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Special Dispatch No. 1410 - Reactions to Saddam's Execution: Indifference Among Arab Regimes - 01/03/07

Introduction In contrast with the great number of reactions and criticism heard in the West at the execution of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the Arab world's response was largely limited to minor diplomatic reactions focusing mostly on the timing of the execution - the first day of the Feast of the Sacrifice - and not on the execution itself. There were no statements on the matter from Arab leaders, except from Libyan ruler Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi, who, in an unrelated speech, commented ...

Special Dispatch No. 1392 - Censorship and Persecution in the Name of Islam: A Tunisian Weekly Counts the Ways - 12/13/06

In an article titled "Ban… Ban…," published in the Tunisian French-language weekly Réalités , 1 Tunisian columnist Zyed Krichen denounced the policy of censorship and denial of free speech that he said had been implemented by most Arab states and Islamist groups "since the advent of printing." In the second part of his article, he lists instances of censorship and persecution in the name of Islam from various Muslim countries, from 1925 to date, including banned works and writers and artists ...

Special Dispatch No. 1385 - Lebanon on the Brink of Civil War (6): Beirut, December 10 at 3 PM – A Mass Rally for a ‘Second Phase’ and ‘Escalation of Actions to Topple the Government’ - 12/08/06

Introduction In recent days, Lebanese opposition leaders have been calling for an escalation in the current protest, and for a move to "the second phase" of actions to topple the Lebanese government headed by Prime Minister Fuad Al-Siniora. The sit-down demonstration in the heart of Beirut , which was declared by Hizbullah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah on November 30, 2006 , is continuing. The past few days have seen rioting and clashes between supporters of the opposition and supporters ...

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 303 - The War over the Veil in Tunisia - 11/23/06

Introduction Ramadan 2006 may well be remembered as the Ramadan of the veil. In remarks widely reported in the Arab press, former U.K. foreign secretary Jack Straw described the veil as "a visible statement of separation and difference"; in the ensuing controversy, British Prime Minister Tony Blair lent his support to Straw and made similar comments. In a related development, a teaching assistant in the U.K., Aisha Azmi, was suspended for refusing to remove her veil when teaching. However, the ...

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Special Dispatch No. 1363 - Islamist Websites Monitor No. 23 - 11/21/06

Mujahideen in Lebanon Accuse Hizbullah, Iran, and Syria of Attempting to Wipe Out Lebanese Sunnis On November 19, 2006, an Islamist website posted a statement by a group calling itself "The Mujahideen in Lebanon" accusing Hizbullah of attempting to wipe out Lebanese Sunnis and eradicate Sunni Islam in Lebanon. The statement says: "Death squads have already been formed in Beirut, on the instructions of the Iranian religious authorities. These death squads , which are an 'Alawi i.e. Syrian ...

Special Dispatch No. 1337 - Iranian President Ahmadinejad: The West Should Pick Up the Zionist Regime ‘By the Arms and Legs’ and Remove It from the Region; U.N. Resolutions Are Illegitimate; America & England are Enemies of the Iranian Nation - 10/27/06

The following are excerpts from an address delivered by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which aired on Jaam-e Jam 1 TV on October 20, 2006 . In the address, Ahmadinejad stated that the U.S. was extorting the entire world using the Holocaust as a pretext and that the West was being held hostage by "the Zionists" by means of the Holocaust, and instructed it to pick up " the Zionist regime by the arms and legs, and remove it" from the Middle East. He further claimed that the U.N. Security ...

Special Dispatch No. 1307 - The Islamist Websites Monitor No. 1 - 10/04/06

The Islamist Websites Monitor, which focuses on the major jihadi websites, is a new initiative of MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Studies Project. It will be regularly releasing translated news, analysis, and videos from these websites. The URLs of the sites will be available upon request. The following is the first release of the Islamist Website Monitoring Initiative: The Dean of the Shari'a Academy of America Dr. Al-Sayed Al-Seely 1 Praises Those Who Carried Out the September 11 Attack On ...

Special Dispatch No. 1299 - Egyptian President Mubarak: ‘We Must Take Greater Advantage of New... Energy Sources, Including Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy’: Renewed Debate in Egypt on Egyptian Nuclear Program for Peaceful Purposes - 09/26/06

Statements by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his son Gamal Mubarak at the annual conference of the ruling NDP party sparked renewed debate in Egypt on Egypt's nuclear program for peaceful purposes. Immediately following the conference, Egypt 's Supreme Energy Council convened to discuss the nuclear issue. In 2003, MEMRI published a three-part Inquiry and Analysis reviewing the public debate on the development of nuclear energy in Egypt during 1998-2003. The following is a review of the ...

Special Dispatch No. 1271 - Iranian Statements on the Occasion of the Inauguration of the Arak Heavy Water Plant - 08/31/06

Shortly after Iran gave its reply regarding the E.U. incentives package, Iran announced the inauguration of several plants for heavy water production in Arak, and conducted an extensive-call-up military drill, named "Zarbat-e Zol Faqar," which began on August 22, 2006. 1 Statements by senior Iranian officials on the occasion of the inauguration of the heavy water plants in Arak emphasized that Iran does not pose a threat to any other nation, Israel included. On the other hand, several Iranian ...

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