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Raymond Ibrahim Radio Interview: Differences Between Jihadi Groups, the Truth About Arab Dictators, and Jihadi Strategy

Jason Hartman of Holistic Survivor  recently interviewed me on a number of topics, including: the differences between the various Islamic jihadi groups; the truth about Arab dictators; why the Islamic State is not attacking Israel; and Western misunderstandings concerning the moderate/radical dichotomy.  Click hear to listen to this 30-minute, comprehensive interview.    

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Raymond Ibrahim Radio Interview: Iran’s Taqiyya-Fatwa, Pakistani Church Persecution, and More

I was recently interviewed on Reel Talk with Audrey Russo.  Topics ranged from President Obama’s reference to the Ayatollah’s “taqiyya-fatwa” concerning nuclear weapons, Pakistani persecution of Christians, in the context of two recent church bombings, and Islamic modus operandi: when weak, preach peace, when strong, wage jihad.  Click here to listen to the 23-minute interview.  

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For ISIS, ‘All Roads Lead to Rome’

By Ralph H. Sidway The Islamic State has named many targets, including the “lands of al-Haramein” (two holy places), i.e. Saudi Arabia. But its most significant goal seems to be Rome. When the Islamic State released its video in February of the beheading of 21 Coptic Christian Egyptians on the coast of Libya, they titled [...]

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Raymond Ibrahim Reviews Beth Baron’s The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood

Middle East Quarterly In 1933, Turkiya Hassan, an orphaned Egyptian, Muslim girl, was beaten by a matron at a Swedish missionary school. School authorities later contended that the “rude and aggressive” 15-year-old was ordered “into a room for private chastisement” at which time the girl “showed fight and seized the cane” from the matron who [...]

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Obama Cites Ayatollah’s Fatwa on Road to Nuclear War

FrontPage Magazine As Iran continues edging closer to developing nuclear weapons—a major threat to the entire Mideast region, especially longstanding U.S. ally Israel—U.S. President Obama has come to the aid of the Islamic Republic, by citing an Islamic fatwa no less.  In a video recording posted on the White House’s website, Obama said, “Iran’s Supreme [...]

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Raymond Ibrahim on Sunni-Shia Violence

On March 24, I was interviewed on Issues, Etc., with Todd Wilken.  Topics included the significance of ISIS attacks on Shia mosques in Yemen, ISIS and Boko Haram’s “caliphatic” aspirations, and the motives behind their barbarity.  Click here to listen.  

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CIA Says Muslims Join ISIS Because of … Economics

PJ Media Speaking at the Council of Foreign Relations on March 13, CIA Director John Brennan said that “the Islamic State had ‘snowballed’ beyond Iraq and Syria, estimating that at least 20,000 fighters from more than 90 countries have gone to join the militant group, several thousand of them from Western nations, including the United [...]

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The Madness of Our Age

Truth is the new ‘Hate Speech,’ and True Islam is not Islam by Ralph H. Sidway In the ‘Sayings of the Desert Fathers’, that collection of the wisdom of the early Christian hermits, there is recounted a saying of St. Anthony the Great, founder of monasticism: Abba Anthony said that the time is coming when men [...]

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CIA Chief John Brennan’s Deceptions About Islam

FrontPage Magazine By constantly projecting Western standards on Islamic jihadis, CIA head John Brennan has come to epitomize the U.S. intelligence community’s intellectual failures concerning the true sources of the jihad. Last Friday, March 13, Brennan insisted that Islamic State (IS) members are not Islamic.  Instead, “They are terrorists, they’re criminals.  Most—many—of them are psychopathic [...]

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Raymond Ibrahim on The Glazov Gang: Jihad on the Offensive

I was on the Glazov Gang during the recent David Horowitz Freedom Center’s West Coast Retreat.  FrontPage Magazine’s description of the panel, and the video of it, follow: This week’s Glazov Gang was joined by scholars Bruce Thornton (Freedom Center Shillman Fellow), Raymond Ibrahim (Freedom Center Shillman Fellow) and Robert Spencer (Director, The three titans joined the Gang at the Freedom Center’s [...]

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