Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

Prophecy, Reciprocity and the Bin Laden Tapes  2.24.03

"The Bin Laden Tapes have spawned calls for censorship, heightened threat levels, and a cottage industry of media critics. Debates have focused on whether the tapes are real or not, is he dead or alive, and most recently, whether he has joined ranks with Saddam Hussein..." Read | Discuss
Clippings  2.24.03
Bin Laden Tape: Text
Translation @ BBC
"The following is the full text of an audio message purported to be by al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, broadcast on Arab television station al-Jazeera on 11 February..." 2.24.03 Read | Discuss
Timeline: The Osama Bin Laden Tapes
Simon Jeffery @ The Guardian
"The al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden, has released a series of audio and video tapes to the Qatari TV station al-Jazeera. Simon Jeffery looks back at the recorded output of the world's most wanted man..." 2.24.03 Read | Discuss
Osama Issues New Call to Arms
Jason Burke @ The Observer
"A chilling new message from Osama bin Laden is being circulated among British Islamic extremists, calling for attacks on civilians and describing the 'Islamic nation' as 'eager for martyrdom'. Details of the 4,000-word letter from the terrorist leader emerged as the..." 11.25.02 Read | Discuss
Full Text: Bin Laden's "Letter to America"
Translation @ The Observer
"The full text of Osama bin Laden's 'letter to the American people', reported in today's Observer. The letter first appeared on the internet in Arabic and has since been translated and circulated by Islamists in Britain..." 11.24.02 Read | Discuss
Bin Laden' Threats Won't Derail Australia's Support For U.S.
Patrick Goodenough @
"Australians won't be intimidated by new terrorist threats tied to their country's support for the U.S., the government said, commenting on a newly released audio tape purportedly featuring al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden..." 11.20.02 Read | Discuss
Robert Fisk: The Man on the Tape is Bin Laden
News Report @ New Zealand Herald
"It is him. The man on the tape is bin Laden. He is alive. It took only a brief flurry of phone calls to the Middle East and southwest Asia for the most impeccable sources to confirm that Osama bin Laden is alive..." 11.19.02 Read | Discuss
Bin Laden Tape Said to Be Coded Signal
News Report @ New Zealand Herald
"An audio tape believed to be al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden praising recent attacks may have been issued to raise morale among followers and to signal future strikes, United States officials say..." 11.15.02 Read | Discuss
Bin Laden: Dead or Alive?
Talking Point @ BBC
"A tape broadcast on Arabic television station al-Jazeera proves that al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is still alive, according to experts. What do you think? Do the new tapes prove that Osama Bin Laden is alive? Should law enforcement officials provide more evidence..." 11.14.02 Read | Discuss
The Spectre of bin Laden in the Age of Terrorism
Binoy Kampmark @ CTHEORY
"How then, given these contradictions, is the elusive bin Laden body (dead or alive) to be found in the war against terrorism? This paper considers whether bin Laden can be physically found, and following from that, how he has..." 11.14.02 Read | Discuss
"You Will Be Killed, Just As You Kill": Extracts from "Bin Laden" Tape
Translation @ The Guardian
"From the slave of God, Osama bin Laden, to the peoples of the countries allied with the tyrannical US government... The road to safety begins by ending the aggression. Reciprocal treatment is part of justice..." 11.14.02 Read | Discuss
Al-Jazeera and Bin Laden
Kathryn Westcott @ BBC
"The broadcast of a message purporting to be from Osama Bin Laden has once again thrust the Arabic language satellite television station that aired it into the spotlight. Eighteen months ago, al-Jazeera, which is based..." 11.14.02 Read | Discuss
Hoarse and Feeble, the Voice of Bin Laden Creates New Fear in the West
Julian Borger and Rory McCarthy @ BBC
"The hoarse, breathless voice of Osama bin Laden knocked the White House back on the defensive yesterday at a time when it is trying to focus national attention on a looming confrontation with Iraq..." 11.14.02 Read | Discuss
Bin Laden is Alive
Robert Fisk of The Independent @ ZNet
"It is him. The man on the tape is Bin Laden. He is alive. It took only a brief flurry of phone calls to the Middle East and south-west Asia for the most impeccable sources to confirm that Osama bin Laden is alive..." 11.14.02 Read | Discuss
Bush Warns of Al-Qaeda Threat
News Report @ BBC
"US President George W Bush says an audio tape allegedly featuring the voice of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has put the 'world on notice'. 'Whoever put this tape out has put the world on notice yet again that we're at war and that we..." 11.13.02 Read | Discuss
Analysis: New Fears Over Bin Laden Tape
Linden Kemkaran @ BBC
"Is he alive or is he dead? The White House seem to think it is the former, with a military official saying on Wednesday that they view the latest taped message from Osama Bin Laden as the first independent proof in..." 11.13.02 Read | Discuss
Extracts from "Bin Laden" Tape
News Report @ The Guardian
"The following text formed part of a purported audio tape by the al-Qaida leader aired by al-Jazeera TV yesterday. Reuters translation..." 11.13.02 Read | Discuss
Bin Laden Tape Praises Bali Attack
David Teather and Julian Borger @ The Guardian
"The Arabic television station al-Jazeera last night broadcast an audio tape purporting to be by Osama bin Laden, in which he praised the bombings in Bali. If genuine, it would be the most compelling proof yet that the al-Qaida leader is alive..." 11.13.02 Read | Discuss
US Officials Say Voice on Tape Praising Bali Bombings "Sounds Like Bin Laden"
Andrew Buncombe @ The Independent
"Intelligence analysts were examining a taped message last night said to have been made by Osama bin Laden in which he praises a recent spate of terrorist attacks and warns of more attacks if the West attacks Iraq..." 11.13.02 Read | Discuss
Tape Adds to Body of Evidence Suggesting That Bin Laden Is Diminished - But Alive
Andrew Buncombe and Andrew Gumbel @ The Independent
"The purported Osama bin Laden tape broadcast by the al-Jazeera satellite network last night is the latest indication in a mounting body of evidence that the al-Qa'ida leader survived the war in Afghanistan and is still a potent threat to Western interests..." 11.13.02 Read | Discuss
It's Him: Bin Laden Tapes "Authentic"
News Report @
"American officials believe the voice of Osama bin Laden is on a tape that threatens Australia and hails the Bali bombings. US officials say a preliminary analysis of the tape, which was broadcast by Al-Jazeera TV, had found it to be genuine..." 11.13.02 Read | Discuss
Bin Laden Resurfaces to Haunt US at Critical Time on Iraq
Agency France Presse @ Common Dreams
"Osama bin Laden has shown new signs of life, hailing the latest spate of terror attacks across the world at a dangerous time for the United States as it prepares for war against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein..." 11.13.02 Read | Discuss
Full Text: "Bin Laden's Message"
News Report @ BBC
"The Arabic television channel al-Jazeera has broadcast a message believed by experts to be from Osama Bin Laden. Here is the statement, as translated by BBC Monitoring: In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate, from the slave of God, Osama Bin..." 11.12.02 Read | Discuss
Al-Jazeera TV Airs "Bin Laden" Tape
Robert H. Reid @ Salon
"In an audiotaped message aired across the Arab world Tuesday, a voice purported to be that of Osama bin Laden praised terrorist strikes in Bali and Moscow and threatened Western nations over any attack on Iraq..." 11.12.02 Read | Discuss
Bin Laden is Alive - Interpol
News Report @ BBC
"Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is alive and planning further high-profile terrorist attacks around the world, the head of Interpol has said. Ronald Noble told the French newspaper Le Figaro: 'Osama Bin Laden is alive, and..." 11.8.02 Read | Discuss
"Bin Laden" Tape Threatens More Attacks
Simon Jeffery @ The Guardian
"An audiotape broadcast last night on the Arab news channel al-Jazeera claiming to be a recording of Osama bin Laden warned that the 'youths of God' are planning more attacks against the United States..." 10.7.02 Read | Discuss
A Message to the American People
Translation @ Jihad Unspun
"In a new audio tape, Osama bin Laden is threatening new attacks on economic targets in the US, if Washington doesn't stop its 'oppression against the Muslim people'. Here is the transcript in full, translated by Jihad Unspun translators..." 10.7.02 Read | Discuss