Analysis

Settler-run tourism sparks political tensions

By Nathan Jeffay, March 3, 2011

With just over six weeks to go before Passover, Israel is awash with advertisements for excursions during the festival. But standard destinations are facing unlikely competition - from highly-charged political sites.

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Barak's out, so where next for Labour Party?

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2011

Three historical ruling parties in the Middle East have taken severe beatings over the last two months: Egypt's National Democratic Party, Tunisia's Constitutional Democratic Party and Israel's Labour Party.

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Edinburgh can be blueprint for future

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2011

The unexpectedly calm proceedings at Edinburgh should act as a beacon and a blueprint for future campus events.

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University report excuses hate speech

By Raheem Kassam, February 24, 2011

In naming their report Freedom of speech on campus, I am sure Universities UK thought they would curry favour with the liberal-minded among us.

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Let's not see a return of the Jedi

By Dr David Graham, February 24, 2011

The 2001 Census recorded 270,000 Jews in Britain - and 360,000 Star War "Jedis," as a result of a hoax email campaign which, undoubtedly, raised a chuckle.

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Barack Obama is not the Israel-basher now

By Robin Shepherd, February 24, 2011

There is a fascinating detail arising from the American decision to veto last week's UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank as "illegal".

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Cameron simply does not get it

By Melanie Phillips, February 24, 2011

David Cameron's claim that failure to arrive at a "two-state solution" to the Arab-Israel impasse has caused terrorism and instability and helped excuse authoritarianism is surely a first for a Britis

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Libyan revolution makes it clear - not one Arab state is immune now

February 24, 2011

None of the many lists compiled two weeks ago, following the resignation of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, put forward Libya as the next Arab dictatorship that was ripe for falling.

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Not a revolution, but a military coup

By Tim Marshall, February 17, 2011

Optimists peered through the Cairo dawn of February 12 and heralded a people's revolution ushering in a new era of freedom and democracy.

Less enthusiastic observers, looking through the exhaust smoke of the reversing tanks, saw a coup backed by a regime which will spend the year shoring up its power even as it prepares the country for free elections.

Egypt cannot go back to how things were, but this was no revolution. People power delivered the military what it wanted - the chance to get rid of Mubarak and ensure his son Gamal could not accede to the throne.

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West should be clear on goals

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, February 17, 2011

It is too early to tell whether Egypt and Tunisia will be the harbinger of an Arab spring of democracy. Both could go the way of Eastern Europe in 1989. But they could also be a rehash of Russia in 1917, Egypt in 1952, Iraq in 1958, or Iran in 1979, when the ousting of a hated rulerin favour of a new regime was exploited by dark forces.

But as Egypt goes, so does the Arab world. Jordan, Yemen, and Bahrain are now convulsed by popular unrest; Algeria, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia could be next.

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