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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

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 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

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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

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

Norway Massacre Categories: Antisemitism, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following on from Daniel's blog post about the tragic massacre in Norway where Anders Breivik killed 76 people, readers may be interested in some additional commentary and analysis on the attack beyond that in Australian media coverage. This blog post looks at: Dave Rich's blog post whic

Iranian kettle meets pot

Iranian kettle meets pot Categories: Iran, Terrorism, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Press TV, an Iranian state-controlled media outlet, has reported Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seemingly blaming some kind of pro-Israel conspiracy for the anti-Iranian sentiment permeating the Middle East,  "In the final days of their existence, plotters intend to cause differenc

A "Two-State Solution" or a "Two-Stage Solution"?

A "Two-State Solution" or a "Two-Stage Solution"? Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

MEMRI has translated an interview with Nabil Shaath, Head of Foreign Relations in Fatah - the dominant party within the Palestinian Authority - which certainly provides cause for concern. Shaath essentially confesses that the PA's commitment to a two-state solution is merely part of a larger pl

Threats from Iran, Ambivalence from Egypt

Threats from Iran, Ambivalence from Egypt Categories: Egypt, Iran, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As translated by Iranian defector Reza Kahlili, Iranian Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Naghdi responded to the recent assassination of an Iranian scientist, shot by an unidentified man on a motorcycle, by saying: The main plot for this criminal act was conceived by the American government, and sin

Economies wilting in Arab Spring

Economies wilting in Arab Spring Categories: Middle East, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

There are very few who will deny that democracy is of great value to the people living within a democratic society; certainly, overthrowing dictatorships often comes at a great cost - which, hopefully, will be offset by the benefits of outcome. What seldom comes to the fore is precisely what th

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