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Israel and its Arab allies

Israel and its Arab allies Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

As the Middle East erupts in sectarian conflict between Sunni and Shia powers and terrorist groups threaten state borders and security, increasingly Israel's Arab neighbours - and especially the younger generation - appear to be realising that Israel is not the biggest threat in the region and that

Battle Lines

Battle Lines Categories: Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Jonathan Spyer

In the last decade, the Middle East has been living through a political convulsion of historic proportions. Regimes that once appeared immovable have been destroyed or have receded. New forces have risen up and are making war over the ruins.  

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Europa Europa: Wallström in Wonderland

Europa Europa: Wallström in Wonderland Categories: Europe, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Douglas Davis

Why do bad things happen to good people? It is a question that confounds philosophers and theologians. Now politicians are being confronted with it, too. First among them is Sweden's Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström. Her good intentions have cost Sweden the good will of a large chunk of the

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Colonel Kemp's views on Israel and Gaza echoed other senior military officers

Colonel Kemp's views on Israel and Gaza echoed other senior military officers Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, NGOs, Palestinians, Terrorism, United Nations     Author: Allon Lee

The recent visit to Australia by retired British Colonel Richard Kemp, who was commander of British forces in Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland and Iraq, generated national headlines when demonstrators tried to stop him from speaking, claiming he "supports genocide" for his assessment of las

Bailed Al Jazeera journalist reveals the truth about the network's agenda and role in his fate

Bailed Al Jazeera journalist reveals the truth about the network's agenda and role in his fate Categories: Anti-Zionism, Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Allon Lee

Mohammed Fahmy is an Al Jazeera journalist currently on bail awaiting retrial in Cairo on ludicrous terrorism related charges, and a close colleague of Australian Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste, who was released after imprisonment on the same trumped-up charges in late January. Fahmy, an Egyptia

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

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.

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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

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