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Egypt Moves Againt Political Islam

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers! Egypt designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization in December 2013. The designation was reaffirmed by an Egyptian court earlier this month, as was the order to confiscate its assets. Now, Egypt seems ready to go further by banning the subversive influence of…

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood: A Short History

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The Jordanian arrest last week of MusZaki Bani Rsheid, deputy leader of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, came after he criticized the United Arab Emirates for designating “The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) organization and 79 affiliated groups” as terrorists on his Facebook page. Rsheid was accused of “acts that could harm Jordan’s......

Egypt Protects Israel’s Flank*

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Various regional developments are proceeding almost unnoticed, among them President al-Sisi’s isolation of Gaza. As usual, truly important developments are obscured by the daily crush of events. Horrific crimes in Jerusalem and the backing-and-forthing of cabinet meetings grab the headlines. Meanwhile, the following phenomena are unfolding, largely ignored: President al-Sisi......

Words, Words, Words…*

Monday, November 24th, 2014

It used to be a joke among those of us student étrangers in Paris struggling with learning the French language and something about the French culture, a joke half seriously made, that it mattered less what you said in française as to how you said it. We Americans, on the......

Samidoun – the Latest Palestinian “human rights” Ploy

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

The latest ploy in the Palestinian efforts to whitewash terrorism is the launching of the new Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Samidoun (صامدون, in English ‘steadfast’), “a network of organizers and activists, based in North America, working to build solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for freedom.” On November 19,......

The Islamic State: Another Angle of the Threat*

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The struggle against the Islamic State (IS) organization led by the United States and its allies appears thus far to be something of a Sisyphean war: ineffective, limited to scratches on the surface of the Jihadi pyramid, beyond the roots of the phenomenon, unable to end the civil wars in......

ISIS’s Public Support for Egyptian Jihadis

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Left: Call for aid to Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis on the ISIS forum. Photo: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis operative who blew himself up in the security directorate building in the southern Sinai Peninsula on October 7, 2013. The inscription reads: “Together assisting the heroes of Sinai–we will make the effort to help......

Israel’s Nuclear Weapons, 2014*

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Abstract Although the Israeli government neither confirms nor denies that it possesses nuclear weapons, it is generally accepted by friend and foe alike that Israel is a nuclear-armed state—and has been so for nearly half a century. The basis for this conclusion has been strengthened significantly since our previous estimate......

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