1. What is the expertise and qualification of the GMBDR?
The main editor of the GMBDR has decades of experience in research and investigation for major NGO’s, government agencies, and international media in the U.S. and Europe. GMBDR is used by U.S. and foreign government analysts in intelligence, military, law enforcement and policy, the expert and academic community and journalists. GMBDR’s trained analysts have special expertise in ideological movements.
2. What is the need for the GMBDR?
The Muslim Brotherhood is the oldest formal Islamist organization (1928) with a global representation and arguably the greatest reach among Muslim organizations today, with commensurate financial and human resources. As such, there exists a need for accurate information about its activities, aggregated and presented with context and archival reference. Accordingly the GMBDR provides a daily, chronological account, free from polemics and backed up with solid, generally public information.
3. Why does the GMBDR not disclose the identity of its editors or the organizations that sponsors it?
When the GMBDR was created we were aware of the extraordinary lengths that the global Muslim Brotherhood would go to harass, defame, or slander its critics. We saw this happen to others, including venerable university presses and leading news organizations and with the recent controversy over the resignation of the Obama campaign’s Muslim outreach director. Hence we made the decision to let the information, often originating from the Brotherhood and its affiliates, and backed by public records, speak for itself, and not get lost in the distraction created by Brotherhood harassment campaigns. Our policy is not to disclose any information about the editors or sponsors of the GMBDR and we will not respond in any way to inquires about this subject, either private or public. Factual challenges to the posts are welcomed; we archive such corrections if they prove accurate
4. Is the conception of a “global Muslim Brotherhood” valid or a form of ‘conspiracy-thinking’?
Leaders in self-identified Muslim Brotherhood organizations have themselves said publicly that the Muslim Brotherhood exists, by its own admission, in more than 70 countries around the world and shares the “same ideology, principles and objective” from country to country. However, as we discussed in a post on the subject, most Brotherhood organizations outside of Egypt do not acknowledge their affiliations (Hamas, in Article Two of its Charter, is an example of an exception, acknowledging the group’s organic link to the Brotherhood), thus requiring researchers to make this identification themselves. We use the term “Global Muslim Brotherhood” as a shorthand to refer to this global network, which in fact is a closed group of people who work together on closely connected organizations, with interlocking directorships, around the world. A close examination of our work validates this practical approach.
globalmb @ June 15, 2007