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Tahrir where?

Tahrir where? Categories: Egypt     Author: Mahmoud Salem

Fifteen months after the Egyptian revolution, the largely secular youth movement on the streets of Egypt has lost much of its enthusiasm. As the deadline for the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to transfer power looms ever closer, the most pressing issue for Egypt's revolutionaries

Editorial: End of the Camp David era? Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israel's new national unity government - one of the country's broadest coalitions on record - will have its work cut out in the months ahead. Domestically, in addition to the need to re-write the rules on military service for the ultra-Orthodox minority, and promised efforts to implement overdue pol

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Collision Course in Egypt

Collision Course in Egypt Categories: Egypt     Author: Jacques Neriah

Fourteen months after the popular uprising that brought down the Mubarak regime, Egypt is heading toward a head-on collision between the Islamic forces and the secular military apparatus that has ruled Egypt since 1952, when a group of young officers led by Gamal Abdel Nasser revolted against the mo

Muslim Brotherhood Play for Power in Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Updates    

This Update features two pieces looking at the increasing signs that the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is abandoning past promises of modesty and moderation and attempting to impose near-complete domination over Egyptian politics in the near future. First up is Eric Trager, the W

Hamas rant sheds light on Gaza fuel crisis

Hamas rant sheds light on Gaza fuel crisis Categories: Egypt, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A deal signed Tuesday between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas may or may not herald the end to the Gazan fuel shortage as discussed in my previous blog post on the subject, but a recent television interview with Hamas' Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad offers a

Essay: In Retrospect

Essay: In Retrospect Categories: Egypt, Middle East, Syria, Tunisia     Author: Amos Yadlin

Since the outbreak of the protests in Tahrir Square, which were led by liberal, secular youth and which led to the ouster of Egyptian President Husni Mubarak, a lot of water has flowed through the Nile. An ailing Mubarak is on trial, possibly for his life, and his declaration that only his regime co

Egypt to end Camp David?/ Syria Again

Egypt to end Camp David?/ Syria Again Categories: Egypt, Syria, Updates    

This Update deals with recent developments in Egypt, and especially the passage of a unanimous resolution by Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament demanding a severing of all ties with Israel on Monday. Israeli strategic analyst Jonathan D. Halevi looks at the implications o

 UN Commission on the Status of Women singles out Israel for condemnation

UN Commission on the Status of Women singles out Israel for condemnation Categories: Anti-Zionism, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has done it again - in its annual session it condemned only one country - Israel, while ignoring the human rights violations of women around the world, including especially the current crisis in Syria - where women are being raped and murde

Scribblings: From the Jews to the Copts in Egypt

Scribblings: From the Jews to the Copts in Egypt Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In December, I wrote on AIJAC's "Fresh AIR" blog (available on-line at about a 19th century book that had been rediscovered which shed a great deal of light on the situation of Jews in the Arab Middle East in the 1830s - before Z

Egypt and the NGOs

Egypt and the NGOs Categories: Egypt, NGOs, Updates    

This Update features two pieces on the crisis between Egypt and the US sparked by the Egyptian government's crackdown on pro-democracy NGOs in the country, and more importantly, what these events say about Egypt's potential for progress toward genuine liberal democracy. Stephen Mc

Conspiracy Theories and the Arab Spring Categories: Egypt, Middle East, NGOs, Updates    

This Update focuses on the growing prevalence of conspiracy theories that seem to be coming out of countries affected by the Arab Spring, especially Egypt, and the possible consequences. First up is Washington Institute scholar David Schenker, who looks at the background to the Egyp

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