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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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The Tragedy of Mahmoud Abbas

The Tragedy of Mahmoud Abbas Categories: Palestinians     Author: Grant Rumley

Picture a Palestinian leader in the twilight of his reign. Besieged on all sides and challenged by younger upstarts, he lashes out against Israel, his Arab brethren, and the United States. Other Palestinian officials jockey to replace him, convinced he's past his prime. This is how it ended for Yass

Editorial: Challenging the status quo

Editorial: Challenging the status quo Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The idea that the status quo in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is unsustainable has become something of a mantra, yet rarely with a focus on the policies of Palestinian leadership and key institutions that constitute major obstacles to peace. This is regrettable, because without considering these

Netanyahu in India

Netanyahu in India Categories: India, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a historic visit to India to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between the two nations.  During this visit, India and Israel have signed nine agreements including Memorandums of Understanding in the fields of

Biblio File: Days of Future Past

Biblio File: Days of Future Past Categories: Israel     Author: Liam Hoare

Of all the aspects and institutions of kibbutz life, the children's house is one that in particular continues to fascinate. The idea of collective child-rearing was to some extent born out of necessity. Not only did it conserve resources in an era of scarcity (both before and after Israel's founding

Iranian Protests

Iranian Protests Categories: Iran, Middle East, Updates    

This Update looks at the implications of current Iranian protests. We lead with Iranian-American Ray Takeyh's article "The Islamic Republic of Iran is doomed" in Politico Magazine.

Unlucky 7

Unlucky 7 Categories: Egypt, Europe, Libya, Middle East, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Seven years after it was ignited by an unassuming street vendor in Tunis, the consequent chain reaction of political downfalls, civil wars, and geopolitical tremors has yet to come to an end... the conflicts across the Arab world have become a major destabilising force across the international syste

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Iran Doubling Down on its Militia Model

Iran Doubling Down on its Militia Model Categories: Iran     Author: Farzin Nadimi

Fatehin is a little-known, semi-volunteer Basij special unit from the IRGC's Muhammad-Rasul-Allah Corps. Although it is closely associated with the Quds Force's advise-and-assist mission in Syria, it is mainly tasked with infantry fighting.

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