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The campaign tactics of Mohammed Morsi

The campaign tactics of Mohammed Morsi Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Equality for women in work and education; an assurance that Islamic dress will not be imposed; Christian senior political advisors and possibly even a Christian Vice-President; freedom of protest and expression - the list of pre-election promises made since last Tuesday by Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim

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Egypt's First Round Election Results

Egypt's First Round Election Results Categories: Egypt, Updates    

This Update focuses on analysis of the outcome of the Egyptian Presidential elections last week, where contrary to most expectations, the candidates to make it into the second round were Muslim Brotherhood representative Mohamed Morsi and former air force head Ahmed Shafiq,

The myth of Israeli backing for Assad

The myth of Israeli backing for Assad Categories: Israel, Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A myth seems to have developed in some circles that Israel is either backing the Assad regime in Syria, or at the least, is somehow impeding international action against it, supposedly out of fear of what may follow.

Media Week - BDS is anti-peace; Worrying findings; Sandstorm on the horizon?

Media Week - BDS is anti-peace; Worrying findings; Sandstorm on the horizon? Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Egypt, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

In the Australian (25/5) academic Philip Mendes analysed the conceptual and practical flaws underpinning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement noting that it "is a by-product of the second Palestinian intifada and the collapse of the Oslo peace process.... It is essentially war by other mea

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Australia and the Massacre in Syria

Australia and the Massacre in Syria Categories: Australasia, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following the shocking reports and images of the massacre that occurred in the Syrian village of Haoula on May 25, there has been a chorus of international outrage. The UN reported that 108 people were killed among them 49 children and 34 women, by the Assad regime and pro-Assad militia ‘Shabi

Iran negotiates, but accelerates illegal Nuclear efforts

Iran negotiates, but accelerates illegal Nuclear efforts Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Despite an optimistic spin to last week's negotiations in Baghdad between P5+1 negotiators and Iran over the latter's nuclear program, as more details of those negotiations emerge, it is becoming more clear that Iran continues to flout both UN Security Council resolutions and Western demands. As neg

Media Microscope: Starved of information

Media Microscope: Starved of information Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The humanity of Israel's system of administrative detention of Palestinian prisoners was the main interest when Israeli-Palestinian issues were covered in the first two weeks of May. On May 7, Ruth Pollard wrote in the Age/Sydney Morning Herald that "the number of Palestinian prisoners on hunger st

The Syrian Civil War comes to Lebanon

The Syrian Civil War comes to Lebanon Categories: Lebanon, Syria     Author: Benedetta Berti

Recent weeks have seen violent clashes around Tripoli, Lebanon's second largest city located in the north of the country, between Alawite supporters of the Syrian regime and Sunni backers of the anti-Assad opposition forces. To many observers, this violent escalation came as a surprise, in light of

The rift behind Hamas' secret elections

The rift behind Hamas' secret elections Categories: Palestinians     Author: Ehud Yaari

Secretive elections for new Hamas leadership bodies unofficially continued until the end of May, but even before then, it was already safe to point out some emerging trends as the movement struggles to cope with fierce debate over its future course. Top leader Khaled Meshaal has been considerably we

Iran negotiations that matter

Iran negotiations that matter Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Reuel Marc Gerecht

Since we don't know what Saeed Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, said at the recent late April confab in Istanbul, we can't be sure that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was right to dismiss that pow-wow as a "freebie" for Teheran. Also, the Islamic Republic is a theocracy: The most

Big Government, Israeli-style

Big Government, Israeli-style Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In one of the strangest about-faces ever seen in its politics, the Jewish State woke up Tuesday, May 8 with the main Opposition party, Kadima, joining the Government, after the country had gone to bed the previous night with an early-election bill already in the process of being legislated. The new

Tahrir where?

Tahrir where? Categories: Egypt     Author: Mahmoud Salem

Fifteen months after the Egyptian revolution, the largely secular youth movement on the streets of Egypt has lost much of its enthusiasm. As the deadline for the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to transfer power looms ever closer, the most pressing issue for Egypt's revolutionaries

Europa Europa: Catherine the Not-so-Great

Europa Europa: Catherine the Not-so-Great Categories: Europe, International Security, Iran     Author: Douglas Davis

When Catherine Ashton arrived in Israel last month she was carrying an outsized bundle of political baggage. The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, who is leading the international talks with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, had ostensibly made the journey to assu

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Scribblings: Hamas "Hudna" offer revealed Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

A lot of international commentators have been taken in by Hamas claims to be ready to accept a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 borders as part of a deal with Israel (though most commentators gloss over the fact that Hamas always also demands a Palestinian "right of return" - which would lead to Is

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