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

Taqiyya about Taqiyya

I was recently involved in an interesting exercise—examining taqiyya about taqiyya—and believe readers might profit from the same exercise, as it exposes all the subtle apologetics made in defense of the Islamic doctrine, which permits Muslims to lie to non-Muslims, or “infidels.” Context: Khurrum Awan, a lawyer, is suing Ezra Levant, a Canadian media personality [...]

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Obama Admin: Fighting Terrorism but Supporting Terrorists?

News recently emerged that “the Obama administration is imposing sanctions on an Egypt-based group that has claimed responsibility for attacks against Egyptian officials, Israeli interests and foreign tourists in Cairo and the Sinai peninsula. The State Department said Wednesday [4/9/14] it has designated Ansar Bayt al-Muqadis a ‘foreign terrorist organization.’” While ostensibly a laudable move, [...]

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Video: Raymond Ibrahim, Robert Spencer, and Caroline Glick on the Mideast Test

This video is a special edition of The Glazov Gang, filmed live at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s West Coast Retreat at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, California, last Saturday. The wide-ranging discussion touched on the Muslim persecution of Christians,  the Obama Administration’s willful ignorance regarding the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat, and [...]

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Mohammad Fadel’s Expert Report on Taqiyya

Taqiyya about taqiyya…

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Muslim Brotherhood Supporter, Qatar, Turns to U.S. for Support

Qatar, which is under fire by fellow Gulf States and Egypt for its material and propaganda (Al Jazeera) support to the Muslim Brotherhood — which has again been reclassified as a terrorist organization by said Arab states — is now turning to the United States and Obama administration for support. According to sources, “Hamad bin [...]

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U.S. Admits Contact with Terrorist Brotherhood to ‘Support People of Egypt’

Yesterday, March 14, in a meeting with foreign journalists in Washington D.C., deputy spokesperson of the U.S. State Department Marie Harf confirmed, once again, that the United States is in communication with the Muslim Brotherhood but denied that this means it supports the organization.  The exchange follows: QUESTION: Okay. The second question is: The State Department has [...]

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CIA Chief: Jihad a Product of Injustices, Economics, and Ignorance

CIA director John Brennan is at it again—equivocating over the nature of jihad by evoking paradigms familiar to the West. Last Tuesday, “during an event at the Council of Foreign Relations, Brennan was asked about the ‘war of ideas’ surrounding Islam, which the questioner said many Americans tend to equate with violence.” The CIA chief [...]

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The Past and the Future

Last November Raymond Ibrahim was interviewed by Egyptian reporter Sherif Awad.  The interview appeared in several Egyptian magazines and websites, as well as American ones, such as the Westchester Guardian.  The interview follows: Awad: Can you tell us about your family and their profession and how and why they decided to migrate to the US? [...]

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U.S. Still Declares Support for Muslim Brotherhood

During a press conference in Washington, D.C. this last Wednesday, Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. State Department Marie Harf said that “The United Sates does not rank the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.” This despite the fact that those who support the Brotherhood often employ terrorism, including al-Qaeda and other jihadi organizations; this despite the [...]

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Tony Blair Condemns Muslim Brotherhood, Supports Egypt

In an age when Western mainstream media and governments — especially the United States — are busy serving alternate realities, it’s refreshing to see one well-known Western leader speaking the truth. Despite the widespread narrative that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and former president Morsi are victims of a military coup, the UK’s former prime minister, Tony [...]

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