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Islamists poised to win Egyptian elections

Islamists poised to win Egyptian elections Categories: Egypt, Updates    

As readers are probably aware, in the first round of voting in Egypt earlier this week, the Muslim Brotherhood did even better than many polls had predicted, as did the even more extreme Salafists. This Update is devoted to analysis of this outcome. First up is Israeli academic

US and EU place tougher sanctions on Iran

US and EU place tougher sanctions on Iran Categories: Europe, Iran, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following the Iranian ‘mob' attack on the British embassy, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have recalled their ambassadors temporarily from Iran. The UK immediately closed its embassy in Iran and ordered Iran's dipxlomatic staff to leave London. A meeting of EU foreign ministers in

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 Ilan Grapel tells his story

Ilan Grapel tells his story Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Ilan Grapel, a twenty seven year old American-Israeli was finally released on October 27 in exchange for 25 Egyptian prisoners in Israel, after having spent four months in an Egyptian jail due to false allegations of espionage. In 2009, he was a Goldmann Fellow at AIJAC's Melbourne office. A month

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Egypt's chaos

Egypt's chaos Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In the lead up to Egypt's first ‘free and fair' election, the streets of Cairo have become increasingly chaotic. On November 25, tens of thousands of people protested in Tahrir Square demanding an end to the military rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which has ruled Egyp

An Exodus from Sinai

An Exodus from Sinai Categories: Egypt, Israel, Sudan, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Sinai is not only a haven for terrorists, but it also a centre of people and organ smuggling. The depth of the lawlessness was recently captured in CNN documentary "Death in the Desert", which reported on unimaginable violence experienced by Africans who cross the Sinai in the desperate attempt

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon should broaden its focus

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon should broaden its focus Categories: International Security, Iran, Lebanon, Middle East, Syria, Terrorism, United Nations, Updates     Author: Michael Immerman

In the latest development from the ongoing saga surrounding the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, the UN will be holding off on the prosecution of the suspected assassins for the time being. As reported, legal proceedings against Mustafa Badreddine, Salam Ayyash, Hussein

 Gaddafi - the "Jewish" tyrant

Gaddafi - the "Jewish" tyrant Categories: Antisemitism, Libya, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In Libya people have long speculated about Gaddafi's ancestry. While Gaddafi claimed to have been born in a tent in Sirte to the son of a poor Bedouin sheepherder and his wife, this story has been in doubt. Now that Gaddafi has fallen, many feel that they are finally able to talk freely about Gadda

"Pinkwashing" pejorative wiping tolerance away

"Pinkwashing" pejorative wiping tolerance away Categories: Anti-Zionism, Gulf states, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Multimedia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Fast becoming a viral sensation, a new YouTube video (below) shows two Spanish men "photobombing" an al-Jazeera broadcast by engaging in a long, passionate kiss in frame as the reporter is talking.  The irony of the video is that while the two were supposedly making a point about marriage equa

Iran fighting to control the message

Iran fighting to control the message Categories: Iran, Syria, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

New York Times journalist Rick Gladstone has reported on a rare act of defiance from Iran's internal media, stemming from an all-too-familiar crackdown on the messages that media officials disseminate. Iran's main government-run newspaper was published Tuesday without a front-page headlin

Worsening Middle East instability

Worsening Middle East instability Categories: Egypt, Jordan, Middle East, Syria, Updates    

This Update provides analysis of the increasingly "Arab Spring" instability which seems to be developing across the Middle East - in Egypt, Syria and Jordan. First up are Washington Institute experts David Schenker and Eric Trager on the background and implications to the re-ignition of

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