From the editors of the Middle East Research and Information Project: There are two political-intellectual prisms through which the recurrent conflagrations of the modern Middle East are conventionally seen. One casts the region’s stubborn ills as internally caused — by the outsize role of religion in public life, the persistence of primordial identities like sect … More Quote of the Day: How to Analyse the Middle East
I have two bits of wonderful conservative rhetoric for you today that are simply stunning. The first is Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin who calls out James Jones for pointing out that the Israeli occupation creates problems. Rubin is trying desperately to deny the links between the continuing Israeli occupation of Palestine and the general … More US Goes to War Against Democracy Virus
During the first Gulf War, the United States stopped short of invading Baghdad and toppling Saddam Hussein, leaving Rumsfeld, Cheney, Libby and the other one time supporters of the NeoCon Project for a New American Century with strike one. Iraq, the Sequel was supposed to get the job done. Dispose of Saddam and watch the … More America In The Middle East
[tweetmeme] In honor of the growing Arab rap movement that is sweeping both the Middle East and America. I thought I would try and spice up the blog a little today with a taste of some newly released Arab beats. I saw this video on Melody Arabia for the first time today and it is … More Arab Rap (Meets Chris Brown)
Suicide terrorism has been rising around the world for decades. Because of the Iraq and Afghanistan war, September 11, and other conflicts involving predominantly Muslim populations, Islam has been seen as a motivator, if the not the sole motivator, for these attacks. This belief, held even by prominent academics, has fueled the notion that Islam … More God’s Terrorist? The Logic of Suicide Terrorism
At a recent academic seminar, Swedish artist Lars Vilks was attacked by a Muslim student and forced to cease his presentation as the crowd angrily rushed the stage. His presentation, juxtaposing homoerotic images with Christian and Muslim images, was controversial and has aroused some interesting questions. See the video here. [tweetmeme] First, it should be … More Islam and a Crisis of Pluralism?
Earlier this week, a confidential Russian governmental document was leaked to the press. The document was written by Foreign Minister Sergei Levrov to President Dmitry Medvedev and contained a proposal to move politically closer to the west and, in particular, the US. Good news, it would seem, for the US. Though the program has yet … More Russia in the Middle East
Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001 ‘Western’ academics, intellectuals, and politicians have been apparently blind to the massive amount of condemnation coming from the Muslim majority; that is, those who oppose Wahhabism and Osama bin Laden. Indeed, the question of “why haven’t Muslims condemned the atrocities of 9/11 and other terror” is more … More The Myth of the Silent Muslim Majority
With a month long conference in New York concerning the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a big story lately has been the provision in the treaty calling for a nuclear free Middle East. The thought is a good one, but with Iran allegedly working towards nuclear bombs and the assumed nuclear arsenal of Israel, the likelihood of … More Did You Hear the One About the Nuclear Ban in the Middle East?
This edition of the Crazy Middle East brings us stories from Jordan and Egypt. – Egyptian scholars are arguing over the suitability of the classic tale “Arabian Nights.” The story, which has been collected for centuries is part of a dispute between those who believe that the characters in the book as well as the … More The Crazy Middle East, Con’t