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Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 163 - Dr. 'Azzam Al-Tamimi: A Political-Ideological Brief - 02/19/04

Introduction Dr. 'Azzam Al-Tamimi was born in Hebron in 1955, and his family immigrated to Kuwait in 1965. He studied in London and completed a Ph.D. in Political Theory from Westminster University in London in 1998. From 1980-1985, Al-Tamimi worked as a media monitor and news analyst at the U.S. government's Foreign Broadcast Information Service. Al-Tamimi directed the Parliamentary Office of the Islamic Movement in Jordan from 1990-1991. Between 1992-1999 Al-Tamimi headed the Liberty for the ...

A. Pashut

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 161 - Moqtada Al-Sadr: The Young Rebel of the Iraqi Shi'a Muslims – Iraqi Leadership Biographical Series - 02/11/04

Moqtada Al-Sadr 1 was born in 1974, the son of one of the most illustrious Shi'a religious families in Iraq, the Al-Sadr family . His father, Ayatollah Muhammad Sadeq Al-Sadr, was assassinated together with two of his sons by the Saddam Hussein regime in 1999. After the death of his father, Moqtada became a student of Iranian Ayatollah Kadhem Al-Ha'iri. Aside from his native country, Iraq, Iran is the only other country Moqtada is familiar with, and his relations with the Iranian religious ...

Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli

Special Reports No. 25 - Contemporary Islamist Ideology Authorizing Genocidal Murder - 01/27/04

Introduction Islamism, also called "radical Islam" or "fundamentalist Islam," sets Jihad - holy war against infidels – as the single most important religious duty of Islam. It differs from mainstream Islam in its understanding of th obligation of Jihad and of how it should be carried out. Mainstream Islam restricts the religious duty of Jihad in various ways. First, according to mainstream Islam, not all infidels are to be fought against or killed. Infidels who live under Muslim rule as dhimmi ...

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 159 - The Trial of Saddam Hussein - 01/23/04

The pending trial of Iraq's former president Saddam Hussein has aroused much interest and controversy among Iraqis and the Arab community at large. This is to be expected, given the emotions that Saddam evokes among both his supporters and his detractors. His recent capture by the coalition forces has only intensified the debate about his trial and raised many questions about the manner in which the trial should be conducted. The United States, which has recently declared Saddam a prisoner of ...

Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli

Special Dispatch No. 640 - Arab Media Reactions to Libya's Announcement of WMD Disarmament - 01/09/04

Following his announcement that he was willing to dismantle his WMD program, Libyan President Col. Muammar Al-Qaddafi appealed to Syria, Iran, and North Korea to follow his example "to protect their nations from catastrophe." 1 The following are excerpts from articles reacting to Qaddafi's move, published by Libyan and Arab newspapers: Libyan Press: 'The World Needs Weapons of Mass Construction' Editorials in the Libyan newspapers enthusiastically supported Qaddafi's announcement. An editorial ...

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 155 - Conspiracy Theories Surrounding Saddam's Capture - 12/19/03

Almost every calamity that adversely affects the Arab world prompts conspiracy theories that are quickly woven into intricate shapes and patterns, to demonstrate innocence and blame others for the calamity. In recent times this was demonstrated by conspiracy theories surrounding the September 11th attack and the terrorist attacks inside Saudi Arabia. The capture of Saddam Hussein served as yet another new cause celebre generating, to paraphrase Saddam's own words, 'the mother of all ...

Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli

Special Dispatch No. 629 - The Arab Media Reaction to Saddam's Arrest: Part II - 12/17/03

The following is Part II of MEMRI's report on Arab media reactions to the capture of Saddam Hussein . This includes additional items from the Iraqi media, as well as reports from the broader Arabic press: The Iraqi Press The independent Iraqi daily Al-Zaman published two articles on the capture of Saddam; the first was titled "The Mother of All Arrests" by Iraqi writer Abd Al-Hamid Al-Sa'ih , and the second was titled "The Mother of All Defeats" by Tunisian liberal author Lafif Lakhdar . The ...

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 153 - Palestinian Reactions to the U.S. Convoy Bombing in Gaza - 11/07/03

Palestinian reactions to the bombing of the convoy of the U.S. Fulbright academic review committee in Gaza, in which three American security personnel were killed, blamed Israel. The PA security forces arrested nine suspects, six of whom are members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) . Following the arrests, PLO Executive Committee member Zakariya Al-Agha stated that the PA would not extradite the detainees, and that they would be tried within PA territory by the ...

B. Chernitsky

Special Dispatch No. 605 - Arab Liberal Writer: Blames Arab Media for Hatred of the U.S. - 11/07/03

Anop-ed by Abd Al-Bari Atwan, editor of London Arabic daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, claiming that the U.S. is to blame for the Arab world's hatred of it, 1 sparked a debate in the Arab press. Munir Al-Mawari, a Yemenite journalist and columnist for the London Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat , wrote several articles responding to Atwan's claims. The following are excerpts from two of Al-Mawari's articles: The Arab Media Fans Hatred of the U.S. In an article titled, "False Interpretation of the ...

Special Dispatch No. 588 - Editorials from the New Iraqi Press: MEMRI Baghdad Dispatch (11) - 10/14/03

This release from MEMRI's Baghdad office focuses on a number of issues including Iraq's present and future, Arab TV channels, foreign investments, and Iraq's relations with its neighbors. The annex to this report will be the ninth biographical note on Iraq's post Saddam leadership. The subject is Kurdish leader and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zibari. This will be the last release in this series, which began after the conclusion of the war. Future news about Iraq will be covered in other ...

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