just read his Cairo speech and it made me want to scream. He does not speak for the majority of Americans. I hate this man and pray he can be stopped before there is no America left.
Thanks bitt. *If* it’s true...
Reaching post-partisanship: Here’s how - Consensus-building, not compromising, is key
Washington Times, The (DC) - Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Author: Stephen R. Covey and Robert Fersh, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
We have employed these tools over a period of years, and together are working on a major project that has produced a strong consensus report from 34 highly diverse, eminent Americans on how to improve U.S. relations with the Muslim world. Participants include: Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state for President Clinton; Richard Armitage, former deputy secretary of state; Dov Zakheim, undersecretary of defense for President George W. Bush; Vin Weber and Steve Bartlett, former congressmen; imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, scholar Vali Nasr, and nine other Muslim American leaders; Tom Dine, former executive director of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC); Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention; and former diplomats and military officials.
Some members of the group were reluctant to be in the same room at the start. Now, they are working as a team to get their recommendations out to a wider audience through the report, Changing Course: A New Direction for U.S. Relations with the Muslim World. Vin Weber spoke for many others when he said: The report provides clear-headed ideas and analysis that the American public and bipartisan leaders can get behind in working to improve U.S.-Muslim relations. The process by which this group reached consensus is a good model for dialogue for the tough issues the country faces.
Leadership Group Members
Organizational affiliations are listed for identification purposes only.
* Madeleine Albright, Principal, The Albright Group LLC; former U.S. Secretary of State
* Richard Armitage, President, Armitage International; former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
* Ziad Asali, President and Founder, American Task Force on Palestine
* Steve Bartlett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Financial Services Roundtable; former U.S. Representative; former Mayor of Dallas, Texas
* Paul Brest, President, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
* Red Cavaney, President and Chief Executive Officer, America Petroleum Institute
* Daniel Christman, Lt. General (ret.), U.S. Army; Senior Vice President for International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
* Stephen Covey, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, FranklinCovey; writer, speaker, and academic
* Thomas Dine, Principal, The Dine Group; former Executive Director, American Israel Public Affairs Committee
* Marc Gopin, James H. Laue Professor of World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution; Director, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
* Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
* Shamil Idriss , Chairman of the Board, Soliya
* Daisy Khan, Executive Director, American Society for Muslim Advancement
* Derek Kirkland, Advisory Director, Investment Banking Division, Morgan Stanley
* Richard Land, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention; Member, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
* Robert Jay Lifton, Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; author of Superpower Syndrome
* Denis J. Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore; former Associate Secretary General, Catholic Near East Welfare Association
* John Marks, President and Founder, Search for Common Ground
* Susan Collin Marks, Senior Vice President, Search for Common Ground; author of Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution during South Africas Transition to Democracy
* Ingrid Mattson, President, The Islamic Society of North America; Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of Islamic Chaplaincy, and Director, Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary
* Sayyeda Mirza-Jafri, Strategic Philanthropy Consultant
* Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; co-author with John Esposito of Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think
* Vali Nasr, Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
* Feisal Abdul Rauf, Imam, Masjid al-Farah in New York City; Founder and Chairman, Cordoba Initiative; author of Whats Right with Islam Is Whats Right with America
* Rob Rehg, President, Washington, DC office, Edelman
* Dennis Ross, Consultant, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; former U.S. Special Middle East Envoy and Negotiator
* S. Abdallah Schleifer, Distinguished Professor of Journalism, American University in Cairo; former Washington Bureau Chief, Al Arabiya news channel; former NBC News Cairo bureau chief
* Jessica Stern, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
* Mustapha Tlili, Director, Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West, New York University
* William Ury, Co-Founder, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School; co-author of Getting to Yes
* Vin Weber, Managing Partner, Clark and Weinstock; Chairman, National Endowment for Democracy; former U.S. Representative
* Daniel Yankelovich, Founder and Chairman, Public Agenda; author
* Ahmed Younis, Senior Analyst, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; former National Director, Muslim Public Affairs Committee
* Dov S. Zakheim, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton; former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
Islamic mosque built at 9/11 Ground Zero
Muslim business leader: ‘This has hand of the divine written over it’
Posted: December 17, 2009
Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative
Feisal Abdul Rauf
Rauf is Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative and author of “What’s Right With Islam Is What’s Right With America.”
Obama’s Challenge to the Muslim World
The historic significance of President Obama’s speech to the Muslim world in Cairo cannot be overstated. Never before has an American president spoken to the global Muslim community. His speech marked a major shift in American foreign policy. Obama directly enlisted a religion to build global peace and to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, end nuclear proliferation and stop terrorism.
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