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One year on: how much has changed in Egypt?

One year on: how much has changed in Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The New York Times' Lede blog is commemorating the one year anniversary of the beginning of the Egyptian revolution through a post containing reflections by an Egyptian activist, interspersed with footage he took from the protests in Cairo on 25 January last year. The piece

The truth behind the "water libel"

The truth behind the "water libel" Categories: Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The claim of Israel maliciously depriving Palestinians of water, in order to steal more for its own citizens, has been often repeated amongst Israel's critics. To Jerusalem Post blogger Petra Marquardt-Bigman, the accusation is reminiscent of Medieval accusations of Jews poisoning water su

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Israel's Chinese Puzzle

Israel's Chinese Puzzle Categories: China, Iran, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Over the past 10 to 15 years, China has become a rising power in the Middle East, rivalling the United States and Russia for strategic influence. Its presence in the region rests squarely on a strategic relationship with Iran, and friendly, interlocking relations with Arab oil states to ensure a co

A little girl, a major storm

A little girl, a major storm Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

While the rest of the world was following American military retreats, European economic meltdowns, and Middle Eastern bloodbaths, Israel was agog over one eight-year-old girl's five-minute walk to school every morning. Frail, bespectacled, and shy, Naama Margolese appeared on TV and said she refuse

The Muslim Brotherhood's Radical Plan for Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood's Radical Plan for Egypt Categories: Egypt     Author: Eric Trager

When the third and final round of Egypt's parliamentary elections concluded on January 11, the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) cemented its dominance of the next legislature. Although the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces still holds executive power, the FJP's political victor

Back to the table?

Back to the table? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Quartet     Author: BICOM

Lead Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molcho met with his Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erekat in Amman on January 9 for the second time in as many weeks, with the aim of restarting direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. These were the first direct contacts between the parties since

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Qatar, al-Jazeera and the Arab Spring

Qatar, al-Jazeera and the Arab Spring Categories: Gulf states, Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi

How could Qatar's foreign policy best be defined during the Arab Spring? In the midst of the conflict between Gaddafi's forces and the rebels in the Libyan civil war, Qatar was hailed by US President Barack Obama in April for building a broad coalition of international support for the NATO campaign

Europa Europa: Eyes Wide Shut Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Douglas Davis

When Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swung through Europe in January he was feted by European leaders for pursuing the two-state formula, while obloquy was, as usual, heaped on Israel - if not for settlements then for roadblocks or water or the wall or the tunnel or the occupation or,

Deconstruction Zone: The sky is not falling in Israel

Deconstruction Zone: The sky is not falling in Israel Categories: Israel     Author: Gerald Steinberg

Judging from media reports, Israel might appear to be in the midst of a radical and violent political and religious polarisation. "Hilltop youth" from the settlements are seen allegedly burning mosques, as well as attacking "peace activists" and even Israel Defence Force officers. Haredi (ultra-Orth

Editorial: The Asian Connection Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As Netanyahu attempted to point out, the assumption that Israel is becoming more isolated in recent years makes sense only if one's focus is mainly on a segment of opinion in Western Europe - ignoring the US, Eastern Europe and Israel's renewal of old ties in Sub-Saharan African. But a most importan

Tough targeted sanctions needed against Iran

Tough targeted sanctions needed against Iran Categories: Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report released in November 2011 provides the strongest evidence to date that Iran has undertaken research and experiments geared towards developing nuclear weapons. And just last week, the IAEA confirmed that Iran was enriching uranium up to 20 percent,

Iran "not developing a bomb" clarification

Iran "not developing a bomb" clarification Categories: Iran, Israel, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Earlier in the week, Overland editor Jeff Sparrow interpreted remarks from US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that Iran is not trying to develop a "nuclear weapon", but a "nuclear capability" to mean that Iran's nuclear program is entirely legal. While Sparrow was using this quote to help suppor

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