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Egypt restoring order to Sinai

Egypt restoring order to Sinai Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Following on from this post concerning the growing lawlessness in the Sinai, Haaretz has reported today that Egypian authorities have now taken action to prevent the situation from deteriorating further. Egyptian security forces, pushing ahead with a crackdown on armed groups in lawless northe

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Assad’s survival plan explained Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Over the weekend in Syria, the regime was reportedly shooting people as they exited mosques after prayers near Damascus, and even used the navy to shell the port of Latakia, killing 21 people ...Explaining why Assad is continuing to escalate the violence against his own people, noted American foreig

Syrian Dictator clutching at straws?

Syrian Dictator clutching at straws? Categories: Syria, Turkey, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As a post on the blog Harry's Place notes, with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad running out of things to blame his current predicament on, he appears to be ramping-up violence to compensate. This is characterised by yet another watershed moment in the ongoing turmoil - Assad she

The Sinai "Badlands"

The Sinai "Badlands" Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer and Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

This blog has been following events in Egypt over the past few weeks, as the Islamist groups seem to have been becoming far more assertive, resulting in increased weapons smuggling to Hamas in Gaza and, potentially, a cosier relationship between Egypt and Iran

Palestinian Society and September UN plans

Palestinian Society and September UN plans Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

There are reports that the Palestinian leadership is again sending out mixed signals about how determined they are to press ahead with controversial plans to seek to have a Palestinian state recognised by the UN next month. This Update features some additional pieces on those Palestinian

H is for hate. H is for Hamas

H is for hate. H is for Hamas Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Anyone naïve enough to divine any signs of Hamas moderation in its quest for Israel's elimination or that it will play nice for the Palestinian Authority's September UN statehood bid, needs the services of a top ophthalmologist (although preferably not Syrian dictator Bashar al-Asad, who is a l

Antisemitism goes viral

Antisemitism goes viral Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Middle East, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The internet, and especially social media, have been galvanising political action and allowing dissenters in dictatorial regimes to connect with each other in ways that were never before possible. However, one unfortunate by-product of the absolute "anything goes" forum that is the internet is

A stunt that should make you smile

A stunt that should make you smile Categories: Europe, Far Right, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Here's a good news story it would be difficult not to smile at. At a neo-Nazi concert in Germany, organisers were anonymously given souvenir t-shirts sporting the slogan "hardcore rebels" with a skull and nationalist flags. The t-shirts were given out to the 250 attendees at the concert in Gera. H

Syrian situation continues to escalate

Syrian situation continues to escalate Categories: Syria, Updates    

The situation in Syria continues to worsen with violent government efforts to suppress protests continuing in Hama, Dor El-Zoir, and other towns and increasingly blunt denunciations of the Damascus regime coming from many quarters, including tough remarks from Saudi

Different Israeli views on the Tent Protest movement Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The "tent protest" in Israel is well into its third week, and shows no signs of dying out. Last Saturday, more than 300,000 people, across the country - from Kiryat Shmona in the north to Eilat in the south, took to the streets, demanding "social justice". This protest is seen by many in Israel as a

Indonesia's backlash against Saudi-style Islam

Indonesia's backlash against Saudi-style Islam Categories: Asia, Saudi Arabia, Updates     Author: Michael Shannon

The beheading of Ruyati binti Satubi - an Indonesian maid executed by Saudi authorities in June for the killing of an allegedly abusive Saudi employer - has stirred such revulsion in Indonesia that Islamic leaders there are openly challenging the harsh, Wahhabist creed of Islam that has gained a foo

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The Trial of Mubarak… and some Pitfalls

The Trial of Mubarak… and some Pitfalls Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

The trial of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, which began last week, is certainly attracting a great deal of attention in Egypt. And it is a dramatic event - a symbol of the success of the Egyptian people in toppling a seemingly entrenched autocrat who had been in power for almost 35 years, a

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