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Terrorism Against Israelis In Kenya

Terrorism against Israelis in Kenya The attack on the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya (which killed 9 Kenyans and two Israeli children) and the firing of shoulder-launched missiles at an Israeli…

Saudi Minister Denounces Muslim

Saudi Minister Denounces Muslim Fundamentalists (!) Saudi Interior Minister Naef bin Abdul Aziz has denied in an interview with a Kuwaiti newspaper that there are al-Qaeda sleeper cells in Saudi Arabia. He…

Note Informed Comment Has Just Posted

Note: “Informed Comment” has just posted a new article on the Aghajari case below, but is on hiatus until Wednesday November 27 because Cole will be busy with conferences, including the annual…

More On Aghajari Case Case Of History

More on the Aghajari Case The case of the history professor at Tarbiat-Modarres University in Tehran who was sentenced to death for a talk he gave continues to roil Iran. There are…

Pakistani Intelligence Aiding Taliban

Pakistani Intelligence aiding Taliban revival? The Pakistani newspaper, Jang (“The News”) says it was told by a member of the Taliban that the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence is attempting to broker an alliance…

Bush Speaks Out Against Islamophobia

Bush speaks out against Islamophobia Since President Bush had earlier been criticized for not speaking out about the slurs being cast on Islam in the US by the Christian Right–most recently Jimmy…

Is It Bin Laden Again I Believe

Is it Bin Laden Again? I believe the recently released Bin Ladin tape is authentic. I could only hear snippets in the background of the CNN report, but it certainly sounded like…

Now Rumors Are That Pakistan Muslim

Now the rumors are that the Pakistan Muslim League (Q) (which is loyal to General Pervez Musharraf) along with several smaller parties, may make a coalition with the fundamentalist United Action Council…

Iraqi Parliamentarians Condemn Un

Iraqi Parliamentarians condemn UN Security Council Resolution in Opening Debate Asharq al-Awsat says that the foreign affairs committee of the Iraqi parliament has recommended against accepting the UN Security Council resolution 1441…

Iraq Is Complaining About Repeated

Iraq is complaining about repeated Turkish incursions into its airspace, and is taking the matter to the Arab league. Given that there is a no-fly zone in the northern, Kurdish areas near…

Amnesty International Appeal For Dr

Amnesty International Appeal for Dr. Aghajari PUBLIC AI Index:MDE 13/022/2002; UA 330/02 – 7 November 2002 Threat of execution/medical concern IRAN – Dr Seyyed Hashem Aghajari (m), aged 45, writer and academic…

Jordan Declines To Join In Iraq War

Jordan declines to Join in Iraq War (Again) Jordan’s Foreign Minister Marwan al-Mu`ashir continued to maintain today that its territory could not be used in any U.S. attack on Iraq. He said…

Deal Struck For Government In Pakistan

Deal struck for Government in Pakistan? Rumors are swirling in the Pakistani press (“informed sources say . . .”) that a deal has finally been struck under U.S. pressure that will allow…

Predator Strike Against Al Qaeda In

Predator strike against al-Qaeda in Yemen The strike on Abu `Ali al-Harithi and his companions near Marib was carried out by a Predator controlled from Langley because past attempts to use conventional…

Are Arabs Anti American On List I Am On

Are Arabs Anti-American? On a list I am on, we have been discussing Barry Rubin’s article on the roots of Arab anti-Americanism in the current Foreign Affairs. Several of us feel his…

Election Trouble For Us Turkey And

Election Trouble for US: Turkey and Pakistan Electoral politics in the Muslim world continue to produce results troubling to the policies of the Bush administration. On Monday it was announced in Pakistan…

Fighting Broke Out Again Near Shindand

Fighting broke out again near Shindand in Afghanistan between the forces of Ismail Khan of Herat and those of his Pushtun foe Amanu’llah Khan. Five were killed and nine wounded in the…

Bahrain Elections Islamists Win Now

Bahrain Elections: Islamists Win Now that the second round in the Bahrain elections has been completed, it appears that the Sunni Islamists have a bare majority in the lower house of parliament.…

Safwat Al Sharif Minister Of Culture In

Safwat al-Sharif, the Minister of Culture in Egypt, insists that a television serial that depends on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion for plot elements will be shown during the fasting…