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Egypt –on the brink or a new beginning?

Egypt –on the brink or a new beginning? Categories: Egypt, Updates    

Today’s Update follows up on yesterday’'s by offering some of the most interesting analyses of the momentous changes in Egypt. First, Daniel Pipes worries that the Egyptian army was premature in removing President Mohammed Morsi from office. He argues “that the quick military removal of

Revolution in Egypt, again

Revolution in Egypt, again Categories: Egypt, Updates    

Today’s update looks at the Egyptian army’s suspension of the constitution and removal of the country’s first democratically elected President, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi. The army moved after Morsi failed to meet its demand to de-escalate the wave

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Talking about peace talks

Talking about peace talks Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

With US Secretary of State John Kerry currently visiting Israel as part of an ongoing quest to restart substantive peace talks between Jerusalem and Ramallah that have been in mothballs since 2008, today’s Update looks at why the chances of talks resumin

Return to sender

Return to sender Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A kerfuffle raised by Australian Palestinian activists over Australia Post's recent joint issue stamp with Israel offers a teachable moment about the nature of Palestinian activism Down Under. The incident offers yet more evidence that there is nothing pro-peace about these activists, who often cla

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Egypt on the Edge/Qatar's New Emir

Egypt on the Edge/Qatar's New Emir Categories: Egypt, Gulf states, Updates    

This Update features two pieces on the increasingly volatile situation in Muslim Brotherhood-ruled Egypt, with a breakdown of state authority, a worsening economic crisis, and a major uptick in mass opposition protests scheduled for June 30 - and perhaps the possibility of military i

Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani Categories: Iran, Updates    

This Update is devoted to analyses of the impact of the surprise election of Hassan Rouhani (spellings in English are currently varying widely across international media), the most "moderate" of the eight candidates permitted to run in the Iranian Presidential election.

The Iranian Presidential poll

The Iranian Presidential poll Categories: Iran, Updates    

With Iranians going to the polls today to "choose" a new president (though of course only one from among the small minority of candidates approved by the clerical establishment - and even then, vote-rigging may well occur) this Update is our guide to the candidates, the significance

Austria goes off the Golan

Austria goes off the Golan Categories: Israel, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In an update to my recent blog on the deteriorating situation facing UN peacekeepers in Syria and Egypt, the latest development is the fallout of the short-lived seizure of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force's (UNDOF) Quneitra border crossing by Syrian rebels on June 6. Recent eve

Incitement watch: BDS group harasses synagogue-goers in the US while Arabic media sees Jewish plots everywhere

Incitement watch: BDS group harasses synagogue-goers in the US while Arabic media sees Jewish plots everywhere Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Speaking at the annual Global Forum of the American Jewish Committee earlier this month, the US State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Ira Forman, noted the worrying global rise in anti-Jewish sentiment around the world... The latest incident to be exposed internation

The Six Day War and the changing face of journalism: The view from Australia

The Six Day War and the changing face of journalism: The view from Australia Categories: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Middle East, Palestinians, Reference, Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The recent passing of the Associated Press' acclaimed journalist Hal McClure at the age of 92 coincides closely with the event that brought him his greatest fame - his coverage of the 1967 Six Day War, which began 46 years ago yesterday. His passing is yet another reminder of a bygone era when a jo

New Palestinian Authority PM Rami Hamdallah

New Palestinian Authority PM Rami Hamdallah Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with the announcement earlier this week by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas that the relatively unknown Rami Hamdallah, the President of al-Najah University, will be the new PA Prime Minister, succeeding internationally well-regarded econom

Media Week - Birds of a feather; Trigger-happy headliners; Down the memory hole

Media Week - Birds of a feather; Trigger-happy headliners; Down the memory hole Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

SBS TV's "Dateline" program (May 21) travelled to Greece to look at the worrying rise in the Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn movement which has used the economic crisis there to increase its Parliamentary representation through scapegoating Jews, foreigners, homosexuals and other rival political groupings. Wh

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