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Backing Egypt’s generals, Saudi Arabia promises financial support
Backing Egypt’s generals, Saudi Arabia promises financial support

By Liz Sly  19 Aug 2013   Turkish supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi hold posters depicting Egypt’s top general, Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, right, and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. See images from Egypt’s bloody clashes that have killed hundreds already.   CAIRO — Saudi Arabia is emerging at the forefront of a forceful effort […]

 
Obama’s Egypt Policy Makes Perfect Sense

No, seriously.   By Aaron David Miller  19 Aug 2013 The only thing that’s really clear about U.S. Middle East policy these days is its stunning lack of clarity. Neocons and liberal interventionists alike protest the confusion loudly, and a great many others with less ideological baggage silently scratch their heads. Anomalies, contradictions, confusion, and […]

 
Egypt’s Rulers Have a New Friend in DC: The Israel Lobby

By John Hudson  19 Aug 2013 As pressure mounts on Washington to cut off U.S. military aid to Egypt, Cairo has found an awkward ally in the form of AIPAC, the influential pro-Israel lobby firm that is actively pushing for continued U.S. aid to Egypt. Long considered an incentive for Cairo to maintain peaceful ties with Israel, […]

 
How American Hopes for a Deal in Egypt Were Undercut
How American Hopes for a Deal in Egypt Were Undercut

By David D. Kirkpatrick, Peter Baker and Micahel R. Gordon  17 Aug 2013   Senators John McCain, left, and Lindsey Graham in Cairo on Aug. 6, after they met with military leaders.   CAIRO — For a moment, at least, American and European diplomats trying to defuse the volatile standoff in Egypt thought they had a breakthrough. […]

 
Egypt’s coup and the Saudi opposition
Egypt’s coup and the Saudi opposition

By Madawi Al-Rasheed  19 Aug 2013     It is ironic that a state claiming to rule according to Islamic principles, Saudi Arabia, fears the rise to power of Islamists — both at home and in neighboring countries. One regional Islamist trend worries the Saudi leadership, the Muslim Brotherhood which has decided to engage in […]

 
Tributes to Blackburn war hero Fazal Hussain
Tributes to Blackburn war hero Fazal Hussain

By Peter Magill, Chief reporter   19 Aug 2013   Fazal Hussain   TRIBUTES have been paid to a war veteran who played a vital role in helping to build bridges between Asian soldiers and Blackburn schoolchildren. Fazal Hussain, who died at the age of 95, had served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in […]

 
A Model of American Opacity

How Obama’s drone war echoes Egypt’s military crackdown. By Rosa Brooks  16 Aug 2013 I can no longer keep track of all the ways the United States has lost the moral high ground when it comes to Egypt. There was our initial namby-pamby response to the popular uprising against Hosni Mubarak in early 2011: We […]

 
CIA Admits It Was Behind Iran’s Coup

The agency finally owns up to its role in the 1953 operation. By Malcolm Byrnie  18 August 2013 Sixty years ago this Monday, on August 19, 1953, modern Iranian history took a critical turn when a U.S.- and British-backed coup overthrew the country’s prime minister, Mohammed Mossadegh. The event’s reverberations have haunted its orchestrators over […]

 
Egypt expert: ‘The old guard is back in power’

16 Aug 2013   Riots in the streets, state of emergency, curfew: Egypt descends into chaos. The military has taken over power. It is the return of the old Mubarak guard, Egypt expert Cilja Harders told DW. Deutsche Welle: Hundreds of people are dead, the elected president, Mohammed Morsi is ousted, the country in chaos […]

 
Mubarak Still Rules

The bodies pile up in Cairo, but nothing has changed. By Steven A. Cook  14 Aug 2013 My friend, the late Hassan El Sawaf, was correct. When I spoke to him on the evening of February 11, 2011, he was exuberant. After years of a lonely and personal struggle against Hosni Mubarak’s rule, the dictator […]

 
‘They Struck Us Down Like Animals’

As Egyptian authorities use brute force to disperse two pro-Morsy sit-ins, protesters vow to resist the crackdown until the bitter end. By Bel Trew  14 Aug 2013 CAIRO — A hail of gunfire crackled in the background as paramedics rushed a young male protester on a blood-spattered stretcher away from the frontline of the Islamist […]

 
Egypt risks meltdown in the wake of such needless army brutality

The latest massacres have suppressed hopes of unity and will encourage radicalism By Shashank Joshi  15 Aug 2013 Last month’s coup by the Egyptian army was supposed to have saved Egypt. The deposition of President Mohammed Morsi was, it was argued, the only way that the country could be saved from a vortex of political […]

 
Jews stand in solidarity with Muslims against fascist SDL

By Rory MacKinnon   30th July 2013 Edinburgh’s Jews will not stand by while fascists threaten their Muslim neighbours, a leading figure in the capital’s faith community said today. Sukkat Shalom chairman Norman Crane offered words of support today after the city’s council said it would let the far-right Scottish Defence League march down the […]

 
The Israeli bank that opens its doors to everyone – except Arabs

A startling conversation with a representative of Bank Mizrahi Tefahot in Kiryat Shmona sheds light on the obstacles faced by non-Jewish clientele. By Sharon Shpurer   30th July 2013 Mizrahi Tefahot Bank’s new ad campaign “From Dan to Eilat” has been hard to miss since taking to the airwaves several weeks ago. With a life […]

 
Naftali Bennett: ‘I’ve Killed Lots Of Arabs In My Life And There’s No Problem With That’

29 July 2013 As Middle East peace talks are set to resume after a five-year freeze, 972 Magazine reports a member of Israel’s cabinet has declared his backing for simply killing Palestinian prisoners, rather than bringing them to trial. On Sunday, Israel announced it would release 104 Palestinian prisoners, a key caveat in the John Kerry-brokered plan to […]

 
Britain Does Ramadan… And Does It Very Well
Britain Does Ramadan… And Does It Very Well

By Julie Siddiqi – Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Britain 26th July 2013 So, we are half way through Ramadan and what an amazing buzz there is in the air! Two weeks ago I was interviewed by Vanessa Feltz on her BBC London show as she asked for my reaction to the then newly launched Channel 4 Ramadan series […]

 
Let us speak for ourselves: five women’s experiences of Islamophobic attacks
Let us speak for ourselves: five women’s experiences of Islamophobic attacks

Muslim women and their clothes, their relationships with men and their place in British society are written and talked about and discussed and debated to death – but rarely are Muslim women included in those discussions themselves. In an attempt to correct this, Huma Qureshi asks five women to share their experiences. By Huma Qureshi  […]

 
U.S. court rules || Americans born in Jerusalem cannot list ‘Israel’ as place of birth

Ari and Naomi Zivotofsky, whose son Menachem was born in Jerusalem, filed a lawsuit in 2003 demanding enforcement of the 2002 law designed to allow U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace. 23rd Jul. 2013 A federal appeals court on Tuesday invalidated a U.S. law that was designed to allow American […]

 
Muslims ‘Give Most To Charity’, Ahead Of Christians, Jews And Atheists, Poll Finds
Muslims ‘Give Most To Charity’, Ahead Of Christians, Jews And Atheists, Poll Finds

21st July 2013 Muslims give more to charity than other religious groups, new research suggests. At almost £371 each, Muslims topped the poll of religious groups that give to charity. When they donated last year, atheists averaged £116, The Times reported (£). The ICM poll found that Jewish donors gave an average of £270 per person. […]

 
EDL – same fascism, different guise.
EDL – same fascism, different guise.

16 July 2013   Extract from article :  Pigs and Farmers. Why, in the EDL, not being a Nazi is the same as being a Nazi   (The group) Expose came across further evidence of this weird blend of ideologies, which by rights should be anathema to each other, recently, on EDL’s London Division. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=531697880211510&set=pb.143909968990305.-2207520000.1374001461.&type   […]

 
London Muslims break fast with homeless during Ramadan
London Muslims break fast with homeless during Ramadan

By Sanjana Deen  BBC Asian Network    12 July 2013 Muslims share iftar, the sunset meal, after breaking the fast   A group of Muslim volunteers in London have invited the homeless and people from other communities to join them as they break their fast at sunset during the month of Ramadan. The Muslim holy […]

 
McDonald’s Israel refuses to open branch in West Bank settlement, joining boycott

Associated Press  Jun 28, 2013 JERUSALEM // The McDonald’s restaurant chain refused to open a branch in a West Bank Jewish settlement, the company said on Thursday, adding a prominent name to an international movement to boycott Israel’s settlements. Irina Shalmor, spokeswoman for McDonald’s Israel, said the owners of a planned shopping centre in the […]

 
Jewish Patrol Group Shomrim Offers Protection To Mosques Amid Rise In Hate Attacks
Jewish Patrol Group Shomrim Offers Protection To Mosques Amid Rise In Hate Attacks

24 June 2013 Jewish and Muslim leaders discuss security in the wake of a spate of mosque attacks   A Jewish “police force” has offered protection to mosques in Hackney, following a spate of violent attacks on mosques. Shomrim, a uniformed Jewish patrol in Stamford Hill who are trained by the Met, patrol the area regularly looking […]

 
BBC poll: Israel among world’s least popular nations

The annual BBC World Service poll finds Germany most popular; only countries less popular than Israel are North Korea, Pakistan and Iran. 25 May 2013 The world’s opinion of Israel has not improved in the last year: According to BBC World Service’s annual poll, Israel is one of the least popular countries in the world; the […]

 
Israeli police: Christian cemetery defaced

Associated Press  13  Jun  2013 JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say vandals have defaced graves at a Christian cemetery in Tel Aviv. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the words “price tag” were found on Thursday, sprayed on a number of graves in Jaffa, a mixed Arab-Jewish part of the city. That phrase is usually used by […]

 
Amusement park case shows Israel’s growing racism

By Jonathan Cook   20 June 2013 One incident of racism, though small in relation to decades of institutionalised discrimination against Israel’s Arab citizens, has triggered an uncharacteristic bout of Israeli soul-searching. Superland, a large amusement park near Tel Aviv, refused to accept a booking from an Arab school on its preferred date in late […]

 
Why Charles Moore is wrong about British Muslims

British Muslims were outraged by the Woolwich attack – but it is being used to slur our entire community, writes Sadiq Khan. By Sadiq Khan MP  20 Jun 2013 Much has been written in the past month in the aftermath of the brutal murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. One unifying message has been the importance […]

 
U.S. Seemingly Unaware Of Irony In Accusing Snowden Of Spying

By Andy Borowitz  22nd June 2013 WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The United States government charged former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden with spying on Friday, apparently unaware that in doing so it had created a situation dripping with irony. At a press conference to discuss the accusations, an N.S.A. spokesman surprised observers by announcing the spying charges […]

 
Guantanamo guard converts to Islam, demands release of detainees
Guantanamo guard converts to Islam, demands release of detainees

Terry Holdbrooks was deployed to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to guard detainees. The Phoenix, Ariz., resident has become a devout Muslim and an unlikely advocate for the prisoners’ rights. By Carol Kuruvilla  29 May 2013   Terry Holdbrooks converted to Islam in December 2003 after speaking with the prisoners he was guarding at Guantanamo […]

 
Vast majority say Muslims are on the whole peaceful

26 May 2013 Public Calm In The Face Of Terror Eight in ten Britons perceive terrorist threat as ‘low’ – and vast majority say Muslims are on the whole peaceful Following the attack on soldier Drummer Lee Rigby outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich on Wednesday, new YouGov research finds the British public resolute […]