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Essay: Springing Forward or Falling Back?

Essay: Springing Forward or Falling Back? Categories: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Historically, following many of the revolutions in the Arab and Muslim world, previous traditions hindering women's rights and limiting their role in politics and society have been reinstated. The deterioration in women's rights after the revolution in Algeria ended in 1962, and the Iranian Islamic

Gaddafi's Australian Groupies

Gaddafi's Australian Groupies Categories: Australasia, Libya     Author: Allon Lee

For those of a certain a generation, they are names from the past that cause equal measure of dread and derision. They are the Australian cheer squad that relentlessly extolled Colonel Gaddafi's virtues in full view of his tyrannical excesses. Australians from both the extreme left and far right we

Disastrous Elections vs. Bloody Civil War in Egypt

Disastrous Elections vs. Bloody Civil War in Egypt Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism     Author: Barry Rubin

Only days before parliamentary elections, Egypt was in a huge crisis whose outcome will determine the future of almost 80 million people and perhaps the Arabic-speaking world's fate for decades to come. Will the army go ahead with elections that will be won by the Muslim Brotherhood and other radic

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Arab Spring or Islamist Surge?

Arab Spring or Islamist Surge? Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Tunisia     Author: Benny Morris

Rioting in Tunisia and Egypt in early 2011 unleashed a tidal wave of unrest across the Arab world that was soon designated the "Arab Spring." Enthusiasts in the West hailed a new birth of freedom for a giant slice of humanity that has been living in despotic darkness for centuries. But historians in

Israel's Nuclear Nightmares

Israel's Nuclear Nightmares Categories: Iran, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

"Something like this might really happen," warned the narrator of the 1959 comedy "The Mouse that Roared" while a nuclear explosion was displayed in the background. And then, before proceeding to the story about a remote duchy that saves itself from bankruptcy by stealing a doomsday bomb, the narrat

Warning Bell

Warning Bell Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Ephraim Asculai

The long awaited and much overdue Annex of the November 2011 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report was presented to the IAEA Board of Governors and the UN Security Council on November 8, 2011. Although the Annex contains much interesting and fresh information, its basic message that Iran

Europa Europa: The Party is Over Categories: Europe, Israel, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Douglas Davis

Europe is peering into the abyss. And the crisis is far from over. Indeed, it is likely to intensify in 2012 as financial contagion spreads from Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy to France, which holds large quantities of Italian debt, and then to Britain, which is exposed to substantial F

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Deconstruction Zone: NGO No-Go Areas? Categories: Israel, NGOs     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Watching the debate, both in Israel and elsewhere, surrounding the proposed new NGO (Non-Government Organisation) laws in the Knesset, it is hard not to be struck by the hyperbole being employed. Some Israelis, primarily from the political left, are railing about "threats to the very foundation of I

Editorial: What Needs to be Done Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Speaking to CNN recently, Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak posed a terrifying scenario: "Who would have come to rescue Kuwait when it was taken by Saddam Hussein 20 years ago, if Saddam could have said credibly enough that he has three or four crude nuclear devices?" The answer of course,

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon should broaden its focus

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon should broaden its focus Categories: International Security, Iran, Lebanon, Middle East, Syria, Terrorism, United Nations, Updates     Author: Michael Immerman

In the latest development from the ongoing saga surrounding the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, the UN will be holding off on the prosecution of the suspected assassins for the time being. As reported, legal proceedings against Mustafa Badreddine, Salam Ayyash, Hussein

 Gaddafi - the "Jewish" tyrant

Gaddafi - the "Jewish" tyrant Categories: Antisemitism, Libya, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In Libya people have long speculated about Gaddafi's ancestry. While Gaddafi claimed to have been born in a tent in Sirte to the son of a poor Bedouin sheepherder and his wife, this story has been in doubt. Now that Gaddafi has fallen, many feel that they are finally able to talk freely about Gadda

"Pinkwashing" pejorative wiping tolerance away

"Pinkwashing" pejorative wiping tolerance away Categories: Anti-Zionism, Gulf states, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Multimedia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Fast becoming a viral sensation, a new YouTube video (below) shows two Spanish men "photobombing" an al-Jazeera broadcast by engaging in a long, passionate kiss in frame as the reporter is talking.  The irony of the video is that while the two were supposedly making a point about marriage equa

Iran fighting to control the message

Iran fighting to control the message Categories: Iran, Syria, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

New York Times journalist Rick Gladstone has reported on a rare act of defiance from Iran's internal media, stemming from an all-too-familiar crackdown on the messages that media officials disseminate. Iran's main government-run newspaper was published Tuesday without a front-page headlin

Worsening Middle East instability

Worsening Middle East instability Categories: Egypt, Jordan, Middle East, Syria, Updates    

This Update provides analysis of the increasingly "Arab Spring" instability which seems to be developing across the Middle East - in Egypt, Syria and Jordan. First up are Washington Institute experts David Schenker and Eric Trager on the background and implications to the re-ignition of

Palestinians at a strategic crossroads

Palestinians at a strategic crossroads Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

The Palestinians appear to have failed in their bid to even force the US to veto a UN Security Council decision to recognise them as a UN member state, and seem a bit confused about their next step. PA President Mahmoud Abbas seems to be now pushing for a unity government with Hama

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Freedom to print falsehoods

Freedom to print falsehoods Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

A media stunt by a group of Palestinians trying to falsely tar Israel as an apartheid state not only caused some in the fourth estate to fall hook, line and sinker but to abrogate basic journalistic standards. Six Palestinians called The West Bank Freedom Riders cynically tried to lay claim to the

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