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The Grand Mosque of Paris
 

Posted on: July 20th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

The Socialist government in France has inaugurated a new mega-mosque in Paris as a first step towards "progressively building a French Islam." It is not only vast in its dimensions, but is also highly visible and symbolic: its towering minaret, which has purposely been designed to change the suburb's skyline by being taller than any church steeple in the neighborhood, is supposed to become the "new symbol of Islam in France."

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Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi
 

Posted on: July 20th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

The next era in the Middle East will be dominated by the debate over whether Islamism is the way to go. Islamists will radicalize the regional scene, carry out terrorism at home and abroad, and inflict repression on their own people wherever they get power.

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Gazan Christians celebrating Easter Mass
 

Posted on: July 20th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

According to the Greek Orthodox Church in the Gaza Strip, at least five Christians have been kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam in recent weeks. In a rare public protest, leaders and members of the 2,000-strong Christian community in the Gaza Strip staged a sit-in strike in the Gaza Strip this week to condemn the abductions and forced conversions in particular, and persecution at the hands of radical Muslims in general.

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It's not possible to stop the flow of dollars to Israel. But one can slow it down in many ways.
 

Posted on: July 19th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Few understand better than the Germans how economic self-destruction can bring a nation and the world to the edge of abyss. The crushing debt imposed on them at the end of World War I led to unprecedented hyperinflation as they monetized their obligations, running their printing presses to create millions of worthless marks.

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Al-Azhar University in Cairo, linked to the centuries-old Al Azhar Islamic Center, the oldest center of Islamic learning in the world.
 

Posted on: July 19th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

A few days ago, en route to the south of Italy, there was a heated exchange between an Italian chief steward and two Egyptian sheikhs wearing the robes of the Egyptian religious university, Al-Azhar. The dispute erupted over where the sheikhs were to sit on the plane: the steward insisted they sit in their assigned seats in economy class, while they insisted on moving to business class. They relayed their extreme displeasure at what they called European arrogance & inflexibility.

Hillary Clinton
 

Posted on: July 19th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

The interesting news was not that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was pelted with stuff while visiting Cairo, the important issue was who was doing the pelting. Once upon a time, anti-American radicals threw things at U.S. leaders. But now….the hurlers of objects were people from the Free Egyptians Party and other Egyptian liberals. At the same time, leading Christians refused to meet with Hillary.

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USS Independence
 

Posted on: July 18th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisJ.E. Dyer

How should an American president use the military in an intimidating, persuasive manner, to induce Iran to give up her nuclear-weapons purpose? Very little has been discussed on this topic in the forums of punditry; virtually all treatments focus on the feasibility or proper method of a military attack campaign. Is there an “intimidation option,” short of a shooting war? And if so, what would it look like?

Syrian people
 

Posted on: July 18th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

The tide seems to be turning in Syria. While the civil war is far from over, the regime is clearly weakening; the rebels are expanding their operations and effectiveness. There have also been more high-level defections. What does this mean and why is this happening? There are three main factors that are making a rebel victory seem more likely.

The Toulouse Jewish school where four people, including 3 children, were killed
 

Posted on: July 18th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

On 5 July, the very day that the Nouvel Observateur was published, a 17-year old Jew was beaten up in a train near Toulouse because he was wearing a necklace with a Star of David. The aggressors were two 18-year old Frenchmen of North African origin who had just applied to join the French army.

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Terrorist car bombing
 

Posted on: July 18th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

In Norway, for example, an ethnic Norwegian convert to militant Islam who has received terrorist training from al-Qaeda's offshoot in Yemen, is awaiting orders to carry out an attack on the West, officials from three European security agencies said on June 25. Although the terrorist-in-waiting is believed to still be in Yemen, even if he is found he cannot be extradited: under Norwegian law it is not a crime to attend a terrorist training camp.

Muslim women
 

Posted on: July 18th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Americans, however, have been reluctant to accept the notion that honor violence occurs on US soil, just as – until recently – they insisted that the radicalization of Muslims in Europe was not a problem that could confront Americans. But with events such as Nidal Malik Hassan's 2009 attack at Fort Hood we've learned otherwise: radical Islam is alive and well in these United States and with it, religious and culturally-based violence against women.

Muslim girls read the Qur'an in mosque at a Summer Camp
 

Posted on: July 17th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

There are those who claim that the Islamization of Egyptian society reflects "the will of the people." But history teaches us that the will of the people is not always beneficial. Eight decades ago, the will of the German people brought Adolf Hitler to power, plunging mankind into genocidal wars and massacres that claimed more than fifty million lives. This example allows us to criticize the current cultural wave sweeping over Egypt.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
 

Posted on: July 17th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Gibraltar, Monaco, and Hong Kong are all, like Gaza, small heavily populated areas with a coastline, and all are thriving. The main obstacle to further dramatic growth is Gaza's bad habit of shooting missiles at Israel.

Palestinian children hold banners reading in Arabic: "Palestine will not be a knife that slaughters Syria's children" during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad
 

Posted on: July 17th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

The world has become used to hearing and watching stories about massacres against civilians in Syria. But until recently, almost all the victims were Syrian citizens.

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Mideast summit
 

Posted on: July 16th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

Why are the Palestinians—their leaders’ intransigence, the radicalism of a public opinion nurtured in this direction for years, the effect of the competition from Hamas, and so on—left out of the equation?

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Photo of Al Qaeda founder and former leader, Osama Bin Laden, seen above a Palestinian Authority flag.
 

Posted on: July 16th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

The past decade has shown that the al-Qaeda network thrives in failed states, setting down roots in areas where central governments no longer exercise a clear monopoly of arms or jurisdiction. From Pakistan to Iraq to Mali, adherents of the global jihadi movement are seeking a safe haven to set up training camps, plot terror attacks, and spread their fundamentalist ideology.

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Inscription on Coptic church in Cairo
 

Posted on: July 16th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Egypt's Coptic Christian minority fears that the restoration of parliament, which will grant greater powers to Islamists, will be used to institute Sharia law and stifle religious freedom.

Muslim Brotherhood supporters waving the Egyptian flag
 

Posted on: July 15th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisRubin Reports

Here we are in the middle of 2012, and all of the events of the last eighteen months don’t seem to have taught the current administration’s policymakers or its supportive scribes anything. Can’t they even consider: “Hmm, perhaps this “Arab Spring” thing isn’t working out so well … “, or, “Maybe the rapid rise of revolutionary Islamist movements is just a little bit scary. Maybe we should be cautious about promoting it”? Can’t they?

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Anti-Freeze activists
 

Posted on: July 15th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Supporters of the freezing of Israeli settlements have yet to provide evidence that it helps peace. They also need to recognize that they are undermining the legitimacy of Israel's right to its own soil, all while depriving Palestinians of their livelihoods and paving the way for more terrorist acts.

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Demonstrating in solidarity with Libyan people
 

Posted on: July 13th, 2012

InDepthAnalysisDr. Mordechai Kedar

Since Qadhaffi was overthrown a year ago, conflicts have broken out between the tribes and the main ethnic groups in Libya, Arabs and Berbers, and it was clear that the new political framework, in order to be an acceptable and legitimate system, must consider the social, tribal structure of the population and not try to fight it.

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