Egypt: the Muslim Brotherhood

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Mass protests called by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood for Friday 23 mostly failed to materialise. Events in Egypt, and in particular the fate of the Muslim Brotherhood, will influence events throughout the Arab world and in Israel. We thank Conflicts Forum for their weekly comment circulated on 23 August which describes as "perhaps the most significant …

Yemen: fighting, drones, refugees – and dialogue

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Violence in Yemen continues. For example 13 people were reported killed on 19 August in Amran governorate north of Sanaa in tribal clashes between Houthis and Islah using heavy weapons . On 21 August the intelligence chief in Aden in the South was murdered along with his nephew by unknown gunmen. The US …

Israel: a villa in the jungle

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In an article in the Guardian of 20 August  the Israeli journalist Aluf Benn describes the normality of life in Israel contrasting with a deadly crackdown on protests in Egypt, civil war in Syria, car bombs in Lebanon, a refugee crisis in Jordan and sectarian war in Iraq. Israel has never appeared so …

Egypt: the military hunker down

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Fast-moving developments in Egypt continue to leave both media comment and international reaction trailing behind. Over 1,000 people have been killed in the last week. 36 Islamists arrested by the military were killed "attempting to escape", and 24 policemen were killed in Sinai, according to some reports execution-style. Muhammad Badi, Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood …

Lebanon: Hizbullah versus al-Qa’ida?

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A car bomb in the Shia southern suburb of Beirut Bir al-Abed on 9 July wounded over 50 people. On 15 August a second probable car bomb in Dahieh also a Shia area close to the Sayyid al-Shuhada complex where Hizbullah often holds mass rallies killed 22 people and injured at least 300 according to the Lebanese …

Security in the Sahara

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Since the French intervention Operation Serval in Mali in January and the In Amenas raid in the Algerian Sahara in which 39 foreign hostages were killed also in January there have been no security incidents in the Sahara which have caught the world's headlines. But there are regular reports of minor clashes and Sahara security remains a …

Egypt: bloody confrontation

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The determination of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of the deposed President Muhammad Mursi to continue their protest in the streets, and the determination of the military to remove them, led to bloody clashes on 14 August and confrontation again on 16 August. Hundreds were killed, but the numbers quoted by the two sides differ wildly. The Muslim …

America: love and hate

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America is both loved and hated in the Arab world and Iran. Loved for the progress it stands for including material development and non-material values from education to accountable government, hated for its political and military interventions nearly always ending in tears through the law of unintended consequences. In this it follows after the European imperialist powers …

Iraq: killing continues

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Over 70 people were killed in separate car bomb and other incidents during the holiday to mark the end of Ramadan. According to an AFP summary more than 800 people were killed in attacks during Ramadan. Militants struck targets ranging from cafes where Iraqis gathered after breaking their daily fast, to mosques where extended evening prayers were …

Palestine: talks to begin

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Following initial meetings in Washington last month what Reuters calls "the real discussions" start today 14 August "with Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni facing Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat in Jerusalem's King David Hotel. The negotiations will be moderated by U.S. envoy Martin Indyk, with the next encounter already pencilled in for later this month in the …