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In the workplace? In a car? Middle East grapples over women's whereabouts

In the workplace? In a car? Middle East grapples over women's whereabouts Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Gulf states, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As I wrote earlier this year, a great deal of the problems facing the Arab world as it stumbles towards democracy stem from a conservative culture that is inhibiting female participation in society. Some very illuminative data on this issue is provided by Sara Hamdan in today's International Herald

An antisemitic Trojan horse in Greece?

An antisemitic Trojan horse in Greece? Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Far Right, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

The old saying to "never waste a good crisis" takes on a worrying meaning in Greece as the LàOS party with an antisemitic track record wins a major breakthrough for the far right by securing ministerial positions in the new unity coalition. And with everyone focussing on the potential implic

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Islamism and the Arab Spring

Islamism and the Arab Spring Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Updates    

This Updates features three informative pieces on the seemingly increasingly Islamist tint colouring the Arab Spring movements, from Tunisia, to Libya, to Egypt, and beyond. First up is one of Israel's most respected and sober Middle East experts, Dr. Asher Susser from Tel Aviv Universi

Iran responds to IAEA by threatening to destroy Israel... again + Australia feels the fallout

Iran responds to IAEA by threatening to destroy Israel... again + Australia feels the fallout Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, United Nations, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As outlined in yesterday's update, the UN's atomic energy watchdog has just released a report that just falls short of definitively stating that Iran has a nuclear weapons program - seemingly the closest that the UN ever comes to an unequivocal condemnation of a country that is not Israel. Th

Is Bibi getting a bad rap?

Is Bibi getting a bad rap? Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

As readers may have seen reported, a private conversation between US President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at Cannes last week was accidentally overhead by reporters. In it, the two were talking rather unflatteringly about Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu. According to the reports

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Another flotilla stunt on its way!

Another flotilla stunt on its way! Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On Wednesday a flotilla of two ships - the Canadian ship Tahrir and the Irish ship Saoirse quietly left a Turkish port with the aim to breach the Gaza blockade by Friday. News of this latest flotilla "Freedom Waves to Gaza" was kept secret until the ships reached international waters. According to

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