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The Saudi Counter-Revolution

By Samer Araabi

Tunisia, Egypt, now Libya. Each of these revolutions have occurred under the watchful eye of the House of Saud, which has sought to stifle change and suffocate democratic aspirations in the Arab world. While the United States appears to have viewed Saudi machinations as serving its interests in the short term, there can be little doubt that U.S. acquiescence to Saudi interests will have serious implications down the road. At a watershed political moment, the United States has failed to act in accordance with its own principles, and thus could lose the respect and cooperation of yet another generation of Arabs. The potential fallout from these mistakes could haunt U.S. policy for decades to come. Read article.
 

MILITARIST MONITOR

Who’s Behind the Anti-Sharia Campaign?

Ever since the public outcry over the construction of the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” in Manhattan, state legislatures across the United States have debated a flurry of “anti-Sharia” measures designed to restrict the implementation of Islamic and other “international” laws in U.S. courts. While the movement has been aptly described by the American Civil Liberties Union as a “solution in search of a problem” and by the Anti-Defamation League as “the stuff of pure paranoia,” it has nonetheless enjoyed what the NYT recently described as an “air of grass-roots spontaneity.” The fact is, the anti-Sharia campaign began five years ago as a deliberate effort by several like-minded ideologues, including most importantly a little-known lawyer named David Yerushalmi, who has argued that Muslims should be denied entry into the United States and the United States should wage “war on Islam.” Read article
 

FEATURED PROFILES

Stephens, Bret

The neoconservative editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page apparently thinks that President Obama is too stupid to be a neocon.

Yerushalmi, David

David Yerushalmi, a hardline anti-Muslim activist and the founder of the Society of Americans for National Existence, has been described as a “white supremacist” and a “Jewish fascist.”

Loewenberg, Robert J.

Robert Loewenberg heads the quixotic Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, the Jerusalem-based right-wing think tank notorious for its more-hawkish-than-Likud take on Middle East peace.

Society of Americans for National Existence

The Society of Americans for National Existence is an anti-Muslim advocacy group that has spearheaded efforts to get U.S. states to pass laws criminalizing sharia law.

Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies

The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies is an enigmatic Israel-based organization with deep ties to U.S. neoconservatives that is notorious for publishing tirades about Islam’s purported take over of the West.
 

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