Parasites In The Lands Of The Infidels

Egypts Resilient and Evolving Social Activism

Why did Trump strike Syria?

In an interview, Amr Adly discusses his recent Carnegie paper on Egypts large private enterprises.

Its Time to Take a Hard Look at the U.S. Relationship With Egypt

As we work to eradicate ISIS, Iraq's Christians, Yizidis need our help now more than ever

Should Americas Refugee Policy Put Persecuted Christians First?

Muslims Were Banned From the Americas as Early as the 16th Century

Review: I Am Not Your Negro Will Make You Rethink Race

Inside Trumps shadow national security council

Turkey in Transition (?): Before and After the Attempted July Coup

Trump Signs Executive Order Curbing Obamacare

Lion's Den :: Daniel Pipes Blog


Aid in reverse: how poor countries develop rich countries

35 Entrepreneurs Making a Difference in the Arab World

Trump could cause the death of think tanks as we know them

The Arabs had a country

The Islamic State is attaining its key goal, and U.S. media find the story of limited interest

While the Muslim Brotherhood gets all the ink, the Salafists go on a rampage.

Egypt, I like your style

The warning bells are ringing

To the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces

A test for the Muslim Brotherhood

Egypts changing foreign policy

Egypt beyond Mubarak

The dissolution of the NDP

Remaking Cairo from below

Why Egypt should join the ICC

No citizenship without social justice

Mubarak's message

A new era for US-Egypt relations?

The old regime must be prosecuted

Revolution Interrupted? Liberating the media

The Brotherhood on the edge of reform


Buying the Peoples Assembly

What do Salafis really want?

A state of counter-emergency

Minimum wage a cure for 'corruption'

Beyond the referendum

Reform security, secure reform

The Tunisian Revolution: Initial Reflections

The Egyptian Revolution: First Impressions from the Field

Lest the revolution turn into a wasted opportunity

The U.S. Should Not Get Involved in Libya

Five positions on the revolution

Urbanised Islam behind Pakistan's Sufi shrine bombings

Rethinking Internal Security in Egypt

Leo Strauss and the Grand Inquisitor

Push ahead now for a solution in Palestine

The Ongoing Attacks on Egypts Coptic Christians


Saudi Arabia and the Spectre of Protest

America Quiet on the Execution of Afghan Christian Said Musa

Egypts Copts in Al-Qaedas Sights

The Worldwide Danger of Religious Fundamentalism

Tread Softly



The global force behind Mumbais agony is in our midst

Some Discussions about Quran, Violence and Fitnah

Terror in the Name of God

The Adventure of an Islamic Reformer at Oxford, London, and Istanbul

Thank God for Justice

Using C hristian Principles to Enhance Economic Theory and Practice:

Worldwide Hate Speech Laws?

Freedom Agenda In Flames

Commentary: Candidates should seek votes of Muslim-Americans

Why Barack is Winning?

Indian Muslims and 'Terrorism': Some Searching Questions

Taqlid, Ijtihad, and Democracy

Election 08: Senator Obama, American Muslims and IslamophobiaStatement of Concerned Scholars about I

Struggling against sectarianism: Shia-Sunni ecumenism

Happy Eid from Turkey

Book Review: Islam in Post-Modern World

The Concept of Jihad in Islam

Downhill in Afghanistan:

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Manufacturing 'Terrorists' The Indian Way

Madrasas: Reforms a Must


Fort Lauderdale's Anatolia Cultural Center endeavors to 'show the real Islam'

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Book Review: Aurangzeb Revisited

America wants Iraqs last drop of oil

Terrorising Muslims in the Name of Countering Terrorism

A proposal for new Iraqi/US co-operation and a suggestion of how this can be achieved

How will the Georgian struggle affect Iraq?

Is Obama a man of action as well as words?

Can moderate Iraqis believe Obamas promises?

Can Iraq be ruled successfully by a Shia/Kurdish coalition?

Name of the Book: Issues in Madrasa Education in India

Dangerous Portents in Jammu and Kashmir: A View From Doda

London School of Islamics

Rethinking Kashmir Politics

Norman G. Kurland, J.D

Sir Salman Rushdie's fatwa against freedom of expression

You Still Can't Write About Muhammad

Muslim Women: The Dangerous Triangle

Judeo-Christian "Rights of Liberty" (and Muslim "Rights of Justice," as well ???)

Turkey's dangerous message to the Muslim world

Captive to a Discarded Cause

Egypt's sexual harassment 'cancer'

The Origins and Legacy of the Movement to Fight Religious Persecution


A secular state must deliver

Islamic Economics Islam less, economics more-1

Exploiting the Muslim- Jewish divide is the wrong way to win votes.

How To Win The War Of Ideas (Glassman, WSJ)

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Me without my Hijab

The changing face of American Islam

An Islamic case for a secular state

Getting a read on moderation


Muslim Ghettoisation

Hurting their cause

Allah's Miracles in the Qur'an

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Things are calm, time to talk

Awaiting China s implosion

The view from Bali

Why Blame Muslims Alone for Terrorism?

Consequences of Religious Extremism and the Lack of Democratic Principles

Cultural Accumulation and Modern Reading

Liberation Without War

Gaza's New Residents: Terrorists from all over.

Turkey in radical revision of Islamic texts

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America wants Iraqs last drop of oil

  by: : Khalid Issa Taha

America has ignored Iraq’s human capital in favour of chasing after its oil reserves. The US government dreams of controlling the flow of oil from Iraq and using this power to influence the running of the world’s economy in its favour. If America can pull off this coup it will slow down the growth of the Chinese and Indian economies and ensure the US remains the world’s only superpower for a little longer.

The American obsession with oil has been at the heart of all the serious mistakes it has made in Iraq. Instead of engaging with those Iraqis and Americans who have a sincere interest in building up civil society and a stable, democratic government the US administration gave jobs – and millions of dollars – to people who only wanted to advance their careers and make money. The route to advancement lay through unquestioning support for President Bush.

I have witnessed personally the Americans’ ‘oil blindness’. For several years my colleague, the lawyer Victor Rustow, has organised a group of around 240 highly skilled Iraqi professionals. All these people are willing to help rebuild Iraq but their ideas and suggestions have been overlooked or dismissed. If Paul Bremer had taken advice from such people appalling misjudgements like the dissolution of the Iraqi army might have been avoided.

When will the Americans learn that it is not possible to build a society, or a world, solely on oil? Recently alarming rumours have surfaced that the official figures for oil exports for Iraq are gross underestimates. In reality far more oil is being extracted from the country, siphoned off to support the US economy. If this is the case we can only assume that the US government is using what is in effect stolen oil to bribe the American people into thinking that the invasion of Iraq was a good idea all along.

The irresponsible pursuit of oil has lead to chaos in Iraq and lies in America. How do these results help to create a safer, more secure world? I fear things will not improve until the Americans learn to see Iraq as a country, not a petrol pump. When they finally reach this stage they will realise that Iraq’s greatest strength is its human talent and ingenuity, not oil. Let us hope the curse of ‘oil blindness’ lifts very soon.

London 09.09.2008