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Dangerous Liaisons    
January 16, 2013
A shroud woven by the Muslim Brotherhood is descending upon the Middle East. President Obama is tentatively gambling that the Brotherhood will produce stability in the region and make him the first U.S. president to establish a long lasting solution to the Palestinian problem. For that grand vision to become a reality, the United States, the Brotherhood and Israel are participating in a game of dangerous liaisons, where pragmatism rather than principles is the way to win. Like any other grand plan, the outcome is far from certain and there will be winners and losers
Suleiman: Change you can't believe in    
February 09, 2011
Seizing the opportunity created by the uprising in Egypt, the head of Egyptian Intelligence masterminded the swifter political coup in the Arab World. Within seventy-two hours, he got rid of the president, his family, all of his foes in the cabinet and most importantly the powerful interior minister. PI Online examines how this surreal plan was executed and why we should not let it succeed.
To the Washington Post from the Muslim Brotherhood     
December 11, 2010
Many, including the Washington Post, cried foul when the latest Egyptian parliamentary elections seemed rigged. The Post also decried what they viewed as a the timid U.S. Government response and a lack of American concern for "who or what will succeed Hosni Mubarak". PI Online examines democracy in Egypt through the eyes of the Muslim Brotherhood to see if the Post missed the point.
The Nile: The Politics of Survival    
July 12, 2010
In the 5th century B.C., Greek historian Herodotus called Egypt the "gift of the Nile" a country which remains until today almost totally dependent on the Nile waters for survival. Internal and external developments now threaten Egypt's critical relationship to the Nile. PI Online examines the international and domestic politics that are shaping a natural resource crisis.
The Arab/Islamic View of Obama
From Euphoria to Skepticism [PI-564]
December 30, 2008
In a very short period, the Arab/Muslim world went from euphoria to guarded skepticism about Obama's presidency. PI Online examines the views of Arab analysts that reflect various reasons for this shift.
The Futility of Religious Dialogues    
June 26, 2008
PI Online supports Pakynam Al-Sharqawi's assertion that cultural dialogues between the West and the Muslim world are more effective than inter-faith dialogues. Religious dialogues like those initiated by the Vatican and Saudi Arabia generate little interest in the population and have no lasting effect.
PI 909 - The Changing Face of Jihad - Culture Trumps Ideology    
April 17, 2008
PI Online examines Hossam Tammam's article outlining the changing faces of Jihad and the diminishing influence of the Egyptian faction in Al-Qaeda movement. He seems to confirm Marc Sageman's earlier observation that the cultural relationship between members of the Jihadi movement rather than ideology remains the most influential factor in recruitment.
PI 551 - It's the Economy Stupid...As Riots Break out in Egypt
The Muslim Brotherhood is Sidelined
April 08, 2008
PI Online examines the complex question of the Muslim Brotherhood's refusal to participate in organized protests or the municipal elections. Is the Brotherhood out of touch?
PI 906 - Perspectives on Jihad    
December 08, 2007
Seven analysts reflect upon Dr. Fadl's re-examination of the Jihadi Movement - Is violent Jihad inherent in Salafi dogma or is it the intersection of dogma and socio-political conditions
PI 904 - Jihad in Foreign Lands and the Ideology of takfir
Moderating Jihadi Activities in Egypt and the World (7-10)
December 05, 2007
Dr. Fadl examines the restrictions imposed on Jihad for Muslims living in foreign countries and the ideology of takfir
[PI 903] Moderating Jihadi Activities in Egypt and the World (4-6) & Initial Reactions    
November 28, 2007
Dr. Fadl points out that ''Allah does not forbid you, with regard to those who have not fought you in your faith nor driven you out of your home, from dealing kindly and justly with them, for Allah loves those who are just'' Al-Mumtahinah 8. The debate over his recent manuscript begins.
[PI 902] Moderating Jihadi Activities in Egypt and the World (1 - 3)    
November 25, 2007
Is Dr. Fadl becoming a moderate? He still advocates Jihad but opposes violence. Is it a permanent or a temporary accomodation in position.
PI Online analyzes his most recent, controversial writings.
[PI 901] -The Man Who Once Ruled the ''Islamic Jihad'' Speaks Out
November 19, 2007
Zawahiri criticizes his former companion and secret Emir of the Jihadi movement, Dr. Fadl. - PI Online begins a series analyzing his writings presently being published with an examination of the enigmatic Dr. Fadl .

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