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Media Week - Antony blowin’ steam; Do the math; Don’t bank on Barclay

Media Week - Antony blowin’ steam; Do the math; Don’t bank on Barclay Categories: Anti-Zionism, Egypt, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Channel Seven's "Weekend Sunrise" (July 7) featured the authors of a new book debating religion called "For God's Sake" which includes a Christian, an atheist, a Muslim and a Jew. The Christian, Muslim and atheist were committed believers. The "Jew", however, was that well-known non-authority on Ju

Egypt –on the brink or a new beginning?

Egypt –on the brink or a new beginning? Categories: Egypt, Updates    

Today’s Update follows up on yesterday’'s by offering some of the most interesting analyses of the momentous changes in Egypt. First, Daniel Pipes worries that the Egyptian army was premature in removing President Mohammed Morsi from office. He argues “that the quick military removal of

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Revolution in Egypt, again

Revolution in Egypt, again Categories: Egypt, Updates    

Today’s update looks at the Egyptian army’s suspension of the constitution and removal of the country’s first democratically elected President, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi. The army moved after Morsi failed to meet its demand to de-escalate the wave

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Talking about peace talks

Talking about peace talks Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

With US Secretary of State John Kerry currently visiting Israel as part of an ongoing quest to restart substantive peace talks between Jerusalem and Ramallah that have been in mothballs since 2008, today’s Update looks at why the chances of talks resumin

Return to sender

Return to sender Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A kerfuffle raised by Australian Palestinian activists over Australia Post's recent joint issue stamp with Israel offers a teachable moment about the nature of Palestinian activism Down Under. The incident offers yet more evidence that there is nothing pro-peace about these activists, who often cla

Egypt on the Edge/Qatar's New Emir

Egypt on the Edge/Qatar's New Emir Categories: Egypt, Gulf states, Updates    

This Update features two pieces on the increasingly volatile situation in Muslim Brotherhood-ruled Egypt, with a breakdown of state authority, a worsening economic crisis, and a major uptick in mass opposition protests scheduled for June 30 - and perhaps the possibility of military i

The Last Word: Pitching Dialogue

The Last Word: Pitching Dialogue Categories: Interfaith Dialogue, International Jewry     Author: Jeremy Jones

Welcomed as special guests at the baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets was the "Delegation of Muslim & Jewish Leaders from the Southern Hemisphere." The announcement brought cheers and applause. As part of that delegation, I spent two intensive days in Washington

Essay: A Textbook Case

Essay: A Textbook Case Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Adi Schwartz

For years, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been accused of inciting violence by promoting the delegitimisation of Israel and its people and, in some cases, even outright antisemitism, in its education system. According to both Israeli and third-party observers, the PA was ingraining future genera

The Cine File: Meeting the Other

The Cine File: Meeting the Other Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The film is told in French, English, Hebrew and Arabic and is wonderfully brought to life by excellent actors. The cast and crew included Israelis and Palestinians who reportedly had an input into the screenplay to enhance its authenticity. The movie is also shot on location in Israel and the West B

The Beijing Express

The Beijing Express Categories: China, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Israel can be China's ‘junior partner,' Netanyahu proposed to his Chinese hosts. Israel's innovative technologies can be utilised in development regions of China, and Israel can utilise Chinese manufacturing capabilities and management skills in large scale development projects, he said. Both

Battle of the Islamists

Battle of the Islamists Categories: Middle East     Author: Barry Rubin

There is a passionate, but somewhat academic debate, over the following issue: Which is the greater threat, the Sunni Muslim Islamists (Egypt, Tunisia, Gaza Strip and perhaps soon to be Syria) or the Shi'ite Muslim Islamists (Iran, Lebanon, and at the moment still, Syria)?

A small "stinging blow" from Iran's electorate

A small "stinging blow" from Iran's electorate Categories: Iran     Author: Abbas Milani

Patient resilience has long been a characteristic of the Iranian people. In times of adversity - and the increasing authoritarianism of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his Revolutionary Guards allies, combined with the corrupt and inefficient populism of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his ban

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Teheran's New Face

Teheran's New Face Categories: Iran     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Iran has surprised the world again. Following the unpredicted elections of the outspoken Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2005 and the outgoing Mohammad Khatami in 1997, Iranian voters have now elected Hassan Rouhani, the less radical of six candidates, thus confounding diplomats, spies and statesmen. While

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