Analysis

Hague assumption on Egypt so wrong

By Robin Shepherd, February 10, 2011

It has been remarked by more than one observer of events in Egypt and the wider Middle East that whatever else the crowds have been chanting as they call for political reforms, the "Death to Israel" mantra has been notable for its absence.

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The good news: Iran may be next

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 10, 2011

Who's next? Which domino will be the next to fall? Which other Arab capital is about to see thousands of young demonstrators battling it out with police and calling for the speedy departure of their autocratic ruler, as we have over the past few weeks in Tunisia and Egypt?

Given that not one expert or analyst foresaw the events in Cairo and Tunis, one wonders how they can tell if and where it will happen again.

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Reporting at odds with text

By The Bicom team, February 3, 2011

VIn order to advance their particular story, Al Jazeera and the Guardian have had to misread or misrepresent significant portions of the text, omit other key sections, and demonstrate virtually no appreciation for the history of the negotiations.

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Killer who may be partner for peace

By Nathan Jeffay, February 3, 2011

Before becoming president, Shimon Peres said he would pardon him, and many Israelis, from the left to the centre-right, have long seen him as a potential peace partner. But the most famous Palestinian prisoner in Israeli detention says that today peace with Israel is "impossible".

The comments by Marwan Barghouti came in an interview with an Algerian newspaper.

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Hamas rushes police to Egyptian border

By Moeen Shamir, February 3, 2011

The news of the imminent demise of Egypt's government has prompted Hamas to rush dozens of policemen to Gaza's southern border.

In the border town of Rafah, tunnel owners said their business had declined since the unrest erupted in Egypt one week ago. "Smuggling is still going on, but it is very slow. Most of the goods are stuck on the Egyptian side of Rafah," said Abu al-Baraa, an owner of one of the tunnels.

Residents in the town said Hamas and Egyptian security forces were manning the border in large numbers to prevent any people - particularly extremists - from crossing over.

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One by one, dominoes fall across Middle East

By Nathan Jeffay, February 3, 2011

The Middle East unrest puts paid to the logic that what's bad for your enemy is good for you.

Between Jordan and the Mediterranean there are three governments which all have contempt for each other, but all of which, for different and sometimes contradictory reasons, view the latest developments with discomfort.

When the citizens of Tunisia took to the streets in December, analysts were talking of a possible domino effect across the region. Now there can be little doubt that this is happening.

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Antisemitism is still alive and well

By Mark Gardner, February 3, 2011

Since 2000, we have seen a significant increase in antisemitic incidents triggered by repeated antisemitic reactions to events in and around Israel and the Middle East. In 2010 there was no comparable "trigger event", but CST still recorded the second-highest number of incidents since we began this work in 1984. Why?

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Palestinian Solidarity Campaign hits youth trail

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2011

The efforts of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to appeal to younger activists are causing concern among pro-Israel supporters.

A PSC rally last week to mark the second anniversary of Operation Cast Lead and the Gaza conflict heard speakers including veteran campaigner Tony Benn and the organisation's campaigns director, Sarah Colborne.

But it was two youthful, energetic speakers who roused the crowd. The appearance of hip-hop artist Lowkey, and political activist Jody McIntyre, gave what had been a staid rally a vibrant, contemporary atmosphere.

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Are the revolts across the Arab world linked?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 27, 2011

It is tempting to lump the unrest sweeping the Arab world this week into one tidal wave, but the scenario in each country is unique.

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Settlements are a side issue. Believe me now?

By Robin Shepherd, January 27, 2011

One reason that political disagreements are often so enduring is that in the most heated cases there is rarely anything available which would count as proof, knocking dead one side of the debate and offering a definitive victory to the other.

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