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Pew Survey of Middle East reveals complex and sometimes conflicted feelings about democracy

Pew Survey of Middle East reveals complex and sometimes conflicted feelings about democracy Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Middle East, Tunisia, Turkey, Updates     Author: Andrea Nadel

The Pew Research Centre's Global Attitudes Project has just released the results of surveys it conducted throughout the Middle East in the wake of the "Arab Spring." The surveys reveal some interesting insights about attitudes in the Middle East in the wake of the recent uprisings, including how Mid

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Israeli musicians transcend political divides to connect with Middle Eastern fans

Israeli musicians transcend political divides to connect with Middle Eastern fans Categories: Anti-Zionism, Iran, Israel, Libya, Middle East, Syria, Turkey, Updates     Author: Andrea Nadel

Boycotting and isolating Israel culturally, economically, and politically has long been one of the goals of many of Israel’s neighbours in the Middle East, and more recently, of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It is revealing, then, that growing numbers of people througho

Is Turkey flipping Democracy the bird?

Is Turkey flipping Democracy the bird? Categories: Turkey, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

While many in the international media have recently "coronated" Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as "King" of Israel following his formation of a national unity government, surely the use of the term, with its non-democratic connotations, would be more apropos when referring to Turkey'

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      Turkey admits to massacre, world yawns

Turkey admits to massacre, world yawns Categories: Turkey, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

A news story which received little coverage in Australian media surrounds the tragic news that Turkey committed a massacre that killed 35 civilians in an air strike into Iraq near a Kurdish village along the Turkish border on 28 December 2011. Turkey has admitted that the attack was an error. Turke

AIJAC UPDATE - The political and moral costs of the failure to sanction Syria

AIJAC UPDATE - The political and moral costs of the failure to sanction Syria Categories: Europe, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria, Turkey, United Nations, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Today's Update looks at Syria, Iran and Turkey against the backdrop of the veto by China and Russia of sanctions by the UN Security Council against the Assad regime in Damascus for its ongoing violent crackdown against anti-government protesters. The resolution was supported by nine members but, sig

Setbacks and Opportunity

Setbacks and Opportunity Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The year was 1958 and Israel had noticed that Egyptian leader Gamal Abdul Nasser's agitation across the Middle East was disagreeable to many of his non-Arab neighbours. Israel therefore emerged with what came to be known as the "Periphery Strategy", which focused on Ethiopia, Iran and Turkey and eve

Europa Europa: Turkish Delight Categories: Europe, Israel, Middle East, Turkey     Author: Douglas Davis

It is hard to remain unmoved by acts of blatant cynicism. Not those small, nasty gestures of crass stupidity that seek to advance a particular vested interest, but grand acts of faux-statecraft that leave the observer unsure whether to laugh or cry. Last month's antics of Turkey's Islamist Prime Min

Editorial: Autumn follows Spring Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Turkey     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It has become increasingly clear that, sadly, the Arab upheavals that swept the Middle East this year are not resulting in a democratic "Arab Spring". Rather an "Islamist awakening" seems to be occurring alongside a resurgence of extreme Arab nationalism. The middle class crowds demanding "freedom"

Turkey reaches new level of hypocrisy

Turkey reaches new level of hypocrisy Categories: Israel, Turkey, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Following the release of the UN "Palmer Report", which vindicated Israel's blockade of Gaza, Turkey has not only rejected the findings of the Report and maintained that Israel's blockade is illegal, but the Turkish government has been engaging in extremely provocative posturing regarding its stance

UN Palmer Report - Blockade of Gaza is Legal

UN Palmer Report - Blockade of Gaza is Legal Categories: Israel, Turkey, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The United Nation's "Palmer Report" into last year's flotilla incident on the Mavi Marmara has vindicated Israel by finding that the naval blockade of the Gaza strip, including Israel's right to enforce the blockade including in international waters is legal under international law and it has also r

Turkish Troubles

Turkish Troubles Categories: Israel, Turkey     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Cabinet divisions over a US-brokered reconciliation deal to resolve the Mavi Marmara crisis, and, it was hoped, allow Turkey and Israel to renew a normal strategic dialogue, have exposed a deep suspicion and distrust in Israeli political circles of Ankara's ruling Islamist government. Prospects for

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Double standards - Dead Kurds don't count Categories: Israel, Turkey, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Media and NGOs have always been quick to condemn Israel, yet are often silent about real and much more extensive human rights abuses in other countries. Therefore it should come as no surprise that news that the Turkish military had killed approximately 100 Kurdish people, while wounded more than 8

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