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Five Things to Do to Topple Assad

Five Things to Do to Topple Assad Categories: Middle East, Syria, United States     Author: David Schenker

On Aug. 18, US President Barack Obama issued a long overdue statement calling for regime change in Syria, declaring that the "time has come for President Bashar Assad to step aside." But will that call to action amount to anything in practice? The gestures that Obama has made, including ending the U

Libya – A "Spendid Little War"?

Libya – A "Spendid Little War"? Categories: Libya, Middle East     Author: Josef Joffe

When the Spanish-American War of 1898 ended with a victory for the United States, John Hay, US ambassador in London, felt moved to celebrate. In a letter to Teddy Roosevelt, he described it as a war "begun with the highest motives, carried on with magnificent intelligence and spirit, favored by the

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The good oil Saikal

The good oil Saikal Categories: Libya, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Some analysts just cannot help themselves. Take ANU Professor Amin Saikal who has articles in today's Age, the Australian Financial Review and on ABC's Unleashed website playing an old favourite love song - Libya's Colonel Gaddafi (or insert Middle East dictator's name here) remained in power for s

Antisemitism goes viral

Antisemitism goes viral Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Middle East, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The internet, and especially social media, have been galvanising political action and allowing dissenters in dictatorial regimes to connect with each other in ways that were never before possible. However, one unfortunate by-product of the absolute "anything goes" forum that is the internet is

Arab Spring yields a Murky Summer

Arab Spring yields a Murky Summer Categories: Egypt, Middle East, Syria, Turkey     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

The acclaimed "Arab Spring" has given way to a murky summer, dominated by uncertainty, fog and danger as much as democratic hopes, according to academic experts. Some of the movements for reform which blossomed across the region earlier this year may take a long time to mature into democratic regime

If Assad Falls...

If Assad Falls... Categories: Middle East, Syria, Turkey, United States     Author: Reuel Marc Gerecht

The US administration's policy toward Syria is shaping up to be potentially the greatest missed opportunity of Barack Obama's presidency. If Syria were to break the right way and the regime in Damascus were to fall, the most tenacious state-sponsor of terrorism in the Arab world - Teheran's stronges

Can the PA (or Europe) Afford Palestinian Independence?

Can the PA (or Europe) Afford Palestinian Independence? Categories: Europe, Israel, Jordan, Middle East, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, United Nations, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

The Palestinian Authority (PA) "is broke", and according to a recent New York Times article, "the immediate cause of the crisis is the failure of foreign - especially Arab - donors to fulfill promises of aid." According to AP, Arab donations have decreased dramatically over the past couple years, as

Economies wilting in Arab Spring

Economies wilting in Arab Spring Categories: Middle East, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

There are very few who will deny that democracy is of great value to the people living within a democratic society; certainly, overthrowing dictatorships often comes at a great cost - which, hopefully, will be offset by the benefits of outcome. What seldom comes to the fore is precisely what th

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