Arab world: Has the penny finally dropped?

Is the UK’s decision to order a review of the Muslim Brotherhood a sign the West is beginning to see the organization’s true motives?

Since the start of the ill-named “Arab Spring,” the Muslim Brotherhood has been very much in the news.
Coming to power through democratic elections in Egypt and Tunisia, they were toppled within a short time by the people, who discovered their true intentions. Read more of this post

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Hamas slams Egyptian plan to create buffer zone with Gaza

Brothers . . .

The Hamas government said Sunday it was “surprised” to hear that Egypt is planning to create a buffer zone along the border with the Gaza Strip.
Ehab Ghissin, spokesman for the Hamas government, said that there should be no buffer zones “between brothers and friendly countries.” Read more of this post

Is Obama Botching Egypt?

Rumsfeld Slams Handling of Crisis and War on Terror

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld slammed Obama’s handling of Egypt during an interview with Newsmax.com. “The people that we’ve sent there to deal with the problem have not done a particularly skillful job in my view. It’s unfortunate,” he said. Read more of this post

Machtkampf der Islamisten

Salafisten gegen Muslimbruderschaft: Saudi-Arabien und Katar bringen ihr Fußvolk in Stellung.

Der Umsturz in Ägypten wurde von Saudi-Arabien begrüßt und von Katar kritisiert. Während Katar die Muslimbrüder unterstützt, hofiert Saudi-Arabien die Salafisten, die Gegnerschaft dieser beiden grundverschiedenen islamistischen Bewegungen könnte nicht nur Katar und Saudi-Arabien zu Gegnern machen, er könnte langfristig sogar den schiitisch-sunnitischen Gegensatz in der arabischen Welt ablösen. Read more of this post

Fear in Egypt: A gloomy sunset on the Nile

The largest Arab country has become a source of fear: For itself, its neighbors, even more distant countries. Dizzied by rallies, a coup, and agitation for civil war, Egypt craves leaders of a kind it hasn’t had since antiquity.

Shaken by the unfamiliar rhetoric, gunshots, and bloodstains of civil war, Egypt is searching its soul – in vain. Once a symbol of stability, prosperity and tolerance, the largest Arab country has now become a source of fear: Fear for Egypt, for its neighbors, even for more distant countries as well. Read more of this post

One year on, no answers to Egypt church bombing

CAIRO (AP) — Just over a year ago, Amira Maurice was attending a New Year’s Eve Mass in the Saints Church in Egypt’s Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria with her parents and fiance, their marriage set for only a few months away. Then the bomb blast ripped through the church.
Now, the 28-year-old pharmacist is in Germany undergoing the latest in a string of surgeries to save her leg and deal with her burns. Her fiance is dead, one of the 21 people killed in the suicide bombing targeting the church. Read more of this post

Double-faced Terrorists

With the exception of a number of political hardliners in the Western World, people know quite well already that the Muslim Brotherhood is the planet’s strongest and most sophisticated terror organization.
After long decades of bloody struggles, especially against islamic governments, the Muslim Brotherhood soared in 2011 to take over several states in Northern Africa. Tens of thousands of victims was the price of the Brotherhood’s home run to power. Read more of this post

How to Deal with Terrorists ?

The world is largely oblivious to what’s going on in North Africa and the Middle East .
Following the original uprising in Tunisia, lame and blind politicians in the West missed all that happened after it. Carelessly they assumed that the riots and fights in Egypt, Libya, and Syria were of the same kind. Just people asking for more democracy, for more freedom. Not so. Read more of this post

Egypt’s Transition Emboldens Brotherhood

Much of the idealism and the promise of unity that emerged from the massive populist uprising that captivated Egypt and swept longtime President Hosni Mubarak from power in February seems to have been lost.
In the three months since, the Muslim Brotherhood – an Islamist movement that was banned under the previous regime – has grown more confident and has shed layers of its past façade, as it prepares for Egypt’s important parliamentary elections in September. Read more of this post

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Salafi pact puts Egyptian Christians in great danger

Well, here’s another dismal “unity” pact for you.
The Muslim Brotherhood has announced an electoral coalition with a host of Salafi groups in Egypt, under the banner of seeking an Islamic state. “It was the recent attacks on the Islamic groups that brought us together,” the Brotherhood’s lawyer Sobhi Saleh explained to an Egyptian newspaper on Tuesday.
Saleh’s newfound siege mentality is at odds with the confidence he displayed on Newsnight a few months back. A woman or a Christian, the Islamist attorney told Tim Whewell, could never be president of a post-Mubarak Egypt because Muslims constitute “95 per cent of the population” (not true) and this is the “same policy as in Greece, Spain and in England” (what’s the Arabic for “Iron Lady”?).

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The Muslim Brotherhood’s Concept of Education

A controversial proposition is made by the Muslim Brotherhood and by others on its behalf. The claim is that the Brotherhood represents a moderate version of Islam and as such has a vital role to play in countering terrorism and extremist ideology. One of the principal ways in which the Brotherhood claims it is able to counter extremism is by offering religious education to those Muslims who are at-risk for radicalization. This is especially the case in Western countries, where the Brotherhood and its allies have sought to persuade authorities that they have far more credibility and influence with at-risk Muslim youth than any non-Muslim ever could, and that as Muslims, they know how best to deal with Islamist extremism by teaching Muslims properly about their religion. Read more of this post

Israel unveils seized arms cache from cargo ship

ASHDOD, Israel — Rows of boxes, crates and containers filled with weapons stretched out on a dock Wednesday alongside a ship commandeered by Israel‘s navy, a display of what Israel said was a shipment of arms, some sophisticated, to Palestinian militants in Gaza.
Israel intercepted the ship Tuesday in international waters in the Mediterranean, saying it was carrying weapons sent by Iran via Syria. Israel says the advanced anti-ship missiles found on board could alter the region‘s balance of power by impeding its ability to enforce a naval blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Read more of this post

Peaceful Missions – oder?

Im Mittleren Osten (für Europäer der Nahe Osten) tummeln sich schon lange, schon viel zu lange, Terroristen. Nicht politische, nicht soziale Ziele verfolgen sie. Sie wollen viel Macht, schnelles Geld, haben Freude am Töten. Einer der bekanntesten Terroristen-Chefs war Yasser Arafat. Der liberale Westen liebt solche Leute, je mehr Blut, desto besser. Als Top-Terrorist erhielt Arafat denn auch den Friedensnobelpreis.
Das Feld der Terroristen-Gruppen ist seit Jahren relativ konsolidiert. Im Libanon steht die Hezbollah, als einzige private Gruppe dort voll bewaffnet, bezieht Geld und Material hauptsächlich aus dem Iran. Dessen radikales Regime alle Wege nutzt, um den Erzfeind Israel angreifen zu können. Sogar ein toter Jude ist ein schlechter Jude, heißt es dort. Die Iraner profitieren davon, bereits Atomwaffen zu besitzen. Deshalb wagt sich niemand so richtig an sie heran; Carters unnötiges Teheran-Debakel lähmt schon viel zu lange. Read more of this post