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Debate: The U.N. Should Admit Palestine as a Full Member State

On September 23, 2011, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to request full membership for the State of Palestine. America’s veto power renders their bid largely symbolic, but there could be leverage gained – like indirect recognition of statehood – in the process. After 20 years of failed talks with Israel, … Continue reading

Turkish Political Opinion in the Wake of 2011

As the year 2011 was drawing to an end, MetroPOLL, a renowned research institution, published the results of a public opinion survey on vital issues. Here are some of the findings: 71 percent of respondents endorse the official foreign policy, while only 25 percent find it unsuccessful. When these figures are compared with those of … Continue reading

Opinion Poll in the West Bank and Gaza on: Arab Spring, UN Initiative, Palestinian Political System, Internal Issues/Priorities Elections

Highlights of an opinion poll conducted in the West Bank and Gaza, by the Arab World for Research and Development: The majority of Palestinians (85 percent) support holding a parliamentary election next May 2012 as agreed to in the revised Cairo Agreement. Palestinians continue to place the highest importance on achieving national reconciliation with 96 percent … Continue reading

Al-Nour Party

Established in the wake of the 25 January uprising, Al-Nour (“The Light”) Party is the largest of Egypt’s three licensed Salafist parties (the other two being Al-Asala and Al-Fadila Parties). It was established by Al-Da‘wa Al-Salafiyya (“The Salafist Call”), Egypt’s largest Salafist group, commonly known as Al-Daawa Movement. Al-Daawa started in Alexandria where it now … Continue reading

Poll, November 2011 – Perpetuation of the Palestinian Authority and US policy

A public opinion poll conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre showed that the majority of respondents (51.2%) said they were satisfied with the decision of the Palestinian leadership to halt negotiations and resort to the United Nations while 15.1% said they were dissatisfied. The poll showed that the balance of powers between Fatah … Continue reading

The 2011 Arab Public Opinion Poll

The Arab-Israeli Issue: A majority of Arabs polled (67%) continue to say they’re prepared for peace with Israel based on a two state solution along the 1967 borders. At the same time, a majority (53%) say that such a solution will never happen. Yet a majority (54%) also believes that if the two state solution … Continue reading

Map of Egyptian political parties

The Arabist, Egypt For the full document, with details on each party, click here


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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