Libya, US Cannot Agree on Origins of Benghazi Attack

By: Monday September 17, 2012 9:47 am

Libyan authorities have now arrested over 50 suspects in the killings of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and 3 other Americans in what the Libyan interim assembly President has called a planned attack by Al Qaeda, affiliates and sympathizers. US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, however, contradicted this view, holding to the theory that [...]

Embassy Protests in Arab Nations Continue, as New Information Emerges on Benghazi Attacks

By: Friday September 14, 2012 7:34 am

Protests and attacks continued at Western embassies across the Middle East and North Africa today, and at this point they have little relationship to the anti-Muslim film “The Innocence of Muslims.” A reporter for the Times of London asked protesters outside the US Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, yesterday if they watched the clip of the [...]

Benghazi Attacks May Have Been Pre-Planned

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 2:23 pm

To pull back from focusing on the Romney campaign, relative to the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, we’re starting to learn more about the attacks themselves, and their significance inside Libya. More evidence has arisen suggesting these had nothing to do with a poorly produced movie insulting Islam. If anything, the movie [...]

Romney Doubles Down on Criticism of Libya Tragedy

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 10:19 am

We can discuss why protesters decided to kill four American diplomatic personnel in Benghazi, Libya. The stated impetus concerns a badly produced movie displaying insensitivity toward Mohammed and Islam. In reality, this may have been a last straw for populations angered by anti-Islamism coming from the United States. I would expect that to be a [...]

Attack at US Embassy in Libya Kills Four, As Romney Tries to Exploit the Tragedy

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 6:17 am

A tragedy in Libya provoked by a film insulting Islam has turned into an attempt by Mitt Romney to take umbrage with the White House. The US Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi at an attack on the US consulate, hit by a rocket-propelled grenade as they tried to flee. [...]

Anthony Shadid Dies Tragically of Asthma in Syria

By: Friday February 17, 2012 8:55 am

This is really terrible news. Anthony Shadid, a prize-winning newspaper correspondent whose graceful dispatches for both The New York Times and The Washington Post covered nearly two decades of Middle East conflict and turmoil, died, apparently of an asthma attack, on Thursday while on a reporting assignment in eastern Syria. Tyler Hicks, a Times photographer [...]

Reports Show Terrorism Is An Overblown Issue

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 12:56 pm

Following up on this item, it’s worth noting that, while an aggressive counter-terrorism policy may be publicly popular, there are indications that it’s completely unnecessary. Kevin Drum has this chart showing that indictments for homegrown support for terrorist attacks have declined significantly. In addition, violent attacks carried out by Muslim-Americans in 2011 were almost non-existent. [...]

Backlash Against All-American Muslim Leads to Bigger Backlash

By: Tuesday December 13, 2011 1:40 pm

The latest overreach from the theocratic right concerns their bid to get advertisers to dump their support of a television show on TLC called All-American Muslim. The eight-episode series follows the lives of families in Dearborn, Michigan, home to the highest concentration of Muslim-Americans in the US. And it’s a pretty mundane rendering of the [...]

No Need for Freaking Out About Egyptian Electoral Outcome

By: Thursday December 1, 2011 10:15 am

In the wake of the news that “Islamists” have won the first round of the Egyptian elections, I’ve seen a lot of lazy writing from people who know better. They’re either saying that this proves revolutions don’t work or offering some light fearmongering about scary Mooslims. Let’s look at this more closely. First, “Islamist” is [...]

Tea Party Debate Shows America What Everyone Can’t Stand About the Tea Party

By: Tuesday September 13, 2011 6:59 am

Everyone’s talking about this exchange from last night’s CNN/Tea Party Express debate (I assume the CNN/MoveOn debate is next week), where the crowd cheers the prospect of allowing an uninsured man to die. And I’ll get to that in a moment. But perhaps just as rotten was when the crowd booed Ron Paul, who’s supposed [...]

The Transformation of Law Enforcement Into Counter-Terrorism

By: Wednesday August 24, 2011 10:15 am

I know this is normally The Dissenter’s beat, but I’ve grown pretty concerned at the shift of all law enforcement organizations into anti-terror operations. We have two more examples of that today. First, Charlie Savage writes that the FBI has stepped up their counter-terror operations. Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been more [...]

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