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Islam’s good cop, bad cop routine

Al Qaradawi

In a new video interview, Shiekh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most respected clerics in the Muslim community and spiritual father of the Muslim Brotherhood, confirmed that the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was once a member of the Brotherhood. But he was always “inclined to be a leader,” so after he was released from prison (for ... Read More »

‘US-trained ISIS militants used to reorganize Middle East’

William Engdahl

ISIS militants trained by US Special Forces have been used as a lever to create disorder and organize a Sharia state along the lines of an Islamic caliphate to the advantage of the US military, geopolitical analyst William Engdahl told RT. RT: The US military has, in one way or another, been involved in the Middle East region for over ... Read More »

Actor Ben Affleck’s defense of Islam, which he believes to be similar to Western postmodern relativism

Ben Affleck

Raymond Ibrahim: The value of actor Ben Affleck’s recent outbursts in defense of Islam on HBO’s Real Time is that here, in one 10-minute segment, we have all the leftist/liberal bromides used whenever Islam is criticized. In what follows, Affleck’s main arguments are presented and then discredited. At the start, when author Sam Harris began making some critical remarks concerning Islam, ... Read More »

Is ISIS a good thing?

ISIS massacre of Iraqi soldiers, CNN

Raymond Ibrahim: The Islamic State (IS) continues expanding its territory and influence through jihad. Religious minorities that fall under its sway—at least the fortunate ones—continue to flee in droves, helping make the Islamic State what it strives to be: purely Islamic. Left unfettered, with only cosmetic airstrikes by an indecisive Obama administration to deal with, IS continues growing in strength ... Read More »

Islamic State Rape: ‘Just Another Form of Warfare’?

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Raymond Ibrahim: In light of the ongoing nightmare that is the Islamic State, Foreign Policy, a magazine somewhat reflective of the establishment, has published an article that once again demonstrates why U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is a disaster: because analysts and policymakers, unable or unwilling to grapple with foreign concepts, opt to articulate them through familiar Western paradigms. Titled “The ... Read More »

Obama: The man who Broke Down the Middle East

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“There’s always Tunisia. Amid the smoking ruins of the Middle East, there is that one encouraging success story. But unfortunately for the Obama narratives, the president had about as much as to do with Tunisia’s turn toward democracy as he did with the World Cup rankings, writes  Elliot Abrams for Politico Magazine. Where administration policy has had an impact, the ... Read More »

Does “moderate” islam exist?

Jordan Muslim Brotherhood Amman REUTERS

Until the leading Islamic scholars provide a peaceful theology that clearly contradicts the violent views of the IS, the existence of a “moderate Islam” must be questioned. (Photo: Reuters) “The guiding principle of the Islamic State (IS) is that Muslims must fight non-Muslims all over the world and offer them the following choices: Convert to Islam, pay a humiliating tax called ... Read More »