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The good oil Saikal

The good oil Saikal Categories: Libya, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Some analysts just cannot help themselves. Take ANU Professor Amin Saikal who has articles in today's Age, the Australian Financial Review and on ABC's Unleashed website playing an old favourite love song - Libya's Colonel Gaddafi (or insert Middle East dictator's name here) remained in power for s

Who does Iran think it is fooling?

Who does Iran think it is fooling? Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Iranian Government appears to either have an extremely warped sense of humour or is simply living on a different planet from the rest of us. This was displayed yet again today when the Iranian Foreign Ministry made the following statement, as reported by Bloomberg: "Iran congratulates the Musli

And this is a moderate? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Jamie Hyams

Sari Nusseibeh's "A Jewish rethink" (AFR, 19 August) is gravely disappointing from someone regarded as a pragmatic Palestinian moderate genuinely interested in peaceful co-existence with Israel. It is understandable that he endorses J Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami's call for the US to impose a solu

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Recommended reading on Israel’s social protest movement

Recommended reading on Israel’s social protest movement Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

While Israel's Social Protest movement, which has dominated Israel headlines over the past few weeks, has been eclipsed for the moment by the major terrorist attack in southern Israel on Thursday and subsequent events, it is likely to remain a significant source of debate and political power in Isra

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Greens attacked for their BDS blues

Greens attacked for their BDS blues Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

The Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment campaign became a focal point for passionate debate over the last two days as it reared its head in both the Australian Senate and Victorian Parliament. First, the Greens maintained their 100 per cent success rate of refusing to vote in favour of any resolution

Cosmopolitan Lebanon Dances Back

Cosmopolitan Lebanon Dances Back Categories: Lebanon, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

While Lebanon is under the control of a Hezbollah-dominated government, and it is hard to know when or how the stranglehold of this extremist terrorist group will end, it is worth remembering that the cosmopolitan, modernising Lebanon is still in there and not defeated yet. A reminder of this is th

Is the violence in Syria finally ending?

Is the violence in Syria finally ending? Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

According to a breaking news report by Reuters, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has informed the UN Secretary-General that police and military operations have stopped in Syria, implying that the violence that has been rocking the country may be over. In a phone call with Assad on Wednesday, Ban "e

Egypt - Opponents of Islamism Uniting?

Egypt - Opponents of Islamism Uniting? Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In Egypt, it is being reported that 14 political groups opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist parties there have united to form a new bloc - called the "The Egyptian Bloc" - to compete in the upcoming parliamentary elections... This seems to be good news - a sign that the liberal for

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

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

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