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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

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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

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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

Israeli start-up offers ‘Energy from the Roads’

Israeli start-up offers ‘Energy from the Roads’ Categories: Israel, Middle East, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

As the world continues to search for ways to meet the growing global energy demand without further damaging the environment, a new technology that harvests energy from the pressure caused by cars driving on roads is currently being tested in Israel. Developed by the Israeli start-up Innowattech, the

More Quiet corners of the Arab Spring Categories: Iraq, Middle East, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Following up on Geoffrey Levin's post yesterday on the Jordanian Hashemite Monarchy's apparent success so far in weathering the Arab Spring, it is worth noting some other Arab countries which also appear to be managing the protest movements fairly successfully - especially Iraq and Morocco.

Darshan-Leitner takes on Gaza flotillas

Darshan-Leitner takes on Gaza flotillas Categories: Anti-Zionism, International Security, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, United States, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Israeli civil rights organisation director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner has written a good primer in the Jerusalem Post on why the blockade of Gaza is legal and how flotilla activists are likely breaking US law. Pursuant to the Oslo Accords ... the Palestinians agreed that the Gaza coastline would be

The Arab Spring remains mild in Jordan

The Arab Spring remains mild in Jordan Categories: Jordan, Middle East, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

Despite mass violence in Libya, Syria, and Yemen, and leadership changes occurring in Egypt and Tunisia, Jordan has remained relatively quiet, with only limited protests and few deaths. As the Guardian points out: Jordan has seen sporadic unrest since January but only on a small scale. Opposition d

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