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Lebanon: Resistance Air Defense Commander Assassinated, Hezbollah Will Respond

Mourners carry the coffin of Hassan Hawlo al-Lakiss, one of the Hezbollah’s top commanders, during his funeral in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek on December 4, 2013. (Photo: AFP – STR) By: Ibrahim al-Amin Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 Who made the decision to strike such a painful blow to the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon by […]

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Mother Agnes Mariam: In Her Own Words

Posted on November 30, 2013 by Veritas By Sharmine Narwani American national security journalist Jeremy Scahill and leftist British columnist Owen Jones announced recently that they would not share a platform with a Palestinian-Lebanese nun at the Stop The War Coalition’s November 30 UK conference. Neither Scahill nor Jones provided any reason for their harsh “indictment” of Mother […]

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Orient Tendencies: Saudi-Israeli Offensive to Break the Blockade of al-Ghouta Failed

Posted on December 2, 2013 by Veritas Orient Tendencies Monday December 2, 2013, no160 Weekly information and analysis bulletin specialized in Arab Middle Eastern affairs prepared by neworientnews.com Editor in chief Wassim Raad wassimraad73@gmail.com New Orient Center for Strategic policies The Saudi-Israeli offensive to break the blockade of al-Ghouta failed By Pierre Khalaf The last desperate attempt […]

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’Takfiri’ Crimes against Islam in Syria Escalate – I

 Al-manar Franklin Lamb ‘Takfiri’ Crimes against Islam in Syria Escalate as Sunnis Join Shia in Repudiation– Damascus Reports from across Syria, and increasing coming in from many areas including Aleppo, Qalamoun and Reqaa lay bare massive crimes being perpetrated against the Syrian people in the name of Islam from areas under takfiri control. A recent […]

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On 66th Anniversary of UN’s 181 Pal. Resistance Continues to Gather Global Support – “Palestine, from River to Sea, Must be Returned to Real Owners”

Posted on November 30, 2013 by uprootedpalestinians |  Franklin Lamb Damascus Al-manar Every year on November 29, approximately three quarters of a million Palestinian refugees whose families were forced into Syria and Lebanon, during the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe) and the 1967 Naksa (setback) along with their countrymen in more than 130 countries where they have sought refuge […]

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Pal. Sisters as Keepers of their Brothers inside Emergency Damascene Shelters

This brief update is not focused on the ever deteriorating grave conditions of Palestinians and Syrians displaced and often trapped inside dangerous areas on Damascus Franklin Lamb Al-manar Al Zahera neighborhood, south Damascus This brief update is not focused on the ever deteriorating grave conditions of Palestinians and Syrians displaced and often trapped inside dangerous […]

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Make or Break Time for Iran and P5+1 by Finian Cunningham

Posted on November 20, 2013 by dandelionsalad by Finian Cunningham Writer, Dandelion Salad East Africa Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation November 20, 2013 Never mind “workers of the world unite!” How about just “people of commonsense unite!” This new rallying call acquires cogency this week as the third round of talks gets underway in Geneva between Iran and the sextet […]

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Deal or No Deal, Iran’s Stock Keeps Rising

By Sharmine Narwani – Wed, 2013-11-20 12:58- Sandbox The recent high-drama nuclear negotiations in Geneva were riveting, to be sure. Old foes shuttled between conference rooms, chatted amiably in corridors, colluded to guard the sensitive details of their discussions from an eager global media. Every utterance from officials, every smile, grimace and gesture made its way […]

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Lebanon’s Sheikh Hammoud: “The Suicide Bombers Have No Religion”

We have to be level-headed about this as much as possible. There are people, due to their simplicity or a personal affront of some kind, who cannot accept Hezbollah’s involvement in the war in Syria. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Published Thursday, November 21, 2013 In an interview with Al-Akhbar, the Lebanese city of Saida’s Sheikh Maher Hammoud says […]

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Lines of the Game: The Iranian Spring Blooms in Damascus

Russian President Vladimir Putin held telephone talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad  By: Sami Kleib Published Tuesday, November 19, 2013 In a recent phone conversation with Bashar al-Assad, small bits of which were revealed to the press, Russian President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed his country’s military and political support for Syria and its president. Moscow wanted Damascus to […]

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Beirut Bombing: A Saudi Gift to Iran

The lords of the dark kingdom have yet to denounce the double suicide bombings that took the lives of dozens and maimed over a hundred on Tuesday, November 19. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) By: Ibrahim al-Amin Published Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Most people expected Saudi Arabia to go far in its mission to destroy Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon, […]

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ORIENT TENDENCIES: TWO DANGEROUS LIES ABOUT SYRIA

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Alexandra Valiente Orient Tendencies Monday November 18, 2013, no158 Weekly information and analysis bulletin specialized in Arab Middle Eastern affairs prepared by neworientnews.com Editor in chief Wassim Raad wassimraad73@gmail.com New Orient Center for Strategic policies Two dangerous lies about Syria By Ghaleb Kandil Analysts and observers, driven by good intentions, fall […]

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The Mad Kingdom: Saudi Raises the Stakes

By: Ibrahim al-Amin Published Friday, November 15, 2013 Saudi Arabia asked the United States for additional time in Syria after agreeing with the “principle” of attending Geneva II on the condition that it is not held anytime soon, giving the lunatics running the kingdom an opportunity to tip the scales in the opposition’s favor. The man running […]

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Hamas and the Resistance: The Movement Plots Its Return

Hamas and the Resistance: The Movement Plots Its Return Posted on November 7, 2013 by uprootedpalestinians | Edit  Palestinians watch rescue workers as they search for the bodies of three Hamas militants inside a tunnel targeted by an Israeli air strike, near the border between Israel and Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on November 2, 2013. (Photo: […]

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Forget Democrazy, Give Me Safe Borders

By Sharmine Narwani – Thu, 2013-10-31 17:06- Sandbox Almost three years after the Arab Spring began its region-wide sweep – ostensibly in search of democratic change – scant attention has been paid to one of its most dangerous consequences: the fraying of borders. Weapons, militias, foreign Special Forces, smugglers, gangs and crooks now regularly traverse […]

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Syria: War in Qalamoun Didn’t Begin Because It Never Stopped

الجيش السوري يسيطر على مدينة السفيرة بحلب بشكل كامل By: Firas Choufi, Marah Mashi Published Thursday, October 31, 2013 It appears that the much-hyped “Great Battle of Qalamoun” will only take place in the media. While the Syrian army does not deny that it has been mobilizing troops in the vicinity of the Qalamoun district, […]

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White House Expected to Ease Sanctions Targeting Syria …Iran to Follow?

Franklin Lamb Beirut A-Manar Additional easing of Syrian sanctions is expected by mid-November according to staff at the US Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Asset Control. Pressure on Obama from Putin as part of the ‘price tag’ for Russia’s role  with bailing out the American president with the chemical weapons ‘redline’ which became a canard […]

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Syria: Grand Compromise or Total War?

Via Uprootedpaestinian People use buckets to try and extinguish a fire that ignited at a local fuel station in the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood of Syria northern city of Aleppo on October 20, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Karam al-Masri) By: Ibrahim al-Amin Published Monday, October 21, 2013 The region is approaching the last round of confrontation […]

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ORIENT TENDENCIES: THE VICTORY OF SYRIA

Posted on October 14, 2013 by Veritas Orient Tendencies Monday October 14, 2013, no153 Weekly information and analysis bulletin specialized in Arab Middle Eastern affairs prepared by neworientnews.com Editor in chief Wassim Raad wassimraad73@gmail.com New Orient Center for Strategic policies The victory of Syria, a realistic bet By Ghaleb Kandil   Away from all the […]

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Assad: Hamas Has Betrayed Us Repeatedly, But…

By: Elie Chalhoub Published Monday, October 14, 2013 Damascus – It is remarkable how much Russia occupies the strategy of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He seems very reassured by the Russian role, but stresses that the Russians are not defending Syria as much as they are ultimately defending themselves. During a recent meeting with visitors […]

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François Hollande Missteps Put France on Levant Sidelines

Franklin Lamb Beirut Al-Manar In modern times, France has done far better diplomatically when it has advocated against impetuous military involvement in the internal affairs of other countries. French standing in international politics has been highest when its government was cautious about its military involvement in favor of assuming the posture of the wise voice […]

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This Is What’s Planned for Syria’s Daraa..

Posted on October 9, 2013 by uprootedpalestinians |  Hussein Mallah – Al-Manar Website   Expectations arise about a raging battle might occur in Syria’s south between army units and armed groups, amid Western media reports referring to a Gulf and Western vigorous pursuit to make a breakthrough in the Syrian army field progress, ahead of any political […]

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Four Decades After the Tishrin

Four Decades After the Tishrin War Self-Delusion by FRANKLIN LAMB Damascus Is Damascus this weekend and many other areas of Syria, citizens will celebrate the accomplishments of the October 6, 1973 19 day war launched jointly by Syrian and Egyptian armies to regain Arab land illegally occupied in 1967.In Syria, the celebration will honor the […]

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Passing the Torch to a New Generation of Syrians

Postwar Reconstruction Looms… by FRANKLIN LAMB Damascus Almanar Few, one imagines, in the Syrian Arab Republic these days question the urgency and enormity of the task of reconstruction of their ancient country from war inflicted destruction caused by a carnage already more than half as long as World War I and approaching half as long […]

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PRESIDENT ASSAD’S INTERVIEW WITH RAI 24 TV, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

Posted on September 29, 2013 by Alexandra Valiente [President al-Assad: We focus today on getting rid of terrorists and their ideology…We can make Syria much better than before the crisis Sep 29, 2013 Damascus, (SANA)- President Bashar al-Assad has given an interview to the Italian Rai News 24 TV channel in which he stressed Syria’s […]

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Hamas Politburo on the Road Again التغريبة الحمساوية على طريق الخروج من قطر

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (C) holds hands with Hamas’ Prime Minister Ismail Haniya as they smile and wave to the crowd with Qatar’s First Lady Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned (R) during their visit to the Islamic University on the sideline of the Emir’s landmark tour to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip […]

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S. Nasrallah Welcomes Dahiyeh Measures, Says Ruweis Attack Culprits Identified

Batoul Wehbe Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah lauded on Monday the deployment of security forces in the southern suburbs of Beirut (Dahiyeh) as a positive step hoping the State would bear its responsibilities and duties towards all Lebanese regions. In a televised speech broadcast at Al-Manar TV, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah had contacted […]

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31 Years on Sabra-Shatila Massacre: Justice Delayed but Gaining Ground

Franklin Lamb Shatila camp, Beirut Al-Manar Each year, during the third week of September, Lebanon and this region, as well as international supporters, pause to reflect upon and commemorate the victims one of the twentieth century’s most horrific and cynical crimes perpetrated by a member state of the United Nations. The Sabra-Shatila massacre took place […]

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“Go Tell It on the Mountain, From the Peaks of Qasioun!”

American Bombing Still Likely by FRANKLIN LAMB Damascus. Al-manar At the height of the war scare here in early September, a group 9 primarily Sunni, Christian, and Alawite students and activists, led by a charismatic and agnostic pro-Hezbollah Lebanese Shia woman from Hermel in Lebanon’s North Bekaa Valley, set up a Human Shields and Observers […]

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Two Decades After Oslo: The Agreement That Uprooted Palestine

Mugs with pictures of U.S. President Barack Obama wearing a keffiyeh, right, late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, top right, and Gazan Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, top left, are displayed in a souvenir shop in Gaza City, Tuesday,9 Nov. 2010. (Photo: AP – Adel Hana) By: Orouba Othman Published Saturday, September 14, 2013 Twenty years […]

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Syria Crisis: New Global Balance in the Making

By: Ibrahim al-Amin Published Friday, September 13, 2013 There is still a long and arduous road ahead for the Russian initiative, which defused the recent showdown around Syria. Nevertheless, it has cleared the way for the emergence of a new global order where Washington no longer calls the shots. Difficult negotiations lie ahead of Russia’s […]

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Truth of US-Russia Confrontation

Aggression was over the Moment those Two Missiles were Fired Daoud Rammal – As-Safir A well informed diplomatic source told As-Safir newspaper that “the US war on Syria had started and ended the moment those two ballistic missiles were fired, leaving inconsistent information, as Israel denied and Russia confirmed, until an Israeli statement was issued […]

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Damascus Notes: Late Night ‘Town Meetings’ before the American Attack

Posted on September 7, 2013 by uprootedpalestinians Where was Professor Richard Falk when I needed him? Franklin Lamb A-Manar Damascus This observer judges that the Persians, whose bright, articulate students are well known internationally, and with whom he has been honored to discuss international politics on several occasions,   may well have met their intellectual match […]

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US Soldiers or US Human Shields—Who Will Arrive First in Syria?

   Will 1000 American ‘human shields’ stop another criminal war?     Franklin Lamb Damascus A sort of roller coaster atmosphere pervades Damascus these days with “good” and “bad” news rising and falling, often by the quarter hour. Much of the population is monitoring closely the news and quickly expressing their interpretations of the latest […]

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The New America: Between Modesty and Madness

A picture downloaded on 4 September 2013 from the US Navy website and taken on 30 August 2013 shows an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 launching from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Arabian sea. (Photo: AFP – US NAVY / Raul Moreno JR) By: […]

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Resistance Is Our Destiny

By: Ibrahim al-Amin Published Saturday, August 31, 2013 To hell with all the talk about democracy backed by the United States, France, Britain … and Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel. To hell with every bid for freedom with the support of these murderers. To hell with every fool, criminal, and coward, no matter what they […]

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A View From Tehran: Countdown to Apocalypse Now?

Posted on August 30, 2013 by uprootedpalestinians Countdown to Apocalypse Now? A View From Tehran by FRANKLIN LAMB Tehran Truth told, it’s a bit intense these days in Tehran as in most other countries in this region, and this observer fairly soon may be on what just might be the last Tehran-Damascus flight for some […]

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Syria Attack: Where Does Hezbollah Stand?

Posted on August 29, 2013 by uprootedpalestinians The Resistance, for its part, has so far chosen to hold its cards close, remaining quiet about its options. (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar) By: Ibrahim al-Amin Published Thursday, August 29, 2013 It’s kind of the Americans and Europeans to ask the people they’re about to bomb about their […]

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“Bandar ibn Israel”

Posted on August 29, 2013 by uprootedpalestinians By Sharmine Narwani – Wed, 2013-08-28 11:53- Sandbox The recent acts of political violence in the Middle East’s Levant are not unrelated.Car bombings in the predominantly Shia southern Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh; twin bombings targeting Sunni mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli; an alleged chemical weapons […]

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Palestinian women, who had been living at Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, leave Lebanese immigration authority after stamping their papers at Lebanese-Syrian border, in al-Masnaa

Fear Spreads Through Palestinian Camps in Syria

Palestinian Popular Committee in al-Yarmouk Camp as well as the other twelve camps (two “unofficial” ) have reported both directly and indirectly to this observer that they posess information that clearly suggests the possibility, indeed probability, of a terrorist use of chemical weapons in the Camp, calling the Palestinian factions to take preemptive steps to […]

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Targeting Hezbollah in Beirut

Israel and Al Qaeda Top Suspects List in Second Bombing Attack in Five Weeks by FRANKLIN LAMB Outside Makfouz Rouweiss store, Dahiyeh. This observer was sitting with my friend Zuhair on my balcony in south Beirut, when at 6:20 pm on 8/15/13 there was a huge blast that seemed to shake our 12 story concrete […]

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Sayyed Nasrallah to Takfiris: We will Capture You, We will Put an End to Terror

Sara Taha Moughnieh Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered a speech on Friday, during a ceremony celebrating the seventh anniversary of victory in the July 2006 war.His eminence started his speech with a greeting to the martyrs and wounded who fell only one day before the celebration in the terrorist blast which hit Ruwais […]

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S. Nasrallah: Resistance Awake Day and Night, Time to Reveal Facts of July War

  Local Editor Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah revealed Wednesday that the two explosive devices which were detonated against the Zionist military force invading Lebanon in the Labbouneh southern town of Lebanon were of “deliberate operation.”“The two bombed IEDs were new. They were not landmines of the Israeli army remains. The first has been […]

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Lebanon offers Palestinians fleeing death in Syria

Posted on August 13, 2013 by uprootedpalestinians Ramadan greetings: “Eid Mubarak, dear brothers and sisters!  Yalla! Go back where you came from!” Franklin Lamb The Syria/Lebanon border crossing at Masnaa Many Palestinian refugees, without any money left from their many travails, are forced to walk from the Masnaa border crossing near the Syrian/Lebanese to the […]

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Smile and let them die of rage

When he finished his speech, many waited for a few long minutes, before breathing a sigh of relief: Thank God, it seems that he has returned to his office safely. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) By: Ibrahim al-Amin Published Saturday, August 3, 2013 I want to go back seven years in time, to when Israel was stepping […]

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Sayyed Nasrallah: We, the Twelver Shia, Won’t Abandon Palestine

Batoul Wehbe Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said on Friday that the demise of Israel is a national interest, stressing that the “Shiite” Hezbollah will continue to bear its responsibilities towards the Palestinian cause and Al-Quds.In a live speech before crowds marking the International Al-Quds Day in Dahiyeh, Sayyed Nasrallah paid tribute to late […]

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The Cost of Defending Syria

By: Ibrahim al-Amin Published Wednesday, July 24, 2013 The European Union’s decision to list Hezbollah’s “military wing” as a terrorist organization did not materialize solely as a result of US and Israeli pressures. The EU step appears to have had its supporters within the member countries themselves due primarily to the Lebanese party’s involvement in […]

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Livni Squeals, Kerry Deals and the EU Picks Up the Tab

Posted on July 24, 2013 by uprootedpalestinians | Edit by FRANKLIN LAMB Beirut. Al-manar It was reportedly a hectic and intense past weekend in Washington and London according to an emailed report from a Capitol Hill source, as the Obama and Cameron administrations tracked down and button-holed the leaders of the 28 European Union delegations gathering […]

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Are Palestinian Students in Lebanon Being Pressured to Choose Kalashnikovs Over College?

Dr. Franklin Lamb Salem-News.com Outrageously, and in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and fundamental fairness, one of the very few “legal” jobs being allowed for Palestinians today in Lebanon, are as hired gunmen. (BEIRUT) – Ein el Helwe Palestinian camp — The choice for many Palestinian young men in Lebanon has come down to […]

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FreedumbAndDemocrazy

By Sharmine Narwani – Sat, 2013-07-06 15:19- Sandbox Freedom and democracy. How I have come to loathe this phrase. Two-lofty-words-and-a-conjunction bandied around by handmaidens of Empire: verbal grenades that can gut entire nations. When I hear “freedom and democracy” I instinctively look for cover – just as “Allahu Akbar” yelled loudly enough can now make […]

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Egypt’s Muslim Brothers: An Early Suicide

Posted on July 13, 2013 by uprootedpalestinians By: Ibrahim al-Amin Published Friday, July 12, 2013  Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood faced a wide array of opposition to its rule from political, religious, and ideological spheres. Figures from these realms played a key role in toppling the old authoritarian regime, and have now succeeded in convincing the country’s […]

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Brotherhood; We or Al-qaeda

Egypt Orders Brotherhood Chief Caught over Deadly Clashes Local Editor Egypt’s public prosecutor on Wednesday ordered the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohammed Badie and other top leaders of the movement for allegedly inciting violence that left dozens dead, according to judicial sources. Leading Brotherhood members Mohammed al-Beltagui, Mahmud Ezzat, and Safwat Hegazi are […]

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