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Editorial: Once in a Generation Categories: Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

In all the countries affected by the unrest, Islamist forces will be determined to bring about radical theocracy in the short or, more likely, long term. Thanks to the repression of all liberal forces by autocrats, Islamist groups remain generally the only opposition force left

Libya unrest continues Categories: Libya, Updates    

The unrest and violence in Libya continue, with allegations of thousands killed, terrible stories coming from refugees, and dictator Muammar Gaddafi apparently consolidating his hold over the capital Tripoli even as rebels gain control of more and more other towns. This Update is devoted to provide

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Twitter no more than a tool for taking on tyrants Categories: Egypt, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

WITH the fall of Hosni Mubarak and Egypt's supposed transition to democracy, the buzz on everyone's lips has been the role of new media in the mass protests. Commentators around Australia and the globe have been heralding the arrival of technology as a cure for any political ailment.

The Path to Egyptian Democracy Categories: Egypt, Updates    

With the military now in charge in Egypt and promising to submit a revised constitution to a referendum in two months, and then proceed to a general election, the obvious question is; will this lead to something resembling genuine democracy in Egypt?

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Some Significant Perspectives on Egypt Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

With the Egyptian situation still both volatile and apparently stale-mated - after a decline in protest numbers, they now appear to be back up again - much continues to be written about what could happen, Western policy and the roots of the current situation.

Egypt and the Islamists Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

With the crisis in Egypt apparently getting more violent and chaotic, this Update contains a number of pieces dealing with what most observers agree is the most worrying possible outcome of the Egyptian crisis, the possible takeover of Egypt by Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt boils over Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Egypt has long been the centre of the Arab world. The unrest there could re-draw the map and place all Arab despots at risk. What would replace them is impossible to know. However, at the very least, their fall would grant an immense short-term boost to the forces of Middle East Islamist extremism a

Whither Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Middle East, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

With the extensive coverage of the mass unrest in Egypt, and President Mubarak having announced (with a bit of a nudge from Washington) that he will neither be contesting the election in September nor leaving the country, this Update will focus on informed speculation about what might happen next in

Egypt in Turmoil/ Hezbollah gets its way Categories: Egypt, Lebanon, Middle East, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update deals with the fallout from the extraordinary three days of protest in Egypt, following the example of Tunisia. It also has some analysis of Hezbollah's apparent success in getting its preferred candidate, businessman Najib Mikati, in position to become Lebanon's next PM.

The Last Word: Sea of Blood Libels Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Middle East     Author: Jeremy Jones

On a balmy summer's day in Sydney recently, a friend who is a respected intellectual figure and religious personality in a significant Muslim-majority country told me some of the contemporary claims about Jews and Israel which he encounters, from leading public figures, on a daily basis.

Essay: The Case for Pessimism Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Benny Morris

Palestinian political elites, of both the so-called "secular" and Islamist varieties, are dead set against partitioning the Land of Israel/Palestine with the Jews. They regard all of Palestine as their patrimony and believe that it will eventually be theirs.

The Prison of Hate Categories: Antisemitism, Middle East     Author: Bret Stephens

But the ultimate source of Arab backwardness, unmentioned by most of these studies, lies in the debasement of the Arab mind. When the only diagnosis Egyptians can offer for their various predicaments - ranging from sectarian terrorism to a recent spate of freak shark attacks at a Sinai beach resort

Iran and "Covert Action" Categories: Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Max Boot

We're in an era of "covert action." In the US, that phrase went into disrepute in the 1970s, when Congress' Church Committee exposed hare-brained CIA plots to eliminate foreign leaders, such as assassinating Fidel Castro with exploding cigars. President Ford banned assassinations, a chastened CIA ca

Barak's Bolt from the Blue Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

With his 15-year-old political stocks in the doldrums and his stint as prime minister from 1999 to early 2001 a distant memory, Defence Minister Ehud Barak was already being politically eulogised. However, the retired general showed that even at 69 he could still manage the sort of state-of-the-art

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The Israeli Way of War Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians     Author: Michael Totten

The dry forest on the Israeli-Lebanese border provided shade but little relief. Rain had not fallen for months, and the blistering season-long heat wave that would later set parts of northern Israel on fire was currently burning down forests in Russia.

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