Analysis

Why West can expect less hostile Al Jazeera

By John R Bradley, September 27, 2011

Al Jazeera, the hugely influential, Qatar-based, Arabic-language satellite news channel, has replaced its high-profile news director, Wadah Khanfar, on the back of WikiLeaks revelations that he toned down the station's Iraq coverage in 2004 and 2005 in direct response to criticism from American officials.

Copies of critical reports of the station's coverage, drawn up by the US Defence Intellige

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Why don't you give the Kurds a state, Erdogan?

By Robin Shepherd, September 27, 2011

Reports that the United States has agreed to deploy predator drones in Turkey to aid Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his battle against Kurdish separatists will provoke wry smiles among those used to both hypocrisy over counter-terrorism strategy in the Middle East and the blatant double standards of an increasingly anti-Israeli Turkey.

The decision, if it goes ahead, forms part of a dea

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That was then, this is now: campus change

By Arieh Kovler, September 27, 2011

It's hard for today's students to judge whether campus life is better or worse than in the past. Most Jewish students are at university for three years, and those few who become sabbatical officers in student unions or UJS will only extend that time by a year or two.

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Palestinian UN bid: so much for the diplomatic tsunami

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 27, 2011

Mahmoud Abbas's first stop upon his return to Ramallah on Sunday was at the grave of his predecessor, Yasir Arafat. Ostensibly he was paying homage to the father of the Palestinian national movement. In reality he was finally claiming the leader's mantle.

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Israelis flock to Germany

By Toby Axelrod, September 22, 2011

Israelis are moving to Germany in unprecedented numbers - and finding a receptive atmosphere.

Over the past ten years, thousands of Israelis have settled in the German capital. The German-Israel Society estimates there are 8,000, but the figure could be as high as 15,000.

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Reunification fuelled the neo-Nazi fire

By Liam Hoare, September 22, 2011

Jamel represents the failings of German reunification writ large. A hamlet in the German Land of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, it is a neo-Nazi settlement where people Hitler salute in the street.

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'Our culture must be renewed here'

By Anna Sheinman, September 22, 2011

This week there were speeches, processions and a wreath-laying in Vilnius and nearby suburb Ponar, where 70,000 Jews were murdered between 1941 and 1944.

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Wreaths laid, but doubt hangs in the air

By Geoff Vasil, September 22, 2011

Today is Lithuanian Holocaust Day. This is the day the Vilna Ghetto was "liquidated" in 1943, but is not generally known among Lithuanians. It does not even appear on the Wikipedia list of Lithuanian holidays, although Molotov-Ribbentrop Day, August 23, does. September 23 usually receives a few minutes on the evening news - after it's over.

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Durban III: the hatefest is back

By Shimon Samuels, September 22, 2011

As the only Jew elected to the International Steering Committee (ISC) for Durban, I was gagged in the preparatory meetings in Warsaw and Santiago; offered a deal in Geneva by the PLO legal counsel ("we will give you the Holocaust if you give us Palestine"); denied access to the last preparatory gathering in Tehran and expelled unceremoniously in Durban itself as "the world Jew".

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It is in nobody's interest to engage in lawfare

By Robbie Sabel, September 22, 2011

International law defines an entity as a state if it has a permanent population, boundaries, an effective government and the ability to sign treaties and exchange diplomatic missions. Even if these conditions are present, other states have discretion as to whether to recognise such a new international entity.

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