Arab Spring

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Analysis: Syria faces neo-mujahideen struggle

The Assad government will have to face a full scale insurgency – foreign sponsored – , a “neo-mujahideen” struggle that looms over Syria according to Victor Kotsev. He argues that countries with the greatest stakes in Syria, namely: Turkey, United States and Russia and of course Syria itself are all using the failed ceasefire and … Continue reading

Analysis: Arab revolts fail to stir divided Palestinians

While the rest of the region is subject to intense movements of protest, Noah Browning attempts to explain why such massive demonstrations did not take place in the Palestinian territories. According to the author, it is the division of the Palestinian leadership, the lack of support for movements of protests against Israel by this very … Continue reading

Opinion: Understanding the truth behind Bahrain

Sami-al-Awar argues here that Bahrain is the victim of poor publicity by human rights organizations and Western media which do not understand “the difference between countries in the region and treat them all the same in their approach to events.” The authors indeed claim that the small island country is, despite the need for further … Continue reading

Analysis: Hamas drifting away from longtime patron Iran

In the wake of the Arab Spring, Hamas seems to be drifting away from the Iran-Syria axis and moving towards the wealthy Gulf states. Khaled Mashaal, Hamas top leader, said the movement needs to be part of the Islamist political rise in the Arab world triggered by popular uprisings and Hamas must therefore distance itself from Iran which is … Continue reading

Calls for strike divide Egypt as Muslim Brotherhood snubs government

Religious authorities in Egypt are calling on unions and youth groups across the country for a boycott of the strike that is planned for Saturday February 11. Egyptian protesters are planning mass walkouts and civil disobedience to demand a quicker transfer of power from the SCAF military rule to a civilian rule. Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayib, Grand Imam of … Continue reading

Analysis: Egypt’s army too big to fail

More than a year has passed since the start of the Egyptian revolution and yet protestors are still violent and the situation remains volatile despite the efforts of the interim SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces) government. This has caused many Egyptians to call for the military to surrender complete leadership to the citizens, an … Continue reading

Analysis: Israeli leaders’ silence on Assad’s crackdown reflects fears of uncertain future

While the international community has been busy handing out condemnations to Syria, Israel has remained distant and ambiguous in its remarks concerning the Assad regime’s crackdown. According to Eyal Zisser, an Israeli historian at Tel Aviv University, the uprising worries Israelis, especially the upholding of the status quo of peaceful enmity and the proliferation of … Continue reading

Analysis: Hamas on the move, seeks Palestinian ascendancy

While the Arab spring has been shaking up countries in the region, Meshaal seems to be looking for new allies to bring Hamas to the forefront of the Palestinian national movement again. The Islamist movements’ ties to Syria and Iran seem to be loosened, as it has pursued the reconciliation with pro-peace Fatah movement of … Continue reading

Opinion: Egypt’s tragedy: This is not just soccer violence

After clashes at a soccer game in Port Said yesterday between the local Marsy team and Cairo’s Ahly team, a lot of questions remain unanswered. For instance, why was there practically no security present at the game? The two teams have a long history of rivalry and there is always a serious potential for violence between them. … Continue reading

Opinion: Mubarak shouldn’t be executed

A report says that deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has sent multiple letters to the leaders of countries that were friendly to his regime including the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Italy, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. In the letters, Mubarak ask the leaders to save him from the death penalty which was proposed … Continue reading

Analysis: Hamas chief’s visit to Jordan marks culmination of Arab Spring aftermath

Taylor Luck writes that the visit of Hamas chief Khaled Mishaal to Jordan is a “diplomatic and strategic necessity” for the Jordanian authorities, according to observers. Analysts see Hamas’ visit to Jordan as a direct result of a year of uprisings in the Arab world. With the strong popular support for Islamist movements in Arab … Continue reading

Opinion: Women have been an essential component of the uprising in Syria

Women, to the disbelief of many critics, have been an essential component of the uprising in Syria, says Rime Allaf. Critics claim that women have been absent from the uprising, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. While they were, by default, absent at the beginning (most protests began in mosques), women have taken … Continue reading

Hamas Leader Abandons Longtime Base in Damascus

After weeks of rumors, Khaled Mashal, leader of Hamas, has effectively left Syria after being based there for years. “The situation there does not allow the leadership to be present,” an official from the Islamist movement said referring to the current violence that left thousands death in Syria. “There are no more Hamas leaders in Damascus.” … Continue reading

Report: Saudi Arabia to recognize Syrian National Council

Saudi Arabia will recognize the Syrian National Council, according to Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi Foreign Minister. The Syrian National Council serves as the main opposition group, composed of exiles and based in Istanbul, Turkey. It is also in command of the Free Syrian Army, a group made of defected members of the Syrian military which has … Continue reading

Scorecard: Egypt since the revolution

Egypt’s revolution came to life on January 25th, 2011 and since then the military generals of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces have been the de facto rulers of Egypt. Egyptian protesters had many demands that had to be met quickly by the military after the toppling of former president Hosni Mubarak currently on … Continue reading

Islamists win 70% of Egypt People’s Assembly party list seats

Egypt’s electoral commission has published the final results of the first parliamentarian elections in the country since the ousting of President Mubarak. Islamist parties received, as a whole, account for 70% of the People’s Assembly. The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), party of the Muslim Brotherhood, secured 38% of the seats. The Salafist Al Nour … Continue reading

Turkey’s Kurds could shun the PKK and rise up similar to Arab Spring, brother of jailed PKK leader says

Turkey’s Kurdish population, which makes up as much as 20% of the country’s more than 72 million people, are fed up of broken promises by Turkey’s government and by the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), which Turkey, along with the United States and Europe, considers a terrorist organization, according to the PKK’s jailed leader’s brother. The … Continue reading

Analysis: Possible way out for Syrian regime

In the face of massive unrest at home, international condemnation for its handling of the unrest, and rumors of foreign intervention, the Assad regime may have a way out, says Osama Al Sharif. The Arab League’s weak monitoring mission, the United States’ distractions in an election year, Europe’s dealing with a fiscal crisis, and Russia … Continue reading

Debate: The cost of Syria’s crackdown

Ten months of protests and a violent crackdown have taken a severe toll on the Syrian economy. Its currency is weakening, the recession is deepening and the government is so short of cash that it has been forced to levy a special tax on state workers. Is Syria facing a severe economic decline? And are … Continue reading

Analysis: Egypt’s triumphant Muslim Brotherhood eyes political credibility

Analysts say the Muslim Brotherhood is looking to show the world it’s credibility as Egypt’s leading party. After winning the majority of seats in the parliamentary elections, the Muslim Brotherhood wants to establish a coalition with other Egyptian parties. Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) chief Mohammed Mursi said “The party believes that all political powers … Continue reading


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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