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The Perils of being a Palestinian Journalist

The Perils of being a Palestinian Journalist Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There is a tendency in the West to treat Palestinian society as if it were a full-blown democracy - after all, they appear to have elections, and Prime Ministers and Presidents and parliament and all the trappings.(This is despite the fact that election scheduled for two years ago still have not occ

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Palestinian UN bid - 'land for war'? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

This blog post looks at the Palestinian UN bid and considers analysis from: Veteran Washington insider Steven Rosen who writes that the current proposal for UN recognition of an independent Palestinian state does not meet the legal requirements for statehood. Efarim Karsh and Asaf Romirowsky who h

Just What Exactly is Going On in Egypt?

Just What Exactly is Going On in Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

While most eyes have been directed at the public spectacle of the trial of former dictator Hosni Mubarak, a less visible but far more important trial has been facing Egypt as a whole. As Sharyn outlined on Wednesday, the increasing show of strength by Islamist forces in Egypt has dramatically altere

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Tent Protests and Economic Inequality in Israel

Tent Protests and Economic Inequality in Israel Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

As the tent protest movement continues to dominate headlines inside Israel, one of the facts often heard in explaining the background to its growth is that economic inequality inside Israel is very high... Such claims are not necessarily wrong, but they do oversimplify a complex reality. Those wide

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

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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