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Special Dispatch No. 1189 - Iranian Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezai: ‘America is Like a Paper Tiger – Even the Slightest Tremor Could Easily Make It Crumple and Disappear - 06/21/06

The following are excerpts from an interview with Iranian Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezai, which aired on Iranian Channel 2 on June 8, 2006. TO VIEW THIS CLIP: http://memritv.org/clip/en/1173.htm . "If Iran Goes Underground With Its Nuclear Activities, the Entire World Will Curse America" Mohsen Rezai: "Twenty-five or 30 yeas ago, America by itself could boycott a country, because the significant and advanced commodities were in American hands. Nowadays, however, not only Europe, but ...

Special Dispatch No. 1184 - Ayatollah Khomeini's Grandson: Grandfather's Revolution Devoured its Children, Strayed From Original Course - 06/13/06

In an interview with the Al-Arabiyya TV website ( www.alarabiya.net ) on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the death of Islamic Republic of Iran founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Ayatollah Khomeini's grandson Ayatollah Hussein Khomeini said that the current Iranian regime was "a dictatorship of clerics who control every aspect of life," and called for foreign intervention to topple the regime. 1 In the interview, Ayatollah Hussein Khomeini argued that the "rule of the jurisprudent" was ...

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 279 - The Revival of Cultural Life in Iraq - 06/06/06

He is defenseless. He has nothing but a pen in a forest of guns 1 (Reference to the Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sa'igh) They Iraqis have taught me the meaning of hope 2 (Bassen Fayadth, Lebanese Film Producer) Introduction The culture of a nation embodies institutions, values and norms of behavior that are rooted in its history and collective memory. For the Iraqis, that history is long and proud, extending back to the glory days of Babylon, one of the great civilizations of the ancient world - ...

Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli

Special Dispatch No. 1181 - Iranian Leader Ali Khamenei: The U.S. ‘Will Never Be Able to Guarantee the Safe Supply of Energy in This Region’ - 06/06/06

The following are excerpts from a speech by Iranian leader Ali Khamenei, which aired on the Iranian News Channel on June 4, 2006. TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT: http://memritv.org/clip/en/1160.htm . "We Do Not Need a Nuclear Bomb - We Do Not Have any Target Against Which to Use a Nuclear Bomb" Ali Khamenei: "When Iran progressed bravely in nuclear technology, it won the support of 116 non-aligned countries. The Organization of the Islamic Conference supported Iran. All the independent governments ...

Special Dispatch No. 1175 - Following Ahmadinejad's Letter to Bush, Iranian Satirist Writes to Ahmadinejad - 05/26/06

In response to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's May 9, 2006 letter to U.S. President Bush, the well-known expatriate Iranian satirist Ibrahim Nabavi published an open letter to President Ahmadinejad, in the online Persian daily Rooz . The following are excerpts from Nabavi's letter: 1 "Oh Adorable Little Boy Who Makes Noise and Needs Attention!" "...Oh adorable little boy who makes noise and needs attention! "...In your explanation about this letter , you said that you had written to ...

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 277 - Arab Media Reactions to Iran's Nuclear Project - 05/23/06

Introduction Iran's announcement on April 11, 2006 that it had succeeded in enriching uranium evoked mixed reactions in the Arab media. Many columnists expressed apprehension about Iran's nuclear program, and opposition to it. They argued that a nuclear Iran posed a threat to the Arab countries in general and to the Gulf states in particular, and that it was likely to spark an arms race in the region. Other columnists warned that a leak in one of Iran's nuclear facilities could cause grave ...

H. Avraham

Special Dispatch No. 1166 - Iraqi Ayatollah Ahmad Al-Baghdadi Talks of America's Annihilation and the Muslim Conquest of the World; Declares Support for Nuclear Bombs for Muslim and Arab Countries - 05/18/06

The following are excerpts from speeches and interviews with Iraqi Ayatollah Ahmad Husseini Al-Baghdadi, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on May 5, 2006, on Syrian TV on May 3, 2006, and on ANB TV on April 14, 2006. TO VIEW THIS CLIP: http://memritv.org/clip/en/1135.htm . "The Mujahid Iraqi People... Has Shattered the American Plan, Not Only in the Region, but Throughout the World" Ayatollah Ahmad Husseini Al-Baghdadi: "Jihad in Islam, from the perspective of Islamic jurisprudence, is of two types ...

Special Dispatch No. 1157 - Lafif Lakhdar: Religion Within the Limits of Reason - 05/04/06

On March 17, 2006, the weekly magazine of the Israeli daily Haaretz published an intellectual profile of Tunisian-born reformist thinker Lafif Lakhdar, which was titled "The Roots of Jihad." In the interview section of the profile, Lakhdar, a veteran activist, 1 analyzes the roots and goals of Islamism and Islamist movements, and presents his vision of reform in the Arab and Muslim world. Lakhdar, a former columnist for the Saudi-owned London daily Al-Hayat , was fired on the instructions of ...

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 272 - Magazines Iraqis Read - 05/01/06

Introduction In the wake of the fall of the Saddam regime in April 2003, Iraqis experienced a burst of freedoms that had been denied them during the decades of oppressive dictatorship. Within a very short period, there appeared no less than 165 new publication of various sorts - dailies, weeklies, monthlies, and periodicals (though fewer than 100 remained after a year) - as opposed to the four government papers, all of them more or less identical, that appeared in Saddam's time. This freedom of ...

Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli

Special Dispatch No. 1134 - Iraqi Ansar Al-Islam Commander Mullah Krekar in Norway: ‘No Peace Between West & Islam Until Islamic Caliphate is Re-established; Bin Laden & Al-Zawahiri are Good People; Muslims in Europe Increase Like Mosquitoes – By 2050 Europe Will Be 30% Muslim’ - 04/06/06

In the aftermath of the controversy over the cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, the Internet edition of the Norwegian daily Dagbladet interviewed Kurdish Iraqi Islamist Mullah Krekar. In it, Krekar expounded his views on relations between Islam and the West. Krekar, whose real name is Najm Al-Din Faraj Ahmad, came to Norway as a refugee in 1991, where he established the Islamist Ansar Al-Islam organization. He is currently slated for deportation from Norway. The following are excerpts from ...

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