Category Archives: Short Comments

The U.S. and the Muslim Brotherhood

  I am delighted to contribute, for the second time, to the Carnegie Middle East’s Diwan, in its regular surveys in matters related to Middle East politics and security. This time the question was: What impact would U.S. designation of … Continue reading

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Iran’s election: False hopes of a moderate path

( Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei –via The Guardian)  Last Friday, Iranians voted in the country’s presidential election, favoring current President Hassan Rouhani with 56.9% of the votes, defeating his hardliner rival Raisi, who scored only 38.5. Reformist candidates have also … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Islamists and Pope Francis

  A photo circulated on social media accuses Pope Francis is known for his radicalism, hatred to Islam, and supports Zionism “The Pope of Terrorism” ____ a hashtag used by Islamists on Twitter to comment on Pope Francis’s recent visit … Continue reading

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Islamist Gehad Haddad Versus Muslim Reformer Maajid Nawaz

The New York Times (NYT) recently published a column by Gehad el-Haddad — the [previous] spokesman for the global Islamist group The Muslim Brotherhood — penned from the confines of his Egyptian jail cell, in Tora prison. Haddad wrote about … Continue reading

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Re-blog: “Moderate” Muslim Brotherhood Mourns Terrorist’s Death

It was my intention to write a piece on the Muslim Brotherhood’s response to the death of  the “blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman, but I found a comprehensive post on the topic written by John Rossomando in The Investigative Project … Continue reading

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Reblog: Women’s March: Why use the Headscarf (Veil) as a Symbol for Islam?

In an article published in the Huffington Post, writer and academic Elham Manea, addressing the Women’s March asked a valid question: Why use the Headscarf (Veil) as a Symbol for Islam? She wrote: “Given the complexity of the headscarf (veil) … Continue reading

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Women’s March and the Selectivity of Anti-Trump Feminism

Women’s march in Washington Photo via Slate magazine Hundred of thousands of women in America and other countries are protesting against Donald Trump’s presidency. It is refreshing to see women from all walks of life, including many celebrities, standing up against … Continue reading

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Saudi Clerics and Christmas

In an interview last November, Saudi cleric Khaled Al-Felaij said Muslims are forbidden from greeting Christians and Jews on their holidays. He labeled Jews and Christians as infidels and explained that their celebration were “based upon falsehood, heresy, and polytheism,” … Continue reading

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Fidel Castro: Glamorizing Tyranny

Fidel Castro ( Getty Images) Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90. The legacy of Castro, the “commandante” is not just his revolutionary communism, but a grand and more disturbing stance, one that was characterized … Continue reading

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Reflection on Trump’s victory and the crisis of the liberal camp

“To the Egyptian lady sitting in the last row, if you want Trump, you can have him.” I was attending a political conference that featured a heated debate on the US presidential election, and these words from an American delegate … Continue reading

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