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Osama bin Laden’s Jam? Enrico Macias

An al-Qaida compound contained a 1,500-cassette audio library containing sermons, intimate conversations, and music. There’s no N.W.A. or Streisand, but there is an Algerian-Jewish songwriter.

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The Reign of Terror, Year XX

The state of jihad and counter-jihad, in the middle of a long war

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How Osama Bin Laden Outsmarted the U.S. and Got What He Wanted

The point of Sept. 11 wasn’t to terrorize the West. It was to get the U.S. out of the Muslim world—and it worked.

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Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Wants to Keep His Jewish Lawyer

The Jewish judge in the case is trying to dissuade him

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Sundown: 70-Seat Israeli Coalition Coalescing

Plus a terror trial in New York and a wedding day letter

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Terror and the Surveillance State on Film

Zero Dark Thirty and the Israeli documentary The Gatekeepers are up for Academy Awards. Only one should win.

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Sundown: Iran, IAEA Agree to Keep Talking

Plus a look back on Lincoln Square Synagogue

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Sundown: Federal Reserve Terror Plot Foiled

Plus a plan to legalize the settlements in the West Bank?

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What’s Next for Egypt?

The Muslim Brotherhood, which won the presidency Saturday, sees itself as a corrective to modern Egyptian life

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The Enemies of Our Enemies

The Salafis, Sunni Islamic extremists, are at least opposed to the most dangerous U.S. adversaries, the Shiites

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Sundown: Bin Laden’s Focus Was on Palestine

Plus the U.S. Navy increases Gulf presence, and more

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Obama the Bluffer

The president says he’s got Israel’s back regarding Iran. So, why hasn’t the White House readied the American public for a possible military strike?

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Panetta Gets the Administration the Last Word

Mixes technical military talk with light schtick

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Forget 9/11

Or, if you must, celebrate it on 5/2

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Dream Land

Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon was exactly the ambassador for Islam Americans needed after Sept. 11

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No Escape

The American Jewish response to Sept. 11 interprets—but doesn’t explain—the anti-Semitism, trauma, and mourning that still linger after the attacks

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Quite A Six Months We’ve Had!

That was the half-year that was, on The Scroll

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On the Line

Al-Qaida cell phones confirmed Pakistani complicity in the hiding of Osama Bin Laden. That country’s military and intelligence patronage of terrorism requires the United States to take a harder line there.

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Sundown: Meet the New Boss (of al-Qaida)

Plus Palin’s ‘Bird-Nose,’ and more

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In Plain Sight

The recent arrest of Pakistani nationals in the aftermath of Bin Laden’s death reveals that the operation was the result of internal Middle East politics—and no coup for U.S. spycraft

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Sundown: Russia Played Iran

Plus, Mamet Agonistes, Korean Jews, and more

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Reading Judith Butler in Old Age

Comment of the week

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Sundown: Obama’s New Muslim Outreach

Plus a Jewish baseball milestone, Larry King’s bagelry, and more

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Pact or Fiction

The recent rapprochement between Fatah and Hamas may be a blessing. It exposes the fatal flaw at the heart of the peace process: the West’s fantasy of Palestinian moderation.

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Chomsky Is Still … Being Chomsky

Intellectual condemns Bin Laden raid, compares al-Qaida favorably to U.S.

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Deals

This week in Israel: Bin Laden makes waves, Hamas and Fatah sign a deal, a former president prepares for prison, and El Al’s first female captain takes off

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Chewing Over Bin Laden

In a Kosher restaurant in Brooklyn, news of Osama Bin Laden’s death prompted inconclusive but spirited talk of President Obama, Israel, Jews, and terrorism

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Sundown: Le Palestine

Plus Madonna’s out of Africa, and more

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Daybreak: Hamas on the Move

Plus, trouble at the Tomb, the Richard Jacobs kerfuffle, and more in the news

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In Case You Forgot To Remember

Some post-Yom HaShoah reading

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