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Issue No. 2016

Osama Saeed

“The position of the pro-war elements on [the foreign policy role in terror] is strange. On one hand they tell us that there is a global evil ideology we must confront in a violent way, but on the other they say that the terror threat is the result of the failed policy of multiculturalism at home. The two positions cannot sit with each other.”

Osama Saeed, a spokesperson for the Muslim Association of Britain in Scotland, looks at the government’s arguments around Muslims, terrorism and multiculturalism.

Abu Aardvark

“The bottom line - 91.7 percent of Iraqis oppose the presence of coalition troops in the country, up from 74.4 percent in 2004. Some 84.5 percent are ‘strongly opposed’. Among Sunnis, opposition to the US presence went from 94.5 percent to 97.9 percent. Among Shia, opposition to the US presence went from 81.2 percent to 94.6 percent.”

Marc Lynch shows the rise in discontent in Iraq revealed by a new opinion poll on the views of Iraqis towards the US/British occupation.

Virginia Tilley

“In this frightening mess in the Middle East, let’s get one thing straight. Iran is not threatening Israel with destruction. Over and over, we hear that Iran is clearly ‘committed to annihilating Israel’ because the ‘mad’ or ‘reckless’ or ‘hardline’ President Ahmadinejad has repeatedly threatened to destroy Israel. But every supposed quote, every supposed instance of his doing so, is wrong.”

Virginia Tilley, author of the One State Solution, exposes the lies behind the right’s attacks on Iran and its president.

Angry Arab

“Nasrallah clearly gave this interview for the Lebanese audience. It dealt mostly with Lebanese issues, and he wanted to address not only the audience of Hizbollah, but the larger audience of Lebanese public opinion. He seemed comfortable and confident.”

As’ad AbuKhalil analyses the Lebanese TV interview that Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah recently gave.

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Sat 2 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2016
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