Category: Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood has the same strategic objective as al Qaeda.

The Muslim Brotherhood: Doctrine, Strategy, Operations and Vulnerabilities

Want to discover the vulnerabilities of the Muslim Brotherhood? Study its doctrine, strategy and operations worldwide. That’s what I set out to do in my chapter, “The Muslim Brotherhood: Doctrine, Strategy, Operations and Vulnerabilities,” appearing in the newly published book, Meeting the Ideological Challenges of Islamism: How to Combat Modern Radical Islam. The work was edited by Anna Bekele and...

No Defeat Jihad Summit strategy author was invited to White House CVE summit

Among the many experts and practitioners invited to participate in the White House’s Countering Violent Extremism strategy summit, not one was involved with the Defeat Jihad Summit strategy sponsored earlier this month. This is significant, as the Defeat Jihad Summit authors approach the issue as an ideological one, requiring ideological warfare – something that the White House has opposed. Equally...

Why aren’t we making fun of our enemies’ attraction to donkeys and goats?

Our Islamist extremist enemies around the world frequently engage in bizarre behavior that we can exploit simply by making fun of them. At issue is the jihadis’ inordinate sexual attraction to donkeys and goats. In addition to little boys. Made public for all the world to see, the behavior could become a real source of pain for the enemy. Pictures...

InFocus: America’s ‘provocative weakness’

The Jewish Policy Center ran my article, “America’s ‘provocative weakness,’” in the winter edition of its quarterly journal, InFocus. The piece relates to how US strategy toward dealing with Russia (presuming that there is a strategy), and important foreign policy positions concerning Iran, Syria, the Muslim Brotherhood and Europe, are playing into the Kremlin’s hands and giving Vladimir Putin an...

Join me at the US Capitol building for strategy conference on Al Qaeda and Ikhwan

Join me and eight other experts at the United States Capitol building on Friday, September 6, for a day-long conference on Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood: A New American Strategy. Sponsored by the Westminster Institute, the conference addresses the failure of US policy in the Middle East and Africa, a policy that centers on the belief that supporting “non-violent”...

Latest Wikipedia contributions from my students

Take a look at my students’ contributions to Wikipedia this semester! They covered a lot of material in the fields of propaganda, public diplomacy, political warfare, and information operations. Each year, my graduate students at the Institute of World Politics are assigned to develop or improve Wikipedia pages as part of their class assignments. So far they have started or...

Muslim Brotherhood can’t take a joke – so let’s keep joking

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi depended on protesters to ridicule the regime he targeted in Egypt, but now that he has become the Egyptian regime, he’s showing he fears the power of ridicule as a political weapon. Morsi had local comedian and satirist Bassem Youssef set up to be prosecuted for “insulting” him (and Islam) on March 30 of this...

Egyptian Islamists fear comedian’s jokes

Egyptian Islamists are so fearful of jokes undermining their authority that they have taken action against a popular comedian. Their action to prosecute funnyman Bassem Youssef, who modeled his program after Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, shows yet again how satire and ridicule can be potent weapons against Islamist intolerance. Youssef (not to be confused with a litigious FBI agent of...

BBC and CNN air faked Hamas injury report

Both the BBC and CNN aired staged Hamas footage of a Palestinian man who faked an injury from an Israeli counterattack, and whom collaborators whisked away as if he was wounded. CNN’s Anderson Cooper re-broadcast a BBC-originated video feed on November 15, even after the BBC feed had been exposed as a fake. The falsehood was not reported in the...