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Special Dispatch No. 548 - Ayatollah Khomeini's Grandson: 'Iran Needs Democracy and Separation of Religion and State;' 'The Iranian Regime Is the World's Worst Dictatorship' - 08/06/03

The London-based Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported that Hussein Khomeini, the grandson of the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini, had left his place of residence in Iran's holy Shi'ite city of Qom to relocate to Iraq's holy Shi'ite city of Najaf , which is traditionally the seat of the highest Shi'ite religious authority, as a sign of protest against Iran's regime. 1 Hussein Khomeini, 46, called the Iranian regime "the world's worst dictatorship," and ...

Special Dispatch No. 546 - Editorials from the New Iraqi Press: MEMRI Baghdad Dispatch (3) - 07/31/03

The following report is the third release from MEMRI's Baghdad office. It focuses on editorials which appeared in the Iraqi press regarding the deaths of Saddam Hussein's sons , the new governing council of Iraq , the coalition provisional administration, and the role of the U.N. in Iraq . In addition to its regular service of dispatches from the Iraqi media, MEMRI will issue, as an annex, a biographical note on the leading members of the Iraqi Governing Council. The first biography is that of ...

Special Dispatch No. 544 - The Anti-American and Antisemitic Writings of Saudi Prince Amr Muhammad Al-Faysal - 07/31/03

Prince Amr Muhammad Al-Faysal , who has served ceremonial roles for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1 such as attending official functions and escorting high-ranking foreign visitors, is the general agent of the Saudi government's Islamic Insurance Company , 2 and is a frequent contributor to Saudi newspapers such as Arab News . 3 Most recently, on July 27, 2003, he encouraged enemies of the U.S. to study the strategies employed by America's opponents during the Vietnam war and stated that the ...

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 143 - On the Conflict Between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority - 07/18/03

Table of Contents I. Abstract II. The Conflict Between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas Over the Armed Struggle Against Israel A. Palestinian Authority Criticism of Hamas Regarding Qassam Rocket Fire on Israeli Towns B. Hamas Criticism of the Palestinian Authority Regarding the PA's Silence Over Hamas Martyrs ( Shahids ) C. Negotiating a Truce ( Hudna ) III. The Political Power Struggle Between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority A. Efforts by Hamas to Establish a New Representative ...

Y. Yehoshua

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 142 - Iran's Student Riots - June 2003 - 07/16/03

Introduction – Arresting Opponents of the Iranian Regime The student demonstrations that started in Tehran on June 10, 2003 spread across Iran and continued for 10 days. What began as a protest at the University of Tehran against the regime's intent to privatize university studies and charge tuition quickly broadened. Calls against regime heads and in support of democracy and regime change were voiced during the demonstrations, as were demands for the resignation of Iranian President Mohammad ...

A. Savyon

Special Dispatch No. 527 - Bashar Al-Assad's Interview with Al-Arabiya - 06/22/03

On June 9, 2003, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was interviewed on the Arab satellite news channel Al-Arabiya. Among other things, he spoke about the Sharm Al-Sheikh summit (to which Syria was not invited), the call for reform within Syria, and the Palestinian Intifada. The following are excerpts from the interview: 1 'Syria Was Irrelevant to the Sharm Al-Sheikh Summit and Did Not Agree to the Proposals' "Since the signing of the Oslo accord in 1993, Syria has had no practical presence and ...

Special Dispatch No. 509 - Saddam's New Book: 'Begone, Accursed One!' - 05/31/03

The London-based Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat recently reported that among the documents found in Iraq was a book written by Saddam Hussein titled ' Begone, Accursed One!' The volume was printed, but not distributed, due to the war. Like his previous books, 'Zabiba and the King,' 1 'The Fortified Castle,' 2 and 'Men and the City,' 3 the author's name does not appear, and instead the book is referred to as "A Story By Its Author." The following are excerpts of the article which appeared in ...

Special Dispatch No. 500 - Friday Sermon in Falouja, Iraq - 05/06/03

During the past week in Falouja, there have been exchanges of gunfire between Iraqis and U.S. troops which have resulted in deaths and injuries. The following are excerpts from the May 2, 2003 Friday sermon delivered by Sheikh Jamal Shakir Al-Nazzal at the Great Mosque in Falouja , Iraq: Islam and the West "…Brothers, before we begin with the matter of the destruction that has struck large and small in this country, I would like to say that it was the Islamic State that established the beacon ...

Special Dispatch No. 499 - A Tunisian Intellectual on The Arab Obsession with Vengeance - 05/04/03

In two articles that appeared on the liberal website Elaph, 1 Tunisian intellectual Lafif Lakhdar analyzed and criticized dominant values in the Arab world. Lafif Lakhdar, currently residing in Paris, was a regular columnist for the London Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat, but was fired at the instruction of the paper's owner, Saudi Prince Khaled ibn Sultan, for saying during a talk show on Al-Jazeera that Saudi practices such as amputating body parts render the regime "barbaric." 2 In the first ...

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 133 - The Liberation of Iraq: Economic Consequences for Syria - 04/16/03

Iraq's liberation will have economic consequences for its neighbors, but nowhere are these consequences greater than in Syria. The vehemence of Syrian opposition to the war in Iraq has been driven by two concerns—political and economic. The political concern, which is outside the frame of reference of this analysis, has to do with Syria's ideological affinity with the Iraqi Ba'ath party which ruled the country during Saddam Hussein's reign. The de-Ba'thification of Iraq, which will be a top ...

Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli

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