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Writings on topics not directly related to Islam or the Middle East.

Raymond Ibrahim on the Denice Gary Pandol Show

I was interviewed last week on The Denice Gary Pandol Show, discussing Islamic ideologies, historical jihad, ISIS, Muslim persecution of Christians, and more. The 30-minute interview can be heard by clicking here. It begins around the 27:25 mark.

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Raymond Ibrahim on TruNews with Rick Wiles

Last week I was interviewed by Rick Wiles on TruNews. Topics dealt with the Islamic State, Christian persecution, and the Obama administration. The interview can be heard below; it starts around the 9:30 mark:

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Exposed: Decade-Old Plan to Create Islamic State—and Obama Helped

FrontPage Magazine Although the birth of the Islamic state and the herald of the caliphate are often regarded as some of 2014’s “big shockers,” they were foretold in striking detail and with an accurate timeline by an al-Qaeda insider nearly one decade ago. On August 12, 2005, Spiegel Online International published an article titled “The [...]

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Obama Terrorism Advisor’s Book Confuses and Distorts

Reading CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein’s book, Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat, published by the Naval Institute Press (2010), one can see why U.S. leadership is far from “understanding the global threat”; why the Obama administration is supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood; and why so many U.S. politicians rose up in condemnation when one obscure pastor threatened to burn [...]

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McCain and the Caliph?

Did Senator John McCain meet with and possibly even support the current leader of the Islamic State known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — who was released from a U.S. detention camp in 2009? Consider the above picture.  Is the man circled in red in a 2009 meeting with McCain and other Islamists, al-Baghdadi? Compare to [...]

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Today in History: The Battle of Tours

Precisely 100 years after the death of Islam’s prophet Muhammad in 632, his Arab followers, after having conquered thousands of miles of lands from Arabia to Spain, found themselves in Gaul, modern day France, facing a hitherto little known people, the Christian Franks. There, around October 10-11, in the year 732, one of history’s most [...]

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Does Obama Need ‘Time’ to Defeat or Forget ISIS?

FrontPage Magazine During U.S. President Obama’s televised speech on his strategies to defeat the Islamic State, he said, “Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL” (a reference to the Islamic State, “ISIS” or “IS”). Now, why is that? First, we know by “cancer” he is not referring to Islamic ideology—since he [...]

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Raymond Ibrahim on Rino Hour of Power

Yesterday I was interviewed on a number of topics dealing with the Middle East on “The Rino Hour of Power with host Rick Moran.” The 40-minute interview follows: Check Out Politics Conservative Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Rick Moran on BlogTalkRadio

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Ben Affleck: Portrait of Islam’s Clueless Apologetics

PJ Media The value of actor Ben Affleck’s recent outbursts in defense of Islam on HBO’s Real Time is that here, in one 10-minute segment, we have all the leftist/liberal bromides used whenever Islam is criticized. In what follows, Affleck’s main arguments are presented and then discredited. Relativism and the Islamic Heterogeneity Myth At the [...]

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How Obama’s Arab Spring Created the Islamic State

FrontPage Magazine Over a decade ago, the U.S. conquered Iraq; its military and intelligence were on the ground for years with autonomy.   In other words, U.S. influence and authority was more pronounced in Iraq than probably any other Muslim country in the world. And yet it is in this one Muslim nation, where the U.S. [...]

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