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Libya: The Rebels and their Prospects

Libya: The Rebels and their Prospects Categories: Libya, Updates    

This Update deals further with aftermath of the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, and particularly the prospects for the rebel "Transitional National Council" (TNC) to effectively rule the country and establish the "pluralist democracy" they claim is their aim.  First u

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Temple Denial

Temple Denial Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The phenomenon of ‘Temple Denial' is a campaign led by Palestinian political leaders, religious figures, academics and journalists to delegitimise the Jewish historical connection with the area of Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem - which according to Jewish tradition is Judaism's mos

Is Iran abandoning Assad?

Is Iran abandoning Assad? Categories: Iran, Syria, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Is Iran starting to pull back from Syria's Assad regime, its closest ally, as the unrest and bloodshed in Syria continues? Ostensibly, there are some signs that Teheran is, at least verbally, starting to create a bit of distance from Damascus. Firstly, Iran's Foreign Minister publicly suggested Sy

The blind spot empowering Palestinian rejectionism

The blind spot empowering Palestinian rejectionism Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

In a hard-hitting analysis that raises some important reasons why the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has not been resolved, columnist David Warren in the Ottawa Citizen notes: The Palestinians, so far as they are a people, have now a long history of being able to do things without consequences. He c

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 Fears for Libya and Syria’s WMDs

Fears for Libya and Syria’s WMDs Categories: Libya, Syria, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Both Libya and Syria have large arsenals of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and with the demise of Gaddaffi's regime and possibily the Assad regime, there are concerns that the WMDs could get into the wrong hands - with catastrophic results. According to Ynet, most of Libya's chemical weapons ar

The Last Word: Ten Years After

The Last Word: Ten Years After Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, NGOs, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

It was late evening in Sydney. Not many hours earlier, I had arrived home from South Africa, having participated in the World Conference Against Racism ("Durban I") and the NGO Forum which had preceded it. The Jewish community in Sydney had asked me to provide a first hand account of the events, g

The Biblio File: Suicide by Bomb

The Biblio File: Suicide by Bomb Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Max Boot

Ah, social science. All those numbers. All those technical terms. How comforting. How reassuring. How definitive. If only. Case in point: Robert A. Pape, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, who made a big splash with Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism (2005). H

Turkish Troubles

Turkish Troubles Categories: Israel, Turkey     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Cabinet divisions over a US-brokered reconciliation deal to resolve the Mavi Marmara crisis, and, it was hoped, allow Turkey and Israel to renew a normal strategic dialogue, have exposed a deep suspicion and distrust in Israeli political circles of Ankara's ruling Islamist government. Prospects for

Gaza, Hamas and the PRC

Gaza, Hamas and the PRC Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Jonathan D. Halevi

The terrorist attack in southern Israel on August 18 in which eight Israelis were killed - six civilians and two from the security forces - was initiated and executed by the Palestinian terrorist organisation known as the "Popular Resistance Committees", which operate as a terrorist arm of Hamas. Th

An In-Tents Time

An In-Tents Time Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

It seemed like a politician's nightmare: hundreds of thousands of people, often young and educated, swarming into the streets across the country, week after week, demanding a fundamental overhaul of domestic policies. When one August night the demonstrators totalled more than 300,000 people, it bec

Five Things to Do to Topple Assad

Five Things to Do to Topple Assad Categories: Middle East, Syria, United States     Author: David Schenker

On Aug. 18, US President Barack Obama issued a long overdue statement calling for regime change in Syria, declaring that the "time has come for President Bashar Assad to step aside." But will that call to action amount to anything in practice? The gestures that Obama has made, including ending the U

The Not-so-Great Expectations of the Libyan People

The Not-so-Great Expectations of the Libyan People Categories: Libya     Author: Barak Barfi

The Libyan people are right to celebrate as their country's benighted Muammar Gaddafi era comes to a definitive close, but the country's new leadership should also not forget that its work is just beginning. Building a new political order will be difficult, not least because Libyan political culture

Libya – A "Spendid Little War"?

Libya – A "Spendid Little War"? Categories: Libya, Middle East     Author: Josef Joffe

When the Spanish-American War of 1898 ended with a victory for the United States, John Hay, US ambassador in London, felt moved to celebrate. In a letter to Teddy Roosevelt, he described it as a war "begun with the highest motives, carried on with magnificent intelligence and spirit, favored by the

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AIR New Zealand: Suspicious minds Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

Question: Do the following characteristics/actions/behaviours seem suspicious? Having (and carrying) more than one passport while travelling. Wanting to contact your family and friends in any way possible after being caught up in a natural disaster. Leaving a country (to go home to your family) as

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