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Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 411 - Jihad Today - 12/21/07

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Menahem Milson

Special Dispatch No. 1773 - Columnist in Syrian Government Daily: Bush – Fuehrer of the 21st Century - 12/01/07

In his column in the Syrian government daily Al-Thawra, Ghaleb Hassan Muhammad stated that the "American empire" is about to fall, and calls President Bush "the Fuehrer of the 21st t century." The following are excerpts from his column: 1 "George Bush, the Fuehrer of the 21st Century, is Falling Victim to the Deadly Disease of Hubris " "It is important to have power, but it is more important to manage it correctly and thus benefit from it. Even a novice to politics and international relations ...

Special Dispatch No. 1729 - Tunisian Reformist Lafif Lakhdar: European Muslims Should Adopt Universal Values; There is Only One Civilization; The Koranic Verse on Wife-Beating Should Be Abrogated; When Bourguiba Abolished Polygamy in Tunisia, the Majority of Women Were Opposed; Why Bring the Mosque into French Schools When the Church Has Been Taken Out of Them - 10/16/07

On September 8, 2007, the liberal Arab e-journal Elaph posted an interview with prominent Arab liberal Lafif Lakhdar by MEMRI Chairman Professor M. Milson. In the interview, Lakhdar outlined his views on Muslims in Europe, Islam and humanism, and Islamism versus secularism, among other topics. Lafif Lakhdar has been a firsthand witness to many important moments in Middle East history. He was active in the FLN in Paris in the early 1960s, and later became a close advisor to Algeria's first ...

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 384 - The Next Proving Ground for Political Islam: The September 7, 2007 Parliamentary Elections in Morocco - 09/11/07

Introduction Two weeks after the Party of Justice and Development (AKP) captured the presidency in Turkey, Morocco is to hold parliamentary elections in which a party of the same name is expected to make significant gains and become the country's leading political party. In Morocco's September 7 parliamentary elections, the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) will, for the first time in its history, be running its list in all electoral districts. Estimates of popular support for the PJD have ...

D. Lav

Special Dispatch No. 1692 - In Wake of Massacre of Yazidis: Iraqi Kurdish Liberal Hussein Sinjari on Minorities in Iraq and Middle East - 09/01/07

The August 14, 2007 terror attack on the Yazidi community in the Sinjar region of Iraqi Kurdistan has provoked a great deal of commentary in the Iraqi and Arab press, due both to the death toll, high even by Iraqi standards, and to the fact that the Yazidis are a unique religious minority. The attack was widely condemned, including in a statement by 60 Muslim clerics from various countries and of various sects, as well as in a separate statement by the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. 1 Nonetheless, ...

Special Dispatch No. 1691 - The Heavy Metal Music Scene in Tehran - 09/01/07

The following are excerpts from a TV report on the heavy metal music scene in Tehran. The report aired on Channel 2 of Iranian TV on August 12, 2007. To view this clip visit: . "See How Trendy it is Here" Iranian youth : "This is the symbol of the devil worshippers." Iranian youth : "I don't know foreign languages." Iranian youth : "You should hang out here and see how trendy it is here." Reporter : "How did you do that?" Iranian youth : "With a razor blade ...

Special Dispatch No. 1684 - Islamist Websites Monitor 129 - 08/31/07

Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi Brigade Threatens "Quality Attack"in Next Few Days On August 13, 2007, Islamic websites posted an announcement by the Sheik Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi Brigade warning of a "quality attack" in the next few days, aimed at "causing numerous fatalities among the enemy." Following are excerpts: "We have already completed all the logistical preparations, and are about to complete the technical preparations, so the attack is imminent. We call on all the brothers and urge them to ...