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The injustice of the Greste case should not detract from some hard truths about Al Jazeera

The injustice of the Greste case should not detract from some hard truths about Al Jazeera Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Allon Lee

The release from an Egyptian prison of Australian cameraman Peter Greste, who served 400 days in jail and was facing a long sentence for what were clearly preposterous allegations, was of course extremely welcome and long overdue. Yet just because the actions of the Egyptian government and judicial

An Emerging Iran deal?

An Emerging Iran deal? Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates    

US President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are both saying Iran now has to decide to accept or reject their proposals for a final nuclear deal and they do not plan to further extend the interim nuclear deal signed in 2013 - also extended twice. The outlines of what

Media Week - Mind your language; Long bow, low blow; Security Council sense

Media Week - Mind your language; Long bow, low blow; Security Council sense Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

On Jan. 15, ABC Radio "PM's" Michael Edwards reported on the "different jihadi groups... now staking their claims for responsibility for the Paris attacks", including "Amedy Coulibaly, who held up the Jewish deli, claimed to be acting on behalf of Islamic State." This sloppy language minimised the

Developments in Palestinian politics and society

Developments in Palestinian politics and society Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features three pieces discussing recent developments in Palestinian politics and society. First up is the always insightful Palestinian affairs journalist Khaled Abu Toameh discussing the increasing power struggle going on between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abba

Essay: Mendacious Maps

Essay: Mendacious Maps Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Shany Mor

You can't walk very far on an American or European university campus these days without encountering some version of the "Palestinian Land Loss" maps. This series of four - occasionally five - maps purports to show how rapacious Zionists have steadily encroached upon Palestinian land. It has feature

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From Sudan's Mahdi to IS' Caliph

From Sudan's Mahdi to IS' Caliph Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Sudan     Author: Giora Eliraz

The idea of the Mahdi in Islam is strongly linked to Muslim messianic, apocalyptic traditions. According to these, the Mahdi (lit. "the guided one"), is said to appear shortly before the Day of Judgment in order to restore Islam to its former glory by removing evil and re-establishing righteousness.

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