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March 3 Blogging

• Dashiell Shapiro wants Gaza returned to Egypt. But she (gulp) hinges her argument on this point: Returning Gaza to Egyptian control could allow political and cultural influence to flow north instead of south. Specifically, a Muslim Brotherhood with relatively moderate positions necessary for competing in national elections could have a constructive influence on Hamas.

Anti-Semitism and Arab Democracy: Connecting the Dots

If you want to understand Israeli concerns about where the Egyptian revolution may go, Richard Cohen’s a must-read. Instead of talking about strategic issues or superficially discussing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda, Cohen connects the dots between Nazi Germany, Palestinian nationalism, Islamic fundamentalism with today’s players. Dot no. 1: “Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of

The 3 Dumbest Things Written by Intellectuals Visiting Libya

I just gave a thumbs-up to Martin Kramer‘s list of the dumbest things written by Western intellectuals who did junkets to Libya. • 3d place: The shores of Tripoli by Stephen Walt http://goo.gl/pkzZu: “Libya doesn’t feel like other police states that I have visited.” • 2d place: My chat with the colonel by Anthony Giddens http://goo.gl/VCEo4:

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Arab Uprising Puts Palestinian Intelligentsia On Defensive

My antennae began twitching this morning when I saw Dr. Ahmed Tibi engaged in some damage control this morning. You see, Tibi visited Libya last year — a delegation of Arab-Israeli leaders were guests of Col. Gadaffi on a trip subsidized by the Libyan government. Tibi’s aware that these days, Latin American autocrats are the only people who think

How About a Bahraini Apartheid Week?

Just finished reading the latest from Nick Kristof, Is This Apartheid in Bahrain? Can you imagine the outrage if Israel treated Israeli Arabs and Palestinians the same way Kristof describes Bahrain’s Sunni elite treating Shias? There’s a fear of the rabble, a distrust of full democracy, a sense of entitlement. Apartheid isn’t exactly the right metaphor,

Which Headline is Out of Place?

As the Arab world burns, which of these six headlines is out of place? Libya defiant as hundreds of protesters feared dead Iran protests: capital under lockdown Region’s Protests Spread to Morocco Yemeni Police Fire on Marchers Opposition Demands Dissolution of Bahraini Government Palestinians want ‘day of rage’ against US If the PA’s looking for

Myths & Facts of the UN Security Council Settlements Vote

The UN Security Council’s meeting tomorrow to vote on a resolution against Israeli settlement activity. It’s time to clear up a few myths out there. Myth: A US veto will spark Arab rage. Fact: Arab Days of Rage are trendy, but none are directed at Israel. Myth: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the biggest source of regional

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