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The Syrian Opposition/Russia and Syria

The Syrian Opposition/Russia and Syria Categories: Russia, Syria, Updates    

Today's Update focuses on the situation in Syria and especially on what is known about the varied opposition to the Assad regime. The first piece up comes from Nic Robertson of CNN, who just returned from a visit to Syria which is something increasingly rare for Western journalist

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Israel and the Iranian nuclear issue

Israel and the Iranian nuclear issue Categories: Iran, Israel, Updates    

Last week, Israel Defence Minister Ehud Barak spoke at the annual Davos Forum, and told listeners that tough sanctions on Iran may be too late because Iran was " drifting into what we call an immunity zone where practically no surgical [military operation] could bl

You may have missed Categories: Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Some stories that readers may be interested in: An al-Qaeda inspired cell has confessed to plotting terror attacks in London. Their targets included "two rabbis" in addition to high-profile ones such as the London Stock Exchange and Westminster Abbey. Israel has been given a top s

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Media Week - McDonald's harm; Palestinian racing story the pits; Highly speculative speculation Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

The Sydney Morning Herald's Hamish McDonald (Jan. 21) came away from a recent visit to Israel with the view that the country's "old liberality" is being whittled away by the right and the ultra-orthodox. The latter, he wrote, "are 20 per cent of the population, breeding three times faster than more

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

January 27 marks the day that Auschwitz-Birkenau - the largest Nazi death camp was liberated. In November 2005, the United Nations passed a resolution to designate January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD) to honour the victims of the Holocaust - the genocide that resulted in the

One year on: how much has changed in Egypt?

One year on: how much has changed in Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The New York Times' Lede blog is commemorating the one year anniversary of the beginning of the Egyptian revolution through a post containing reflections by an Egyptian activist, interspersed with footage he took from the protests in Cairo on 25 January last year. The piece

Iran "not developing a bomb" clarification

Iran "not developing a bomb" clarification Categories: Iran, Israel, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Earlier in the week, Overland editor Jeff Sparrow interpreted remarks from US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that Iran is not trying to develop a "nuclear weapon", but a "nuclear capability" to mean that Iran's nuclear program is entirely legal. While Sparrow was using this quote to help suppor

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