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Scribblings: Papal Bull Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East    

As many people, including moderate Muslims, have pointed out, the violent response by some Muslims to a quote used in remarks by Pope Benedict XVI, which was alleged to present Islam as violent and ?inhuman,? was more than a bit ironic. These responses were essentially variations on the theme, ?How

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Totalitarianism Rising Categories: Iran     Author: External author

As part of the current close consultation over how to respond to the Iranian nuclear challenge, a key consideration is, who are the key decision-makers in Iran? In particular, what are the relative roles of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

Penniless in Gaza Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: External author

In the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip there are still signs of the last Israel Defence Forces operation in the area. More "exposed" agricultural areas, the bombed bridge leading into the town and damaged homes. A visiting Israeli examined the bullet holes in the windows in astonishme

Editorial: A State of Flux Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The always volatile politics of Israel have, in that curiously Israeli way, returned to their normal state - that is, a state of flux. The conduct and consequences of the war against Hezbollah have seen accusations hurled back and forth between the various political parties, pundits, and serving and

The problem of squaring a circle Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Both Israel and Palestinian politics are currently in a state of flux. The conduct and consequences of the war against Hizbollah have seen a very intense debate in Israel. The future of the current ruling coalition, elected in May, is meanwhile very much up in the air. Meanwhile, Palestinian Authori

Hezbollah's new battle at home Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Op-eds, Syria     Author: Ted Lapkin

IF LOVE means never having to say you're sorry, that principle should apply with redoubled force when the emotion in question is hate. So when Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah publicly apologised for igniting the recent Lebanese conflict, his boasts of victory over Israel began to ring a tad

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