Translating Words, Interpreting Events

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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Muslim Man Sexually Harasses Coptic Woman to Convert to Islam and Marry Him

Coptic Solidarity Lisa Nasim Basari, a 28-year-old Coptic Christian girl living with a very few remaining family in Minya province, Egypt, recently made a video descrying the advances of a Muslim man who has been pressuring her to convert to Islam and marry her. According to her account, Wa’il Hassan Abdul Mu’min started to appear [...]

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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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Muslim Persecution of Christians, May 2014

Published by the Gatestone Institute The deplorable state of religious freedom in the Islamic world came to the fore in May when news of the arrest, imprisonment, and death sentencing of a pregnant Christian wife and mother on the accusation that she had left Islam for Christianity reached the world.  On May 15, Meriam Ibrahim [...]

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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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Islamic State Grants ‘Non-Infidel’ Certificates

French Coptic Solidarity During its conquests in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State has had to come up with a method to allow all those non-Sunnis who ended up converting to Sunni Islam instead of being killed—the Christians, Yazidis, Shias, who for whatever reason remained under IS territory—to be identified as true and legitimate Muslims. [...]

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Raymond Ibrahim on Reel Talk with Audrey Russo

I was recently interviewed on Reel Talk with Audrey Russo.  Topics revolved around the Islamic State, Egypt, Israel, and more.  Click here to listen to the over-20-minute interview.  

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Obama: Islamic State Acting Out of ‘Expediency’

French After my article “Islamic State Atrocities: Products of Grievances’?” appeared, a reader sent me the following email, which makes similar points, specifically about Obama’s use of the word “expediency” to explain away Islamic State savageries: Dear Mr. Ibrahim, You are so correct to find Obama’s real point of view by paying close attention to [...]

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‘Love’: The Islamic State’s Source of Strength

Jihad Watch The Islamic State recently posted a message on social media addressed to U.S. president Obama and all Arab world leaders reportedly allied with the U.S. against the new “caliphate.” Titled “The State of Love,” the message harangues fellow Muslims to come and fight alongside the Islamic State against the “infidels,” adding: “The Islamic [...]

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