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Saudi Money with Strings Attached

Saudi Money with Strings Attached

While a duo of lute and violin played a solemn tune accompanying an Arabic song, Austria’s foreign minister Michael Spindelegger leaned over to say something to the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Alfaisal. That was all it took. Suddenly, the music was lost in a cacophony of flashing cameras and clicking shutters. Indeed, this was […]

Still the Most Lawless Place on Earth

Around 11 p.m. on Jul. 11, 2010, sports fans were packed into the Kyadondo Rugby Club in Kampala, Uganda, eagerly watching Spain and the Netherlands duke it out in the FIFA World Cup Final. Minutes before the culmination of the 90-minute match and the commencement of overtime, an explosion detonated directly in front of the […]

Let’s All Play Bye Bye Mosque

A blatantly anti-Muslim online computer game launched by the far-right Freedom Party FPÖ in the Austrian Federal State of Styria has triggered outrage and led to widespread censure by the country’s leaders. The game with the provocative title “Moschee Baba” (“Bye bye Mosque”) was uploaded Sept.1 as part of the FPÖ election campaign in Styria, […]

A Visit with a Terror Suspect

A Visit with a Terror Suspect

The delicate, veiled woman opens her apartment door, sees my outstretched hand and takes it. Perhaps she hadn’t stopped to think that strict Muslims forbid physical contact with strangers. Perhaps Mona S. isn’t quite the model Muslim, she has tried since her teenage years to be. Those who toss her name around in conversation these […]

Retreat from Radical Islam

Retreat from Radical Islam

Maajid Nawaz, 31, is a good-looking, eloquent young Englishman – not how you would imagine an Islamist who once set up radical cells all across Europe. Rather than a beard he wears Hugo Boss, he is cosmopolitan and convinced that the Muslims in the West need to establish a western type of Islam. A few […]

Media Molehill

For those still morbidly curious, the long-awaited day had come. After months of squabbling over what to do with Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam documentary Fitna, it was finally released on Mar. 27 on Liveleak.com – and then promptly taken off its servers.  The last website willing to air the contentious piece claimed the film’s removal marked […]

Otto Habsburg on Islam And Immigraion in Europe

translated by M.T.M. Childs Rauscher: Dr. Habsburg, on your birthday, you are traveling to Bosnia-Herzegovina — where the downfall of the Danube Monarchy began in 1914. Habsburg: But I don’t see myself in a downfall. When I look back on my life I have to say, so many dreams have come true. So many countries […]

Facing the Realities of Islam in the West

An impressive line-up of speakers had gathered in the prestigious setting of the elegant, marble-floored “Camineum” at the National Library to discuss contemporary Islam. The conference – “Diverse Modern Views from European, Asian and North American Muslims,” hosted by the United States Embassy together with the United States Mission to the European Union and Women […]

Interview with A Militant

Interview with A Militant

Why do young European Muslims become extremists? That’s a question Ed Husain thinks he is very qualified to answer. For several years, he claims, he was a committed member of one of Britain’s most extreme Islamist movements – a group called Hizb ut-Tahrir. Every week the young Husain discussed inflammatory political materials in secret meetings. […]

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