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Monday, May 16, 2016
In 2013, Saudi regime and GCC sponsored a conference in Cairo
And the convened clerics called for Jihad in Syria. This is how the story of fanatic militant Jihadism took off--contrary to the narrative of Anne Barnard and Liz Sly, who claim that civilian feminists and secularists and democrats turned Salafi Jihadist because of the repression of the regime. The regime is repressive indeed but Jihadis are Jihadis with or without repression. There are Jihadis in Lebanon and Tunisia, two of the most democratizing Arab countries. And the story of the conference was carried and prominently displayed by Al-Arabiyyah from 2013. This is how recruitment of Jihadi terrorists from around the work took off.
Comic by Terry Furry, reproduced from "Heard the One About the Funny Leftist?" by Cris Thompson, East Bay Express
As'ad AbuKhalil, born March 16, 1960. From Tyre, Lebanon, grew up in Beirut. Received his BA and MA from American University of Beirut in pol sc. Came to US in 1983 and received his PhD in comparative government from Georgetown University. Taught at Tufts University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Colorado College, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Served as a Scholar-in-Residence at Middle East Institute in Washington DC. He served as free-lance Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News, an experience that only served to increase his disdain for maintream US media. He is now professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. His favorite food is fried eggplants.
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