I have a sixth guest piece on Informed Comment, the widely-read blog of Prof. Juan Cole of the University of Michigan's Department of History, who is a noted expert on the modern Middle East and South Asia, with a specialty in Shi'i Islam. The piece is entitled, "The Muslim Brotherhood & the Demonstrations: Fact vs. Fiction." It looks at some of the claims made about the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, such as it "birthed" Al-Qa'ida, and its actual power to "take over." I do not argue, as some may claim, that the Egyptian Brotherhood is socially progressive or democratic or the opposite. I was interested in looking at the validity (or lack thereof) of some of the more fantastic claims made about the movement. Ultimately, I show that claims that even a moderately straight line can be drawn from the Egyptian Brotherhood to Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC) and that it is all powerful inside Egypt are both false.
My first guest piece, "The Islamic State of Iraq’s Positions on Iraqi National Elections: The Continuing Decline of a Self-styled Jihadi State," can be read HERE.
My second guest piece, "The Death of a Caliph: Will the Reported Killings of the Islamic State of Iraq's Two Senior Leaders Spell the End of the Self-styled Jihadi State?", can be read HERE.
My third guest piece, "From 'Martyrdom' Videos to Jihadi Journalism in Somalia," can be read HERE.
My fourth guest piece, "HAMAS' Rhetoric as Spoiler," can be read HERE.
My fifth guest piece, "Hezbollah's Double Standards: Iran, Tunisia, & Popular Protest," can be read HERE.