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Egyptian PM reportedly backs down on election postponement Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf is now reportedly denying media reports, noted previously on Fresh AIR, that he supports postponing parliamentary elections scheduled for September until after a new constitution is drawn up, a process only scheduled to commence in September. &nbsp

Election Delay in Egypt?

Election Delay in Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Tzvi Flesicher

The Egyptian Prime Minister, Essam Sharaf, reportedly hinted strongly yesterday that the parliamentary elections scheduled for September might be postponed until after a new constitution is drawn up, a process also supposed to begin in September. Such a postponement might well be t

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Syria's unrest, Egypt's political transition

Syria's unrest, Egypt's political transition Categories: Egypt, Syria, Updates    

This Update concentrates on both the increasingly widespread protests in Syria, and the state of the political transition in Egypt, looking especially at the role of the Muslim Brotherhood there. First up is a BICOM (British-Israel Communications and Research Centre) briefing on the state of the si

Age Against The Machine Categories: Egypt, Middle East     Author: Walter Laqueur

The old order has crumbled in the Middle East, and it will never be the same again. But what made it crumble? The experts who had been arguing that the youth in the region constituted a listless generation that did not care about freedom and democracy have been proved wrong.


Deconstruction Zone: Half the Arab World Categories: Egypt, Middle East     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Thousands of Egyptian women decided to again march to Tahrir Square and demand their rights. They sought not to make the regime crumble, but to mark the 100th International Women's Day on March 8. These protesters were met not by armed police, but by a larger group of men who proceeded to harass and

Watching, Worrying and Hoping Categories: Egypt, Israel, Libya, Middle East     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In the long run, the feeling in Jerusalem is that the mayhem across the Middle East will serve Israel's interests. The precedent whereby Arab citizenries demand their leaders deliver jobs, education and personal dignity is priceless.

From Dictatorship to Democracy? Categories: Egypt, Middle East     Author: Cameron Brown

So why is it some countries that ousted their dictators became full-fledged democracies, while others did not? In examining cases from around the world, three factors in particular seem to be decisive.

The Road to Tahrir Square Categories: Egypt     Author: Michael Rubin

The great surprise is not that millions took to the streets in Egypt, but rather that the United States had for so long predicated its regional security on Mubarak.

Twitter no more than a tool for taking on tyrants

Twitter no more than a tool for taking on tyrants Categories: Egypt, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

WITH the fall of Hosni Mubarak and Egypt's supposed transition to democracy, the buzz on everyone's lips has been the role of new media in the mass protests. Commentators around Australia and the globe have been heralding the arrival of technology as a cure for any political ailment.

The Path to Egyptian Democracy Categories: Egypt, Updates    

With the military now in charge in Egypt and promising to submit a revised constitution to a referendum in two months, and then proceed to a general election, the obvious question is; will this lead to something resembling genuine democracy in Egypt?

Some Significant Perspectives on Egypt Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

With the Egyptian situation still both volatile and apparently stale-mated - after a decline in protest numbers, they now appear to be back up again - much continues to be written about what could happen, Western policy and the roots of the current situation.

Egypt and the Islamists Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

With the crisis in Egypt apparently getting more violent and chaotic, this Update contains a number of pieces dealing with what most observers agree is the most worrying possible outcome of the Egyptian crisis, the possible takeover of Egypt by Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt boils over Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Egypt has long been the centre of the Arab world. The unrest there could re-draw the map and place all Arab despots at risk. What would replace them is impossible to know. However, at the very least, their fall would grant an immense short-term boost to the forces of Middle East Islamist extremism a

Whither Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Middle East, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

With the extensive coverage of the mass unrest in Egypt, and President Mubarak having announced (with a bit of a nudge from Washington) that he will neither be contesting the election in September nor leaving the country, this Update will focus on informed speculation about what might happen next in

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Egypt in Turmoil/ Hezbollah gets its way Categories: Egypt, Lebanon, Middle East, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update deals with the fallout from the extraordinary three days of protest in Egypt, following the example of Tunisia. It also has some analysis of Hezbollah's apparent success in getting its preferred candidate, businessman Najib Mikati, in position to become Lebanon's next PM.

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