Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Illusion of Peace Negotiations

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are in Washington this week to meet face to face under State Department auspices. Although the talks are focusing initially on procedural issues rather than any substantive matters, Secretary of State John Kerry hailed their resumption as a major accomplishment.

In announcing the appointment of Martin Indyk, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, as the U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations during a press briefing Monday morning, Kerry praised "the courageous leadership of Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas" and "their willingness to make difficult decisions." [more...]

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Brotherhood’s Reach for Jihad

Violence in Egypt continues to boil over on the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities, although you wouldn't necessarily know it from the media's obsession with the George Zimmerman verdict and the royal birth in England.

The New York Times described "running battles with firearms, bottles and rocks near Tahrir Square in Cairo and on the edges of two protest sites that have been held by Mr. Morsi's [former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi] Islamist supporters for weeks." At least nine people were killed in Cairo on Tuesday, bringing the total fatalities to 14 this week to date. This is on top of the more than 50 people, mostly Morsi supporters, who lost their lives on July 8th. [more...]

Thursday, July 18, 2013

7-18-13 National Security Updates

By Ryan Mauro

Popular U.S. Imam: Constitution Inferior to Sharia

While you were spending Memorial Day weekend barbequing and honoring the U.S. servicemen who gave their lives for the country, 18,000 people attended an annual Muslim-American conference in Connecticut. An additional 14,000 watched online. And the message they heard from one prominent speaker was particularly offensive in light of the holiday: The U.S. Constitution is inferior to Islamic Sharia Law. [more...]

Iranian Gov't Front Group Funded Over 60 Islamic Sites in U.S.
Last week, the Clarion Project documented how an Iranian regime "propaganda" front donated to over 30 universities in North America. Published financial reports from that same front reveal that it also funded over 60 Islamic organizations, mosques, and Persian schools around the country. [more...]

Time to Label Nigerian Schoolchildren Slaughterers 'Terrorists'

The Clarion Project has started a petition to designate the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram as, well, a terrorist group. The Obama Administration's desire to end the war on terror and not pick any new fights is overriding common-sense and moral clarity. The United Kingdom has just branded Boko Haram as a terrorist group, so it's up to American citizens to sign the petition and tell their government to stop dragging its feet. [more...]

Go here to sign Clarion Project's petition calling on the Obama administration to designate Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Make a difference, sign now.

Not Too Fast: Morsi Downfall May Yet Herald Sharia for Egypt

The overthrow of Egyptian President Morsi is the biggest blow to the Muslim Brotherhood since its founding in 1928, but we mustn't allow our joy to make us overlook one disappointing fact: The Defense Minister is widely reported to be an Islamist and the new "constitutional declaration" declares Sunni Sharia to be the "main source of legislation." [more...]

Sounds of Silence: U.S. Islamists on the Egypt Revolution

The removal of Egyptian President Morsi due to a popular revolution and broadly supported military intervention is the top news headline in the world. But if you look at the Web sites of some of the most powerful Muslim Brotherhood-originated groups in America, you'd think you dreamt it all. It’s like it never happened. [more...]

Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.

Monday, July 15, 2013

U.S. Refuses to Designate Nigerian Jihadists as Foreign Terror Group

The Al-Qaeda-affiliated Boko Haram group in Nigeria is, by any definition, a foreign terrorist organization. The Obama Administration is refusing to designate it as such, arguing that it is not a direct threat to the U.S. In other words, it is choosing appeasement over moral clarity.

Boko Haram is roughly translated to mean that Western education is sacrilegious. The Islamist group is openly committed to "war" against the Federal Republic of Nigeria in order to create a “pure” Islamic country governed by Sharia law. Members often cite the Koranic verse, "anyone who is not governed by what Allah has revealed is among transgressors." [more...]

Go here to sign Clarion Project's petition calling on the Obama administration to designate Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Make a difference, sign now.

Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

FBI's Most-Wanted Ads Blocked by Muslim Brotherhood Group

The U.S. government has long offered rewards for its most wanted terrorists as a way of incentivizing people to be on the lookout. Its success obviously relies upon widespread knowledge of the award and what the terrorists look like. For the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, the fact that Americans would become aware that a majority of the most-wanted terrorists are Islamic extremists compelled it to take action. As usual, CAIR cried "Islamophobia," deployed its interfaith partners and was successful in having the most-wanted terrorist ads taken down. [more...]

Senator McCain's Arab Spring Syndrome

Senator John McCain is suffering from the Arab Spring Syndrome. He remains convinced that democracy will flower in places like Syria and Egypt if given a chance.  He evidently believes that Islamists can be persuaded to fully participate in the electoral process and accept the will of the people. In the words of Bruce S. Thornton, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, "McCain has a naive faith in the magic powers of 'democracy' to change a culture steeped in 14 centuries of religious intolerance, supremacism, and violence." [more...]

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Egypt Unmoored

On July 3, 2013 – the eve of our own Independence Day celebration – millions of Egyptians who had protested in the streets against the Muslim Brotherhood-backed regime of President Mohammed Morsi last weekend got their wish. The Egyptian military followed through on its threat and removed Morsi from power, as the protesters demanded. The military had given Morsi 48 hours to enter into meaningful reconciliation talks with the opposition. Morsi ignored the ultimatum and gave a defiant speech instead. [more...]

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Showdown in Egypt

Millions of Egyptians participated in protests all over the country on the first anniversary of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's inauguration this past weekend, including in areas where his Muslim Brotherhood has traditionally had strong support. Morsi's increasingly authoritarian style of government, worsening economic conditions since he assumed office and Islamist power grabs, and rising fears of an Iran-type Egyptian theocracy have fueled the historic protests. In fact, more demonstrators have poured into the streets demanding Morsi's resignation than came out during the final days of the uprising that led to former President Hosni Mubarak's overthrow in 2011. [more...]

Iranian Front Group Funded 30 Universities in U.S. & Canada

The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood isn't the only Islamist group funding American universities. The Iranian regime has done the same thing on a massive scale through its New York-based front, the Alavi Foundation. The Foundation's Web site openly lists 30 "academic institutions" in the U.S. and Canada it has awarded grants to. The Alavi Foundation is accused of funneling money to an Iranian bank linked to the nuclear program. The president of the Foundation, Farshid Jahedi, pled guilty to destroying evidence before it could be submitted to the grand jury. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office investigations chief, Adam Kaufmann, said "We found evidence that the government of Iran really controlled everything about the foundation." [more...]