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Asia Watch: Breaking Point Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

Since the 2013 election, UMNO and particularly Prime Minister Najib Razak has courted PAS by murmuring tacit acquiescence for its plans to institute hudud (Islamic law backed by harsh medieval punishments) in an effort to break up the opposition coalition. Now PAS appears set to align itself with UM

Asia Watch: Across the Spectrum Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Palestinians     Author: Michael Shannon

Support for the Palestinian cause and antipathy towards Israel is a rare point of agreement in the bare-knuckled Malaysian political debate. But there are outliers, like the hardline Muslim NGO Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Malaysian Muslim Solidarity) - known as ISMA. The move by the Vatican to recogn

Israel in the frontline in Nepal

Israel in the frontline in Nepal Categories: Asia, Israel, Updates     Author: Anthony Orkin

In times of humanitarian crises anywhere in the world, Israel has developed a reputation of having unique expertise in offering much-needed assistance - particularly in terms of search and rescue and emergency medicine - more quickly than anyone else. This was exemplified by the fact that, as of Mon

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Iran and the North Korea Precedent

Iran and the North Korea Precedent Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran     Author: Dan Blumenthal and Edward Linczer

In his March 3 address to the US Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rightly compared the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran to Washington's past experience with North Korea. But the Obama Administration appears to be willfully ignoring the record with North Korea. It also seems

The Last Word: In the Spirit of Gus Dur

The Last Word: In the Spirit of Gus Dur Categories: Asia, Interfaith Dialogue, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

On a sunny mid-winter's afternoon in Jerusalem, a group of travellers stopped a passerby and asked for the direction of Mecca. After a brief, friendly exchange, the men and women began afternoon prayers - in Yad Vashem, Israel's Museum and Monument to the victims of the Nazis' genocide. Later, those

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The Last Word: Religion and Conflict

The Last Word: Religion and Conflict Categories: Asia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

The words were delivered in a matter of fact manner. The speakers were calm, rational, authentic and authoritative.The information the two men shared was spine-chilling. Both were from the Central African Republic. One Christian, one Muslim, each committed to their faith and to the well-being of the

Abu Sayyaf - Jihadists or ordinary thugs?

Abu Sayyaf - Jihadists or ordinary thugs? Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Zachary Abuza

The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has returned to the international spotlight following its July pledge of allegiance to ISIS and its 24 September threat to behead a 71-year-old German hostage unless a US$5.6 million ransom was paid and Germany pledged to quit the coalition attacking the Islamic State. Bot

The significance of the Netanyahu-Modi meeting in New York

The significance of the Netanyahu-Modi meeting in New York Categories: Asia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel and India have been gradually developing closer ties since India's formal diplomatic recognition of Israel in 1992. Today Israel is one of the largest military suppliers to India, and Israeli agricultural technologies including drip irrigation are helping feed India's huge population. While t

Israel and Japan sign historic R&D agreement

Israel and Japan sign historic R&D agreement Categories: Asia, India, Israel, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

Japan's Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Toshimitsu Motegi, touched down in Israel on Sunday for an official visit, heading a delegation of senior members of his ministry as well as leading Japanese business people. The trip, which came about through an invitation from Prime Minister Netany

Asia Watch: Volunteers Abroad Categories: Antisemitism, Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

Indonesian jihadists periodically swarm the streets to noisily proclaim their intention to fight alongside their Muslim brethren in various Middle East hotspots, but these displays seldom result in verifiable action abroad. Now, there is no doubt that Indonesians are joining the procession of jihad

Indonesian Democracy comes to Tunisia

Indonesian Democracy comes to Tunisia Categories: Asia, Tunisia     Author: Dr. Giora Eliraz

Since 2011, Indonesia - home to the largest Muslim community in the world - has been conducting a dialogue on democracy with Egypt and Tunisia. This has largely been triggered by Indonesia's ambition to advance democracy in the Muslim, and especially Arab, states and to prove in the international ar

Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia

Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia Categories: Asia, Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Go East. That's the catchphrase Naftali Bennett, Israel's Economics and Commerce Minister has chosen for his new initiative to shift Israel's strategic and trade focus away from its traditional Western European orientation and towards Asia, the Indian subcontinent and Oceania.

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