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‘Muslim Rage’ Has Little To Do With Dumb Video | Bloomberg

By Jeffrey Goldberg … Much of the rioting could be attributed to the exploitation of religious sentiment by radicals affiliated with Salafism, the extreme, puritanical, anti-Western and anti-Semitic strain of political Islam from which al-Qaeda draws much of its ideology. Salafists are competing with secularists and more moderate Islamists for power (only Salafists could make the Muslim Brotherhood appear moderate), ...

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Why the Mideast Exploded, Really | TruthOut

By Ray McGovern, Consortium News “Why Is the Arab world so easily offended?” asks the headline atop an article by Fouad Ajami, which the Washington Post published online last Friday to give perspective to the recent anti-American violence in Muslim capitals. While the Post described Ajami simply as a “senior fellow” at Stanford’s conservative Hoover Institution, Wikipedia gives a more ...

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Is the Islamopocalypse really upon us? | CSMonitor.com

No. Turn off the television news (or put down your copy of Newsweek) if you think otherwise. By Dan Murphy You are forgiven if you hold the mistaken belief that the entire Muslim world is aflame with anti-American “rage.” Cable news has been pumping the message for days now, and Newsweek has jumped on the bandwagon with a cover that ...

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Islamophobia, Antisemitism and the Demonized ‘Other’ | FAIR

Parallels among bigotries reflect the conspiratorial mindsetRepublican hopeful Mitt Romney is portrayed by online bigots as a Manchurian Candidate for a secretive cabal of Mormon elites—echoing anti-Catholic conspiracy theories about John F. Kennedy being a wind-up toy for the Vatican. Meanwhile, a chain letter currently being circulated warns that the “American Government is under the command and control of…the Freemasons ...

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Islamophobia, Left and Right: Ignorance on Parade | Counterpunch

… That movie: The Innocence of Muslims … is a film produced at a time in which, across Europe and the United States, the far right has developed an Islamophobic doctrine that replicates, almost exactly, the key tropes of traditional anti-Semitism. Jews will not integrate. Jews are more fertile than Christians and are outbreeding them. Europe is becoming a province, ...

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The only surprise is there aren’t more violent protests in the Middle East | Seumas Milne, The Guardian

The Muslim eruption reflects a deep popular anger and blowback from US intervention in both Libya and Afghanistan by Seumas Milne Eleven years after it began, Nato’s occupation of Afghanistan is crumbling. The US decision to suspend joint Afghan-Nato operations in response to a wave of attacks by Afghan soldiers and police on Nato troops cuts the ground from beneath ...

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How Obama Ignored Congress, and Misled America, on War in Libya | Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

An inside look at his pre-war decision making reveals how the public was misled and the constitution ignored. The feature story that Michael Lewis just published about President Obama’s decision making prior to the war in Libya includes a lot of details that inspire confidence in his leadership. By all accounts he’s intelligent, sober-minded, and inclined to seek out an ...

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A Sea Change in US-Israeli Relations? | Counterpunch

Finally, a Measure of Sanity? by DAVE LINDORFF The situation in the Middle East has reached a dangerous point, to be sure, but there are also signs that a sea change may be taking place here in the US which could herald a whole new relationship between the US, Israel and the rest of the Arab and Islamic world. The ...

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Romney’s Middle East plan: ‘Hope that .. something will happen and resolve it’ | Upworthy

Mitt Romney’s plan for Israel/Palestine is literally to “hope that ultimately somehow, something will happen and resolve it.” And that’s not even the most damning line from this latest Mother Jones video leaked from a secret Romney fundraiser. Here’s the whole quote, with … emphasis added: I’m torn by two perspectives in this regard. One is the one which I’ve ...

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