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List of alleged conspiracy theories

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This is a list of alleged conspiracy theories. For a discussion of conspiracy theories in general, see conspiracy theory.

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Global conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories peculiar to the United States of America

Conspiracy theories peculiar to Canada

Conspiracy theories peculiar to Germany

Conspiracy theories peculiar to Israel

Conspiracy theories peculiar to the Arab and Muslim worlds

Daniel Pipes has written a book (http://www.danielpipes.org/books/hidden.php) and many essays on the prevalence of conspiracy theories throughout the Arab and Muslim world. Conspiracy theories extend far beyond those concerning international events or those biased against Jews. They extend even to the results of sporting events.

  • For some time the Arab press reported that there was a plot by Jews to make Egyptian and Palestinian schoolgirls sexually promiscuous by selling them bubble-gum laced with aphrodisiacs. This story closely resembles the tale of LSD-laced papers or candies which continues to periodically surface in the US. In this case the story is considered to be an urban legend as opposed to a conspiracy theory, because no group is blamed for the "attacks". Like the Palestinian case, there is no evidence that anything like this has ever happened. An example of this conspiracy theory is that written by Mohammad Dalbah:
Palestinian authorities uncovered Israeli efforts to spread a special kind of gum that contains sexual hormone between Palestinians. The authorities requested laboratory tests on the gum which were conducted in Cairo. Those tests showed that the gum contains progesterone which is responsible for sexual arousal and also prevents pregnancies. Palestinian authorities confiscated 200 tonnes of gum in the city of al-Khalil alone. The Washington Post claimed in report that it asked a chemistry professor in the hebrew university to examine the gum. His tests were negative, however the paper also reported that the majority of Palestinians believe the conspiracy. It quoted one Palestinian saying that it was possible to send a space ship to Mars then it is possible to manufacture a 'sexual gum' it is after all a war.
  • On several occasions, Palestinians have claimed that the Israeli government has used nerve gas against them, and then suppressed the evidence of such. No independent investigation has ever substantiated such claims.
  • Some Arabs, mostly Egyptians, believe that Israelis engineered the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 in 1999, despite strong evidence that the pilot committed suicide. [1] (http://www-tech.mit.edu/V119/N60/egyptair_60.60w.html) Others insist that the US is covering up for Boeing, the airplane's manufacturer. [2] (http://www.wsws.org/articles/1999/nov1999/air-n24.shtml)
  • Many in the Arab world believe that Jewish doctors deliberately give Palestinians AIDS.
  • Conspiracy theory that the Madrid railway bombings were not perpetrated by Muslims since they took place in the Hijri month of Muharram, one of the four sacred months during which attacks on "infidels" are forbidden by the Qu'ran--a rule which Islamic fundamentalists have never broken previously.
  • A rumor has recently been spread in Nigeria that the US or other western countries have added either the AIDS virus or a sterilizing agent to polio vaccines being distributed by the World Health Organization. The rumor has caused a marked increase in the number of polio cases in the country, due to Muslim clerics urging parents not to have their children vaccinated. It has also caused the Nigerian strain of polio to travel to other nations.

Other conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories pertaining to the 9/11 attacks

Conspiracies pertaining to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales

Polls continue to suggest that around a quarter of the UK public, and a majority of people in some Arab countries, believe that there was a plot to murder Diana, Princess of Wales. Motivations which have been advanced for such a conspiracy include suggestions that Diana intended to divorce The Prince of Wales, that she intended to convert to Islam, and that she was pregnant. Organizations which conspiracy theorists suggest are responsible for her death have included French Intelligence, the British Royal Family, the British Intelligence services MI5 or MI6, the CIA, Mossad, the Freemasons, or the IRA. Alternatively, Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed are believed to be alive and living incognito.

See also

External links

Articles pertaining to conspiracy theories involving Jews

Articles pertaining to Arab and Muslim conspiracy theories

Articles pertaining to the Princess Diana conspiracy theories

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