November 22, 2019 Special Announcements No. 829

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November 22, 2019
Special Announcements No. 829

For over two decades, MEMRI has been meeting the constantly evolving challenge of "bridging the language gap" between the Arab and Muslim world – the Middle East, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and North Africa – and the West, providing vital research, translations from primary sources, and original analysis. Since 2016, when Russia entered into Syria in a forceful way, MEMRI has also monitored Russian media. Every day, MEMRI assists and works with authorities such as counterterrorism officials, the U.S. federal government and government agencies, and law enforcement, militaries, and others, to handle threats and prevent terror attacks, and with media and academia to shed light on the complexities of the region. MEMRI research is made available free of charge to the general public. No one else is doing the work that MEMRI does.

As one of the world's most productive nonprofit think tanks focusing on the Middle East and South Asia, so far in 2019 MEMRI has published 545 Special Dispatch translations, 55 Inquiry and Analysis reports, and 26 Daily Briefs – as well as releasing 694 MEMRI TV clips that have had a total of over 20 million views, and sending out 741 emails of translations and research to readers like you.

Today, we are asking you, our loyal readers, to help us continue this essential work. We cannot do this without you.


MEMRI's dedicated staff produces cutting-edge research in offices across the globe, around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year, covering:

  • Jihad and Terrorism – Following the U.S.'s killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and the appointment of a relatively unknown replacement, Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashemi Al-Qurayshi, the MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) project is closely monitoring and exposing jihadis' reactions, including threats to the West.

  • Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Russia – As the U.S. prepares to pull out of Syria, ISIS supporters announce that "soon the flames of war [will] come to America" and Kurdish Salafi-jihadis say they are resuming activity in Iraq. At the same time, the threat of the Iran-backed Shi'ite militias in that country continues to grow and Iran continues its gradual takeover of Iraq's banking and financial system. Turkey's invasion of northeast Syria further inflames the Syria crisis as Turkish President Erdogan and Russian President Putin arrive at a memorandum of understanding on Syria and the protection of Turkey's national security; additionally, an increase in the Russian presence in the region is expected.

  • Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf – The Lebanese prime minister's sudden resignation in the face of ongoing unrest essentially leaves the government in the hands of Hezbollah. Meanwhile, a top Iranian security official declared that Iran's drones are ready to strike U.S. bases across the region and that Iran can destroy Israel in less than 30 minutes; this follows Iran's September 14 attack on the supply of oil to the entire world. Meanwhile, a dispute erupted in the Saudi press following Al-Baghdadi's killing, with some labeling the U.S. as the root of terrorism while others argued that these roots lie in the Arabs' and Muslims' cultivation of extremism in their societies.

  • Qatar – MEMRI continues to follow Qatar's support of terrorist and Islamist elements across the Muslim world, from the Taliban in Afghanistan to elements in Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Gaza, and its purchase of international institutions such as UN bodies to facilitate its worldwide pro-Islamist indoctrination efforts.

  • South Asia – Topics covered by the South Asia Studies Project's translations, reports, and analysis include the current Taliban-U.S. peace talks, as well as jihadi threats, the spread of jihadism in the region and emerging threats to international security, and socio-cultural issues such as religious freedom and more.

  • Palestinian Authority and Gaza – As Arab voices emerge urging the Palestinians not to reject the Trump peace plan, Palestinian Authority officials continue to declare their support for terrorists, state-sponsored preachers preach jihad and anti-Semitism, and Hamas and Islamic Jihad fire more Iran-made missiles into Israel.



  • Sermons Project – Exposing radical imams preaching anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, and extremism. Recent MEMRI TV clips of hate-filled sermons by imams throughout the U.S. and Canada have prompted widespread criticism from political leaders and public apologies from some imams.

  • White Supremacist Online Incitement Project – Examining this incitement, hatred, and extremism on social media, and how it intersects with similar jihadi content on the same platforms. On July 15, MEMRI presented its research findings at a summit convened by the U.S. attorney-general, with the participation of the Education and Treasury Department secretaries and the director of the FBI.

  • Lantos Archives on Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial – Named for the distinguished late Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress, this project exposes Muslim anti-Semitism in the Arab and Muslim world and in the West, and maintains the largest archives in the world on this subject.

  • Reform Project – Seeking out and amplifying the voices of Arab and Muslim figures and intellectuals who preach tolerance and coexistence, promote civil, human, and women's rights, and speak out against and counter hatred, anti-Semitism, and jihad.

  • MEMRI TV – This project, which maintains the largest archives in the world of broadcast video content translated from Arabic and Farsi into English, is an increasingly costly endeavor. Producing MEMRI TV clips demands advanced technology and extensive human expertise – from monitoring, recording, and reviewing raw programming to translating, captioning, and uploading clips.

  • The MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Project – Monitoring, tracking, and researching organizations and groups such as ISIS – now possibly resurgent – and Al-Qaeda, and their offshoots and sympathizers across the globe. In the past two years, MEMRI has provided U.S. and Western authorities with massive amounts of information on jihadis, including potential lone-wolf attackers – leading, in many cases, to arrests and prosecutions.

  • The MEMRI Cyber and Jihad Lab (CJL)  This project monitors jihadi and other hacktivist groups and activity emanating from the Middle East, Iran, and South Asia – including conducting cutting-edge research on jihadis' use of cryptocurrency. Following its publication of its new report on terrorist usage of cryptocurrencies, MEMRI received and complied with numerous government requests for briefings on the subject.   


In all 50 U.S. states and Washington, DC, lawmakers and other decision-makers, as well as counterterrorism officials, law enforcement, and other first responders turn to MEMRI for its research. In the U.S. Congress, MEMRI meets regularly with staff of leading Republican and Democratic members of Congress and committees, sharing the latest MEMRI research on the Middle East and terrorism and discussing ways of helping to stop online terror recruitment and funding. To the White House and federal agencies – Departments of State, Homeland Security, and Justice, the National Counterterrorism Center, the TSA, and others – MEMRI provides all its latest research on emerging terrorism threats and trends, anti-Semitic incitement, and more. In the U.S. and worldwide, MEMRI research has prevented terrorist attacks. We also assist academia, including 700+ universities, colleges, and other institutes of higher learning, in the U.S. and worldwide. MEMRI research is regularly used by leading U.S. print and broadcast media outlets – including The Washington PostThe New York TimesWall Street Journal, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and CNN, as well as by foreign media.



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