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Egyptian PM reportedly backs down on election postponement Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf is now reportedly denying media reports, noted previously on Fresh AIR, that he supports postponing parliamentary elections scheduled for September until after a new constitution is drawn up, a process only scheduled to commence in September. &nbsp

What do the Palestinians want? Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Even a quick look at various Palestinian officials' statements over the past few weeks can reveal an inconsistent and somewhat confusing picture of the Palestinian Authority's (PA) official policy regarding the alternatives of negotiations with Israel and their plans to try to get UN recognition of

Calls for release of Israeli soldier after 5 years of captivity

Calls for release of Israeli soldier after 5 years of captivity Categories: International Jewry, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Tomorrow will mark 5 years since kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been held illegally by Hamas in Gaza. As Isabel Kershner has reported in the New York Times, Hamas has again refused a request from the Red Cross to visit Shalit - so that they could merely ascertain what kind of conditions

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Bold or spineless? Strong conviction or a lack of direction? Responses to Obama's speech

Bold or spineless? Strong conviction or a lack of direction? Responses to Obama's speech Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Media/ Academia, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Just a few hours after President Obama's recent speech on Afghanistan, there was a wide array of responses, positing a number of theories as to the ramifications of the new US policy. In general, the focus was on Obama's decision to end the troop surge that he implemented only 18 months ago. Michae

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Countering the Assad regime's use of rape as a weapon Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

As numbers of Syrian casualties and refugees increase, the heart breaking individual traumas are often obscured or forgotten - personal stories like those of women who have been raped by pro-regime forces, and therefore, face possible death due to the local tradition of honour killing. But in a hope

Increased imports further undermine flotilla facade

Increased imports further undermine flotilla facade Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Amid increased tensions surrounding the impending UN vote on Palestinian statehood and the new unity deal between Hamas and rival Fatah, Israel has been quietly easing its blockade on Gaza - which is in place in order to prevent Hamas militants from smuggling in weapons with which to attack Israel.

Iran gives new meaning to "fashion police"

Iran gives new meaning to "fashion police" Categories: Iran, Islamic Extremism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Iranian authorities have just announced that they are extending their crackdown on "un-Islamic dress codes" to include various "Western-influenced" men's haircuts and jewellery. Iranian women have traditionally been harrassed by the "moral police" for not following the strict, conservative dress cod

Election Delay in Egypt?

Election Delay in Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Updates     Author: Tzvi Flesicher

The Egyptian Prime Minister, Essam Sharaf, reportedly hinted strongly yesterday that the parliamentary elections scheduled for September might be postponed until after a new constitution is drawn up, a process also supposed to begin in September. Such a postponement might well be t

Info Sources on the Syrian Revolution

Info Sources on the Syrian Revolution Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

With the Syrian revolution still continuing, leading to much bloodshed, and potentially huge implications across the Middle East, it is very hard for outsiders to gauge what is actually happening on a day-to-day basis. The country is essentially closed to the media, so reporting is l

Media Week - BDS Q&A Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Jamie Hyams

BDS Q & A The issue of Marrickville Council's support for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign against Israel was raised on the ABC TV discussion program "Q & A" (6/6). Greens Senator-elect Lee Rhiannon reaffirmed her support for the campaign, accusing Israel of apartheid. F

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Welcome to Fresh AIR, AIJAC's new blog Categories: Updates    

"Fresh AIR" is devoted to bringing you all the news, analysis, commentary and media criticism AIJAC has always supplied via the Australia/Israel Review (AIR) and the "Updates from AIJAC" email service in a much more up-to-the-minute and timely fashion. Our aim is to supply readers with the very fres

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