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July 24th, 2012 Comments off

Some book keeping for new readers.

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Those who like reading history and want a background on Egypt might enjoy these books of mine:

Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East. This is written for a general audience and you will have some deja vu as you read about the Cairo revolt of October, 1798.

Engaging the Muslim World, revised Paperback October, 2010– has a chapter on the Muslim Brotherhood and the radical Muslim movements in Egypt as well as chapters on countries likely to be affected by the Egypt events such as Saudi Arabia.

For those who like pretty serious academic history, my Colonialism and Revolution in the Middle East: Social and Cultural Origins of Egypt’s Urabi Revolution may be rewarding.

For more general reading on the modern Middle East, there are suggestions on the top left of this page.

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Salamworld – build-up continues

March 8th, 2012 Comments off, Turkey/Internet: ‘Muslim Facebook’ plans to be launched in Istanbul
“in Ramadan

  11 Rabi al-Thani/ 4 March (IINA)- "Described as a “Halal Facebook,” the
new social networking phenomenon, Salamworld, set to hit the Muslim
world during the fasting month of Ramadan, will create an Internet
platform for Muslims of all ages. The headquarters of the company are
located in Istanbul.”
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‘The badly kept secret of Israel’s trade throughout the Muslim world’

January 22nd, 2012 Comments off

Ha’aretz, The badly kept secret of Israel’s trade throughout the Muslim world, 19 Jan 2012 "Israeli business quietly thrives in Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and in far-off countries like Indonesia and Malaysia, too. Company owners on both sides do all they can to avoid harmful publicity. Contacts are made at international conferences overseas, through European and U.S. companies familiar with both
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Gaza’s Hamas leader launches Muslim world trip (AP)

December 25th, 2011 Comments off

AP – A deputy says Gaza’s prime minister is leaving on his first official trip outside the territory since the militant Hamas movement overran the coastal strip in June 2007.
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Muslim World Music

June 1st, 2011 Comments off

Muslim World Music Day is an online effort to identify and catalog all the recordings of Muslim music in the world. It will remain active as an online resource to make this culturally significant body of work readily available to people around the globe for study and enjoyment.

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Obama concludes: ‘Embrace the general idea of the Arab risings but be selective in specific cases’

May 24th, 2011 Comments off

“… Obviously, if Obama is going to call for sweeping change, he must address the Israeli-Palestinian relationship. Obama knows this is the graveyard of foreign policy: Presidents who go into this rarely come out well. But any influence he would have with the Arabs would be diminished if he didn’t try. Undoubtedly understanding the futility of the attempt, he went in, trying to reconcile an Israel that has no intention of returning to the geopolitically vulnerable borders of 1967 with a Hamas with no intention of publicly acknowledging Israel’s right to exist – with Fatah hanging in the middle. By the weekend, the president was doing what he knew he would do and was switching positions.

At no point did Obama address the question of Pakistan and Afghanistan or the key issue: Iran. There can be fantasies about uprisings in Iran, but 2009 was crushed, and no matter what political dissent there is among the elite, a broad-based uprising is unlikely. The question thus becomes how the United States plans to deal with Iran’s emerging power in the region as the United States withdraws from Iraq.

But Obama’s foray into Israeli-Palestinian affairs was not intended to be serious; rather, it was merely a cover for his broader policy to reconstitute a coalition of the willing. While we understand why he wants this broader policy to revive the coalition of the willing, it seems to involve huge risks that could see a diminished or disappeared coalition. He could help bring down pro-American regimes that are repressive and replace them with anti-American regimes that are equally or even more repressive. If Obama is right that there is a democratic movement in the Muslim world large enough to seize power and create U.S.-friendly regimes, then he has made a wise choice. If he is wrong and the Arab Spring was simply unrest leading nowhere, then he risks the coalition he has by alienating regimes in places like Bahrain or Saudi Arabia without gaining either democracy or friends.”

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Arab And Muslim World React To Bin Laden's Death

May 2nd, 2011 Comments off

May 2, 2011 The architect of the 9/11 attacks was killed yesterday by U.S. forces in Pakistan. Host Michel Martin discusses the impact of the death with Rami Khouri, editor-at-large of the …
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clueless New York Times

April 3rd, 2011 Comments off
the event last week at the 50-member church was largely ignored by the news media.”  It may have been ignored here in the US but it has received so much–too much if you ask me–coverage in Arab and Muslim world media.

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Fear Not the Muslim Brotherhood Boogeyman: Cole in Truthdig

February 15th, 2011 Comments off

My column in Truthdig is out, entitled Fear Not the Muslim Brotherhood Boogeyman


‘ The hysteria in American media about Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is not only ignorant and demagogic, it is hypocritical. The United States has actively promoted Muslim Brotherhood branches in other countries when it suited its purposes, including in Afghanistan and Iraq. Moreover, the Turkish and Indonesian cases of democratic transition in the Muslim world should have taught us something about how Muslim fundamentalist parties are themselves transformed in a democratic setting.’

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"Netanyahu’s embrace of Mubarak did not help the despised man: Did it put Egypt’s relation with Israel on the revolution’s agenda?

February 12th, 2011 Comments off

“… Netanyahu’s sources are as clueless as everyone else. On the day the demonstrations began, the head of Israeli Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, told a Knesset committee that the Egyptian regime was stable. Neither he nor the prime minister has a better idea today of what will happen. Given that uncertainty, Israelis have reasons to be nervous. But for exactly the same reasons, Netanyahu’s comments are utterly irresponsible.

Peace with Egypt is fundamental to Israeli security. And as the ex-director of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Alon Liel, points out, the 1979 peace agreement with Egypt initiated a steady improvement in Israel’s relations with the rest of the Muslim world. The thaw lasted until 2000, when the Israeli-Palestinian peace process collapsed and a new ice age began. Israel’s alliance with Turkey has been in shreds since the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2009, Liel notes. Netanyahu’s refusal to pursue peace seriously with the Palestinians has done similar damage to relations with Jordan. The only Arab leader happy to meet Netanyahu is — or rather, was — Mubarak. Mubarak’s comfortable relation with Israel flew in the face of Egyptian popular opinion, which “is closer to the Middle Eastern average than to Mubarak’s policies,” Liel says…………….Yet emotions sometimes do overcome rational interests. That’s why Netanyahu voices his fear — but his comments could themselves spur emotional rather than rational responses. An Israeli embrace of Mubarak won’t (Did Not) help the despised president. But it could put Egypt’s relation with Israel on the revolution’s agenda. By describing Egypt to Western leaders and diplomats as a place unready for democracy, Netanyahu reinforces the image of Israel as a country of contemptuous Westerners, and he identifies aspirations for democracy with hostility toward Israel. By describing Islamicists as the chief danger, Netanyahu only risks increasing their popularity. In short, by voicing his fears, the prime minister increases the chances that they will be realized….”

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