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Antisemitism and sexism still rife in Arab media

Antisemitism and sexism still rife in Arab media Categories: Antisemitism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Middle East Media Research Institute or MEMRI is an organisation that combs the media in the Middle East and translates interesting items into English. Unfortunately, MEMRI's research consistently exposes the extreme hatred that is fed to peoples throughout the Middle East through their state-co

Are the ultra-Orthodox poised to take over Israel?

Are the ultra-Orthodox poised to take over Israel? Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

What's wrong with being religious in Israel? Nothing at all - though there is of course much controversy in Israel at the moment over the exemption from the draft for most ultra-Orthodox young men following a Supreme Court ruling last week, and other issues, including views on women's rights. But t

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Egypt and the NGOs

Egypt and the NGOs Categories: Egypt, NGOs, Updates    

This Update features two pieces on the crisis between Egypt and the US sparked by the Egyptian government's crackdown on pro-democracy NGOs in the country, and more importantly, what these events say about Egypt's potential for progress toward genuine liberal democracy. Stephen Mc

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The other concern about Greece: Antisemitism

The other concern about Greece: Antisemitism Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Greece has been repeatedly in the headlines in recent months for one simple reason - because of that small country's massive debt crisis and the huge implications it has for the wider European Union. But there's another reason that the world should be paying attention to Greece.  In Greece, ant

Fisking Four Corners: getting the facts straight on Syria, Israel and Iran

Fisking Four Corners: getting the facts straight on Syria, Israel and Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Syria, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Last night, ABC's Four Corners program focussed on the uprising in Syria. The program mostly featured a British Channel Four documentary on the Assad regime's systematic torture of Syrian opposition-members, including children, which gave a shocking insight into the events besetting Syrian

India, the Delhi bombing and Iran sanctions

India, the Delhi bombing and Iran sanctions Categories: India, Iran, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat's car in New Delhi on February 13 by suspected Iranian operatives has opened a national debate among Indian commentators and lawmakers over the country's close trading ties to Iran. Unlike China, Iran's other major trading partner, India maintains a close rela

Conspiracy Theories and the Arab Spring Categories: Egypt, Middle East, NGOs, Updates    

This Update focuses on the growing prevalence of conspiracy theories that seem to be coming out of countries affected by the Arab Spring, especially Egypt, and the possible consequences. First up is Washington Institute scholar David Schenker, who looks at the background to the Egyp

A political storm over Israel in Malaysia

A political storm over Israel in Malaysia Categories: Asia, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Michael Shannon

A political storm in Malaysia over controversial remarks by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's on Israel has not yet come to a close. Back in January, a war of words erupted between Anwar and several top government officials, including his former mentor Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, regarding Malaysia's po

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Bangkok terror attack - a pattern of failures?

Bangkok terror attack - a pattern of failures? Categories: Iran, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Yesterday there was another failed act of terrorism in Bangkok, likely to be linked to Iran and Hezbollah.  This latest failed terrorist attack follows attacks on Israeli embassy personnel in India and Georgia a day earlier (see previous blog post). It also follows a string of attempted terrori

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