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Media Microscope: Starved of information

Media Microscope: Starved of information Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The humanity of Israel's system of administrative detention of Palestinian prisoners was the main interest when Israeli-Palestinian issues were covered in the first two weeks of May. On May 7, Ruth Pollard wrote in the Age/Sydney Morning Herald that "the number of Palestinian prisoners on hunger st

The Syrian Civil War comes to Lebanon

The Syrian Civil War comes to Lebanon Categories: Lebanon, Syria     Author: Benedetta Berti

Recent weeks have seen violent clashes around Tripoli, Lebanon's second largest city located in the north of the country, between Alawite supporters of the Syrian regime and Sunni backers of the anti-Assad opposition forces. To many observers, this violent escalation came as a surprise, in light of

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The rift behind Hamas' secret elections

The rift behind Hamas' secret elections Categories: Palestinians     Author: Ehud Yaari

Secretive elections for new Hamas leadership bodies unofficially continued until the end of May, but even before then, it was already safe to point out some emerging trends as the movement struggles to cope with fierce debate over its future course. Top leader Khaled Meshaal has been considerably we

Iran negotiations that matter

Iran negotiations that matter Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Reuel Marc Gerecht

Since we don't know what Saeed Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, said at the recent late April confab in Istanbul, we can't be sure that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was right to dismiss that pow-wow as a "freebie" for Teheran. Also, the Islamic Republic is a theocracy: The most

Big Government, Israeli-style

Big Government, Israeli-style Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In one of the strangest about-faces ever seen in its politics, the Jewish State woke up Tuesday, May 8 with the main Opposition party, Kadima, joining the Government, after the country had gone to bed the previous night with an early-election bill already in the process of being legislated. The new

A Toxic Brew in Sinai

A Toxic Brew in Sinai Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Evelyn Gordon

To grasp how badly the security situation in Sinai has deteriorated, one fact suffices: Israel now receives as many intelligence warnings about Sinai-based terror plots as it does about terror from Gaza. This, obviously, is of great concern to Israel. But it should also concern the international co

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Tahrir where?

Tahrir where? Categories: Egypt     Author: Mahmoud Salem

Fifteen months after the Egyptian revolution, the largely secular youth movement on the streets of Egypt has lost much of its enthusiasm. As the deadline for the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to transfer power looms ever closer, the most pressing issue for Egypt's revolutionaries

Europa Europa: Catherine the Not-so-Great

Europa Europa: Catherine the Not-so-Great Categories: Europe, International Security, Iran     Author: Douglas Davis

When Catherine Ashton arrived in Israel last month she was carrying an outsized bundle of political baggage. The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, who is leading the international talks with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, had ostensibly made the journey to assu

Scribblings: Hamas "Hudna" offer revealed Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

A lot of international commentators have been taken in by Hamas claims to be ready to accept a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 borders as part of a deal with Israel (though most commentators gloss over the fact that Hamas always also demands a Palestinian "right of return" - which would lead to Is

Editorial: End of the Camp David era? Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israel's new national unity government - one of the country's broadest coalitions on record - will have its work cut out in the months ahead. Domestically, in addition to the need to re-write the rules on military service for the ultra-Orthodox minority, and promised efforts to implement overdue pol

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