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 »
Iraqis were attempting the nonviolent overthrow of their dictator prior to his violent overthrow by the United States in 2003. When U.S. troops began to ease up on their ...
In a Middle East rebuilt on intolerant ideologies, there is likely to be little place for beleaguered minorities
he past decade has been catastrophic for the Arab world’s beleaguered 12 million strong Christian minority, writes The Guardian. “In Egypt revolution and coun...
RT: Even if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential race and upholds to her promises, there’ll still be 50 million people in abject poverty and generations living in debt, ...
The BBC is anti-Christian and ageist – according to a survey it carried out itself. Viewers also felt that minority groups were over-represented by the Corporation, writ...
If there has been one theme that repeatedly gets discussed in the articles and stories I write, it is one that attempts to draw attention to the “change strategies&...
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
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Guardian: It was to be expected that last week’s disastrous turn of events in Iraq would revive the controversies over the decision to invade in 2003. Did that invasion lead in some more or less direct way to a breakdown of the Iraqi state demonstrated today by its failure, at least so far, to resist the takeover of its ... Read More »
“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 »
Following are the most exceptional excerpts from an interview with Bahraini intellectual and thinker Dhiyaa Al-Musawi, which aired on Abu Dhabi TV on December 29, 2006. Read More »
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 »
Khalaf Al-Habtoor: “Oh, what an impressive show NATO is putting on in the Welsh city of Newport! Tom Jones’ Green, Green Grass of Home is now peppered with tanks and missiles while Cardiff plays host to mighty warships. Enemies of the West must be quaking in their boots; except they’re not. They must be chuckling at the hollow rhetoric coming ... Read More »