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Nine insights into the current Mideast turmoil

Nine insights into the current Mideast turmoil Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: Ehud Yaari

We are witnessing the struggle to define Islam in the modern age. This is the most crucial battle raging today in the world and the most important divide on the global landscape. It's a clash between a forward leaning tolerant enlightened reading of the holy texts, and the medieval fundamentalist an

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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

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.

Fraternal Rivals

Fraternal Rivals Categories: Iran, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan D. Halevi

The State of the Islamic Caliphate (known as the Islamic State, IS, ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh), which was declared by self-appointed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has fundamentally altered the reality of the Middle East and threatens to reshuffle the geopolitical cards, change the map of existing state bo

After Obama

After Obama Categories: America, Iran, Israel, Middle East     Author: Robert Satloff

Even God, it seems, is tired of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute - and the never-ending standoff between US President Barack Obama and Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu. When a third intifada threatened to erupt recently following Israel's temporary closure of Muslim prayer at the al-Aqsa Mosque in respo

Grounded in Iraq?

Grounded in Iraq? Categories: Iraq, Middle East, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

The United States and its allies have launched a military campaign whose stated goal is, in the words of US President Barack Obama, to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) established by Sunni jihadis in a contiguous land area stretching from western Ir

US$5.4 Billion Pledged for Gaza

US$5.4 Billion Pledged for Gaza Categories: Middle East, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with the international donors conference for Gaza that took place in Cairo on Sunday, and led to pledges of US$5.4 billion in money to be divided equally between Gaza reconstruction and the Palestinian Authority. We lead with a critique of the likely effects of th

The reality TV test

The reality TV test Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

Furore erupted throughout the Arab world last week when the Saudi owned MBC TV network referred to "Israel" on a world map it showed on its popular TV program, Arab Idol, rather than using the name "Palestine". MBC was forced to issue an apology after it identified Israel as the country of origin of

Terror apologist Yvonne Ridley given a free ride on the ABC

Terror apologist Yvonne Ridley given a free ride on the ABC Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski and Tzvi Fleischer

On September 26, controversial British Muslim convert and journalist, Yvonne Ridley, delivered an address at a radical Islamic conference in Melbourne. Promoting her ‘speaking tour' in Australia, the contentious Ridley, who converted to Islam in 2003 after she was kidnapped by the Taliban in A

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Back to Iraq

Back to Iraq Categories: America, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Syria     Author: Oded Eran

President Obama's Sept. 10 address to the American nation regarding the new US strategy against ISIS leaves many issues unclear, chief among them, what underlies the change in US policy regarding the extremist organisation. Both Obama's speech and public statements by senior American officials offer

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