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  • Effort to Rebrand Arab Spring Backfires in Iran

    02/04/2012 8:46:39 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 2, 2012 | Robert F. Worth
    It was meant to be a crowning moment in which Iran put its own Islamic stamp on the Arab Spring. More than a thousand young activists were flown here earlier this week (at government expense) for a conference on "the Islamic Awakening," Tehran's effort to rebrand the popular Arab uprisings of the past year... But there was a catch. No one was invited from Syria, whose autocratic president, Bashar al-Assad, is a crucial Iranian ally. The Syrian protesters are routinely dismissed by Tehran's government as foreign agents -- despite the fact that they are Muslims fighting a secular (and brutal)...
  • 2 dead in Egypt street clashes over soccer riot

    02/02/2012 10:49:03 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 2, 2012, 11:46 PM EST | MAGGIE MICHAEL and SARAH EL DEEB
    CAIRO (AP) -- Police shot and killed two protesters in Suez, Egypt, early Friday, a health official said, the first to die in clashes that erupted around the country after a riot at a soccer stadium killed 74, as sports violence spiraled into a new political crisis for Egypt. Protesters blame police for failing to control the riot after the soccer game in Port Said. In Cairo, thousands demonstrated Thursday in front of the Interior Ministry, which oversees the police. Demonstrators threw rocks, and police responded with clouds of tear gas. Hundreds were treated by medics. In Suez, witnesses said...
  • SHTF Planning: 20 Lessons from the Streets of Cairo

    02/01/2012 9:18:43 PM PST · by Kartographer · 263 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/1/12 | Mac Slavo
    From the somewhat guilt filled comforts of Greece, I have been thinking about what I learned from the recent Cairo SHTF experience. I am not putting myself forth as an expert of any sort and, frankly, many or even most items on the list below might be flat out wrong….who the hell knows. We were in Cairo from Jan 25th until late Feb 3rd when the neighborhood gunfire became full-auto and regularly occurring. At that point, we decided that Friday prayers (the next day) might not yield a pleasant experience. We had no way of knowing that we had already...
  • Turkey: Assad is Doomed

    01/31/2012 5:11:58 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews ^ | 1/31/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad is sealed, according to Abdullah Gül, the president of Turkey, which until recent months had forged a warm relationship with Syria and Iran. “Some think that we want war in Syria. Turkey has done everything in its power for a transformation under the leadership of the president. We did everything except beg for it,” he told reporters in remarks published by Turkish newspapers Tuesday. “We worked so hard [to convince Assad]. We told him that one day you will regret it, one day you will say, ‘I did this and that,' but it...
  • Libyans storm transitional government headquarters

    01/21/2012 2:42:15 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Jan 21, 2012 | By RAMI AL-SHAHEIBI
    Hundreds of angry Libyans on Saturday stormed the transitional government's headquarters in the eastern city of Benghazi, carting off computers, chairs, and desks while the country's interim leader was still holed up in the building. Libyans have grown increasingly frustrated with the pace and direction of reforms in the country more than three months after the end of the civil war that ousted longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Those concerns spurred residents in Benghazi, where the uprising against longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi broke out in February, to begin protests nearly two weeks ago to demand transparency and justice from the country's...
  • Candidly Speaking: Groveling to the Brotherhood

    01/18/2012 9:27:55 PM PST · by americanophile · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/18/2012 | ISI LEIBLER
    It is profoundly disconcerting to read media reports of the unseemly competition between the US and Western governments to curry favor with the Muslim Brotherhood in the wake of its electoral victory in Egypt. There are chilling parallels between such behavior and the disastrous European policy of appeasing the Nazis which paved the way for World War II. What those attempting to embrace the Muslim Brotherhood fail to comprehend is that this organization represents one of the most fanatical and dangerous of the radical Islamist groups in the region, with a dark record of violence and terrorism imbedded in its...
  • Egyptian Salafi Leader: “Infidel” Christians Can’t Hold Power In Egypt, “They Can Be Dealt With

    01/25/2012 12:38:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 1/25/12 | Zip
    (MEMRI) — Yassir Al-Burhami: Appointing infidels to positions of authority over Muslims is prohibited. Allah said: “Never will Allah grant the infidels a way [to triumph] over the Believers.” We are not afraid of losing the elections or of not getting votes. We are not trying to ingratiate ourselves before the people. Can the Christians of Egypt be compared to the Jews of Al-Medina? The case of the Jews of Al-Medina is one example of the relations between the Muslims and the infidels. The Muslims can implement any form of conduct used by the Prophet Muhammad. When the Prophet Muhammad...
  • Anti-Semitism on the rise as Islamists complete 'Arab Spring' takeover

    01/25/2012 10:39:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Israel Today ^ | Sunday, January 22, 2012 | Ryan Jones
    It was long argued that bringing democratic freedom to the Middle East would greatly lessen or even eliminate regional Muslim hatred for the democratic West, and in particular for Israel and the Jews. That theory was put to the test over the past year as dictatorships were toppled from Libya to Egypt to (almost) Syria. It did not receive a passing grade. Instead of softening their attitude toward Israel and the Jews, democratic freedom has led to the rise of Islamist forces and a seeming explosion of anti-Semitic discourse in the newly free nations. That was the conclusion of a...
  • Radical Cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed Threatens Syria with a Wave of Suicide Bombs

    01/25/2012 4:54:38 PM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH) ^ | JANUARY 25, 2012 7:06 PM | BY RUTH SHERLOCK, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
    "Radical cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed threatens Syria with a wave of suicide bombs" SNIPPET: "Omar Bakri Mohammed, the radical cleric banned from Britain for glorifying terrorism, has told The Daily Telegraph from his base in the Middle East that al-Qaida is poised to wage war against the Syrian regime. Bakri, once nicknamed the Tottenham Ayatollah, said hard-line Salafi Muslim groups, including al-Qaida, and his al-Ghuraba group were ready to help their "Muslim brothers" with a campaign of suicide attacks against Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president." SNIPPET: "Speaking from his new home in Lebanon, the self-styled cleric, who caused controversy after...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Qaradawi arrives in Cairo

    11/25/2011 5:34:51 AM PST · by bayouranger · 11 replies ^ | 11-24-11 | GlobalMB
    Egyptian media is reporting on the arrival of Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi in Cairo. According to a report on Youm7: Nov 24, 2011 – 00:11 Prominent Muslim Scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi arrived at Cairo Airport Wednesday to follow the incidents in Tahrir Square. Demonstrators have clashed with security forces for the past five days. Qaradawi was accompanied by the head of the Karama Organization for Human Rights, Abdel Rahman Naaniny. Qaradawi’s last known public appearance in Egypt was in February when he gave a sermon urging support for Hamas to a large crowd in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Qaradawi, a...
  • Egypt's Islamists secure 75% of parliament [after Obama helped them kick out Mubarak]

    01/23/2012 2:04:17 AM PST · by trekdown · 7 replies
    Guardian ^ | 2012-01-21 | The Associated Press
    CAIRO (AP) – Final results on Saturday showed that Islamist parties won nearly three-quarters of the seats in parliament in Egypt's first elections since the ouster of authoritarian president Hosni Mubarak, ... A coalition led by the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood won 47 percent, or 235 seats in the 498-seat parliament. The ultraconservative Al-Nour Party was second with 25 percent, or 125 seats. The Salafi Al-Nour, which was initially the biggest surprise of the vote, wants to impose strict Islamic law in Egypt ... A White House statement said that President Barack Obama called Egypt's ruling military leader, Field Marshal Hussein...
  • Why Obama Gave Away the Middle East

    01/23/2012 12:44:13 AM PST · by tsowellfan · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Editor’s note: The world is at this moment witnessing a horrific phenomenon: Islamists coming to power throughout the Middle East under the guise of a supposed “Arab Spring” – while the President of the United States is facilitating the entire process. Indeed, President Obama is reaching his hand out in solidarity to Islamists and enabling their solidification of power throughout the region. While displaying a disastrous weakness with Iran and allowing the Mullahs to move ahead aggressively with their nuclear weapon program, the Obama administration is helping the Muslim Brotherhood take over Egypt and the Taliban regain power in Afghanistan....
  • Study: Anti-Semitism In Middle East Has Become “More Violent And Extreme” Since Arab Spring Began…

    01/22/2012 10:37:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 1/22/12 | zip
    No surprise. (JPost) — There has been an increase in anti-Semitism in the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring, according to a report set for release on Sunday. That is the finding of the study Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein is to submit to the government. “[While] the popular uprisings in the Arab world do not represent a general change in attitude towards Israel, Zionism and the Jews it seems the anti-Semitic discourse and incitement have become more extreme and violent,” the report, which was written by scholars at the Kantor Center for the...
  • In Miami, Gingrich calls for 'Cuban spring'

    01/13/2012 2:20:37 PM PST · by Milagros · 12 replies
    sunshinestatenews. ^ | Jan 13, 2012
    Newt Gingrich gets a Cuban coffee this morning at the window at Versailles in Miami's ... Newt Gingrich Promises to Fight for a 'Cuban Spring'
  • "Palestinianism," Iran/Hezbollah and the "bombings" in Syria - 'crimes on its own people' cult

    01/07/2012 7:15:11 PM PST · by Milagros · 1 replies · 1+ views
    “Palestinianism,” Iran/Hezbollah and the “bombings” in Syria - ‘crimes on its own people’ cultHistory is witness to the Arab-Palestinians and Hezbollah who have been using all the tricks in their ‘books’ to cause their brethren civilians’ deaths, especially among women and children.So, why is it so hard to grasp that Iran/Hezbollah/Syrian that tries to crack down on protesters are ‘not’ committing the same ‘crimes against humanity’ on Syrian land? Syria buries 26, skeptics blame regime for bomb - JPost By OREN KESSLER 01/08/2012 01:42 Syrian journalist to ‘Post’: Bomb scene footage looks suspicious; Arab League asks Hamas to push Assad...
  • ‘Egyptian Revolutionary Guard’ says it is inspired by Iran’s Khamenei

    01/06/2012 7:00:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 03 January 2012 | (Translated from Arabic by Stanela Khalil)
    A group of young Egyptians launched a page on Facebook entitled “The Egyptian Revolutionary Guard” and their profile pictures show the Iranian flag with modified colors to match the colors of the Egyptian flag. Other profile pictures show the Egyptian flag where the picture of Ayatollah Khamenei replaces the eagle. These young Egyptians declared on their page that the Islamic revolution in Iran, led by Ayatollah Khamenei, is their source of motivation and inspiration. … In a call to Al Arabiya, the reporter Mustafa Barakat affirmed that the movement is currently calling for people storm the U.S. embassy on the...
  • The Islamist Winter: New Report Suggests Extremist Views Winning in Libya

    01/05/2012 9:28:16 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies ^ | January 04, 2012 | Catherine Herridge
    The Arab Spring may quickly become an Islamist Winter in Libya, reads a new report circulated among federal law enforcement and written for policymakers on Capitol Hill. An advance copy of the report entitled "A View to Extremist Currents In Libya" and obtained by Fox News, states that extremist views are gaining ground in the north African country and suggests a key figure emerging in Libya formerly tied to al Qaeda has not changed his stripes. "Despite early indications that the Libyan revolution might be a largely secular undertaking ... the very extremist currents that shaped the philosophies of Libya...
  • No One is as Naive as our President Pretends

    01/04/2012 12:32:29 PM PST · by Ari Bussel · 11 replies
    No One is as Naïve as our President Pretends By Norma Zager “The foreign policy of the United States is the way in which it interacts with foreign nations and sets standards of interaction for its organizations, corporations and individual citizens. The U.S. is highly influential in the world…” Wikipedia The American president is the most informed human being in the world. He is regularly updated on events occurring on this planet by every intelligence agency from here to Saturn, including the rings. For any American to believe he didn’t know the Muslim Brotherhood would rise to ultimate political power...
  • 'Palestinians are biggest winners of Arab Spring'

    01/03/2012 1:57:22 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/3/12 | Staff
    Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh claimed Tuesday that Palestinians would be the biggest winners of the so-called Arab Spring revolutions that saw the successful overthrow of three separate regimes in the Middle East and a notable rise in the power of Islamist groups. Speaking with Turkish journalists during his trip to Turkey, the Hamas leader stressed that the recent victory of Islamist parties in newly democratic elections in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia foreshadowed a "promising future" for the Palestinian people.
  • The Year We Lost Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Most of the Middle East

    01/01/2012 4:28:48 AM PST · by expat1000 · 29 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Saturday, December 31, 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    About the only people having a Happy New Year in the Muslim world aren't the Christians who are huddling and waiting out the storm, but the Islamists who use a different calendar but are having the best time of their lives since the last Caliphate. The news that the Obama Administration has brought in genocidal Muslim Brotherhood honcho Yusuf Al-Qaradawi to discuss terms of surrender for the transfer of Afghanistan to the Taliban caps a year in which the Brotherhood and the Salafists are looking up carve up Egypt, the Islamists won Tunisia's elections, Turkey's Islamist AKP Party purged the...

    07/10/2009 10:20:41 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies · 1,063+ views
    Afghanistan’s Taliban movement turned their attention to the U.S. role in Somalia and elsewhere in Africa in an article published in the latest issue of the Taliban’s Arabic-language magazine, al-Sumud (Media Center of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan-Taliban, June 27). The article, entitled “Somalia: Next Target for the Global Tyrant, the United States of America,” focused on the alleged neo-colonial ambitions of the United States, especially in respect to the consolidation and exploitation of African energy resources. The author, using the name Anwar, maintains that God provided Muslims ample blessings in the form of natural resources, but Muslim inattentiveness and...
  • 2011: You Can't Win For Losing

    12/30/2011 5:28:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | December 30, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    Charlie Sheen was clearly the man of the year. You'll recall that 2011 began with the oafish actor celebrating his own narcotic and sexual crapulence like a victorious gladiator working the crowds. He was egged on by a media with as much decency as the cons on the top tiers of the prison who chant "fresh fish" as the new inmates walk into general pop, their eyes stinging from delousing powder. Sheen succeeded at turning his own debasement into a national pseudo-event by calling the very definition of losing "winning." And that's what 2011 was all about: pretending to be...
  • 2011: Bin Laden and Arab Spring in Context

    12/28/2011 11:17:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | December 28, 2011 | Austin Bay
    Cultural adaptation is a perniciously slow process. It has been a decade since Bernard Lewis' classic "What Went Wrong?" appeared in the wake of al-Qaida's 9/11 massacres. That short book reflected on the failure of Muslim nations (Ottoman Turkey in the main) to compete with Western Europe's political and technological surge, which began in the 15th and 16th centuries. Geographic distance and slow transport and communication shielded the vast majority of Muslim populations from knowledge of the Islamic world's loss of economic and military dominance. But, Lewis wrote, "In the course of the twentieth century it became abundantly clear that...
  • ElBaradei: U.S., Egypt In Secret Talks On Fate Of Israel Peace Treaty

    12/27/2011 7:59:58 AM PST · by edpc · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 27 Dec 2011 | Haaretz
    The United States is engaged in secret talks with Egypt's ruling military council geared at ensuring that the country's democratically elected regime will maintain its peace treaty with Israel, top Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei said on Tuesday. Results from Egypt's recent parliamentary vote, which saw considerable gains for Islamist factions such as the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party and the radical Salafi movement's Al-Nour Party, have caused some to question the future of Israel's 1979 peace treaty with its neighbor to the north.
  • Suicide car bomb kills at least 4 people and wounds 17 others near Iraq's Interior Ministry

    12/25/2011 9:58:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies ^ | 12/25/11 | editor
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  • Syria: Suicide bombs kill 44 in capital

    12/23/2011 6:29:49 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 6 replies
    CBS / AP ^ | December 23, 2011 4:38 AM
    DAMASCUS, Syria - Twin suicide car bombs blasted outside two buildings of Syria's powerful intelligence agencies Friday, killing at least 44 people and wounding more than 150, authorities said, in the first such attacks since the country was thrown into turmoil by the 9-month-old uprising against the rule of President Bashar Assad. The government quickly held up the explosions as proof of its claims that it is battling not a popular uprising but terrorists intent on overthrowing the regime. But its opponents cast doubt on its account, hinting that the regime itself could be behind the attack to make its...
  • Prepare For Darker Mideast

    12/22/2011 8:17:39 PM PST · by edpc · 8 replies
    YNet ^ | 22 Dec 2011 | Giulio Meotti
    In Tunisia, the country that had the highest percentage of mini-skirts in the Arab world, Islamism got 40% of the vote. In Morocco, which was once considered a pillar of Arab secularism, the Islamists won 30%. Meanwhile, some 70% of Egypt’s new Parliament is in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood and the salafists, who praised Osama bin Laden last April. In Libya, Islamic law supporters and former al-Qaeda bosses took power after Gaddafi’s fall. The Syrian National Council, the opposition group to Assad’s rule, has 19 members: 15 Islamists, 2 Christians and 2 Druze.
  • One-off Democracy: When the First Election is the Last

    12/19/2011 8:57:36 AM PST · by varialectio · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 10 | Jeff Lipkes
    Today is the anniversary of the first election in history in which a nation's leader was selected by universal male suffrage. On December 10, 1848, Frenchmen went to the polls for the first time in fifty-six years. For a third time, a revolution had overthrown the king, and for the second time, a republic was proclaimed. But the French voters blew it. The surprise winner was a seedy forty-year-old adventurer who had lived in exile in Switzerland and England, except for two ignominious coup attempts. He ran on a vaguely socialistic platform of hope and change -- his first book...
  • Social Justice’ Activists Proclaim New State of Israel

    12/18/2011 1:20:29 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/12/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    “Social justice” activists attended the annual Israeli Business Conference to proclaim “a new State of Israel -- The Social Justice state.” The proclamation surprised the prestigious annual Israeli Business Conference, which was attended by senior political and business leaders, including Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Activists in Israel this past summer staged tent city protests in Tel Aviv and other urban centers. Starting out as the ”cottage cheese boycott” movement to bring down the price of the dairy prices, the movement spread to an all-encompassing demonstration against nearly every imaginable worry – from the...
  • Egypt's army storms Tahrir Square as clashes continue

    12/17/2011 11:35:54 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 17, 2011 | 10:54 am | Amro HassanEgypt
    REPORTING FROM CAIRO -- Troops in riot gear stormed Tahrir Square on Saturday as clashes with protesters demanding an immediate end to Egypt’s military rule continued for a second day. At least nine demonstrators have been killed and 361 others wounded since the clashes began Friday, the Health Ministry said. ... The clashes began when military police broke up a protest encampment outside the Cabinet building following scuffles with demonstrators who were enraged about the arrest and beating of an activist. The troops withdrew late Friday afternoon, but confrontations continued overnight. On Saturday, military police returned to disperse the crowds...
  • Historic visit to Libya by Pentagon chief Panetta

    12/17/2011 11:07:22 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday, December 17, 2011 | Lolita Baldor
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Pentagon chief Leon Panetta made history Saturday as the first American defense secretary to set foot on Libyan soil and said he hoped the post-Moammar Gadhafi government could assemble the country’s militias into “one Libya.” Panetta has indicated that the U.S. will give the Libyans some time to gain control of the militias that overthrew Gadhafi during an eight-month civil war before determining how to help the fledgling government. At a news conference in the capital with Prime Minister Abdal-Raheem al-Keeb, Panetta said that he was confident that the new Libyan government is reaching out to...
  • Syria Unrest: Mass rallies after Friday prayers

    12/16/2011 12:22:01 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 16, 2011
    Syrian security forces have reportedly opened fire on anti-government protesters after hundreds of thousands took to the streets across the country. Activists said at least six people had been killed in the restive central city of Homs, where 200,000 joined marches following Friday prayers. There were also clashes in Hama, Deraa and Deir al-Zour. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 200,000 demonstrators came out in several districts of Homs on Friday, demanding that the Arab League stop extending a deadline is has given Damascus to end the crackdown and agree to an observer mission. The Local...
  • Egyptian Soldiers Clashes With Protesters; 3 Dead

    12/16/2011 11:26:15 AM PST · by edpc · 22 replies · 1+ views
    YNet ^ | 16 Dec 2011 | News Agencies
    At least two people were killed in clashes on Friday between demonstrators and troops in the worst violence since the start of Egypt's first free election in six decades, medical sources said. A worker at a makeshift field hospital said a third person had died from gunshot wounds. At least 99 people were also injured. Soldiers stormed an anti-military protest camp outside Egypt's Cabinet building, beating women with sticks and hurling chunks of concrete and glass onto protesters from the roof of the parliament in a resurgence of turmoil only a day after millions voted in parliamentary elections.
  • Syrian army defectors kill 27 troops in one of deadliest clashes, Canada tells citizens to go

    12/15/2011 2:49:17 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | Thursday, December 15, 3:24 PM
    BEIRUT — Army defectors killed 27 government forces Thursday in apparently coordinated attacks that were among the deadliest by rebel troops since the uprising began nine months ago. The escalating unrest prompted Canada to advise thousands of its citizens in Syria to leave. The fighting began around daybreak in the southern province of Daraa, where the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian regime began in March. Syria has seen a sharp escalation in armed clashes recently, raising concerns the country of 22 million is headed toward civil war. The U.N. raised its death toll for the Syrian uprising substantially this...
  • Arab Spring 1 Year Later: Outlook Gloomy for Suffering Christians

    12/15/2011 7:07:07 AM PST · by Milagros · 2 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | Dec 13, 2011
    Called the "Arab Spring," repressive governments crumpled like dominoes, changing the landscape of the Middle East and North Africa forever and sending shockwaves around the world. Unfortunately for the already minority Christian population in Muslim-dominated countries like Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, the future is all but clear. Will 2012 bring more persecution and marginalization for Christians or greater liberty to worship...
  • Arab uprising could spark unrest in UK: general

    12/15/2011 4:34:59 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2011 | Mohammed Abbas
    (Reuters) - Britain's top soldier warned on Wednesday that pro-democracy uprisings in the Middle East could spawn militant Islamist activity in Britain, but said the greatest threat was economic. In his end-of-year analysis of the dangers facing Britain, the chief of the defense staff, General David Richards, said the Arab Spring could stir unrest in Britain's immigrant communities. "(There is) the risk that the Arab awakening leads to fissures and internal conflict that could be exported, including militant Islamism," Richards told a defense thinktank, the Royal United Services Institute, in London. "They have diasporas reaching back to this country, as...
  • The Majdalani Effect, The Zawahiri Strategy and the Curse on the Middle East

    12/05/2011 4:29:49 PM PST · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Rubin Reports | 01/06/2012 | Barry Rubin
    In a rare glimpse behind the curtain, a Palestinian scandal sheds a lot of light on the Palestinian Authority, Arab politics, and Western illusions. Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Labor Ahmed Majdalani was being interviewed by a radio station when, not realizing that his microphone was on, he referred to Palestinian workers as “brothers of whores.” Hundreds of callers complained. Majdalani’s answer? He claimed he was talking about Israelis, not Palestinians! What does this tell us? First, that Arab and Muslim-majority society ie still, in 2011, extremely traditional. Despite all the rhetoric of popular struggle, leftism, anti-imperialism, and so on,...
  • Egypt’s Descent Two-thirds of the Arab world’s largest nation is voting for sharia.

    12/05/2011 1:04:05 AM PST · by Fred · 12 replies
    NRO Online ^ | 120411 | Mark Steyn
    I’ve been alarmed by the latest polls. No, not from Iowa and New Hampshire, although they’re unnerving enough. It’s the polls from Egypt. Foreign policy has not played a part in the U.S. presidential campaign, mainly because we’re so broke that the electorate seems minded to take the view that if government is going to throw trillions of dollars down the toilet they’d rather it was an Al Gore–compliant Kohler model in Des Moines or Poughkeepsie than an outhouse in Waziristan. Alas, reality does not arrange its affairs quite so neatly, and the world that is arising in the second...
  • Egypt's ElBaradei: Liberals 'decimated' in vote

    12/04/2011 10:37:04 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 5, 2011 | SARAH EL DEEB and MARJORIE OLSTER
    CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's top reformist leader said Sunday the liberal youth behind the country's uprising have been "decimated" in parliamentary elections dominated by Islamists and expressed concern about the rise of hard-line religious elements advocating extremist ideas such as banning women from driving. Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Prize laureate and possible presidential candidate, said he hopes moderate Islamists will rein in the extremists and send a reassuring message to the world that Egypt will not go down an ultraconservative religious path.
  • The Trouble with Muslim "democracy"

    12/04/2011 8:51:35 PM PST · by PRePublic · 9 replies
    Think-Israel ^ | Nov-2011 | D. Greenfield
      THE TROUBLE WITH MUSLIM DEMOCRACY by Daniel Greenfield    The ultimate symbol of Muslim Democracy may not end up being the purple fingers of the Iraqi ballots but the smoke from burning churches and dead Coptic Christians in Egypt. While Iraq was tenuously balanced between Shiites and Sunnis, Arabs and Kurds, there is no such balance in Egypt. The average Egyptian is a Sunni Arab and thinks Christians are dogs. Church burnings are as close as Egypt is ever likely to get to democracy and we should be happy for that. The Muslim world is so enthusiastic about...
  • Islamists sweep Egypt elections

    12/03/2011 11:36:57 AM PST · by La Enchiladita · 52 replies
    AFP, via Hindustan Times ^ | Dec. 3, 2011 | Staff
    Early results from Egypt's first post-revolution election showed Islamist parties sweeping to victory, including hardline Salafists, with secular parties trounced in many areas. Partial figures trickled in for the areas of the country that voted in record numbers on Monday and Tuesday, confirming earlier predictions that Islamist parties would win at least two thirds of the ballots cast. In Port Said, the moderate Islamist alliance led by the previously banned Muslim Brotherhood triumphed with 32.5% of votes for parties, while the hardline Al-Nur party gained 20.7%, the state-owned Al-Ahram daily said. The liberal Wafd party won 14%, while another Islamist...
  • The Middle East Policy Twilight Zone (Barry Rubin On US ME Policy Unrealism Alert)

    12/02/2011 4:46:07 PM PST · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/02/2011 | Barry Rubin
    The Middle East Policy Twilight Zone: Four Examples You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead — your next stop, the Twilight Zone. —Rod Serling By Barry Rubin Ah, the gap between Middle East reality and official U.S. government-approved reality. Here are four examples: –“Here is the next challenge for the citizen movements that are advancing from Tunisia to Syria — and eventually, surely, to repressive non-Arab states such as Iran and China. Once they...
  • Egypt's Brotherhood says it leads in vote count ("Arab Spring" turns to an Israeli nightmare)

    11/30/2011 4:10:09 AM PST · by tobyhill · 4 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/30/2011 | Yasmine Saleh and Marwa Awad
    The Muslim Brotherhood said on Wednesday it was leading in the initial count of results from the first round of Egypt's parliamentary election and one source in its party said it had secured 40 percent of votes cast for party lists. A member of the rival liberal Egyptian Bloc also said that in Cairo, one area that voted on Monday and Tuesday, the list led by the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) had 40 to 50 percent of votes. His Bloc had 20 to 30 percent, he said.
  • Muslim Anti-Semitism and the Arab Spring

    11/30/2011 5:59:10 AM PST · by expat1000 · 7 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Nov 30, 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    Western columnists eager to bestow their blessing on the democratic impulses of the Arab Spring are troubled by its darker side, the bigotry, the sexual violence and religious fanaticism. Rather than admit that they may have gotten the Arab Spring wrong, they look at its dark side as an external factor, rather than an internal one. Case in point, Jeffrey Goldberg's recitation of Anti-Semitism in the Arab Spring leads to the same baffled attempts to understand. "On the surface this makes no sense: Arabs are rising up against Arabs, so what does this have to do with the “Protocols of...
  • A Must-Read Essay By Israeli Physicist Haim Harari on the Arab Spring and Barack Obama’s Incoherent

    11/30/2011 6:30:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 11/30/11 | Joel B. Pollak
    Israeli physicist Dr. Haim Harari, former president of Israel’s world-renowned Weizmann Institute of Science, recently laid forth an analysis of the Arab Spring and its aftermath that is a must-read as Egyptians elect a new government this week. Harari points out that the only stable and powerful political forces in most Arab countries are the military and the Islamist movements, with some tribal forces playing a role in certain Arab states. The outlook for true liberal democracy–with individual rights, respect for opposition, and checks and balances of power–is therefore grim, Harari concludes. In addition, Harari offers an analysis of the...
  • The Donkey is Dead

    12/01/2011 4:48:41 AM PST · by expat1000 · 15 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Wednesday, November 30, 201 | Daniel Greenfield
    Once upon a time a mad Caliph demanded of an old servant of his that he teach a donkey to talk for his amusement. If he refused, he would be put to death. If he failed he would be put to death as well. The old servant shrugged and asked for a year's time in which to complete the task. When other servants asked him why he had accepted, he answered. "A year is a long time. Either the Caliph will die, the donkey will die, or the donkey will learn to speak." It's been quite a few years and...
  • Morocco's king names head of Islamist party new PM

    11/29/2011 3:39:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The leader of an Islamist party that has never before participated in Morocco's governments was chosen by the king as the country's new head of government on Tuesday. The Justice and Development Party won the most votes Friday in a national election prompted by the pro-democracy demonstrations that swept this North African kingdom of 32 million earlier this year as part of the regionwide Arab Spring. King Mohammed VI received Abdelilah Benkirane, the secretary general of the Justice and Development Party, in the mountain town of Midelt on Tuesday and named him head of government with...
  • Egyptian elections stir disquiet in Israel (dark clouds of Islamic-fascistic "democracy")

    11/29/2011 9:16:16 AM PST · by Righting · 4 replies
    CSmonitor ^ | 29, Nov, 2011
    The Arab Spring could open the door for Islamists – as seen in Egypt elections – and threaten Israel,...
  • MPAC Proud to Host Radical Tunisian Leader

    11/29/2011 1:55:22 AM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies
    SNIPPET: "A radical Tunisian Islamist leader, denied an entry visa into the United States during the 1990s, is scheduled to make two appearances on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of Tunisia's Ennahda Party, will attend a forum on the Arab Spring at the Cannon Office Building, an announcement from the event's sponsor, the Muslim Public Affairs Council's (MPAC) said. He'll also attend a special dinner Tuesday evening. Ghannouchi's Ennahda Party recently won the majority in the first free parliamentary elections since the ouster of Tunisia's longtime ruler, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali." SNIPPET: "In a May interview with the...
  • The Myth of the Arab Spring Underdog

    11/28/2011 4:26:53 AM PST · by expat1000 · 1 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Nov 27, 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    Ever since the Arab Spring began videos have been making the rounds of massacres in Syria and Bahrain, photos of violent protests in Egypt, excited tweets, bloodied faces, Molotov cocktails and all the rest of the revolutionary chatter. It is tempting to side with the people battling tanks, even when you don’t know why they are battling them. That was how Americans ended up cheering an alliance between the anti-American leftist Kifaya movement and the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo against the Egyptian government. Or backing an Al-Qaeda linked Islamist group against Gaddafi in Libya. America was built on revolution and...