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Abbas’s Police State

Jonathan Schanzer argues that the West Bank, under President Mahmoud Abbas’s authority, is becoming a police state. His allegations are based primarily on a number of crackdowns on free speech, mainly journalists, newspapers and TV stations that have been critical of president Abbas in the last few years. All evidence seems to tell us that these crackdowns … Continue reading

Egypt PM defends action against NGOs

After recent threats by the United States to cut the annual 1.3bn dollars aid if Egypt doesn’t stop the crackdown on american NGOs, Kamal el-Ganzouri, Egypt’s military-backed prime minister said that they won’t quit over pressure from Western countries. There are currently 19 Americans and 24 others on trial , being accused of illegally using foreign money to support unrest in … Continue reading

Amr Moussa’s vision for Egypt could upset military

Former Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa is a top contender for the presidential seat in Egypt’s new-found democracy. In a recent interview, he said that the military, under his leadership, would be one of the basic institutions in Egypt and not a separate one with its own rules which the military has enjoyed under Mubarak’s regime. He … Continue reading

Analysis: There is no ‘Turkish model’ for Egypt

Egypt’s young revolutionaries hold Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) as an example for Egypt in its democratic struggle. Their praise the AKP’s ability to cope with secular democracy in a mostly Muslim society. But the reason behind the Turkish islamists’ pragmatism and acceptance of secular democracy is clearly identifiable: it is those neoliberal reforms … Continue reading

Egypt’s transition to democracy grows more messy

Mohammed ElBaradei’s decision to pullout of the presidential race in Egypt came to some as a surprise while others believe it is a calculated move to discredit the political process for it’s disordely and fast pace. The Nobel Peace prize laureate made harsh criticism aimed at SCAF’s generals during Saturday’s announcement. In his withdrawal statement, … 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

Opinion: Is there a peace partner?

Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, says Israeli needs to stop examining the Palestinians’ readiness to come to the negotiating table and take a long hard look at their own readiness. Hartman mentions three areas in which Israelis need to change their rhetoric and actions in order to see … Continue reading

Israeli cabinet backs bill banning use of Nazi, Holocaust terms

Knesset Member Uri Ariel (National Union) proposed a new billon Monday that would ban the use of the word Nazi and of Holocaust terms and symbols, except in the context of education, documentation or historical reporting. If passes, a person could  be incarcerated for up to 6 months and receive a fine of up to NIS 100,000 ($26,000) … Continue reading

Dismantle Israeli democracy and replace it with Jewish law, says settler leader

Benny Katzover, head of the Committee of Samaria Settlers since 2008, recently gave an interview with Beit Mashiach, a messianic Chabad journal with ties to the settler movement. In the interview he says that Israeli democracy has one roll left, that is to dismantle and change the law of land over to a halakhic state. He also states … Continue reading

Analysis: Egypt’s anti-Western future: Rhetoric or reality?

The American threats have sparked an outcry amongst Egypt’s conservative groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party. The FJP’s legal advisor, Ahmad Abu-Baraka, said on Sunday that the party will ask the newly-elected parliament to abolish the US aid, which he claimed “serves as a means to interfere with Egypt’s internal issues’; reportedly … Continue reading

Egyptians vote in final phase of landmark polls; Islamists have biggest share of seats

Egyptians were set to vote on Tuesday in the final round of a landmark post-revolution election that has propelled Islamist movements into the center stage of politics. Al Arabiya, Saudi Arabia Click here for the full story

Analysis: Is model Turkey sliding into authoritarianism?

The trial of prize-winning Turkish journalist Nedim Sener resumed today. His case, along with many others, are raising concerns about Turkey and its model democracy in the Middle East. The Christian Science Monitor, United States Click here for the full story

Opinion: Fostering Political Change in Egypt

Egypt will not become a liberal democracy overnight. Washington is betting on the wrong horse in Cairo. The National Interest, United States Click here for the full story

Analysis: The Arab Big Bang

Looking around the region today, with unsettled conditions in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and Libya in particular, it seems obvious that the Arab world is experiencing not only a crisis of regimes, but a crisis of states as well. Jordan Times, Jordan Click here for the full story

Iraqi Vice President: Maliki Is Becoming a New Saddam

After fleeing to Kurdistan, a semi-autonomous region in Northern Iraq, Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi declared that the Iraqi political system is “drifting from building democracy to building an autocratic regime” — and implied that Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, was becoming a new Saddam Hussein. Foreign Policy, United States Click here for the full story

Opinion: SCAF’s psychological warfare

SCAF is engaging in highly proficient psychological warfare, complete with leaked reports of a grand conspiracy concocted by “external elements” and their “internal allies” to ruin Egypt on none other than Jan. 25, 2012. The alleged plot aims to provoke confrontations between protesters and the army, to fuel chaos and civil strife to be used as … Continue reading

Protesters clash with military in Cairo

Deadly clashes sparked by army move to shut down sit-in outside cabinet offices, as election process continues. Al Jazeera, Qatar  

Analysis: Is Egypt becoming another Pakistan?

The past experience of three major players on the Egyptian political scene ― the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), the US Embassy and Islamists ― suggests that Egypt may soon come to resemble Pakistan. Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt Click here for the full story

Opinion: Who’s afraid of the Brotherhood?

The intensity of the past few days separating the announcement of the results of the first round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections and the beginning of the second round yesterday have been such that every new day has carried with it developments that have seemed to bring ever closer the prospect of an open clash between … Continue reading

Tunisia installs former dissident Moncef Marzouki as president

Tunisia on Monday installed as its new president a former dissident who was imprisoned and then exiled for opposing former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, a new landmark in the country’s post-revolutionary transition to democracy. Al Arabiya, Saudi Arabia Click here for the full story


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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