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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 ...

Special Dispatch No. 1446 - Members of Saddam Hussein's Defense Team: Saddam and U.S. Officer Guarding Him Wept When They Said Goodbye; Execution Unconstitutional Because Rope Used was Fiber, Not Silk; Execution of 148 Dujail Victims Was Justified - 01/31/07

The following are excerpts from three interviews with members of Saddam Hussein's legal defense team. The interviews were aired on LBC TV and on Al-Arabiya TV, on January 14, January 18, and January 22, 2007 . TO VIEW THIS CLIP VISIT: http://memritv.org/clip/en/1365.htm . LBC TV, January 14, 2007: Wadud Shams Al-Din : "I met him near the airport. The meeting lasted over two hours. In the middle of the meeting, the Americans asked him to submit a request authorizing someone to receive his ...

Special Dispatch No. 1425 - Criticism of Tehran Holocaust Denial Conference in Arab and Iranian Media - 01/16/07

Following the December 11-12, 2006 Holocaust denial conference in Tehran, Arab columnists condemned the conference's organizers and participants, calling them hate-mongers who spread propaganda and "criminals, enemies of freedom, and distorters of historical fact." The columnists challenged the claim that the conference was an academic research symposium, arguing that, from a moral point of view, it reflected a lack of human and cultural sensitivity, and that it could lead to conflict around ...

Special Dispatch No. 1424 - Islamist Websites Monitor Project No. 44-47 - 01/12/07

Islamist Video - 150 Bombings of American Targets On December 30, 2006, Islamist websites posted a nine-minute video titled "The Bombings that Destroyed the Myth of the American Military Machine on Iraqi Soil." According to the Islamist sites, the video shows "more than 150 bombings in fewer than nine minutes." The video shows a series of dozens of bombings of moving American targets (tanks, APCs, Humvees, trucks, and cars) carried out throughout Iraq at different times by various Sunni jihad ...

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 313 - A Retrospective Study of the Unfolding of the Muhammad Cartoons Crisis and its Implications - 01/04/07

On September 30, 2005 , Denmark 's biggest daily newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, published a series of 12 cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. One, which was perceived as highly offensive, showed the Prophet with a bomb on top of his turban. Several months later, mass demonstrations were held in the streets of the Muslim world to protest against the perceived insult to the Prophet; some of the demonstrations turned violent and dozens were killed. Arab countries recalled their ambassadors; ...

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