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Fisking Four Corners: getting the facts straight on Syria, Israel and Iran

Fisking Four Corners: getting the facts straight on Syria, Israel and Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Syria, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Last night, ABC's Four Corners program focussed on the uprising in Syria. The program mostly featured a British Channel Four documentary on the Assad regime's systematic torture of Syrian opposition-members, including children, which gave a shocking insight into the events besetting Syrian

India, the Delhi bombing and Iran sanctions

India, the Delhi bombing and Iran sanctions Categories: India, Iran, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat's car in New Delhi on February 13 by suspected Iranian operatives has opened a national debate among Indian commentators and lawmakers over the country's close trading ties to Iran. Unlike China, Iran's other major trading partner, India maintains a close rela

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Conspiracy Theories and the Arab Spring Categories: Egypt, Middle East, NGOs, Updates    

This Update focuses on the growing prevalence of conspiracy theories that seem to be coming out of countries affected by the Arab Spring, especially Egypt, and the possible consequences. First up is Washington Institute scholar David Schenker, who looks at the background to the Egyp

Sticks and stones

Sticks and stones Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The large crash sounded like something very big and heavy had fallen, hard - at least for those of us at the front of the bus. One friend at the back had grabbed his girlfriend and gone for cover, the loud bang and shattering glass made him think of a gunshot. Thankfully, we were not under fire. We

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A political storm over Israel in Malaysia

A political storm over Israel in Malaysia Categories: Asia, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Michael Shannon

A political storm in Malaysia over controversial remarks by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's on Israel has not yet come to a close. Back in January, a war of words erupted between Anwar and several top government officials, including his former mentor Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, regarding Malaysia's po

Bangkok terror attack - a pattern of failures?

Bangkok terror attack - a pattern of failures? Categories: Iran, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Yesterday there was another failed act of terrorism in Bangkok, likely to be linked to Iran and Hezbollah.  This latest failed terrorist attack follows attacks on Israeli embassy personnel in India and Georgia a day earlier (see previous blog post). It also follows a string of attempted terrori

Bahrain's unrest - One year on

Bahrain's unrest - One year on Categories: Gulf states, Middle East, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The first anniversary of the outbreak of demonstrations in Bahrain has moved the international spotlight back to the situation in the tiny Persian Gulf island-kingdom this week. The so-called February 14 Revolution claimed the lives of several dozen civilians over the past year as a result of a bru

Israeli Embassy attacks - What do they mean?

Israeli Embassy attacks - What do they mean? Categories: Iran, Israel, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

As was widely reported, Israeli embassy personnel were attacked in Georgia and India yesterday. In the first attack, Tal Yehoshua-Koren, the wife of an Israeli Defense Ministry official and an employee of the embassy in India was wounded when a bomb exploded in her car.  In the second attack,

Earth-shattering news from Gaza

Earth-shattering news from Gaza Categories: Iran, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Literally Earth-shattering, according to Iranian state media outlet Press TV: Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the powerful feelings of the regional nations towards Gaza have been instrumental in the eruption of the region's volcano. There is, of course, a chance

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