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Countering the Assad regime's use of rape as a weapon Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

As numbers of Syrian casualties and refugees increase, the heart breaking individual traumas are often obscured or forgotten - personal stories like those of women who have been raped by pro-regime forces, and therefore, face possible death due to the local tradition of honour killing. But in a hope

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Info Sources on the Syrian Revolution

Info Sources on the Syrian Revolution Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

With the Syrian revolution still continuing, leading to much bloodshed, and potentially huge implications across the Middle East, it is very hard for outsiders to gauge what is actually happening on a day-to-day basis. The country is essentially closed to the media, so reporting is l

Misunderstanding Assad

Misunderstanding Assad Categories: Syria     Author: Tony Badran

These starry-eyed, bewildered justifications of the regime's current response are due to the fact that the majority of observers hold the belief that Assad is indeed a "reformer". Seen through this lens, Assad's actions would indeed appear baffling. Why wouldn't this "reformist" President simply ref

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Syria's unrest, Egypt's political transition

Syria's unrest, Egypt's political transition Categories: Egypt, Syria, Updates    

This Update concentrates on both the increasingly widespread protests in Syria, and the state of the political transition in Egypt, looking especially at the role of the Muslim Brotherhood there. First up is a BICOM (British-Israel Communications and Research Centre) briefing on the state of the si

Assad under Fire Categories: Syria     Author: Roee Nahmias

Nonetheless, the question in Syria now is whether the genie of losing one's fear of the regime is indeed out of the bottle. For the time being, there is no unequivocal answer.

From Pyongyang with love

From Pyongyang with love Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran, Middle East, Syria     Author: Allon Lee

North Korean cooperation is a linchpin in Iran's development of ballistic missiles, without which progress would be retarded a very great deal. On Iran's nuclear push, the evidence is less conclusive, but North Korean assistance seems likely to be very significant to Iran’s nuclea

Essay: The Turning of Turkey

Essay: The Turning of Turkey Categories: Iran, Israel, Middle East, Syria, Turkey     Author: Abigail Chernick

Since its decisive re-election in 2007, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been re-aligning the country's foreign policy. Under Erdogan's governance, Turkey has been moving away from its 20th century Western orientation and towards an alliance with

IAEA: End of an era Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, Middle East, Syria     Author: Efraim Asculai

On December 1 Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, the three-term International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general passed the keys to his office to his successor... He will probably be remembered as the director-general who politicised his position more than any of his predecessors.

Dealing with Syria Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update contains three opinion pieces on Western, and especially US, policy toward Syria - commenting especially on the implications of a major blow-up between the Iraqis and Syrians last month, with the former withdrawing their Ambassador in protest over alleged Syrian involvement in terrorism

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