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Saudi ‘Donations’ to American Universities function as bribes to influence Western academics – Raymond Ibrahim, Herland Report

Why would the center of illiberalism, religious fanaticism, and misogyny ever sponsor the center of liberalism, secularism, and gender equality? This is the question that crops up when one considers the largesse that human-rights-abusing Saudi Arabia bestows on the leading universities — those putative bastions of progressive, free thinking — in the United States, writes Raymond Ibrahim, Middle East scholar, ... Read More »

Wahhabismen sprer seg i Oslo, folk viser ikke respekt, slutter å hilse – Dr. Trond Ali Linstad, Herland Report

Tillat noen raske notater. Jeg erfarer at pakistanere som driver matbutikken på hjørnet, der jeg ofte handler, har sluttet å hilse på meg. Hilser jeg først, kan jeg få noen ord tilbake. Jeg har tilsvarende erfaring med den tyrkiske frisøren ved siden av i gaten. Forklaringen ligger i en sekterisk islamsk tenkning: wahabiske (salafisme). Og dette bør en merke seg: ... Read More »

Political Islamism is not the religion of Islam – Senior Israeli commentator Yitzhak Santis, Herland Report TV

EXCLUSIVE SHORT from The Herland Report (HTV): “Islamism is an ideology, it is not a religion. It is not the religion of Islam. And these radical Islamist movements are a major threat to Liberal democratic societies,” says Yitzhak Santis, senior writer and analyst at StandWithUs, an Israeli organization that counters Western antisemitism. He is a former chief programs officer at ... Read More »

“The Arab spring” became the utter failure that led to the very opposite of freedom – Dr. Gerald Steinberg, Herland Report

An EXCLUSIVE SHORT from The Herland Report TV: “It is a huge mistake to think that whatever your Western country went through a hundred years ago, is the same process that is taking place in Egypt, Syria or Iraq,” says Dr. Gerald Steinberg, political scientist and professor at Bar-Ilan University in this program. Watch it here. Dr. Steinberg is the ... Read More »

The Palestinians’ Worst Enemy Is Their Own Leaders: Corruption and repressive systems – Herland Report

Once in a very rare while, Western journalists address the massive problem in the Middle East pertaining to corruption and repression of free speech in the Arab world. This week, Human Rights Watch released a report on Gaza leaders and the report shows widespread abuse.  The two-year investigation included interviews with nearly 150 people, many of them ex-detainees. It accused ... Read More »

Forfalskning av Koranen, pågått i langvarige prosesser som vi må ta oppgjøret med, Dr. Trond Ali Linstad

Spørsmålet om «abrogasjon» eller at en «overprøver» tekster i Koranen er et svært viktig tema i islam. Det fordi dette åpner for forskjellige tilnærminger til Koranen. Abrogasjon betyr at man «avskaffer, opphever eller motvirker» Koran-tekster og legger til eller erstatter dem med angivelige utsagn eller handlinger fra Profet Muhammed («hadith»). Eller gjør andre endringer ut fra eget skjønn, skriver Dr. ... Read More »

The big Joke: Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Calls for Inclusion, Except for its Critics –

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) leaders have a peculiar way of expressing their oft-preached virtues of inclusion, pluralism, and participation, as shown by a recent videoed October 10 CAIR panel on “Anti-Muslim Bias in Politics.” CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw specifically asked this Middle East Forum reporter to leave this “private event” –broadcast online – in an act of censorship that indicates why repressive Islamists ... Read More »

Pakistan: Death or Life for Christian “blasphemer”? Raymond Ibrahim, Herland Report

On October 9, Pakistan’s Supreme Court heard the final appeal of a Christian woman who has been on death row for nearly a decade on the accusation that she insulted Islam’s prophet Muhammad. The woman’s fate is now sealed: “They [judges] have come to a decision, but it has been reserved,” reported Mehwish Bhatti, an officer with the British-Pakistani Christian Association, from ... Read More »

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