Translating Words, Interpreting Events

Is the Islamic State a Good Thing?

An apocalyptic scenario…

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Tripoli: Islamists Desecrate Christian Cemetery

Editor’s note: The following account was written for by an anonymous American teacher in the Muslim world. Following my visit to the damaged Bride of the Sea on Tripoli’s harbor, I decided to take a look at the city’s Christian Cemetery, which has been attacked and desecrated three times since the fall of Qaddafi [...]

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The Salafi Mindset Returns to Egypt: Mickey and Donald Banned

Dr. Yassir Burhami, vice president of Egypt’s Salafi party, issued a fatwa or Islamic decree last week saying that it is forbidden to hang pictures of “Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse” inside of children’s bedrooms. Burhami added on the website ana salafi (“I am a Salafi”) that “All children toys are thrown on the ground by the child [...]

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Tripoli: Islamists Punch Hole Though “Bride of the Sea”

VIE Following the late August take-over of the Tripoli International Airport by the Libya Dawn forces (Misrata-led Islamic militias), some of their core supporters tried once more to destroy the “Bride of the Sea”  by firing a rocket into her, VIE contacts on the ground said.  The missile badly damaged the statue by punching a [...]

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

FrontPage Magazine 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 [...]

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Christian Nurses Betrayed by Muslim Colleagues in Pakistan

Editor’s note: The following account was written for by an American teacher in the Muslim world. Even though I have been living in the Islamic world for almost three years, the events in this story surprised even me.  I guess the idea of being betrayed by a friend or a co-worker with whom I [...]

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Willful Blindness to Global Jihad: Raymond Ibrahim on Secure Freedom Radio

Raymond Ibrahim was recently interviewed on Secure Freedom Radio with Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy.   Split into four 10-minute segments, the 40-minute interview follows: PART 1:  How ISIS plays into the bigger picture of global jihad America’s willful blindness to the fact that to defeat an enemy, one must know [...]

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One Copt Released, Many Still Captive or Dead

Coptic Solidarity Wadi Ramsis, a Coptic doctor who was kidnapped in Sinai two months ago was released Monday after “payment of large sums of [ransom] money,” said authorities. Targeting Copts—especially professionals, who can afford to pay, or children, whose parents become desperate to pay—is becoming endemic to Egypt. In May, five “unidentified persons” kidnapped a Coptic Christian [...]

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Islamic State Atrocities: Products of ‘Grievances’?

French FrontPage Magazine While many have rightfully criticized U.S. President Obama’s recent assertion that the Islamic State “is not Islamic,” some of his other equally curious but more subtle comments pronounced in the same speech have been largely ignored. Consider the president’s invocation of the “grievances” meme to explain the Islamic State’s success: “At this [...]

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Forced to Flee for Blasphemy: Christian Experiences in Pakistan

Editor’s note: The following account was written for by an American teacher in the Muslim world. While in Thailand last month, I visited my friend Paul, who, with his family, was forced to flee Pakistan in 2012.  After lunch he introduced me to Stephan, another Christian who fled Pakistan with his family because of [...]

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