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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

Crisis in Baghdad/ ISIS in Libya

Crisis in Baghdad/ ISIS in Libya Categories: Iraq, Libya, Updates    

This Update deals with two major crisis areas in the Middle East, both with profound effects on the fight against ISIS. One is the major political crisis in Iraq, where the government of Prime Minister Abadi seems paralysed and under threat from radical Shi'ite groups opposed to his reforms designe

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Libya, Post-Election/ Tide Turning in Syria?

Libya, Post-Election/ Tide Turning in Syria? Categories: Libya, Syria, Updates    

This Update focuses primarily on the aftermath of the election in Libya earlier this month, but also looks at the apparent turn of battle in Syria, with rebel forces now engaging in extended battles with the regime in Damascus and a suicide bombing overnight killing several key r

Israeli musicians transcend political divides to connect with Middle Eastern fans

Israeli musicians transcend political divides to connect with Middle Eastern fans Categories: Anti-Zionism, Iran, Israel, Libya, Middle East, Syria, Turkey, Updates     Author: Andrea Nadel

Boycotting and isolating Israel culturally, economically, and politically has long been one of the goals of many of Israel’s neighbours in the Middle East, and more recently, of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It is revealing, then, that growing numbers of people througho

New order, same rules

New order, same rules Categories: Egypt, Libya, Op-eds, Tunisia     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Will the Arab revolutions bring freedom for women? So far the signs are bad. Many women in post-revolution Egypt, Libya and Tunisia are concerned. During the Arab Spring they played a key part in the protests by taking to the streets, marching and protesting alongside men. As the old order fell, ho

Anti-Semitism and the Arab Spring

Anti-Semitism and the Arab Spring Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, expressions of explicit anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish sentiments are beginning to surge. In Middle East politics, it has long beem traditional to point a finger at Israel, "the Zionists" and "the Jews", who were blamed for all the problems of the Muslim and Arab

Essay: Springing Forward or Falling Back?

Essay: Springing Forward or Falling Back? Categories: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Historically, following many of the revolutions in the Arab and Muslim world, previous traditions hindering women's rights and limiting their role in politics and society have been reinstated. The deterioration in women's rights after the revolution in Algeria ended in 1962, and the Iranian Islamic

Gaddafi's Australian Groupies

Gaddafi's Australian Groupies Categories: Australasia, Libya     Author: Allon Lee

For those of a certain a generation, they are names from the past that cause equal measure of dread and derision. They are the Australian cheer squad that relentlessly extolled Colonel Gaddafi's virtues in full view of his tyrannical excesses. Australians from both the extreme left and far right we

 Gaddafi - the "Jewish" tyrant

Gaddafi - the "Jewish" tyrant Categories: Antisemitism, Libya, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In Libya people have long speculated about Gaddafi's ancestry. While Gaddafi claimed to have been born in a tent in Sirte to the son of a poor Bedouin sheepherder and his wife, this story has been in doubt. Now that Gaddafi has fallen, many feel that they are finally able to talk freely about Gadda

The Last Word: Malays' Malaise

The Last Word: Malays' Malaise Categories: Antisemitism, Asia, Libya     Author: Jeremy Jones

On a different scale, but in some ways belonging to the same brand of journalism, was a piece in the Sydney Morning Herald: "A sex guide from Malaysia's Obedient Wives".The article delivered, as one expert on Malaysia put it, "some richly deserved ridicule" - reporting the "Obedient Wives Club's sex

Will Libya be a Radical Islamist State?

Will Libya be a Radical Islamist State? Categories: Islamic Extremism, Libya     Author: Barry Rubin

Will US President Barack Obama soon be wearing a T-shirt saying:" I SPENT $3 BILLION OF YOUR TAX MONEY IN LIBYA AND ALL I GOT WAS A LOUSY ISLAMIST REGIME!"? The answer isn't clear yet, though there are worrisome portents. The main evidence of the moment is the "liberation" speech given by US-backed

Gaddafi's death, Libya's future

Gaddafi's death, Libya's future Categories: Libya, Middle East, Updates    

The death of long-standing Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday has led to the effective end of the NATO-supported Libyan revolution against his rule. This Update is devoted to understanding Libya's outlook and dilemmas in the wake of Gaddafi's death. First up is note

Libya: The Rebels and their Prospects

Libya: The Rebels and their Prospects Categories: Libya, Updates    

This Update deals further with aftermath of the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, and particularly the prospects for the rebel "Transitional National Council" (TNC) to effectively rule the country and establish the "pluralist democracy" they claim is their aim.  First u

 Fears for Libya and Syria’s WMDs

Fears for Libya and Syria’s WMDs Categories: Libya, Syria, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Both Libya and Syria have large arsenals of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and with the demise of Gaddaffi's regime and possibily the Assad regime, there are concerns that the WMDs could get into the wrong hands - with catastrophic results. According to Ynet, most of Libya's chemical weapons ar

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The Not-so-Great Expectations of the Libyan People

The Not-so-Great Expectations of the Libyan People Categories: Libya     Author: Barak Barfi

The Libyan people are right to celebrate as their country's benighted Muammar Gaddafi era comes to a definitive close, but the country's new leadership should also not forget that its work is just beginning. Building a new political order will be difficult, not least because Libyan political culture

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