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  • Iran’s supreme leader blames ‘evil Zionists’ for anti-Islam film

    September 14, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blamed “evil Zionists” and the U.S. government for the anti-Islam film that has sparked violent protests in Muslim countries.

    In a statement issued Thursday, Khamenei said that the film “showed the fury of the evil Zionists at the...

  • Israel wary as protests engulf Muslim countries

    September 14, 2012 | 9:53 am

    Israel stepped up security after a controversial American film, “Innocence of Muslims,” sparked protests at U.S. embassies in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Sudan, as well as violence in Lebanon. In Libya, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other diplomats were...

  • Vatican steps up condemnation of Libya violence

    September 14, 2012 | 9:39 am

    The Vatican significantly sharpened its condemnation of the violent attack in Libya that killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other U.S. State Department personnel.

    The comments came as Pope Benedict XVI began a two-day visit to Lebanon on Friday.

    “The very serious...

  • Egyptians clash with police near U.S. embassy

    September 14, 2012 | 8:50 am

    Egyptians angry at a film they said was blasphemous to Islam clashed on Friday in Cairo for a third day with police who blocked the way to the U.S. embassy, where demonstrators climbed the walls and tore down the American flag earlier this week.

    "God is Greatest" and "There is no...

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  • Egyptian admits involvement with anti-Islam film, Jewish connection seems unlikely

    September 13, 2012 | 9:46 am

    He’s not a Jew.

    At least, that’s the latest on the man behind the anti-Islam film, "Innocence of Muslims," that has fueled attacks on U.S. diplomatic installations in Libya, Egypt and Yemen, leaving the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, dead. 

    The filmmaker...

  • Media misled in anti-Islam filmmaker story

    By Tom Tugend

    September 12, 2012 | 3:28 pm

    A film insulting the prophet Muhammad sparked instant riots in Libya and Egypt on Tuesday, but the alleged facts underpinning the story seem to be collapsing just as quickly.

    Enraged by available clips from the film, which describe Islam as “a cancer” and Muhammad as a homosexual...

  • Director of anti-Muslim movie that sparked attacks on U.S. facilities not Israeli

    September 12, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    The director of an anti-Islam film that helped sparked attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities is not Israeli as he claimed, a consultant to the film said.

    The Atlantic blogger Jeffrey Goldberg reported that a Steve Klein, a consultant to the controversial film, “Innocence of...

  • Reform leader, Jewish groups condemn Libya attack on U.S. envoys

    September 12, 2012 | 2:02 pm

    A top Reform rabbi appeared with Libya's U.S. ambassador and Muslim and Christian leaders condemning the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya and the U.S. Embassy in Egypt, along with the anti-Muslim film that allegedly incited the violence.

    A rocket attack Tuesday in Benghazi...

  • Maker of anti-Islam film goes into hiding, the Associated Press reports

    September 12, 2012 | 10:24 am

    The California-based Israeli whose film attacking Islam's prophet Mohammad triggered a deadly attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya has reportedly gone into hiding, the Associated Press reported.

    Writer and director Sam Bacile spoke by phone with the AP from a secret location on...

  • Who Is Sam Bacile?

    By Tom Tugend

    September 12, 2012 | 10:19 am

    A high-ranking Israeli official in Los Angeles said today that after numerous inquiries, it appeared that no one in the Hollywood film industry or in the local Israeli community knew of a Sam Bacile, the supposed director-writer of the incendiary film “Innocence of Muslims.”

    The...

  • Obama vows justice after U.S. envoy killed in Libya

    September 12, 2012 | 9:40 am

    President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday to bring to justice the killers of the U.S. ambassador and three other diplomats in Libya as he sought to avoid election-year fallout from an attack that cast a spotlight on his administration's handling of "Arab Spring" unrest.

    Standing...

  • U.S. asks Afghan leaders to help keep peace after video

    September 12, 2012 | 9:23 am

    The United States embassy in Kabul appealed to Afghan leaders on Wednesday for help "maintaining calm" over the anti-Muslim video, a statement said.

    President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the video amid simmering tensions in the Afghan capital on Wednesday over the video, with many fearing it could trigger protests like those seen in Libya and Egypt.

    Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman; Editing by Alison Williams

  • Slain U.S. Ambassador Stevens helped nurture Libyan democracy

    September 12, 2012 | 9:13 am

    Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in the Libyan city Benghazi, was deeply involved in the transition of the North African state and had been U.S. envoy to the rebels who overthrew strongman Muammar Gadhafi last year.

    Stevens, 52, who had been ambassador to...

  • U.S. envoy to Libya killed over anti-Muslim movie

    September 12, 2012 | 7:38 am

    The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other American diplomats were killed, and the U.S. embassy in Cairo was attacked over an anti-Muslim movie.

    Amb. John Christopher Stevens and three unnamed diplomats were killed Tuesday night in a rocket attack on their car in Benghazi, the...

  • The Arab Spring springs surprises

    August 15, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    When a popular uprising started in Tunisia less than two years ago, it took the world by surprise. Not many observers had anticipated the outbreak, let alone the success, of popular uprisings in a region far better known for the longevity of its tyrants and despots.

    Contrary to what...

  • Gadhafi’s mother was Jewish, his protocol chief says

    July 16, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    Muammar Gadhafi’s mother was Jewish, the late Libyan leader’s chief of protocol told an Arabic newspaper.

    Nuri al-Samara told the daily Al-Hayat that Gadhafi’s mother was Jewish, the Israeli daily Maariv reported on its NRG news website. At 18 she married a Muslim man and converted,...

  • July 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 9, 2012 | 1:57 am

    In-depth

    Obama’s Jewish financiers

    Jewish donors are moving away from their traditional support for Democratic presidential candidates, writes Lawrence Solomon in the Financial Post.

    In 2012, the Jewish allegiance to Democrats and liberal causes will mostly remain unchanged. As...

  • May 21, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 21, 2012 | 4:23 am

    In pursuit of the president

    The candidates for the Egyptian president reflect a cross-section of society, politics ‎and stages of modern history, writes Ahmed El-Tonsi in Al-Ahram Weekly.‎

    The forthcoming presidential elections will witness a competition among three...

  • Livestock disease spreads to Gaza

    May 2, 2012 | 10:44 am

    A new case of a “novel strain” of foot-and-mouth disease has been detected in the Gaza Strip, the U.N.‘s Food and Agriculture Organization reported.

    In a statement Wednesday, the Food and Agriculture Organization said that sick animals were detected in Rafah, a town bordering...

  • All in

    By Rob Eshman

    April 4, 2012 | 11:19 am

    Two years ago, before our very eyes, a liberation movement of great courage and hope began to unfold halfway around the world. Blood ran like water in the streets of distant capitals, and still people fought, flesh against tanks, citizens against infantry, poets against police.

    How...

  • Arab Spring fatigue or American fatigue?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 14, 2012 | 4:10 am

    Arab Spring fatigue is spreading across the board in the United States. One year after Tunisia triggered a wave of Arab demonstrations and revolutions, Americans are discovering that Tunisia is not in great shape, Egypt hasn’t changed much, the monarch is still in power in Morocco,...

  • Israel rushes airliner defenses as Libya leaks SAMs

    November 11, 2011 | 8:11 am

    Israel has accelerated the installation of anti-missile defenses on its airliners, a security official said on Friday, seeing an enhanced risk of attack by militants using looted Libyan arms.

    Jets flown by El Al and two other Israeli carriers are being equipped with a locally made...

  • Is Syria next?

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 2, 2011 | 3:37 pm

    ALTTEXT

  • Syria: Deal reached with Arab League on unrest

    November 1, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    Syria said on Tuesday it had reached a deal with an Arab League committee tasked with finding a way to end seven months of unrest and starting a dialogue between President Bashar al-Assad and his opponents.

    State media reported the deal, without giving details, saying an official...

  • The Muslim world is out of control

    October 28, 2011 | 9:07 pm

    The Muslim world is out of control. And that’s a good thing.

    The control of ruthless dictators has declined markedly in less than a single year. Two brutal despots, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia, are gone for good, and while it will take time for...

  • Gadhafi and the Jews

    October 26, 2011 | 3:56 pm

    Now it can be told: For the last decade or so, the Jews had secret back channels to Muammar Gadhafi.

    What led the pro-Israel community into a careful relationship with Gadhafi 10 years ago were considerations of U.S. national interests, Israel’s security needs and the claims of...

  • Opinion: Is Assad next?

    By Douglas M. Bloomfield

    October 25, 2011 | 2:53 pm

    Bashar Assad must have felt a chill when he saw the pictures of Muamar GadHafi’s final moments and knowing that Syrian crowds were chanting, “Assad is next.”

    There are differences between the uprisings in Libya and Syria, but the outcome will be the same: one more tyrant...

  • The unseen body of Bin Laden, the all too seen body of Gadhafi

    By Dr. Michael Berenbaum

    October 24, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    Last May when the US government captured and executed Osama Bin Laden, President Barack Obama took significant criticism for its decision not to show the body of the slain Al Quaeda leaders. Seeing what we have seen over the past several days with the pictures of slain Libyan leader...

  • Death of a Tyrant: Gadhafi’s opponents and those who chose passivity

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    October 24, 2011 | 11:04 am

    When I led public protests in the summer of 2009 against the arrival of Moammar Gadhafi to Englewood, New Jersey, that ultimately pushed him out of our town, friends called me concerned that I would be found in a shallow ditch somewhere, a victim of Gadhafi’s global terror...

  • UN rights office urges inquiry into Gadhafi death

    October 21, 2011 | 9:56 am

    The United Nations human rights office called on Friday for a full investigation into the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi and voiced concerns that he may have been executed.

    Images filmed on mobile phones before and after Gadhafi’s death showed him wounded and bloodied but...

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