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Asia Watch: The Elephant in the Room Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Michael Shannon

Concerns about growing religious intolerance in Indonesia have been heightened in recent weeks in the wake of violent attacks and restrictive local laws, but legislative moves appear unlikely to address the core problem. Some recent scene-setting events demonstrate the scope of the problem.More tha

Scribblings: Poster Child for Palestinian Terror

Scribblings: Poster Child for Palestinian Terror Categories: Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

The Gilad Shalit deal led to the release of many heinous murderers, and one cannot but feel enormous sympathy for the distress this caused the families of those they murdered. But if there is one individual who symbolises the incomprehensibly ugly belief system, the determination to murder at all c

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Iran’s alleged Washington plot re-examined

Iran’s alleged Washington plot re-examined Categories: Iran, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

As noted in the last Update, the recently exposed alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the US at a Washington restaurant - and commit a number of the other terror attacks in the US - is a big story which has provoked much commentary and analysis. Some of that analysis, such as by fo

What price to free one man?

What price to free one man? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

As the five-year hostage ordeal of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit draws to a close, we offer up some of the standout commentary from the last week on the merits of the deal reached by the Israeli government with Hamas. The tension in the debate concerns the personal interest and the national interest

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Ahmadinejad commemorates 9/11

Ahmadinejad commemorates 9/11 Categories: Iran, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

While the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks were being commemorated around the globe, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad chose to participate in the remembrances in his inimitable and subtle way - that is, by re-iterating his belief that it was all a US plot to have an excuse to kill Muslims.

9/11 Ten Years Later

9/11 Ten Years Later Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism, Updates    

This Update is devoted to three different pieces reflecting on where the world now is,  ten years after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks - both in terms of the current understanding of those events and in terms of the their consequences. First up is noted journalist and author

The Last Word: Ten Years After

The Last Word: Ten Years After Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, NGOs, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

It was late evening in Sydney. Not many hours earlier, I had arrived home from South Africa, having participated in the World Conference Against Racism ("Durban I") and the NGO Forum which had preceded it. The Jewish community in Sydney had asked me to provide a first hand account of the events, g

The Biblio File: Suicide by Bomb

The Biblio File: Suicide by Bomb Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Max Boot

Ah, social science. All those numbers. All those technical terms. How comforting. How reassuring. How definitive. If only. Case in point: Robert A. Pape, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, who made a big splash with Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism (2005). H

Gaza, Hamas and the PRC

Gaza, Hamas and the PRC Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Jonathan D. Halevi

The terrorist attack in southern Israel on August 18 in which eight Israelis were killed - six civilians and two from the security forces - was initiated and executed by the Palestinian terrorist organisation known as the "Popular Resistance Committees", which operate as a terrorist arm of Hamas. Th

The Debate over Re-militarising the Sinai

The Debate over Re-militarising the Sinai Categories: Egypt, Israel, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Following the recent outbreak of terror attacks on the porous border between Egypt, Israel and Gaza, debate in Israel has been focussed on how best to prevent this violence from reoccurring. Egypt has been engaged in similar considerations, deploying 1,500 troops in the Sinai yesterday, su

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Terrorist attack in south Tel Aviv

Terrorist attack in south Tel Aviv Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Early Monday morning eight people were injured in south Tel Aviv, when a 20 year old from Nablus in the West Bank, hijacked a taxi and rammed it into a police road block protecting a Tel Aviv nightclub.  He then exited the vehicle and stabbed additional people screaming "Allah Akbar" [god is gr

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