Archive for January, 2011

Flash: Egyptian ‘Moderate Democratic’ Leader Negotiating Coalition Government With Islamists

Monday, January 31st, 2011

By Barry Rubin

As I’ve been warning, Muhammed al-Baradei, seen as the leading “moderate, pro-democratic” leader in Egypt is negotiating with the Muslim Brotherhood to form a national unity government. That doesn’t mean the negotiations will succeed but it gives a clear glimpse of what a post-Mubarak regime Egypt would mean.

As one shrewd analyst remarks, “al-Baradei being put in power by the Muslim Brotherhood is effectively like the ‘moderate’ Miqati being put in power [as prime minister] in Lebanon by Hizballah. What matters is that the Muslim Brotherhood and Hizballah are calling the shots.”

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Pharaoh is Dead, Long Live Pharaoh!

Monday, January 31st, 2011

by Phyllis Chesler

The historical ground trembles beneath our feet.

Tunisia has risen (or fallen); and now, Egypt, the historically stabilizing force in the Arab world is on fire, in chaos. Stealthily, almost invisibly, the Muslim Brotherhood is gathering its power in Suez, Alexandria, and Cairo. Wealthy Egyptians have already chartered private planes and flown to safety. President Mubarak has reportedly sent his wife and heir out to London many days ago.

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The Birth of Hizballahstan

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

By Jonathan Spyer

Events have moved fast in Lebanon. The country now faces the prospect of a government controlled by Hizbullah and consisting solely of the movement and its allies.

Parts of Lebanon looked in danger of slipping into chaos on Tuesday, as angry Sunnis took to the streets for a “Day of Rage” in protest of what they called Hizbullah’s “coup.”

They were responding to the securing of a parliamentary majority for Hizbullah’s preferred prime ministerial candidate, Najib Mikati. Mikati received the backing of 65 members of the 128-member parliament earlier this week, clearing the way for his appointment as prime minister.

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Special Report: The Revolt in Egypt and U.S. Policy

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

By Barry Rubin

There is no good policy for the United States regarding the uprising in Egypt but the Obama Administration may be adopting something close to the worst option. This is its first real international crisis. And it seems to be adopting a policy that, while somewhat balanced, is pushing the Egyptian regime out of power. The situation could not be more dangerous and might be the biggest disaster for the region and Western interests since the Iranian revolution three decades ago.

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The Price of L.A.’s Illegals – and Then Some

Friday, January 28th, 2011

By James R. Edwards Jr., CIS.org

An estimate by a Los Angeles County supervisor finds that his county spent more than $600 million in 2010 on welfare for the children of illegal aliens. That’s up more than $30 million over the previous year.

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Bewitched Animals and the Muslim Media

Friday, January 28th, 2011

by Raymond Ibrahim*

Because conspiracy theories emanating from the Muslim world are nothing new — a decade ago, Israel was accused of perpetrating the strikes of 9/11, today it is accused of perpetrating the bombings of a Coptic church — they tend to be dismissed in the West.

A close examination of these theories, however, reveals pathological trends that need to be acknowledged — especially by Western leaders who stubbornly interact with the Muslim world under the assumption that all Muslims “think just like us.”

Consider, for starters, those conspiracy theories dealing with subversive animals:

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Our “friend” in Egypt: Hosni Mubarak

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

We made a choice long ago to support Egypt for making peace with Israel. Egypt left the Soviet sphere of influence, and turned strategically towards the West. Egypt’s current leadership, before peace with Israel, was a socialist-leaning, pan-Arab nationalist bunch (Nasser and Sadat). So they were “socialist,” Soviet allies one day, and then U.S. allies after the Camp David Accords brought Egypt’s Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Menachem Begin together to sign a peace treaty. Sadat was assassinated for making peace by Islamists, and Egypt’s current president, Hosni Mubarak, took over. He doesn’t like Islamists (e.g., the Muslim Brotherhood), but he’s no democrat. Now 82, he was ready to put his son in charge and continue his “dynasty,” but his people are demonstrating and rioting, and his son has fled to Britain. So where does that leave American policy? If the Mubarak dynasty (our “ally”) falls, there’s a good chance the Islamist terrorists will take over, or there’ll be a civil war between secular and orthodox Egyptians. What a mess — a I don’t have a lot of confidence that a new democracy will sprout. And here’s how Mubarak is handling protests against his leadership:

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The Kevin Bacon of American Jihad

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

by Adam Turner*

Revolution Muslim, a U.S.-based radical Islamic jihadist organization, has become the Kevin Bacon of Islamic fundamentalism. Whenever jihadist groups threaten free speech in America or Europe, you can bet an associate of Revolution Muslim is somehow involved.

During an 18-month period, eight of the 27 reported cases of homegrown terrorism saw U.S. terror suspects frequenting, blogging on, or directly linked to Revolution Muslim or a related group. The group’s website was originally at RevolutionMuslim.com. When their service provider shut them down on November 5, 2010, they reconstituted at IslamPolicy.com. To date, the threats that have emanated from the Revolution Muslim websites have never been adequately legally addressed by the U.S.

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Honor Killings In Buffalo and Arizona? Two Trials Prove This Is Happening Here.

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

by Phyllis Chesler

America has a long, proud history of immigrants who came to America to escape persecution. They arrived here both with high hopes of retaining their ethnic and religious identities but also of becoming something new: Americans.

However, something new is now afoot among some of these new American immigrants and citizens. Although it is hotly denied, Americans, like Europeans, are now experiencing a new kind of immigrant, one for whom tribal, cultural, or ethnic loyalty trumps his allegiance to American law and to western concepts of individual human rights.

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AFSI Mourns Loss of Founder, Herbert Zweibon

Monday, January 24th, 2011

By Fern Sidman

Herbert Zweibon, the founder of Americans For A Safe Israel (AFSI), a major political support group for the Jewish communities of Judea, Samaria and the Golan, passed away in New York after a brief illness on Thursday January 20th, at age 84.

Founded in 1970, as an American counterpart to the Land of Israel Movement, AFSI’s platform promulgates Israel’s historical, religious and legal rights to the territories won in the 1967 war and has consistently argued that a strong territorially defensible Israel is essential to U.S. security interests in the region and that “land for peace” is a delusional policy.

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A French Intifada

Monday, January 24th, 2011

by Nidra Poller*

A process described by some as the Islamization of Europe, by others as the failure of Europeans to integrate Muslim immigrants, has reached a breaking point in France. One of the most troubling manifestations of this discord is the development of a particular type of violence that is more than the sum of its parts. A sampling of this year’s news reports reads like a catalogue of stomping, stabbing, shooting, torching, and sacking; attacks on teachers, policemen, firemen, old ladies, and modest retirees; turf wars, tribal fights, murder over women, over attitude, over nothing; dead youths, murderous youths, bodies scattered across a national battlefield.

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ISNA Canada Lives High on Charitable Funds

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

by Daniel Pipes*

The Islamic Society of North America’s Canada branch, Jesse McLean of the Toronto Star reports in “Muslim charity squandered money for poor,” has engaged in gross mismanagement. A 2010 audit of the prior four years carried out on behalf of the ISNA Canada board found that of C$810,777 collected in a special pool of Zakat and Fitrah money for “helping needy Muslims not only in Canada, but all over the World”, less than one-quarter, or $196,460 actually went to the poor. The remaining $614,000 went for what the audit delicately calls “administration of the centre” by its 30-plus-year Secretary General Mohammad Ashraf, a 73-year-old microbiologist.

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Why Obama Administration Peace Process Policy Will Be A Total Waste of Time in 2011

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

By Barry Rubin

Since predicting the future is hard, to say the least, it’s always interesting when one can clearly see a crisis looming months ahead of time. The usual pattern is for the impending problem to be ignored until the last minute, then it is suddenly discovered by journalists and policymakers with great astonishment.

Often, they then misdiagnose the causes of the problem precisely because they never understood why it happened in the first place.

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Iran’s Execution Binge

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

By Jonathan Spyer

In the early morning hours of Saturday, January 15 in the isolated and overcrowded Urumiya prison in western Iran, the authorities hanged one of their opponents.

Hossein Khazri, an alleged activist with the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), was 29. He had been in custody since early 2009. His crime, of which he was convicted on July 11, 2009, was that of being an “enemy of God” in the eyes of the Islamic Republic.

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Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis to speak at the United Nations

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

By Fern Sidman

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, founder and president of Hineni, the internationally renowned Torah outreach organization will be addressing audiences at the United Nations in New York City on Thursday, January 27th on the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Remembrance Day. This most special event is being sponsored by the International B’nai Brith organization to commemorate to the legacy of those who perished during the Holocaust and as a forum to address escalating global anti-Semitism and racism.

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