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Native Icon: The Outspoken Phyllis Chesler

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

From Phyllis Chesler

Bestselling author, legendary feminist leader, noted psychotherapist, mother, grandmother and native New Yorker… but wait, there’s more. Discover what makes the extraordinary and outspoken Dr. Phyllis Chesler tick in this candid conversation with New York Natives:

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Prelude to the Boston Bombings

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

by Dawn Perlmutter*

On September 11, 2011, three lifelong friends—Brendan Mess, age 25, Erik Weissman, 31, and Raphael Teken, 37—were brutally murdered in Mess’s apartment in Waltham, Massachusetts. The graphic crime scene was discovered in the early afternoon of September 12, 2011, by Mess’s girlfriend, who ran screaming from the apartment. The victims had been dragged to three different rooms and killed there. Their bodies had multiple stab wounds; their throats were slit from ear to ear with such force that they were nearly decapitated, and their mutilated corpses were covered with drugs and money. In addition to the seven pounds of marijuana found on their bodies, $5,000 in cash was left at the scene. Two of the three victims were Jewish, and several sources have identified all three victims as such.[1]

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On Closed Embassies, the Worldwide Travel Alert, and Wimpitude

Monday, August 5th, 2013

by Daniel Pipes*

In April, the city of Boston was effectively under military curfew because two terrorists were on the loose. Now, fears of al-Qaeda attacking has led the U.S. government temporarily to close 21 U.S. embassies in Muslim-majority countries and then issue a worldwide travel alert announcing that “Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure.”

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said that the two steps result from “a significant threat stream” and so the authorities “are taking it seriously.”

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L’Attentat: Suicide Bombing as a Female Career Option

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

by Phyllis Chesler

An Arab doctor and his suicide bomber wife are the focus of a complex film banned in Lebanon.

I have just seen Lebanese director Zind Doueiri’s prize-winning film, “L’Attentat” (The Attack). The film focuses on Dr. Amin Jafaari, a rather soulful, assimilated Arab Israeli surgeon who lives and works in Tel Aviv. His colleagues are mainly Israeli Jews with whom he socializes; they are his social as well as professional intimates.

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Homegrown Terrorists, Rebels in Search of a Cause

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

by Peter A. Olsson*

The Boston bombing has refocused public attention on a steadily growing phenomenon the Obama administration has been trying to sweep under the carpet: domestic Islamist terrorists whose familiarity with American culture makes them more difficult to detect prior to their acts of terror. By way of preventing similar attacks, therefore, it is necessary not only to monitor terror networks but also to understand the psychodynamics of the creation of “homegrown terrorists” in general, and the appeal of radical Islam to “In-betweeners”—young persons in a transitional phase in one or more key aspects of their lives—in particular.

The Vulnerable “In-betweeners”

Clinical psychologist Margaret Singer’s 1995 Cults in Our Midst spells out this behavioral pattern in some detail, explaining the individual’s vulnerability to seduction by an exploitative cult:

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The Boston Bombings and Understanding the Islamic Worldview

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Interview with Mark Durie

by Christian Worldview Radio*

David Wheaton: Perhaps you watched the Boston Marathon bombings that killed four people and injured more than 200 others and wondered, “Why would two young Muslim men, who were granted political asylum in America years ago, educated in our schools, and received financial aid from U.S. taxpayers, set off two bombs in order to murder and maim as many Americans as possible?”

It’s a very good question. It has been said that, “All Muslims are not terrorists … but almost all terrorist attacks against America are committed by Muslims.”

Why is this? What is it about Islam — or perhaps about America? — that leads two young Muslims to murder the people that have actually taken them in?

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My Life’s Work: Free Books and A Look Back at Forty Years of Middle East Analysis

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

By Barry Rubin

I’ve just put the full text of 13 books which I’ve written onto the Internet. You can access them all for free with a single click. This project has prompted me to think a lot about what I’ve been trying to do these last forty years.

The main goal has been trying to explain the Middle East as it actually exists, how its politics work, and how its history can be understood. My basic overview is contained in my The Tragedy of the Middle East. In structural terms, the Middle East can be seen as paralleling the history and politics of other regions in the world. But along with that is the all-important factor of its specific development.

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Mystery Solved: Why Are Some Liberals Claiming Israel is At Fault For Their Lack of Support?

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

By Barry Rubin

There’s been a strange phenomenon building in the last few weeks that’s been puzzling me. But I’ve just figured it out. Various people — there are many examples so you can insert your own–have been writing that Israel is making some big mistake. It is losing support, especially liberal and American Jewish support, they explain, because of the way it’s been behaving.

What’s puzzling about this is that nothing has actually happened to imply that any great opportunity is being missed that might justify this attitude. There has been no recent turn toward peace by the Palestinian Authority; no great new idea promising a breakthrough; no change in personalities that offers some shocking new opportunity. The regional picture has been getting worse for reasons having nothing to do with Israel; Hamas stronger; and the Palestinian Authority equally intransigent.

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Jewish boy among those killed in Connecticut school shooting

Monday, December 17th, 2012

By Fern Sidman

In the heinous massacre that has rocked the nation to its core, it has been reported that among the 20 children that were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday morning, December 14th, was six-year-old Noah Posner, a Jewish boy. His twin sister, also a student at the Sandy Hook school, escaped with her life. Upon receiving the news that her son had been one of the first graders killed, Noah’s mother, Veronique, a nurse at a local hospital, completely broke down according to Rabbi Shaul Praver of Temple Adath Israel in Newtown.

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Mocking Muhammad Is Not Hate Speech

Monday, October 1st, 2012

by Daniel Pipes*

To stop Islamist violence over perceived insults to Muhammad, I argued in a FoxNews.com article on Friday, editors and producers daily should display cartoons of Muhammad “until the Islamists get used to the fact that we turn sacred cows into hamburger.”

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Islam’s Black Flag Flies over Egypt

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

by Raymond Ibrahim*

The United States embassy of Egypt is under siege. According to Fox News, “Mainly ultraconservative Islamist protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Egypt’s capital Tuesday and brought down the flag, replacing it with a black flag with an Islamic inscription to protest a video attacking Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. Hundreds of protesters marched to the embassy in downtown Cairo …. Dozens of protesters then scaled the embassy walls, went into the courtyard and took down the flag from a pole. They brought it back to the crowd outside, which tried to burn it, but failing that, tore it apart. The protesters on the wall then raised on the flagpole a black flag with the Muslim declaration of faith on it, ‘There is no god but God and Muhammad is his prophet.’ The flag, similar to the banner used by al-Qaida, is commonly used by ultraconservatives around the region…. By evening, the protest grew with thousands standing outside the embassy, chanting ‘Islamic, Islamic. The right of our prophet will not die.’ A group of women in black veils and robes that left only their eyes exposed chanted, ‘Worshipers of the Cross, leave the Prophet Muhammad alone.’”

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The Ramadan Olympics and Islam’s “Law of Necessity”

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

by Mark Durie*

Islam Is a flexible religion: religious obligations allow exceptions, subject to circumstances. Muslim religious scholars balance countervailing obligations to determine when exceptions apply. Understanding such balancing of necessities in Islam is not only important for public policy, but also for understanding how an identical set of religious beliefs can be used to justify war or peace, terrorism or peaceful coexistence.

Fasting During a Ramadan Olympics

As the London Olympics are underway, London organizers of the Olympics, according to a report in the New York Times, are supporting the needs of Muslims athletes, “with more than 150 Muslim clerics on hand to assist athletes, as well as fast-breaking packs including dates and other traditional foods.”

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Assad’s Houla Propaganda

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi and Phillip Smyth*

Throughout the Syrian conflict, Western media sources have accepted bait provided by Bashar al-Assad’s most prodigious propagandists, who regularly weave tales of anti-Assad, al-Qaeda-style groups’ expelling or murdering members of minority groups. These claims touch on issues that play well for Bashar Assad’s regime, especially the claim that without the regime, the country will turn into Iraq.

The outcome of Assad’s removal, assuming that Syria or even its Sunni heartland can hold together, may well be a new Sunni Islamist regime. However, this does not excuse the regime’s attempts to disseminate patent falsehoods.

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An Arab explains why ‘Arab hatred of Israel is driven by envy and fear’

Monday, June 4th, 2012

From Aish.com, an Arab “Lebanese kid growing up in New Jersey” eloquently explains why, “Arab hatred of Israel is driven by envy and fear.” Lee Habeeb provides some personal history, explaining that he first learned of the virulent, hateful opinions which many Arabs hold against Israel when he wrote his, “first pro-Israel column for my college paper as a young student journalist.” Read the snippet below and the whole article, and find out why Habeeb concludes that, “Despising Israel the way Israel is despised in much of the Arab world is all about anti-Semitism. And most anti-Semitism anywhere in the world has its origins in envy.” Referring to a Jordanian acquaintance, he asks (and answers):

… Why is all of his passion, all of his anger and rage, directed at this one country, this one people? Why is it not directed at Syria, I ask him? By all accounts, the Syrian government orchestrated the assassination of one of the Arab world’s great men of peace, former Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri. And President Assad continues to terrorize his own people. …

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The Jihadist Roots of the Norway Massacre

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

by Raymond Ibrahim*

Anders Breivik, who went on a shooting spree in Norway last year, killing some 70 people, recently confessed his inspiration: al-Qaeda, the jihadists par excellence of the modern world.

According to AFP, “The gunman behind the Norway massacres said he was inspired by al-Qaida as he took the stand Tuesday [4/17] at his trial…. he described himself as a ‘militant nationalist’ and, using the pronoun ‘we’ to suggest he was part of a larger group, added: ‘We have drawn from al-Qaida and militant Islamists. You can see al-Qaida as the most successful militant group in the world.’”

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