Joseph Massad: Palestinians, Egyptian Jews and propaganda

"The statements made by Issam al-Aryan, a senior leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, calling on Egyptian Jews in Israel to return home, are hardly novel," writes author (AFP)

Despite claims to the contrary, it isn't all sunshine and rainbows when Jewish Egyptians reflect on Egypt. By Joseph Massad The current propaganda war in Egypt about the Palestinians and about Egyptian Jews, which was provoked by the recent pronouncements of Issam al-Aryan, a senior leader of the … [Read more...]

Egypt: The Groupthink Problem

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By Lawrence Davidson * | Sabbah Report | Through his stubbornness Hosni Mubarak has managed to transform himself from a 30 year old "loyal ally" into an 82 year old liability. Almost all dictators cling to power as long as they can. They get use to being the boss and it becomes a way of life … [Read more...]

Gaza World Cup (May 1st until May 15th, 2010)


It seems that football fans might be able to do what Arab governments have miserably failed to achieve or even address: lifting the illegal inhuman Israeli siege off Gaza! Get involved! Efforts like the Gaza World Cup, as cliché as it sounds, are only as strong as those who choose to seize the … [Read more...]

Miss Bahrain, Miss Arab World 2007 and Stereotypes


I admit I have missed the news when it was announced end of last July, but better late than never. Honored to be Bahraini by soul for living in Bahrain for the last four years, I am very happy to know that Wafaa Ganahi, a 23-year-old teacher from the Law Faculty of Bahrain University, won the title, while … [Read more...]

Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2006

In the fifth annual Reporters Without Borders Worldwide Press Freedom Index, in between 168 indexed countries, our beloved Arab countries makes sure to be among the worst. Here is the list in order from "best" to "worst": Kuwait - 73 United Arab Emirates - 77 Mauritania - 77 Qatar - 80 Morocco - … [Read more...]

U.S. Ranks Sixth Among Countries Jailing Journalists

The United States has tied with Myanmar (the former Burma) for sixth place among countries that are holding the most journalists behind bars, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Each country is jailing five journalists. The United States is holding four Iraqi journalists in … [Read more...]

HIV/AIDS in the Muslim world (PDF File - 828KB) This report from the US-based National Bureau of Asian Research takes an unusual look at the HIV/AIDS situation in the Muslim world, highlighting the poor surveillance and inadequate knowledge of the extent of … [Read more...]

It’s the oil, stupid!

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Shamelessly from the Political Musings of intectus For years now, British Petroleum (BP) has published a fascinating annual report entitled Statistical Review of World Energy. Publicly available on their website, this report provides excellent insight into the sources and uses of fossil fuel energy around … [Read more...]

Please, will somebody notice us?

That is the plea of the 408 Moroccan prisoners of war currently held by the Polisario Front in the Western Sahara. With many having been incarcerated for over two decades, they are currently the longest-serving POWs in the world. Six recently released POWs who met with The Washington Times told their tragic … [Read more...]