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Interpreting the Mass Military Resignations in Turkey

Interpreting the Mass Military Resignations in Turkey Categories: Turkey, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

As readers are probably aware, all of the top leadership of the Turkish military resigned over the weekend - including the Chief of Staff, and the heads of the Army, Navy and Air Force. What is the signficance of this - in a country where the armed forces have long played a strongly activist role i

Post revolutionary Egypt: An Arab Winter?

Post revolutionary Egypt: An Arab Winter? Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Recent events and polling in Egypt indicate that pro-democracy activists are weakening, and that Egypt may be heading down an Islamist path. New polls not only suggest that the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood is likely to win the November election, but also that Amr Moussa, known for his criticism of I

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Turkish democracy hanging by a thread?

Turkish democracy hanging by a thread? Categories: Turkey, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

While democratic reform seems to have been sweeping the Middle East, the strongest Muslim democracy in the region may have been quietly moving in the opposite direction. This morning's Jerusalem Post editorial took a rather down-beat tone concerning the retirement Friday of several of Turkey's top m

A Senior Military Defection in Syria?

A Senior Military Defection in Syria? Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Following up on Daniel's post on the escalating violence in Syria earlier today, one potentially highly important development in the Syrian saga has gotten little media coverage or comment, but should. It is being reported that a top Syrian military officer, Colonel Riyad al-Asad, has defected fro

 Understanding Israel's Tent Movement

Understanding Israel's Tent Movement Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Israeli tent movement which began on July 14 as a grass-roots economic protest over housing costs has grown in strength and spread to many other cities in Israel and dominated the news there. Thousands of Israeli protesters are camping in tents in the middle of central streets in major Israeli

Al-Qaeda on the Ropes?

Al-Qaeda on the Ropes? Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

The Washington Post reported last week that US counter-terrorism officials ...are increasingly convinced that the killing of Osama bin Laden and the toll of seven years of CIA drone strikes have pushed al­Qaeda to the brink of collapse. The assessment reflects a widespread view at the CIA and

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Can the PA (or Europe) Afford Palestinian Independence?

Can the PA (or Europe) Afford Palestinian Independence? Categories: Europe, Israel, Jordan, Middle East, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, United Nations, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

The Palestinian Authority (PA) "is broke", and according to a recent New York Times article, "the immediate cause of the crisis is the failure of foreign - especially Arab - donors to fulfill promises of aid." According to AP, Arab donations have decreased dramatically over the past couple years, as

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