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The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist Jihad (ISIS): different ideologies, different methodologies

This article is the third of our series on The Brotherhood vs. ISIS: MEMO reopens debate on contemporary political Islam. Read the first one here and the second one here.

It is almost certain that any unbiased individual looking into the modern history of Islamic movements will not be able to overlook the reality under which these groups were formed. This reality included a decline in Islam's political role, especially after the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century and the Western colonisation of Arab and Islamic lands. All the indigenous people could then do was resist this colonialism and drive it out of their countries, in the belief that by doing so they would gain their freedom. They discovered, though, that their home-grown leaders were the ugliest of oppressors supported by the West as long as they benefitted Western interests, even when such leaders contravened democratic norms and human rights by their actions.


Al-Sisi's presence at the UN took it to a new low

President Sisi at the UN General AssemblyOn the first four days of his visit to New York to attend the UN General Assembly, the coup leader and President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, sat kicking his heels waiting to meet Barack Obama. On the fifth day, he was finally granted an audience with the American president. It was his first official visit as a controversial president and his legitimacy was clearly still open to question.


Jordan delivers justice after Britain fails

Yvonne RidleyHidden away in some dusty corner in government vaults in London there must be a well-thumbed dossier containing secret evidence which kept a Palestinian caged in Britain without charge or trial for more than a decade. Described by successive home secretaries as the most dangerous man in Britain, it may seem surprising to many that he was never charged in the UK with a single criminal offence.


British bombs will help ISIS recruit

Asa WinstanleyToday, Friday 26 September, the House of Commons is slated to take yet another vote on yet another war in Iraq. This time, the putative bombing campaign (already started in both Iraq and Syria by the Americans) would target the so-called "Islamic State", the fanatical terrorist organisation which controls large swathes of Iraq and Syria.


The West Bank: where Israel's Gaza propaganda falls apart

Writing in Israeli newspaper Haaretz this week, regular columnist Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie bemoaned the difficult task facing Israel's supporters internationally, in the aftermath of the devastating, murderous assault on the Gaza Strip.