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Iran: a better deal needed

Iran: a better deal needed Categories: America, International Security, Iran, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

At the heart of the international effort to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons has been the knowledge and understanding that Iran is a dangerous, expansionist rogue country and a leading state sponsor of terrorism that must be prevented from obtaining even the capability to produce the world'

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Essay: The Middle East Studies Mess

Essay: The Middle East Studies Mess Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Michael Rubin

Pundits and politicians whose introduction to the Middle East comes from Middle Eastern studies programs in Australian or United States universities might be surprised by the current shape of the region. After all, after preaching for decades that Israel and perhaps the United States were at the roo

Gaza casualties:  Israeli report refutes widely cited UN figures

Gaza casualties: Israeli report refutes widely cited UN figures Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, NGOs, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

A mainstay of many news stories mentioning last year's war between Israel and Hamas is the claim that the United Nations has found that 69 per cent of the 2,100 plus Palestinian fatalities were civilian. Now, a new report by the Israeli Government into last year's war, ably puts forward figures whi

Gen. Jim Molan’s findings of a just Gaza war by Israel represent a larger group of international military experts

Gen. Jim Molan’s findings of a just Gaza war by Israel represent a larger group of international military experts Categories: Israel, Middle East, United Nations, Updates     Author: Miriam Smallman

Readers may have seen retired Australian Major General Jim Molan's article in the Australian, in which he argued that Operation "Protective Edge" - Israel's conflict with Hamas in Gaza last year - was a just war: "Given our examination of the cause of Operation Protective Edge, it would be indefensi

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Israeli investigation explains the tragic incident which killed four children on a Gaza beach

Israeli investigation explains the tragic incident which killed four children on a Gaza beach Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Israel's military chief legal officer has closed an investigation into the IDF shelling of a Gaza beach on July 16, 2014 that tragically killed four Palestinian children, finding they were the victims of mistaken identity. This tragic incident, which was captured on video by journalists, became the

Essay: End Times?

Essay: End Times? Categories: Egypt, Iraq, Middle East, Syria     Author: Walter Russell Mead

The Christian communities of Syria and Iraq have survived 2,000 years of tumult and war. In some of them, prayers are still said in Aramaic, the language that Jesus used in daily life. These communities now tremble on the brink of destruction.

The Biblio File: Facebook Fail

The Biblio File: Facebook Fail Categories: Middle East     Author: Alexander H. Joffe

This new book by the ever-controversial Prof. Juan Cole of the University of Michigan is yet another example of his scholarship and prognostications about a Middle East that just will not stay pegged to standard leftist tropes. In this case, Cole attempts to capture the significance of the so-called

Riyadh's New Self-Reliance

Riyadh's New Self-Reliance Categories: Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Saudi Arabia's military intervention in March against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen - without prior American coordination - indicates a new self-reliant foreign policy by the younger generation of the country's ruling family. They appear determined to curb an Iranian push for Shi'ite hegemon

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.  

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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