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Bibi takes a punt

Bibi takes a punt Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

If it is up to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the controversial casino industry famous for bringing prosperity to places like Las Vegas and Macau is to arrive in Israel, albeit in a limited and constricted way. Then again, his quest faces formidable political opposition which, together with the

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Biblio File: A Reformer Reformed

Biblio File: A Reformer Reformed Categories: Iran     Author: Sohrab Ahmari

The Shi'ite Islamists who run Iran disagreed with her. In the years since her Nobel triumph, they have set out to destroy Ebadi - and have mostly succeeded. Until We Are Free is Ebadi's account of the devastation. It is a revealing and dark work, notable for the author's frank reassessment of some o

Confronting BDS "macro-aggression" on campus

Confronting BDS "macro-aggression" on campus Categories: Anti-Zionism     Author: Mark G. Yudof

The phrase "connect the dots" originally referred to a children's game in which a bigger picture was revealed by drawing lines among the points. In adult lingo it became a metaphor for teasing out salient relationships often overlooked by the less subtle. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)

Europa Europa: Pop-Up Populists Categories: Europe     Author: Douglas Davis

Populists - on the far right and left - have popped up across Europe. The political Grand Tour today reveals the far-left Syriza and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn in Greece, the Front National in France, the Alternative and Linke in Germany, Flemish Interest in Belgium, the Party for Freedom in the Nethe

Asia Watch: Soft Power

Asia Watch: Soft Power Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

Israel's push to gain ground in Asia is nothing if not multifaceted and the growing trade and cultural links may yet reap political benefits over the long-term.  Much has been said already of the interest Israel's hi-tech industries are generating in Asia. Countries like Singapore and Chi

Nuclear Outsourcing to Pyongyang?

Nuclear Outsourcing to Pyongyang? Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran     Author: Emily B. Landau & Alon Levkowitz

There is a strong possibility that Iran will continue to benefit from North Korea's nuclear advances, and some of Iran's nuclear activities might take place in North Korea itself, using the "hermit state" as a convenient backyard.

Iran's Elections and the ‘Deep State'

Iran's Elections and the ‘Deep State' Categories: Iran     Author: Muhammad Sahimi

After the fraudulent presidential elections of 2009, Iran's "deep state" - the secret and semi-secret networks of hardliners in the security, intelligence and the judicial apparatus who supposedly support the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - banned the two major political organisations of the

Media Microscope: Labor daze Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The NSW ALP's state conference in February was the latest forum to debate whether to ban party members from travelling to Israel on sponsored trips, or else require they spend equal time in Palestinian areas. Like other ALP conferences, the fixation of elements of the party on Israel generated a wa

The Forces within the Syrian Maelstrom

The Forces within the Syrian Maelstrom Categories: Iran, Middle East, Russia, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

Over the ruined landscape of northern Syria, a number of core factors which today define the strategic reality of the Middle East are colliding. Close observation of that blighted area therefore offers clues as to the current state of play more broadly in the region - who is on the way up, who on th

The Last Word: Opening Eyes Categories: Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

When any of my discussions turned to the subject of the current tensions and prospect for a better future for Israelis and Palestinians, condemnations of the obsessive Israel-bashers in the West were passionate and consistent and often contained the same advice - let people exposed to crazed anti-Is

Essay: Antisemitism as Political Tool

Essay: Antisemitism as Political Tool Categories: Antisemitism, Asia     Author: Jon Emont

Malaysia is in political and economic crisis as it has been, now, for many months, due to a huge and still unresolved corruption scandal featuring a mysterious US$700 million that was transferred into a bank account belonging to the country's Prime Minister Najib Razak. The money arrived just before

The Origins of the BDS War

The Origins of the BDS War Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, NGOs, Palestinians     Author: Gerald Steinberg

Judging from media reports, anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) campaigns have been getting increasing attention around the world. Academics, musicians and athletes are pressured into boycotting Israel, and those falsely accusing Israel of violating international law are speaking up

Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amos Yadlin

For Israel, the question regarding the Hamas tunnels from Gaza into Israel is not only what action to take, but also the nature of the confrontation that is sure to follow such action. The repeated rounds of fighting in the Gaza Strip forced on Israel by Hamas since 2008 have not achieved the neces

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BDS on the Outer

BDS on the Outer Categories: Anti-Zionism, United States     Author: Ben Cohen

2016 may well be remembered as the year that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel finally died its death - in a clinical sense, at least. Across the US, state legislatures are passing bills that will outlaw state authorities from investing public funds in, and enter

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