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The Muslim Brotherhood: Origins, Efficacy, and Reach

The Muslim Brotherhood is the most important Islamic organization in the world… Continue reading

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Ayman Zawahiri and Egypt: A Trip Through Time

Around 1985, current al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri fled his homeland of Egypt, presumably never to return, he never forgot his original objective: transforming Egypt into an Islamist state that upholds and enforces the totality of Sharia law, and that works towards the resurrection of a global caliphate… Continue reading

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A First Look at Egypt’s New Constitution Shows a Careful Ambiguity On Islamic Rule

Although it isn’t official, the first two articles of Egypt’s new Constitution have been reportedly drafted by the committee of parliamentarians charged with that task… Continue reading

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Egypt’s “Sex-Slave” Marriage

What is being dubbed as Egypt’s “first sex-slave marriage” took place mere days after the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muhammad Morsi was made president… Continue reading

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Egypt: Islamists vs. Copts

The future of Egypt’s indigenous Christians, the Copts, looks bleak… Continue reading

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Court Dissolves Egyptian Parliament; Army Takes Over; Civil War?

The Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court has invalidated the parliamentary election there… Continue reading

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The Wild Card in Arab “Democratic” Politics: Extra-Parliamentary Violence

Consider just a small part of what’s gone on in Tunisia, a relatively moderate country where the radical Islamists “only” got 40 percent of the vote… Continue reading

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After the Arab Spring, Salafists are Moving Closer to Changing the Face of the Maghreb

Now the initial euphoria about the Arab revolts has subsided, it’s clear the ‘Arab Spring’ will not bring a liberal, secular, Western (or Islamic) model of democracy to the Arab world… Continue reading

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U.S. Government and Media Cheer Muslim Brotherhood Regime in Egypt

A year ago we were told that Egypt was going to become a moderate democratic state ruled by hip Facebook kids. Now Egypt is going to become a moderate Islamist republic ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood… Continue reading

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Mohammed Merah was a new breed of Iron Man terrorist

The French-born al Qaeda killer, Mohammed Merah, who shocked the world by murdering three Jewish schoolchildren and their teacher in Toulouse by shots to the head… Continue reading

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A New Year of ‘Dhimmitude’ for Egypt’s Copts

2012 appears to be unfolding as the “year of dhimmitude” for Egypt’s Christians… Continue reading

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Manufacturing Heresy: How the Mildest Muslim Liberalism is Turned into a Capital Punishment Offense

Nageeb Kashgari is a young man in a lot of trouble… Continue reading

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Good-Bye, Middle East! Quietly, Liberals and Minorities are Fleeing

I wonder how much higher are the number of visa applications from Egypt, Tunisia, and Turkey to North America, Europe, and Australia… Continue reading

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America and the Arab Spring

A year ago this week, on January 25, 2011, the ground began to crumble under then-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s feet… Continue reading

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Islamist Parties Dominate Egypt’s Parliament

We’re starting to get a good picture of what the lower house of Egypt’s parliament will be like… Continue reading

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Who’s the Leading Authority in Defining Islam? Ayatollah Western Media

The Washington Post has an article by Michael Gerson attacking Newt Gingrich’s warning that the imposition of Sharia law… Continue reading

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Iranian speculations on Egypt’s Islamists: Shi’ite-style revolutionaries or Turkish-style democrats?

There have been various speculations in Iranian press on the significance of the Islamists’ victory and the nature of the Islamist faction in Egypt… Continue reading

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Middle East: We’re Going to Have a Revolution and We Can Do it the Hard Way or the Easy Way

Do I have to draw you a picture of how Islamism is just pretending to be moderate… Continue reading

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Egypt: We’ve Heard What the Majority Thinks

Let’s figure out what the voting in Egypt means in concrete terms… Continue reading

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Egyptian Election Outcome is Worse Than Expected

Since last February I have predicted that the Muslim Brotherhood would win elections in Egypt… Continue reading

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Aliaa ElMahdy is not afraid of being a woman despite harassment in Egypt

Aliaa Magda ElMahdy, a blogger and female activist, sparked controversy and attracted both criticism and admiration in Egypt after… Continue reading

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The Battle for Egypt: The Army Strikes Back

They claim to be protecting the country from Islamic fundamentalists, who appear likely to capture a plurality of seats in parliament… Continue reading

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Al Qaeda Plants Its Flag in Libya

According to multiple eyewitnesses one can now see both the Libyan rebel flag and the flag of al Qaeda fluttering atop… Continue reading

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Mubarak Deceived Israel as Muhammad Deceived Infidels?

In light of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s ongoing trial, Western readers may be surprised to learn who some of… Continue reading

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Egyptian forces take on Al Qaeda Militants in Sinai

Egyptian forces descended on the Sinai Peninsula Sunday, Aug. 14, for their first post-Mubarak operation to retake control of the territory… Continue reading

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