Helping Peaceful Muslims: Leading the Cause

AHA Foundation

In response to ongoing abuses of women’s rights in the name of fundamentalist Islam, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and her supporters established the AHA Foundation in 2007 as a charitable organization to help protect and defend the rights of women in the West against militant Islam.

Through research, the dissemination of knowledge and outreach, the Foundation aims to combat several types of crimes against women, including the abridgement of the education of girls, female genital mutilation, forced marriages, honor violence, and honor killings.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

After escaping an arranged marriage in Somalia by immigrating to the Netherlands, she served as a member of the Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006. She works to integrate immigrants into Dutch society while defending the rights of women. In 2004, she made the film Submission with Theo van Gogh which resulted in the assassination of van Gogh by an Islamic extremist. Ms. Hirsi Ali works with the American Enterprise Institute and speaks internationally about women’s rights.

American Congress for Truth

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Brigitte Gabriel founded American Congress for Truth (ACT) in 2003. Ms. Gabriel came to the United States after losing her home country to militant Muslim fundamentalists during the Lebanese Civil War. ACT educates millions of citizens about our enemy, and what they can do to protect themselves and their country. ACT arms and motivates activists with information to take action; networking organizations with like-minded goals to bring change.

Brigitte Gabriel

After the tragedy of September 11th, Ms. Gabriel founded American Congress for Truth. She is a member of the board of Advisors of the Intelligence Summit and lectures internationally about terrorism and current affairs. Gabriel is the author of the book Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America. She is a regular guest on national TV and radio. She speaks four languages: Arabic, French, English and Hebrew.

American Islamic Congress


A civil rights organization with offices in Washington, D.C., Boston, Cairo and Basra, AIC promotes tolerance and the exchange of ideas among Muslims and between other peoples. AIC challenges the increasingly negative perceptions of Muslims by advocating responsible leadership and ‘two-way’ interfaith understanding. AIC’s latest initiative, Project Nur, is aimed at building bridges between Muslim and non-Muslim students on university campuses by promoting co-existence, tolerance, and understanding.
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Zainab Al-Suwaij

The granddaughter of Basra’s leading Ayatollah, Al-Suwaij was one of the few women to join the failed 1991 uprising against Saddam Hussein. She fled Iraq and eventually became an American citizen. Following the shock of September 11th, she left her teaching position at Yale to found the American Islamic Congress. An outspoken advocate for women’s equality and interfaith understanding, she has authored editorials in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today and appeared on NPR, BBC, Al-Jazeera, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox. She testified before Congress, lectured at Harvard, and participated in interfaith events around the world. Named an “Ambassador of Peace” by the Interreligious and International Peace Council, Al-Suwaij has received Dialogue on Diversity’s Liberty Award and was recognized as the “2006 International Person of the Year” by the National Liberty Museum.

American Islamic Forum for Democracy


A group of Muslim professionals in the Phoenix Valley, led by M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy in 2003. The forum aims to articulate that Muslims are able to practice their faith more freely in America than in any other place in the world. AIFD promotes an understanding of Islam which separates religion and state and is in complete harmony with the U.S. Constitution.

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser

The son of Muslim-Syrian immigrants, Dr. Jasser graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin on a U.S. Navy scholarship in 1992. He practices internal medicine and nuclear cardiology in Phoenix where he previously served as President of the Arizona Medical Association. He also chairs the Bioethics Committee for Banner Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Dr. Jasser co-founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy to articulate the freedom of thought and religious practice American Muslims enjoy.

Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia

Located in Washington, D.C., the Center was established to promote a sustainable participatory, non-sectarian and inclusive political structure where all citizens are empowered to steer their country to a better, safer, peaceful, democratic and tolerant path. The center leads campaigns for political reform, religious freedom, women’s and minority rights and economic reform in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Ali Alyami

Prior to founding the Center for Democracy and Human Rights, Dr. Alyami served as a Senior Fellow at the Saudi Institute in Washington, D.C.; directed the educational peace program for the American Friends Service Committee in San Francisco, and was a Representative for the Arab Organization for Human Rights in North America. He speaks at conferences throughout the U.S., Egypt, Sudan, Israel, and London, testifies before Congress, and has advised senior officials at the Pentagon, National Security Council, and State Department.

Center for Islamic Pluralism

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Founded in Washington, DC,  in 2004 by Sufi convert Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, the Center for Islamic Pluralism (CIP) is a think tank that challenges the dominance of American Muslim life by militant Islamist groups.

Center for Security Policy

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The Center for Security Policy is a non-profit, non-partisan national security organization that specializes in identifying policies, actions, and resource needs that are vital to American security and then ensures that such issues are the subject of both focused, principled examination and effective action by recognized policy experts, appropriate officials, opinion leaders, and the general public.

Frank Gaffney

Mr. Gaffney founded the Center for Security Policy, an internationally recognized resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. In 1987, he was nominated by President Reagan to become the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, the senior position in the Defense Department with responsibility for policies involving nuclear forces, arms control and U.S.-European defense relations.

Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World

Addressing the war of ideas underway within the Muslim world over its future direction, the Center (hosted at the Hudson Institute) asks: ‘Will the Muslim world follow the guidance of Islamism or radical Islamic ideology and its known hostility to a moderate accommodation with modernity and democracy?’ The Center works to develop an alternative and potent view which combines fidelity to Islam with respect and appreciation for democracy.

Dr. Hillel Fradkin

A senior fellow of the Hudson Institute, he directs its Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World. He is the founder of Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, the leading journal on contemporary Islamism which he co-edits with Husain Haqqani and Eric Brown. He is also general editor of Hudson’s monograph series on contemporary Islam and Islamism as well as the center’s website.

Crescent Project

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The Project equips Christians to reach out to the Muslim community. While studying in America, Fouad Masri realized the importance of preparing American Christians to reach out to the growing community of internationals, especially Muslims. Most Muslim ministries have focused on sending full-time missionaries overseas to Muslim countries. Crescent Project has used an entirely different approach: train the local church to reach out to the Muslims in the community. Since 1993, Crescent Project instructors have trained over 5000 Christians throughout North America.
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Fouad Masri

After personally experiencing the forgiveness of Christ and the freedom He offers, Fouad dedicated his life to extending that hope and freedom to his Muslim friends and neighbors.

Raised in the war zone of Beirut, Lebanon, he went on to earn an MA in Islamic Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. An influential and rapidly-growing Muslim population in North America (now nearly 7 million strong) caught Fouad’s attention. Believing he was called by God to train and equip Christians to reach their Muslim neighbors, Fouad founded Crescent Project.

Dr. Azyumardi Azra

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One of the world’s most prominent Muslim intellectuals, Dr. Azra served two terms as President of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta where he played a vital role in Indonesia’s transition from authoritarian rule to democracy – promoting a moderate and tolerant understanding of Islam. A Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University, he has held positions as: Vice Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam and Society at IAIN/UIN; Vice Rector for Academic Affairs; visiting fellowships at Oxford University, University of Philippines, University of Malaya; NYU, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Islamic University. Dr. Azra has published 18 books and is a regular contributor to international newspapers and journals.

Dr. Wafa Sultan


A secular Syrian-American author and thinker, Dr. Sultan frequently participates in political debates on Al Jazeera, CNN and Fox News. She was shocked into secularism by the atrocities committed against innocent Syrians, including the assassination of her professor at the University of Aleppo. In 2006 on Al Jazeera, she scolded Muslims for not acknowledging the accomplishments of non-Muslim societies, including their greater freedom and capacity for producing wealth and technology. She identified the threat to the West as “a battle between modernity and barbarism which Islam will lose.”

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Family Security Matters

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Informing Americans about the issues surrounding national security, addressing their fears about safety on a personal, family, community, national and international level, Family Security Matters highlights the connection between individual safety and a strong national defense; increases civic participation and political responsibility; and empowers all Americans to become proactive defenders of our national security and community safety.

Carol Taber

Carol A. Taber, Founder and President of Family Security Matters, is a seasoned business executive, with over 30 years experience in leadership positions for diverse communications companies at various stages of maturity. A former publisher of national women’s magazines, Taber has broad experience in start-up, turnaround and repositioning projects as well as management of successful ongoing operations. She has delivered a consistent, extraordinary record of increasing revenues and profit, opening new markets and revenue streams, and developing new lines of affinity businesses and multi-media opportunities.

Foundation for Defense of Democracies

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Promoting pluralism, defending democratic values, and fighting the ideologies that drive terrorism, the Foundation was created shortly after 9/11 by a group of visionary philanthropists and policymakers. FDD engages in the global war of ideas, supporting the defense of democratic societies under assault by terrorism and Militant Islamism. Combining policy research, democracy training, strategic communications, and investigative journalism, FDD focuses its efforts where the war of ideas will be won or lost: the media, college campuses, and the policy community.
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Clifford D. May

Mr. May focuses on defeating terrorism as the President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He is also the Chairman of the Policy Committee for the Committee on the Present Danger (CPD), comprised of leading members of the national security community. Mr. May’s career spans international relations, journalism, communications and politics.

Dr. Walid Phares

A senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, he focuses on Middle East history and politics, global terrorist movements, democratization and human rights. Dr. Phares leads the foundation’s Future of Terrorism Project, which considers how the Islamist threat will mutate over time and what can be done to defend against new, more deadly strains of terrorism. He has authored nine books on terrorism and the Middle East.

Gerard Batten


Gerard Batten founded the UK Independence Party in 1993 and was the first party secretary from 1994 to 1997. Elected as the MEP for London in June 2004, he serves as a member of UKIP’s National Executive Committee and was appointed to the Security & Defense Committee of the European Parliament. Batton proposed the Charter of Muslim Understanding to identify Islamic teachings that can be used by extremists to justify or condone intolerance and violence, and to offer moderate and peaceful Muslims a means of disassociating themselves from those teachings.

Institute for Global Engagement


Promoting sustainable environments for religious freedom worldwide, IGE is a faith-based organization, believing in universal human dignity and committed to the protection of all faiths through the rule of law. IGE pursues this mission with a balanced approach, encouraging governments to protect religious freedom (top-down engagement) and equipping citizens to exercise that freedom responsibly (bottom-up engagement).
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Chris Seiple

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Before coming to the Institute, Seiple was an Earhart Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he wrote his dissertation on “U.S.-Uzbekistan Relations,” receiving his Ph.D. in 2007. He now serves as President of IGE.

Islamic Society for Liberty and Modernity

The Islamic Society for Liberty and Modernity (I.S.L.A.M.) provides a fresh, yet theologically valid interpretation of the Holy Quran and other Islamic texts using the traditional concept of Ijtihad (extrapolating meaning from scripture). Authoritative Islamic scholars describe Ijtihad as: “the heart of the religion…whoever destroys it, is like one who destroys the religion [Islam] itself; and whoever enlivens it, enlivens the religion in its entirety.” I.S.L.A.M’s goal is to revive Islam, save it from anachronistic interpretations, and make it suitable to every time and place, according to the words of prophet Mohamed (PBUH).

Dr. Tawfik Hamid

The founder of I.S.L.A.M., Dr. Hamid is a former member of the terrorist network Jemma Islameia, and understudy and accomplice of Ayman Al-Zawaheri. He knows the jihadist ideology first hand. Dr. Hamid’s dream is to provide Muslims all over the world with a new understanding of Islam that brings peace, love and harmony to our civilization. His hope is to establish the values of tolerance in the mind of his fellow Muslims. He defines his greatest success in life as, “teaching young Muslims the meaning of true LOVE.”


Jihad Watch is dedicated to bringing public attention to the role that jihad theology and ideology plays in the modern world, and to correcting popular misconceptions about the role of jihad and religion in modern-day conflicts. We hope to alert people of good will to the true nature of the present global conflict.

Let Freedom Ring

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Promoting constitutional government, economic freedom and traditional values, Let Freedom Ring is a non-profit, grassroots organization supporting a conservative agenda.

Colin Hanna

Mr. Hanna launched Let Freedom Ring to support a conservative agenda. He is a former county commissioner in Chester County, PA; founder of PC HELPER, a computer support and maintenance firm and held several positions with CBS, WCAU Radio, CBS Radio Spot Sales and WCAU-TV. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and is now working on, an initiative to alert the American public about the dangers of radical Islam.

Liberty For All Foundation

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Encouraging the growth of peaceful, tolerant and free societies – built upon a foundation of civil and economic liberty and the rule of law – in order to reduce religious extremism and discredit the use of terror worldwide. LibForAll’s primary focus is supporting moderate and progressive Muslims in their efforts to promote the culture of liberty and tolerance, while preserving the positive values of local, native traditions throughout the Muslim world.
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Abdul Munir Mulkhan

An active member of the governing board of Muhammadiyah, the world’s second largest Muslim organization with an estimated 30 million members, Dr. Munir previously served as Vice-Secretary of the Yogyakarta branch of the Indonesian Council of Religious Scholars. He is a member of the faculty of Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University and currently serves as a LibForAll Foundation Fellow. Dr. Munir is the author of over 40 books and hundreds of articles published in various Indonesian magazines and newspapers.


C. Holland Taylor

Mr. Taylor and former Indonesian president Kyai Haji Abdurrahman Wahid established LibForAll Foundation to promote a pluralistic and tolerant understanding of Islam, and discredit the use of terrorism worldwide. Mr. Taylor’s work with LibForAll follows a career as a global telecom executive, during which he served as CEO of USA Global Link, and was widely credited as one of the essential catalysts in the deregulation of the global telecommunications industry. An expert on Islam and the processes of Islamization in Southeast Asia, he has lived, studied and worked in the Muslim world, from Iran to Indonesia, over a period of more than four decades.
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Kyai Haji Achmad Mustofa Bisri

Often called “Sang Kyai Pembelajar” – the Great Religious Scholar and Teacher – by members of the Nahdlatul Ulama, Bisri strongly influences the Nahdlatul Ulama’s social and political development. Descended from a long line of charismatic religious leaders, he heads the prestigious Raudlatuth Tholibin Islamic boarding school in Rembang, Central Java. Bisri’s role in combining spirituality with artistic expression is widely admired in Indonesia, where he is regarded as a cultural icon, celebrated for his courage in defending artistic and religious freedom in the face of radical onslaughts. Bisri’s personal philosophy can be seen in the “Mata Air” (“Living Spring”) Community that he heads, whose membership is open to all who share its essential values: “Worship God; respect elders; treat those who are younger with loving kindness; open your heart to all humanity.” He is closely involved with LibForAll’s Grassroots Pluralist Network project.

Mapping Shari'a

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The Mapping Shari’a in America Project is the first effort to map, index, and rank the threat to the United States from the observance, teaching, and preaching of Shari’a.

Mark Steyn

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Mark Steyn is the author of America Alone: The End Of The World As We Know It, a New York Times bestseller and a Number One bestseller in Canada. His writing on politics, arts and culture can be read each week throughout much of the English-speaking world. The Canadian Islamic Congress has publicly announced that it will appeal a case dismissed by the Canadian Human Rights Commission against Steyn for alleged ‘human rights violations’ of Muslims.

Middle East Forum


The Middle East Forum defines and promotes American interests in the Middle East including: fighting radical Islam, whether terroristic or lawful; working for Palestinian acceptance of Israel; improving the management of U.S. democracy efforts; reducing energy dependence on the Middle East; more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis-à-vis Saudi Arabia; and countering the Iranian threat. The Forum also works to improve Middle East studies in North America.
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Daniel Pipes

Dr. Pipes calls himself a “soldier” in the war against radical Islam, keeping with his belief that the “war’s center of gravity has shifted from force of arms to the hearts and minds of citizens.” The personal website of Daniel Pipes receives more than 300,000 visitors per month and contains an archive of his writings since 1990. Many of the articles are translated into 25 languages.

Middle East Media Research Institute - MEMRI


The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) explores the Middle East through the region’s media. MEMRI bridges the language gap which exists between the West and the Middle East, providing timely translations of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish media, as well as original analysis of political, ideological, intellectual, social, cultural, and religious trends in the Middle East.

Muslim Canadian Congress

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The leading voice of moderate Muslims in Canada, the Muslim Canadian Congress has been involved in some important battles, including the fight against using sharia law in family courts in Ontario.

Nasr Hamid Abu-Zayd

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Combining Qur’anic hermeneutics (examining the Qur’an from a linguistic and contextual perspective to understand its nature, contents and origin) with the study of modern Islamic thought, Abu-Zayd is developing a theory enabling Muslims to bridge their traditions to the modern world of freedom, equality, human rights, democracy and globalization. He earned a Ph.D. with highest honors in the field of Arabic and Islamic Studies from Cairo University and is widely regarded as a reformist hero for his courage in opposing Islamists. The object of death threats by al-Qaeda and others, he relocated to Europe in 1995, and is now the Ibn Rushd Chair of Humanism and Islam at the University of Humanistics in Utrecht.

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani


Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has been involved in the political affairs of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq for over 25 years. He is the grandson of Mustafa Barzani, the legendary Kurdish leader and founder of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). Under his leadership, the KRG has become a secular, pluralistic, democratic government. His vision of a free and prosperous Kurdistan, at peace with itself and its neighbors, is becoming a reality for the nearly 6 million Kurds in Iraq. The KRG has undertaken large-scale development and public services programs that will better the lives of the people of the Region, while at the same time liberalizing both the political and economic systems of Kurdistan.

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Program to Protect America's Freedom

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EPPC’s Program to Protect America’s Freedom, directed by Senior Fellow (and former U.S. Senator) Rick Santorum, works to identify, study, and heighten awareness of the threats to America and the West from a growing array of anti-Western forces and states that increasingly cast a shadow over our future and that violate religious liberty around the world.

The program focuses specifically on communicating threats posed by states which are fueled by Islamic Fascism or an anti-American sentiment. Through our efforts to influence the way members of the media disseminate information about the dangers the West faces, we hope to educate the public about the urgent situation in the world today.

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum, a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, established and directs EPPC’s Program to Protect America’s Freedom. He is writing a book on the “gathering storm” of the 21st century — the challenges posed by radical Islamic fascism and its growing alliances around the world.

Mr. Santorum served as United States Senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007 and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995. As a United States Senator, he was a champion of efforts to counter the threat of radical Islam, to protect victims of religious persecution, and to promote democracy and religious liberty around the world.

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

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Born into an eminent religious family in Lebanon, Shaykh Kabbani is a world-renowned Muslim scholar, author, and lecturer. Educated in Shari’ah and Islamic spirituality under renowned guides like Shaykh Abdullah al-Fa’iz ad-Daghestani and Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani. Shaykh Kabbani also studied medicine in Belgium. He is Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, spearheading a number of peace initiatives, hosting conferences, engaging in inter-religious dialogue, and promoting traditional, moderate Islamic views. Shaykh Hisham has addressed numerous world bodies such as the U.N. and continues to advise the U.S. Department of State on issues regarding Islam and religious tolerance.

Shaykh Musa

Shaykh Musa is the first Imam to be officially appointed to Higher Education at the London Metropolitan University. He is focus is on enriching students and academics alike with his insight and understanding of diverse issues affecting minority religio-ethnic communities in the UK.

He has over 15 years of experience as a grassroots Imam and continues to impart great commitment to community service and development. Shaykh Musa’s approach has always been to engage with people of all thoughts, colours and backgrounds. He has a track record of being a vocal critic of compromising world-views unsupported by the scripture and detached from the spirit of Islam.

The Shaykh formally established the Luqman Institute of Education and development in 2003. The Institute’s primarily role is to address the challenges facing Muslim communities in the West and promote greater civic participation and social harmony. The Institute works tirelessly in engaging Muslim communities, wider society and the institutions on the issues that affect us all as citizens.

The Shaykh lectures extensively on Islam’s role in the West, loyalty to one’s country, citizenship, distortion of Jihad as acts of terror and many other contemporary issues.

Terrorism Awareness Project

The David Horowitz Freedom Center launched the project in 2007 to highlight news, documentaries and other important information about radical Islamism. The Project includes the annual Islamo-fascism awareness week and Terrorism Awareness Campus Chapters across America.

David Horowitz

Founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center and editor of the conservative website FrontPage Magazine, Horowitz’s writings can also be read on prominent news sites and publications, including the conservative magazine NewsMax. He founded the activist group Students for Academic Freedom and is affiliated with Campus Watch. He occasionally appears on Fox News Channel.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism


Compiling the world’s most comprehensive data center on radical Islamic terrorist groups, the IPT has investigated the operations, funding, activities and front groups of Islamic terrorist and extremist groups in the United States and around the world. It has become a principal source of critical evidence to a wide variety of government offices and law enforcement agencies, as well as the U.S. Congress and numerous public policy forums.

Steve Emerson

An internationally recognized expert on terrorism and national security and a best-selling author, Emerson founded The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) in 1995 following the PBS broadcast of his documentary film Jihad in America. Since September 11th, Emerson has briefed Congress dozens of times on terrorist financing and operational networks of Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and the rest of the worldwide Islamic militant spectrum.

To The Point News

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One downside of living in the Information Age is drowning in oceans of information. People don’t want an ocean. They want a glass of water. That’s To The Point™ – distilled information – critical to your life … your investments … and your understanding of the world. Members of To The Point™ are patriotic Americans who not only love their country but who also have a deep insight on what makes it – and its enemies – tick.
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Dr. Jack Wheeler

The Wall Street Journal called him “the originator of the Reagan Doctrine”. The Washington Post called him “The Indiana Jones of the Right”. Dr. Wheeler has authored several books; completed the first free fall sky-dive ever attempted at the North Pole; was the youngest Eagle Scout in history; climbed the Matterhorn at 14; swam the Hellespont and lived with Amazon headhunters at 16. He even defeated Vladimir Putin — and his KGB bodyguard — in arm wrestling! He continues to lead expeditions while authoring To the Point News.

Zeyno Baran


Born in Istanbul, Baran was educated at Stanford and currently is Director of the Center for Eurasian Policy at the Hudson Institute. A devout Muslim, Ms. Baran has published many articles and spoken frequently on the need to distinguish between Islam (the religion) and Islamism (the political ideology). Developing strategies to thwart the spread of anti-American ideology in Europe, Asia and the U.S., Ms. Baran promotes the fusion of tolerant faith and critical thinking with secular democratic rule in the Muslim world. She is a strong supporter of close ties between Turkey and Israel, the only two democracies in the Middle East.


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