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Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 343 - The Political Economy of Syria Under Bashar Al-Assad - 04/16/07

Introduction Syria's economy, which is predominantly state-controlled, was characterized in a recent report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as "stable but stagnant economy" 1 because of the failure of the narrowly confined political establishment to implement extensive economic reforms. An old-fashioned inefficient and heavily regulated socialist command economy, restricted political freedoms under a totalitarian system of government, and wide-scale corruption at the highest levels of ...

Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli

Special Dispatch No. 1533 - Egyptian-American Writer Nonie Darwish, Founder of 'Arabs for Israel': "We Must Begin to View the Jews in a Forgiving Light" - 04/11/07

The following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian-American author Nonie Darwish, founder of 'Arabs for Israel .' The interview aired on Al-Arabiya TV on March 23, 2007. TO VIEW THIS CLIP VISIT: http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1411 Interviewer: "We mentioned at the beginning of the program that your father was a commander of the fedayeen in the Gaza Strip in the 50s. Your father is considered an Egyptian hero, but it has been said that you described him as a terrorist. Did you?" Nonie ...

Special Dispatch No. 1523 - Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Threatens to "Strike at Them with All Our Capabilities" If Iran Is Attacked - 03/31/07

The following are excerpts from a public address delivered by Iranian Leader, Ali Khamenei, which aired on Khorasan TV on March 21, 2007. TO VIEW THIS CLIP: http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1409 Ali Khamenei : "When the president of the Iranian people travels to countries in Asia, Africa, and South America, the peoples cry out slogans in his praise. They demonstrate in support of him. When the American president visits countries in South America, which is the backyard of the U.S.A, the peoples ...

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 336 - Sunni Jihad Groups Rise Up Against Al-Qaeda in Iraq - 03/31/07

Introduction In late February and early March 2007, the London dailies Al-Hayat and Al-Quds Al-'Arabi reported on an escalation of the conflict in western Iraq between the local population and the Al-Qaeda in Iraq organization. Fierce battles were reported in Al-Amariyah and Al-Falluja between Al-Qaeda and the local Al-Anbar tribes, resulting in the death of dozens of Al-Qaeda fighters and in the weakening of Al-Qaeda in these areas. Thus, for example, Al-Quds Al-'Arabi reported: "For the past ...

D. Hazan

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 336 - Sunni Jihad Groups Rise Up Against Al-Qaeda in Iraq - 03/22/07

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D. Hazan

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 334 - Sheikh Gamal Al-Bana: Social and Religious Moderation Vs. Political Extremism - 03/16/07

Introduction Egyptian Islamist thinker, author, and journalist Sheikh Gamal Al-Bana is a controversial figure in the Arab world. For the most part, his critics are devout extremist Muslims who oppose his unusual views on Islamic matters; however, following an article he wrote praising 9/11, he came under scathing criticism from liberal Muslims - who had until then seen him as "their" sheikh and imam. 1 Sheikh Gamal Al-Bana (b. 1920) is the younger brother of Sheikh Hassan Al-Bana, founder of ...

Y. Feldner

Special Dispatch No. 1464 - Jordanian Columnist on the Possibility of a Split in the Iran-Syria Axis - 02/15/07

In a February 8, 2007 article titled "The Tehran-Damascus Axis: Tactical Disagreements or the Beginning of a Split?" former Jordanian information minister Saleh Al-Qallab, currently a columnist for the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat , said that the cooling in Iran-Syria relations may lead to the end of their partnership and even to intense hostility between the two countries, unless they manage to bridge over the differences in their priorities. He added that if Syria senses that Iran is ...

Special Dispatch No. 1457 - The Middle East on a Collision Course (5): Iran Steps up Threats to Retaliate in the Event of an American Attack - 02/09/07

Alongside intensive contacts with Saudi Arabia aimed at halting the deterioration in the Middle East and at resolving the crisis in the region, Iran has in the last three weeks also voiced increasingly severe threats to harm Western forces and interests, both in the Middle East and outside it. It has also threatened to use the "oil weapon," i.e. to stop the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz. The following are the main points of recent threats by Iran: Threats Against U.S. Forces and ...

Special Dispatch No. 1455 - Columnist Hassan Haydar: Iran Spreads a ‘Culture of Death’ - 02/08/07

In an article published February 1, 2007 in the English edition of the London daily Al-Hayat , columnist Hassan Haydar denounced the "culture of death" that Iran is spreading in the Arab world by means of the resistance movements in Lebanon and in Palestine . The following are excerpts from the article, as they appeared in English: 1 "According to a Reuters news report from Monday, a little Lebanese girl who appeared on a... children's show on Al-Manar - Hezbollah's TV channel - said that she ...

Special Dispatch No. 1443 - Editor of Iranian Kayhan Daily Reacts to U.N. Resolution Against Holocaust Denial: ‘The Resolution Prepares the U.N.'s Corpse for Burial in the Graveyard of History’ - 01/31/07

In reaction to the January 26, 2007 U.N. resolution condemning Holocaust denial, the editor of the Iranian daily Kayhan , Hossein Shariatmadari, who is close to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, attacked the U.N. and accused it of acting against its own charter, and against human rights. The following are excerpts from the article: 1 "If the U.N. General Assembly's resolution of Friday was not the last nail in the coffin of this organization, then it at least drove one in, and it is ...

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