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Egyptian Revolution 2011

  • The “Obama Doctrine:” A blessing or a curse for the conflict?

    The end of the Gaddafi regime in Libya proved that U.S. President Barack Obama’s doctrine of “leading from behind” was a success. But the Obama Doctrine is not only a new approach to war - it extends to foreign policy on the whole, and therefore has already begun to affect the Israeli-Palestinian conflict When U.S. President Barack Obama decided to let other nations take a leading role during the war in Libya, the criticism was quick to come from every corner. They claimed he was doing too little, that he didn’t consult, that he was scared of using the air…

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  • Why Ron Paul has my vote (if I had been a Republican, that is)

    The Romney-Perry boxing match might have stolen the show last night during the Republican debate, but for me it was Ron Paul who unexpectedly (yes, hell has apparently frozen over) became my hero, with his answer about foreign aid to Israel: MR. COOPER: Congressman Paul, would you cut aid to Israel? REP. PAUL: I would cut all foreign aid. I would treat everybody equally and fairly. And I don’t think aid to Israel actually helps them. I think it teaches them to be dependent. We’re on a bankruptcy court — course — and we — and look at what’s the…

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  • Arab republican dictators: A dying breed

    Six months ago, there were five Arab republican dictators. Now, all but Syria's president are out or on their way, and even Assad is facing his biggest challenge since succeeding his father a decade ago The "Arab Spring" of the last six months has already swept away the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt. Libya's ruler seems unlikely to survive, and the Yemeni president has agreed to step down in exchange for immunity. This means that the republican dictatorship, once an important type of regime in the Arab world, is on its last legs. Or, more accurately, its last leg. Syria's…

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  • Passover: Why did god harden the Pharaoh's heart?

    If the pharaoh is not allowed to repent, why go through with the charade of giving him an option? If the point is a display of divine power, why does one need to go through the pharaoh at all? Tonight marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover, commemorating the Israelites' exodus from Egypt. On this occasion, each Jew is expected to consider herself as having personally participated in this historical event; because if the exodus had not happened, Jews would still be slaves in Egypt. Therefore, this event has contributed to every Jew's liberation in perpetuity. Taken literally,…

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  • IDF hopes Palestinians will be violent

    Some people in Israel are still naïve enough to think that the IDF's task is to ensure the security of Israel and its residents. Here is what a senior officer serving in the West Bank told Ha'aretz (full credit for all the bizarre syntax and grammar errors in the following quotes should be given to Ha'aretz translators): "In the past year, even before the events in Egypt and Tunisia, we connected the dots and decided what was needed in the [IDF] division [in charge of the West Bank], down to the level of inventory of crowd-dispersal means and the preparation…

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  • Age of revolutions: The day after the squares are taken

    Change is coming to the Middle East, but it’s a much slower process than we’d like to think By Yael Lavie The Middle East revolution age has begun. Its time has come. Geographically moving from Eastern Europe in historical decade intervals, every global region gets its revolutionary age. It is always an exciting time to watch if you are not a member of the region experiencing the jolts of revolt personally, rather viewing them comfortably on TV or your Ipad these days. You sip your tea, you nod your head in approval and believe in the power of people to…

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  • From Madison to Cairo, the people are rising

    I can’t help but wonder - is there a connection between the Wisconsin protests and the victory in Tahrir Square? It seems that no matter where you look these days, people are starting to stand for their rights. Here in the Mideast, the region is changing right before our eyes, at a pace that none of us could ever have dreamed. The past week has also seen some of the largest protests in America since the Vietnam war, and they’re taking place in Madison, Wisconsin. The middle and working class of the state are standing by the unions and have…

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  • Eyes on the prize: A Palestinian analysis of the Egyptian revolution

    When the Egyptian people went to the streets to demand their freedom, they stuck to one message: Mubarak must go and the regime must fall. By keeping their eyes on the prize, the protesters succeeded in achieving their goal. What lessons can the Palestinian people learn from the Egyptian revolution? By Maath Musleh Like most Palestinians, I was glued to the television screen during the unexpected uprising in Egypt. This did not feel like an Egyptian revolution; it felt like our revolution – the revolution of the Arab people, who have waited so long for their freedom. I watched the…

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