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Throughout the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, 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, there has not been a single day without the publication of MEMRI research.
AS WE LAUNCH OUR 2022 FALL CAMPAIGN, 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.
So far in 2022, MEMRI has published 520 Special Dispatch translations, Inquiry and Analysis reports, and Daily Briefs, and has sent out hundreds of emails of translations and research to loyal readers like you. In mid-June we published our 10,000th translation, from media in the Arab and Muslim world and beyond.
MEMRI TV has released nearly 500 MEMRI TV clips since January 2022 and will soon release its 10,000th clip since the project was launched 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 hundreds of millions of views in 238 countries and territories, 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.
Every day, MEMRI helps fight extremism, on the ground and in cyberspace, through our Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM), Domestic Terrorism Threat Monitor (DTTM), and Cyber and Jihad Lab (CJL) projects. The JTTM is assisting authorities with massive amounts of information on jihadis, including potential lone-wolf attackers, and the DTTM is tracking and exposing neo-Nazi and extremist incitement, planning, threats, and calls to action. Both work closely with authorities in the U.S. and across the West, helping lead to arrests and prosecutions. The CJL is at the forefront of research on terrorist use of cryptocurrency and encryption, social media, drone technology, and hacktivism, working with Capitol Hill, the Department of Justice, and other government agencies as well as with tech companies.
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Working in offices worldwide, MEMRI's dedicated research teams produce cutting-edge research around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Developments and trends covered so far in 2022 include:
Iran: As Iran continues its attempts to force its demands on the U.S. in the talks to revive the 2015 JCPOA nuclear agreement – including the lifting of all sanctions and the removal of the IRGC from the terrorist blacklist – it is also increasing its open support for its proxy militias across the region, including in Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria. The new Iran Threat Monitor Project (ITMP) focuses on these and other threats.
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 Israel-Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) conflict.
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 this year, 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.
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.
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 the unending violence in Syria, where the Russian and Iranian presence continues to grow – as examined and analyzed by MEMRI.
Lebanon: Lebanese citizens' criticism of Hizbullah increases, with accusations that the Iran-backed Shi'ite organization has hijacked the country, amid its crippling economic crisis, and its interference in the Lebanon-Israel maritime border dispute over the natural gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean.
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.
South Asia and the Taliban: Following last year's fall of Kabul and Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August, MEMRI continues to monitor the shifting alliances in the region.
Qatar: As Qatar continues to sponsor terrorism in the region, its media continues to publish antisemitic, anti-LGBTQ, and Holocaust denial content, and to praise terror attacks in Israel.
Russia: The Russian Media Studies Project (RMSP) is closely following the Russia-Ukraine war, monitoring media, officials' statements, think-tank activity, and more, with the assistance of noted Russian scholar Dr. Vladislav L. Inozemtsev.
China: With the escalation of tensions and hostility in China on the Taiwan issue, including hostility prior to and following the Taiwan visit by U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, statements by Chinese officials and media and military activity were closely followed by MEMRI's Chinese Media Studies Project (CMSP). In mid-2022, the project launched its Chinese Schoolbooks Initiative, an ongoing examination of the Chinese government's educational system.
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.
In all 50 U.S. states and Washington, DC, lawmakers, counterterrorism officials, law enforcement, and other first responders turn to MEMRI. In Congress, we meet regularly – online or safely in person – with staff of leading Republican and Democratic committee members. We provide our research to the White House and the Departments of State, Homeland Security, and Justice, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the Transportation Security Administration, and to international authorities across Europe and in Australia. MEMRI research is regularly used by leading U.S. print and broadcast media outlets as well as by leading foreign media across the world. We also assist academia, including 700+ universities and institutions of higher learning in the U.S. and worldwide.
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