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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 NewsMax: Mideast Christian Extinction

Earlier today I appeared on NewsMax TV’s “America’s Forum with JD Hayworth” via Skype.  The topic of discussion was the very real threat of Christian extinction in the Middle East. The video follows:  

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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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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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West Misses Point—and Lesson—of Buddhist Anti-Muslim Sentiment

PJ Media Ongoing reports decrying “anti-Muslim” Buddhists seem to miss the point: this antipathy did not appear out of thin air but rather in response to Islamic aggression—the same Islamic aggression the rest of the world is trying to cope with. A Financial Times editorial titled “Buddhist militancy triggers international concern” opens by describing the [...]

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Raymond Ibrahim Interview on ISIS Abduction of Christians, Western Indifference, and More

I was recently interviewed on Reel Talk with Audrey Russo.  Topics ranged from Western desensitization to Islamic atrocities (wrote about here), the recent abduction of Syrian Christians (now reportedly between 350-400 people), and the truth about Muslim reformers.  Click here to listen to the 30-minute interview.  

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Obama’s Self-Professed “Confusion” About Islamic Terror

FrontPage Magazine Portuguese  During the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month, U.S. President Obama tried to shield Islam from criticism by depicting Christianity as equally violent and intolerant (via comments about crusades, inquisitions, and “high horses”).  Much lesser known is that he also tried to shield Islam by invoking Christian virtues. In many ways, his [...]

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Obama Admin: Poverty ‘Root Cause’ of ISIS Atrocities

Recent assertions by State Dept. spokesperson Marie Harf expose how the Obama administration continues to operate under wildly false — if not ludicrous — premises in its approach to combating the Islamic State. During an interview with Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, Harf said: We’re killing a lot of them, and we’re going to keep [...]

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American Ignorance of Islam Due to American Muslims

Where Muslims are strong, they coerce non-Muslim “infidels” to do their bidding; where they are weak, they plead and play victim in order for non-Muslims to do their bidding. All throughout the Islamic world — and not just under the Islamic State — non-Muslim religious freedom and freedom of speech  are openly banned, from building [...]

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