The Middle Eastern Cold War

There are many cracks in the Arab Street.

A cold war is "the key to understanding the Middle East in the 21st century." So argue Yigal Carmon and three of his colleagues at the Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI) in a recent study, "An Escalating Regional Cold War."They have identified a major confrontation that the media has somehow missed - and which is the more important for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's just having been re-designated as president of Iran.

Middle East Expert: The Abraham Accords Contain “Secret Clauses” Pertaining To Temple Mount

Beware of making a covenant with the inhabitants of the land against which you are advancing, lest they be a snare in your midst. Exodus 34:12 (The Israel BibleTM) Pinhas Inbari, a journalist, author, and expert...

Shia-Sunni schism: A challenge to world peace

http://dawn.com/news/1057412/shia-sunni-schism-a-challenge-to-world-peace The recent violence in Rawalpindi or the bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut are not the only manifestations of the intra-Muslim sectarian discord. The inability of Muslims to settle a 7th century dispute...

Jordan’s Protests: Arab Spring Lite?

http://www.fpri.org/enotes/2011/201107.helfont_helfont.jordan.html Samuel Helfont is a Ph.D Candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and an Associate Scholar of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is the author of Yusuf al-Qaradawi: Islam and Modernity (2009)...

IRAN: THE RISE OF A REGIONAL POWER

Volume 10, No. 3, Article 10/10 September 2006 One of the most important developments in the early twenty-first century Middle East is the rise of Iran to become a regional great power. This has come about...

Club Med for Terrorists

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/opinion/qatar-club-med-for-terrorists.html?_r=2 UNITED NATIONS THE hostilities in Gaza between Israel and Hamas persist and the diplomatic war at the United Nations continues, also without resolution. While there is no shortage of opinions on the way forward, the...

The Big Split in the Revolutionary Islamist Movement: Sunni and Shia Blocs Emerge

http://rubinreports.blogspot.com/2011/08/big-split-in-revolutionary-islamist.html A development of huge importance is happening in the Middle East, equivalent perhaps to the Sino-Soviet conflict’s effect on the Cold War era: the division of revolutionary Islamists into separate Sunni and Shia camps. Of...

PA Media Reflecting Internal Strife

June 16, 2005 Background Analysis-up front There are several strong messages at the edges of the press reports in the Palestinian Authority (PA) which do not always find themselves in the headlines but which is becoming...

Incisive Commentary

December 6, 2007 "Stumbling Blocks" Here we have, as if they were needed, more reasons why negotiating with the PA is impossible: The Hamas-dominated Palestinian Legislative Council has passed a law (first reading) saying that any concession...

Proposed Palestinian State – US Asset or Liability?

1. THE NATURE OF THE PROPOSED PALESTINIAN STATE, AND ITS IMPACT ON REGIONAL STABILITY, TERRORISM AND AMERICAN INTERESTS AND VALUES are attested by the raging Palestinian civil war and by the track record of...