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The Closing of the Zionist Mind

It finally happened. The Jerusalem Post has declared archeology itself anti-Semitic. To tell you the truth, I am frankly worried about some of my colleagues who are committed Zionists having difficulty in…

Meyer: NY Times: Saber-rattling Against Turkey

Carlyn Meyer writes in a Guest Editorial for Informed Comment, also mirrored here: NYT Saber-Rattling Against Turkey The New York Times prides itself on being a newspaper “of record’ reporting crucial information…

Women of Afghanistan: Rethink Afghanistan, Part 5

Women of Afghanistan: Rethink Afghanistan, Part 5

Rethink Afghanistan, pt. 5, directed by Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films, covers women’s issues. Recent news on this front: On Saturday it became clear that fighting on Friday between NATO and…

Pakistan:  Rethinking Afghanistan, Pt. 2

Pakistan: Rethinking Afghanistan, Pt. 2

Rethinking Afghanistan, Pt. 2, directed by Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films, treats the issue of the Taliban havens in northwest Pakistan and the use to which the country’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)…

Rethinking Rethinking Afghanistan, Pt. 1

Rethinking Rethinking Afghanistan, Pt. 1

In honor of Tuesday’s major donor’s conference in Afghanistan, Informed Comment is beginning a series of reposts of the classic six-part documentary, Rethink Afghanistan by Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films. As…

Iranian Cleric Blames US in Mosque Bombing

Iranian Cleric Blames US in Mosque Bombing

Tabnak reports in Persian on the bombing of the chief Shiite mosque in Zahedan, the capital of the largely Sunni Sistan and Baluchistan Province in southeastern Iran, which left at least 27…

Al-Shabab behind Kampala Bombing

Al-Shabab behind Kampala Bombing

The horrific bombings in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, during public celebrations of the World Cup finale, was carried out by Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahidin (Movement of Jihadi Youth), a radical Somali fundamentalist…

UAE Fatwa Against the Vuvuzela

UAE Fatwa Against the Vuvuzela

The vuvuzela horn that produces that annoying buzzing sound at the world cup games had threatened to spread from South Africa around the world. An Abu Dhabi businessman, Dhia al-Din, had planned…

US Ally Maliki & Octavia Nasr Both Praised Fadlallah

So help me understand this. Nuri al-Maliki, still the Iraqi prime minister for the moment, expressed his appreciation for the accomplishments of the late Grand Ayatollah Hussein Fadlallah: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri…

The Orientalism of Israeli Troops Dancing

The Orientalism of Israeli Troops Dancing

Israeli troops dance to Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok.”: Some comments on the semiotics. The piece begins with the Muslim call to prayer in al-Khalil, a Palestinian city in the Palestinian West Bank, which…

Fadlallah’s Life and the Shiite Wave

The death of Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Husain Fadlallah at age 75 in Beirut marks the passing of a cleric revered by many Shiite Muslims and by many Lebanese and Iraqis. His life…

On Fourth of July, Let Iraq Go

The Fourth of July celebrates the Declaration of Independence of the American colonies of Great Britain, on the grounds that they deserved representative government and popular sovereignty– something denied to them by…