For 25 years, MEMRI has been meeting the constantly evolving challenge of bridging the language gap between the West and the Arab and Muslim world – a region stretching from the Gulf to the Arabian Peninsula to Africa, including Iran, Afghanistan, and Turkey.
Today, millions of MEMRI readers worldwide regularly access, read, view, and subscribe to our translations and research via social media, email, and our websites. While this is a tremendous accomplishment, we will be rolling out new initiatives for our upcoming 25th anniversary – not only to continue to "bridge the language gap" but to bridge gaps in far more than just language.
As a loyal reader and previous donor, you know about our vital research, translations from primary sources, and original analysis. While we know you must be receiving many end-of-year donation appeals from nonprofit organizations, we would welcome a chance to explain why MEMRI deserves your support.
MEMRI research focuses on the most recent events and developments in the Arab and Muslim world, because these have ramifications for U.S. security and the welfare of U.S. citizens. For this reason, we have expanded in recent years to cover Russia and China, with our Russian Media Studies Project (RMSP) and Chinese Media Studies Project (CMSP).
Our research assists and benefits governments, legislatures, media, and academia. We provide key research, primary source translations, original analysis and alerts and real-time information on threats to U.S. federal and state agencies and legislators, as well as governments throughout the West. Our monitoring of domestic terrorist, neo-Nazi, white supremacist, antisemitic, and jihadi online activity assists counterterrorism officials, law enforcement, militaries, and other authorities in tackling threats and preventing terror attacks. We work with media worldwide to inform their understanding of the complexities of issues and developments in the Middle East and South Asia, Russia, and China, and serve as a valuable resource for academia.
No other organization does the work that we are doing.
For over two decades, and through the COVID-19 crisis, MEMRI has remained one of the world's most productive nonprofit think tanks focusing on the Middle East and South Asia and on threats to the U.S. and the West. Our research output equals or surpasses that of similar organizations many times our size with many times our budget. In the past decade, not a single day has passed without MEMRI research being published.
As 2022 draws to a close, we are asking you today, as our loyal reader and past donor, to help us continue our essential work. We cannot do this without you.
To date in 2022, MEMRI has published 666 Special Dispatch translations and 154 Inquiry and Analysis reports and Daily Briefs, as well as 766 MEMRI TV clips, and has sent out 1,062 emails of translations and research to U.S. leaders and to readers like you.
MEMRI Publishes 10,000th Translation
In June 2022, we published our 10,000th Special Dispatch translation into English from media in the Arab and Muslim world, Russia, and China. This was just one of the exciting landmarks attained in advance of our upcoming 25th anniversary. Other landmarks are soon to come in more of our major series – MEMRI analysis papers and MEMRI video clips translated into English.
MEMRI TV – Nearly 10,000 Translated Clips, With Over 500 Million Views Worldwide
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MEMRI TV has released 700 clips since January 2022 – and by the end of 2022, the project will have released nearly 10,000 clips since the project's launch in 2004. These clips, from Arab and Iranian as well as from Urdu, Turkish, Russian, and Chinese channels, are used by governments, intelligence agencies, law enforcement, legislatures, media, and academia worldwide, with over 500 million views to date, and often prompt reactions from the media outlets highlighted in them. The MEMRI TV Archives comprise the world's largest collection of broadcast video content translated from these languages into English. Subscribe to the MEMRI TV project today at www.memri.org/subscribe.
Helping To Fight Extremism Through Our Cutting-Edge Research Projects
On a daily basis, MEMRI is helping to fight extremism through our Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM), Domestic Terrorism Threat Monitor (DTTM), and Cyber and Jihad Lab (CJL) projects. The JTTM assists U.S. and Western authorities with massive amounts of information on jihadis, leading, in some cases, to arrests and prosecutions; the DTTM tracks online neo-Nazi and white supremacist incitement and exposes planning, threats, and calls to action; and the CJL is consistently on the forefront of research into terrorist use of cryptocurrency and encryption, social media, drone technology, and hacktivism, and works with Capitol Hill and government agencies as well as with tech companies and technology industry leaders.
In offices located around the globe, MEMRI's dedicated research teams produce cutting-edge research around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year. In 2022, major developments that were areas of focus included:
Iran: MEMRI is monitoring and analyzing in depth the significance of the unrest across Iran and its violent repression by regime authorities following the death of 22-year-old Jina (Mahsa) Amini, murdered on September 16, 2022 in custody of the Iranian morality police. Additionally, as the revival of the JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran seems increasingly unlikely, Iran is not only supplying kamikaze drones to Russia but is stepping up its open support for its proxy militias across the region. The recently launched MEMRI Iran Threat Monitor Project (ITMP) focuses on these and other threats.
Qatar: Throughout this year, in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup in the country in November-December, there was anti-LGBTQ+ pushback in the Qatari media against the tournament's emphasis on equality and acceptance for this community. MEMRI published numerous reports and translations on this subject.
Palestinians: MEMRI researchers and translators monitor Palestinian media, including social media, translating statements by Palestinian officials in the West Bank and Gaza, monitoring official media outlets, and working around the clock during crises, such as the August 2022 Israel-Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) conflict.
Lebanon: MEMRI continues to monitor Lebanese citizens' increasing criticism of Hizbullah, with accusations that the Iran-backed Shi'ite organization has hijacked the country amid its crippling economic crisis.
Afghanistan, South Asia, and the Taliban: Following reports of the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri in a drone strike in Kabul, MEMRI published an exclusive analysis of Al-Qaeda's remaining leadership and possible successors to Al-Zawahiri. In the wake of last year's fall of Kabul and Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, we continue to monitor the shifting alliances in the region.
Sermons By Imams in The West Project – Exposing extremist imams preaching antisemitism, Holocaust denial, and extremism throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as the rest of the West, this project's clips have prompted widespread criticism from political leaders and public apologies from some imams. So far in 2022, the project has translated and published clips of 44 sermons – 30 from the U.S., eight from Canada, three from Australia, and three from Europe.
Iraq: Iraq continues to struggle under Iranian hegemony, subject to violent pressure by Iran via the Iran-backed Shi'ite militias that also threaten and attack U.S. interests – all extensively translated and analyzed by MEMRI.
Syria: MEMRI continues to follow, examine, and analyze the unending violence in Syria and the clashes among the various factions and the powers behind them – Turkey, Iran, and Russia.
Turkey: MEMRI research is following Turkey's ongoing military adventurism in Syria as well as in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Libya, and the eastern Mediterranean, as its rivalry with Russia and Iran in the region continues.
Russia: The Russian Media Studies Project (RMSP) continues its monitoring of the Russian political scene domestically and in the Russian orbit, particularly in light of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, with the assistance of noted Russian scholar Dr. Vladislav L. Inozemtsev.
China: With the escalation of tensions and hostility from China on the Taiwan issue, MEMRI's Chinese Media Studies Project (CMSP) is closely following statements by Chinese officials and media and Chinese military activity. In mid-2022, the project launched its Chinese Schoolbooks Initiative, an ongoing examination of the Chinese government's educational system.
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, antisemitism, and jihad.
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