Arab Poll: Iran Is Biggest Threat, Not Israel

Iran’s nuclear threat to regional security has replaced Israel as the Arab world’s public enemy number one for the Arab world, according to an Arab survey commissioned by the Doha Debates group. A majority of respondents from 18 Arab countries said Iran is a bigger threat than Israel, and nearly a third think that Tehran […]

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Source: CIA May Be Helping PA Torture

The CIA is aware of, if not helping, PA “special forces” to torture prisoners and terrorists, mainly those of the rival Hamas faction, the London Guardian reports. The use of torture by both the Fatah and Hamas factions has been well-documented in the past, but this is the first time that the United States has […]

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Some Common Sense in Egypt and Saudi Arabia

by Daniel Pipes Jerusalem Post December 23, 2009  Invited recently by the newly formed Pechter Middle East Polls to ask three questions of 1,000 representative Egyptians and 1,000 urban Saudis, the Middle East Forum focused on Iran and Israel, the countries that most polarize the region. The results are illuminating. Some Egyptians and Saudis support […]

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IRAN MAKING ADVANCED CENTRIFUGES FOR NUKE PROGRAM

    The head of Iran’s nuclear program last week said the country is developing more efficient models of centrifuges to enrich uranium, the Associated Press reported. “We are currently producing [a] new generation of centrifuges named IR3 and IR4,” said Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi. “We hope to use them by early 2011 after […]

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Dishonest Reporter Award 2009

Our annual recognition of the most skewed and biased coverage of the Mideast conflict. This year, a four-letter word dominated coverage of Israel on a near-daily basis. Gaza. The war — which began at the end of December in response to increased Palestinian rocket fire — ended on the 20th day of the year. The media […]

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Niqab, the Pseudo-Islamic Face-Veil

by Irfan Al-Alawi and Stephen Suleyman Schwartz December 3, 2009 Countries from Italy to Sweden are debating the right of women to wear the niqab. Canada is the latest country to enter the fray, with the Muslim Canadian Congress desiring to ban it. Is such a ban possible in the U.S., where its prevalence is […]

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Al-Qaeda Denounces Obama, ‘Arab Zionists’

From VirtualJerusalem.com: Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s second top leader, denounced US president Barack Obama’s Middle East policy as “nothing but a new stage in the Crusader and Zionist campaign to subjugate and humiliate us… and our religion” in a statement posted on an Islamist website Monday, Dec. 14. He also slammed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, […]

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Muslim Bites off Rabbi’s Finger at Lighting

A Muslim man attacked a Chabad rabbi Saturday night as he was conducting the annual ceremony to light the public Chanukah menorah in Stefenfaltz Square in the city of Vienna, Austria. The attacker hurled himself at Rabbi Dov Gruzman, principal of the city’s Jewish school run by the Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidic movement, and began punching him, […]

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