Thursday, February 17, 2011

Islam's Spiritual 'Dear Abby' (DER SPIEGEL)

Qaradawi advocates establishing a "United Muslim Nations" as a contemporary form of the caliphate and the only alternative to the hegemony of the West. He hates Israel and would love to take up arms himself. In one of his sermons, he asked God "to kill the Jewish Zionists, every last one of them."

In January 2009, he said: "Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by [Adolf] Hitler."
...article continues here: Islam's Spiritual 'Dear Abby'
The Voice of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood (Der Spiegel)

Monday, February 14, 2011

A weapon of mass destruction was found in the U.S.': Shock confession of Customs officer

...from Mail Online:
A port official has admitted that a 'weapon of mass effect' has been found by 'partner agencies' in the U.S., raising major questions over a possible government cover-up.

The disturbing revelation came in an interview with San Diego's assistant port director screened by a television channel in the city.

The Customs and Border Protection Department tried to dampen speculation over his remarks, but doubts remained over whether he had inadvertently revealed a dirty bomb plot to attack the U.S. mainland.

Read more: Mail Online


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cooper Union

Food and failed Arab states

Food and failed Arab states
By Spengler

Even Islamists have to eat. It is unclear whether President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt will survive, or whether his nationalist regime will be replaced by an Islamist, democratic, or authoritarian state. What is certain is that it will be a failed state. Amid the speculation about the shape of Arab politics to come, a handful of observers, for example economist Nourel Roubini, have pointed to the obvious: Wheat prices have almost doubled in the past year.

Egypt is the world's largest wheat importer....continue HERE

Tunisia's lost generation

Tunisia's lost generation
By Spengler

Some years ago, a well-known Middle East analyst briefed a conservative audience at a private seminar in New York City. "A Palestinian state," he said, "might achieve the modest prosperity and political stability of a Tunisia." Tunisia, long a byword for stable secular governance in the Muslim world, isn't Tunisia anymore. We well may see the future of many Muslim countries in a Tunisian mirror: neither secular or authoritarian, nor democratic, nor Islamist, but merely chaotic. The one thing we may say with certainty about the Tunisians is that there won't be very many of them a generation or two from now....continue here
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