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Charismatic, ‘Folksy’ Egyptian Politician Incites Followers to Martyrdom

13 Iyyar 5773 – April 22, 2013
Martyrdom-minded religious fanatics have a bad reputation in this part of the world, so this "folksy" sermon is less than good news.

Gaza Exporting Terrorists to Syria

21 Adar 5773 – March 3, 2013
The Gaza Strip is swarming with radical Islamist groups whose goal is to destroy Israel and the U.S. Most emerged after the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005.

The Western Left Abandons the Arab Left

17 Shevat 5773 – January 28, 2013
The left has sided with the reactionaries and against their comrades in other countries because they hate their own countries’ systems more.

Islamists in Jordan Oppose Upcoming Elections and Democracy Altogether

1 Shevat 5773 – January 12, 2013
It now remains to be seen whether the Salafi Jihadists will resort to violence to prevent or foil the parliamentary election.

Why Islamists Always ‘Win’ in Fair Elections

4 Tevet 5773 – December 16, 2012
In the Middle East, secular movements are more poorly funded and more naïve about how to operate politically than the Islamists.

Constitutional Confusion and Contusions in Egypt

28 Kislev 5773 – December 11, 2012
The constitution, as important as it may be, is not a cure for the genetic illnesses of the states of the Middle East.

The Salafi Crusades

27 Kislev 5773 – December 10, 2012
The Salafi political victories, militia victories and terror attacks are all part of the same phenomenon, and it is about time that we confronted it for what it is.

The Man Who Engineered the Muhammad Movie Rage

3 Tishri 5773 – September 19, 2012
Sheikh Khalid Abdullah, an Egyptian Salafist and TV personality, aired a show more than a week ago about a film called "The Innocence of Muslims," which reportedly slanders Islam's prophet Muhammad. Although the video has been online since July with not much attention, Abdullah, after airing clips from the online video, called for its maker to be executed. Abdullah’s popular talk show on Al-Nas satellite TV which has been described as having “long prided itself on baiting liberals, Christians and Jews.”

Libya Fast Becoming the New Iraq

23 Elul 5772 – September 9, 2012
Unlike Iraq, Libya is a back-burner issue, even if the oil-rich country is beginning to look a lot like Iraq. In defending U.S. military force there, President Barack Obama said that "To brush aside America's responsibility as a leader and -– more profoundly -– our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are." But with armed militias, car bombs going off, destruction of religious shrines, and Salafi violence, what does the current state of Libya say about who we are?

Like Allah, Islamic Revolutions Devour Their Own Children

28 Av 5772 – August 15, 2012
Muslims can't agree on what Islam is. What they can agree on is that most other forms of Islam are heresy and, depending on the severity of the heresy, their practitioners may be killed. "Big fleas have little fleas, Upon their backs to bite 'em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so, ad infinitum." Islamic revolutions have countless smaller fleas who interpret Islam more strictly and are even more determined to turn society into an exact ideal replica of 7th Century Arabia.

Demand for Sharia Law in Libya Growing

27 Tevet 5772 – January 22, 2012
Islamist parties expected to fair well in upcoming Libyan elections.

Egypt’s Rising Crescent Moon

17 Kislev 5772 – December 12, 2011
The most important question is how will the new Egyptian government conduct itself, when for the first time in modern Egyptian history ("Since the days of Pharaoh", in the words of the head of the elections committee) it represents the people in a fair way.

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