Why is Europe turning a blind eye to Islamic occupation ?

National and religious minorities in the Arab region have not been given independence or autonomy. They are still trying to overthrow their Arab-Muslim occupiers. Read more of this post

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Who Will Take al-Bab ?

The last remaining Islamic State stronghold in eastern Syria is poised to fall, and given the potentially major strategic implications for the Kurds, Turkey, the rebels, and other actors, one of them may act quickly to determine its fate.
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Fabricated Attacks

Syria: The Douma Market Attack outside Damascus: Another Fabricated Pretext for US-NATO Military Intervention?

The August 16, 2015 attack on a market in the Syrian town of Douma, just outside the capital Damascus, has caused international outrage. Condemnations of the Syrian government have poured in from seemingly all corners of the globe as President Assad and the Syrian military have been declared responsible for the attack, convicted in the court of media opinion. Interestingly, such declarations have come well before any investigation has been conducted, and without any tangible evidence other than the assertions of the rebel spokespersons and anti-government sources. Indeed, there has been an embarrassing dearth of investigative questions asked as corporate media, who have been far from objective these last four and half years, have rushed to fit the facts to their long-standing narrative of “Assad the Butcher.” Read more of this post

With ISIL surging in Iraq, Europe fears rise in “jihadi-tourists”

BERLIN — After being injured fighting the Syrian government, 31-year-old Mohannad reached his home in Frankfurt, Germany, with a simple plan: rest, recuperate, then rejoin the fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Read more of this post

Whose sarin?

Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: Read more of this post

Is It Islamic or Islamist?

The West’s confusion spells trouble.

Now that even the tolerant, liberal Swedes have elected an anti-Islam party to their Parliament, it’s pretty clear that such controversies are mounting because both the left and the right are confused over the politics of Islam. The left is wrongly defending Islamism—an extremist and at times violent ideology—which it confuses with the common person’s Islam, while the right is often wrongly attacking the Muslim faith, which it confuses with Islamism. Western thinkers must begin to recognize the difference between Islamism and Islam, or we are headed toward an ideologically defined battle with one quarter of humanity. Read more of this post

Muslims vs. Islamists: Muslims believe in things; Islamists only oppose things

I am thankful to Mr. Umaru Abdulmutallab, the father of the failed Christmas day bomber. In late 2009, Mr. Abdulmutallab, a Muslim, approached U.S. authorities in his native Nigeria to warn them of his son’s slide into Islamist ideology. Mr. Abdulmutallab’s altruistic initiative is a case in point about the conflict between Muslims and Islamists.
While Islam is the faith of 1.4 billion people, Islamism is not a form of the Muslim faith or an expression of Muslim piety. Rather, it is a political ideology that strives to derive legitimacy from Islam. Islam and Islamism are not synonymous, and there is tension between the two, exemplified by the case of this Nigerian Muslim father turning in his Islamist son to the authorities. Read more of this post

Iran threatens to hit Turkey if US, Israel attack

Tehran, Iran – Iran will target NATO‘s missile defense installations in Turkey if the U.S. or Israel attacks the Islamic Republic, a senior commander of Iran‘s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Saturday.
Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Guards‘ aerospace division, said the warning is part of a new defense strategy to counter what he described as an increase in threats from the U.S. and Israel.
Tensions have been rising between Iran and the West since the release of a report earlier this month by the International Atomic Energy Agency that said for the first time that Tehran was suspected of conducting secret experiments whose sole purpose was the development of nuclear arms. Read more of this post

Terra Incognita: The Turkish enigma

The cancellation of the participation of the »Mavi Marmara« in the Gaza flotilla and the mystery of what Turkey’s political elite is thinking.

Sometime this week, some 1,000 activists on one or two large Turkish ships accompanied by 15 other craft were to be making their way to Gaza. But they are nowhere on the horizon, although Israel has been preparing to prevent their breaking the blockade.
So what happened? Just a month ago, various »Free Gaza« blogs were ablaze with hopes for the latest flotilla. Gaza TV News and Freedomflotilla.eu both reported that the Turks were going to send not only the Mavi Marmara 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