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Lessons from the arrest of a Palestinian icon

Lessons from the arrest of a Palestinian icon Categories: Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

Al-Dayeh's fall from grace was rapid once his boss, Arafat, died in 2004. This is typical for dictatorial regimes that are run as a one-man show. Arafat managed the Palestinian Authority (and PLO) as if it were his private fiefdom. When the emperor falls, so do many of those around him, particularly

Asia Watch: A Leopard and his Spots

Asia Watch: A Leopard and his Spots Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

With Malaysia's next national election due to be held by August this year, voters will have their say on a government that over the past five years has been wracked with financial scandals, a crackdown on dissent, the jailing of the popular opposition leader, and religious bigotry fed by Islamic har

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India and Israel:  When interests align

India and Israel: When interests align Categories: India, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Today, as reflected by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's high-profile visit to India in January, and by PM Narendra Modi's visit to Israel last July, the Asian giant that once treated Israel as a diplomatic pariah has made a strategic U-turn.

UNESCO's Culture of Denial

UNESCO's Culture of Denial Categories: Israel, United Nations, United States     Author: Sean Durns

In October, the US State Department notified the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) that America would be withdrawing from the UN body. The US cited the need for fundamental reform, mounting arrears and "continuing anti-Israel bias" at t

The Last Word: Assessing the Assessment

The Last Word: Assessing the Assessment Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Anti-Jewish posters plastered across a popular tourist destination, cars parked near synagogues vandalised with swastikas, racist stereotypes alleging people who were untrustworthy or miserly are likely to be Jewish, not just spoken but published online. All of the above, and more, occurred in the

Protests reveal state of the Iranian "revolution"

Protests reveal state of the Iranian "revolution" Categories: Iran     Author: Jonathan Spyer

Teheran's costly policy of regional interference formed a focus for the protesters' rage. Slogans such as "Leave Syria, think about us!" and "Death to Hezbollah!" were heard. More general anti-regime slogans, including "We don't want an Islamic Republic" and "Death to the dictator" were also chanted

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