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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.

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Editorial: Once in a Generation Categories: Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

In all the countries affected by the unrest, Islamist forces will be determined to bring about radical theocracy in the short or, more likely, long term. Thanks to the repression of all liberal forces by autocrats, Islamist groups remain generally the only opposition force left

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.

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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

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.

The Last Word: Sea of Blood Libels Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Middle East     Author: Jeremy Jones

On a balmy summer's day in Sydney recently, a friend who is a respected intellectual figure and religious personality in a significant Muslim-majority country told me some of the contemporary claims about Jews and Israel which he encounters, from leading public figures, on a daily basis.

The Prison of Hate Categories: Antisemitism, Middle East     Author: Bret Stephens

But the ultimate source of Arab backwardness, unmentioned by most of these studies, lies in the debasement of the Arab mind. When the only diagnosis Egyptians can offer for their various predicaments - ranging from sectarian terrorism to a recent spate of freak shark attacks at a Sinai beach resort

Scribblings: Time to rethink Fayyadism? Categories: Antisemitism, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

[The study] does not mean that Fayyad should not be supported. He remains almost certainly better than any alternative. But it does mean there should be some scepticism directed at Fayyad's claims to be building the institutions of statehood. That is not true if those institutions are completely dep

Editorial: The Winds of Change Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The winds of change appear to be blowing once again in the Middle East. Will the historical events in Tunisia be a defining moment for Arab states in finally moving away from tyrannical rule and towards the path of democratisation? Or will Lebanon, where Iran’s terrorist clients Hezbollah are seek

Regime Change in Tunisia Categories: Middle East, Tunisia, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update deals with the sudden overthrow of the Ben Ali dictatorship in Tunisia over the weekend. It focuses especially on two questions about the aftermath of this event: Is democracy now in the cards for Tunisia, and what are the implications of the regime change in Tunis for other Middle Easte

Essay: "Refugeeism" Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Michael Bernstam

Though pundits focus on the question of settlements or the current temperature of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, UNRWA's institutionalisation of refugee-cum-military camps is the principal obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

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