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The Middle East Podcast Forum is an ecosystem of podcasters across the Middle East. This year’s annual forum was cohosted by mstdfr, Kerning Cultures, and Art Jameel in October 2019. These are the panel recordings, produced by Lucas Skrobat (Anchored Strategy) and Saud Albadeea. For more information, to subscribe to the monthly newsletter, or to get involved in our next Forum: https://mepodcastforum.com/.
 
During the weekend of January 18-21 2013, as our country recognized the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., First Lutheran and the La Crosse Area Synod invited everyone to Stand for Peace and to stand for those living under oppression around the world. This four day event explored the themes of awareness, accompaniment and advocacy, discussing ways to be people who bring about peace.
 
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As militaries incorporate artificial intelligence and new air defenses into modern warfare, drones increasingly play a central role. In Ukraine, Russia uses imported Iranian drones to terrorize Ukrainian civilians. Iran drills to target Israeli naval facilities. The West and China race to roll out the best new drones. How will these new systems, co…
 
Relying primarily on contemporary sources, Raymond Ibrahim vividly tells the story of “eight eminently violent men” who played leading roles fighting Muslims in the era 1100-1500, when Christianity was a “muscular religion.” By recalling those exploits, the author hopes not just to pay tribute to distant accomplishments but to inspire today's Chris…
 
Europe was once the center of Jewish civilization and the source of modern Zionism. It was also the locale of the Holocaust and now largely hostile towards Israel. Some observers notice a recent improvement in European attitudes. Is this real and where are relations heading?Bởi Middle East Forum
 
Tehran has attempted to control Iraq since the toppling of Saddam Hussein twenty years ago. The Iranians use every tool at their disposal, from political manipulation to funding militias. Many Iraqis oppose this Iranian project. What is the current state of relations between the two neighbors? How much has Iran succeeded in subduing Iraq? What main…
 
Israel's ties with Jordan have deteriorated rapidly since the signing of the Abraham Accords in 2020. Refusing to engage in the multilateral diplomatic structures now shaping the Middle East, Amman’s rhetoric toward Israel is increasingly antagonistic. Yet Jordan shares many of Israel's security concerns, relies heavily on Israel for water, gas, in…
 
In June 2020, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sued political science professor Nicholas Damask and his Arizona college, claiming that his course on world politics links Islam to terrorism, and thus "disapproved" of the Muslim faith. CAIR sought permanently to prohibit the course but a federal district court dismissed its lawsuit an…
 
Raised in Turkey, star basketball player Enes Kanter Freedom, recently of the Boston Celtics, began to call out human rights violations by Turkey's President Recep Tayep Erdoğan in 2013. Not long after, Freedom's Turkish passport was canceled, his name placed on an Interpol list, and his father imprisoned in Turkey. In 2017, Freedom was the subject…
 
The Islamic Republic of Iran has aspired, since its establishment in 1979, to export its revolution worldwide, including Latin America. By now, Iranian and Hizballah networks have a presence in virtually every country south of the United States. How does Tehran recruit and indoctrinate in Latin America? What is the impact of these operations? How s…
 
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continues to destabilize the area around Turkey, breaching the borders of Greece, threatening to invade northern Syria, and waging a proxy war against Armenia. To stop this reckless adventurism, American activists and policy experts are using grassroots mobilization and government outreach to stand up to Turki…
 
Even as Turkey continues military operations against the Kurds in Syria, Iran has tried to derail mass protests by attacking Iranian Kurdish organizations in northern Iraq. Threatened by fellow Islamist governments in Turkey and Iran, what prospects do the Kurds have to achieve peace and stability?Bởi Middle East Forum
 
Three years after the overthrow of one of the longest lasting Islamist regimes in history (1989-2019), Sudan is poised on the edge of a knife. Military dictatorship, democracy, and instability are all possible routes for this Arab-African country whose government has cooperated both with Al-Qaeda and the United States. What are the implications of …
 
Western intellectuals and public figures like Bill Nye and Ben Affleck respond to attacks on the West with remorse, guilt and self-hate. In so doing, they often internalize Islamist messages that view Israel and the United States as particular enemies to be destroyed. How did this influence come to be? What are its practical effects? How can they b…
 
Earlier this year, international media uncritically reported that Uthman Ibn Farooq, a prominent Islamist preacher, had been attacked on the streets of San Diego by a knife-wielding "Islamophobe." Investigator and writer Ahnaf Kalam thought the tale a little too neat. In recent series of articles in Focus on Western Islamism, Kalam uncovered compel…
 
Shurat HaDin (the Israel Law Center) has bankrupted jihadis and their financiers in the courtroom for nearly two decades, resulting in $2 billion in judgments and $300 million collected on behalf of over 450 victims. What lawsuits are currently underway against Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, and Iran? What are the complications and challenges in…
 
Contrary to claims propagated for almost 75 years, no massacre of Palestinians by Israeli fighters took place on April 9, 1948 in the village of Deir Yassin, just west of Jerusalem. This false narrative was invented to smear the new-born State of Israel. What actually happened, how did the falsehood spread, and what have the consequences of this ca…
 
Daniel Pipes will provide a summary of Cynthia Farahat's book, The Secret Apparatus: The Muslim Brotherhood's Industry of Death (2022).Cynthia Farahat will discuss what she means by the "secret apparatus."Jonathan Schanzer will address the ways in which the U.S. government should approach the Muslim Brotherhood.…
 
Recently obtained documents reveal that a former CIA officer named Kevin Chalker may have spied on Qatar’s rivals to help it secure the 2022 World Cup and allege he may have offered his services to it to influence U.S. foreign policy. Various questions arise as the FBI determines whether Chalker's activities violated U.S. laws related to foreign lo…
 
As a growing number of figures on the Right, from mainstream GOP officials to internet "influencers" such as Andrew Tate, align with Islamist activists, American Muslims display unhappiness with their self-appointed leaders' embrace of progressive politics. Why is this re-alignment of Islamists with the Right happening? What does this shift mean fo…
 
Assyrians, an ancient Christian community mainly located in Iraq, have suffered enormous hardships since the dual blow of the fall of Saddam Hussein and the rise of ISIS. What are the chances of Assyrians surviving the current threats? How does their plight fit into the larger predicament of Middle Eastern minorities?…
 
Recent events in northwest Syria included indications that Turkey may currently be colluding or partnering with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a terrorist group closely linked to Al-Qaeda. Under Erdogan, Turkey has long worked in close collaboration with Islamist insurgent groups in its ongoing fight against Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council (SDC)…
 
Since the signing of the Abraham Accords in September, 2020, rapid and significant progress has been made in relations between Israel and its Gulf neighbors. More than 150 memoranda have been signed, and trade has increased over 65 percent. What is the historical context of these current developments? What are the possibilities for increased cooper…
 
Qatar manages to walk the balance beam between powerful actors, maintaining friendly relationships with both the United States and Iran, and efforts to punish the small emirate for its double game have failed repeatedly. This success has made it a model for its neighbors, with the Persian Gulf currently in a process of what might be called 'Qatar-i…
 
Continuing the Middle East Forum’s intense focus on the Israeli strike on a Syrian nuclear plant in 2007 – see the MEQ articles by Ori Wertman and Ehud Barak - Yuval Steinitz will explain his fascinating and hitherto untold story of his battle with the IDF establishment to push it to take steps against Syria’s acquiring a nuclear weapons capability…
 
In his latest book, The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People, Walter Russell Mead argues that myths and conspiracies surround the US-Israel relationship. What are some of those falsehoods, how did they originate, and what do they imply for the future of the relationship?…
 
The U.S. government quietly brokered an agreement to an Israeli-Lebanese maritime border dispute that impeded the flow of natural gas for both countries. Now, that agreement has exploded into the central focus of Israel's election season. How did that happen and what does it signify?Bởi Middle East Forum
 
Christopher Holton has spent much of his career working with American state governments to fight the spread of Islamism. He introduced model legislation prohibiting state courts from considering Shariah law in family and civil court cases, and he lobbied state governments to divest their pension funds from state sponsors of terrorism, such as Iran.…
 
The Kurds are among the largest stateless people in the world, spread out primarily among Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Currently, they are central to the mass protests in Iran, under Iranian attack in Iraq, under Assad’s attack in Syria, and under Erdoğan’s repression in Türkiye. Where are these crises heading? What are U.S. relations with the Kur…
 
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) once flourished as a prominent Islamist organization. Now its membership has plummeted, its leadership is rudderless, and even the U.S. State Department has distanced itself. Middle East Forum investigative reporter Susannah Johnston “crashed” the latest ISNA convention to learn first-hand about its moral…
 
American politicians and elites have increasingly superimposed an American racial ideology onto the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In this view, Israeli Jews are seen as “privileged” and “white,” making them an enemy of the “intersectional” coalition of the oppressed, including the American black community and Palestinians. Where did this idea come?…
 
Despite scattered successes over the past two decades, the battle to reform Islam from the inside has made less progress than hoped. One of its outstanding American leaders reviews painful lessons learned from struggles inside the "House of Islam," assesses current trends, and asks what the record suggests to be best future strategies against the b…
 
Almost four months after President Biden met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the U.S.-Saudi relationship is deeply adrift over such issues as Riyadh’s oil production, human rights record, ties with China, and possible normalization with Israel. Returned from a week in the kingdom, Jonathan Schanzer reports on these issues and considers the most l…
 
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