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December 2 2014

From MEI Editor's Blog Tue Dec 2 2014, 20:22:00

Binyamin Netanyahu's call for new elections after public divisions within his coalition led him to oust two of his centrist coalition partners is likely to produce an electoral campaign largely based on personalities; he is clearly gambling on the fact that present polling suggests that the results may allow him to form a government consisting solely of rightist and religious parties. Polls can change in the course of a heated campaign, but by scrapping the parties of Yair Lapid nd Tzipi Livni, who were moderating elements in the 19th Knesset, the prospect may be for an even more rightist coalition by next spring.

I'm sure I'll have more to say as we go along.

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From MEI Editor's Blog Tue Dec 2 2014, 20:22:00

Binyamin Netanyahu's call for new elections after public divisions within his coalition led him to oust two of his centrist coalition partners is likely to produce an electoral campaign largely based on personalities; he is clearly gambling on the fact that present polling suggests that the results may allow him to form a government consisting solely of rightist and religious parties. Polls can change in the course of a heated campaign, but by scrapping the parties of Yair Lapid nd Tzipi Livni, who were moderating elements in the 19th Knesset, the prospect may be for an even more rightist coalition by next spring.

I'm sure I'll have more to say as we go along.

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December 1 2014

From MEI Editor's Blog Mon Dec 1 2014, 18:41:00

Though as we have seen in our posts on the origins of the Great War in the Middle East a century ago, the British hoped until the last minute to keep the Ottoman Empire from entering the war on the side of Germany and Austria, it was hardly a complete surprise. Given Germany's role in training the Ottoman Army, building the Baghdad railway, etc., they also had plans for the contingency of Ottoman belligerency. In fact, there had been a brief threat of war and a British ultimatum in 1906, in what came to be known as the Taba crisis, or sometimes, especially on the Turkish side, the 'Aqaba crisis. It was largely forgotten until the 1980s, when in the wake of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, Israel and Egypt submitted a dispute over where exactly the border at Taba ran to international ...

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From MEI Editor's Blog Mon Dec 1 2014, 18:41:00

Though as we have seen in our posts on the origins of the Great War in the Middle East a century ago, the British hoped until the last minute to keep the Ottoman Empire from entering the war on the side of Germany and Austria, it was hardly a complete surprise. Given Germany's role in training the Ottoman Army, building the Baghdad railway, etc., they also had plans for the contingency of Ottoman belligerency. In fact, there had been a brief threat of war and a British ultimatum in 1906, in what came to be known as the Taba crisis, or sometimes, especially on the Turkish side, the 'Aqaba crisis. It was largely forgotten until the 1980s, when in the wake of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, Israel and Egypt submitted a dispute over where exactly the border at Taba ran to international ...

I've previously discussed the anomalous position of Egypt: still nominally an Ottoman province ruled by a hereditary Khedive, yet a de facto virtual British protectorate since 1882. (Later this month we'll see how Britain resolved the contradiction in December 1914. ...

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From MEI Editor's Blog Mon Dec 1 2014, 16:17:00

Al Jazeera via Jane's

To anyone my age the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom was one of the most familiar of military aircraft for decades, but these days in the US you're more likely to see one in a museum or a retrospective air show than in combat. but the picture above, which is undeniably an F-4, is said to be attacking ISIS positions in Iraq's Diyala Province. If so, it is most likely evidence taht the Iranian Air Force is providing ground support to Iraqi forces fighting ISIS.

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From MEI Editor's Blog Mon Dec 1 2014, 11:59:00

A decision will be reached in the next 48 hours on whether to release former Egyptian President Husni Mubarak from prison. Despite his having charges dropped against him over the weekend, he is serving time under a separate three-year corruption sentence handed down earlier this year. Egyptian law, however counts time in prison prior to his sentencing as time served, and the authorities are now calculating how much time, if any, he still has to serve. He will likely go free.

Demonstrations against the verdict have rocked university campuses around the country. The state media tend to blame the Muslim Brotherhood for all demonstrations these days, but secular supporters of the 2011 uprising are also taking to the streets.

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From MEI Editor's Blog Mon Dec 1 2014, 11:59:00

A decision will be reached in the next 48 hours on whether to release former Egyptian President Husni Mubarak from prison. Despite his having charges dropped against him over the weekend, he is serving time under a separate three-year corruption sentence handed down earlier this year. Egyptian law, however counts time in prison prior to his sentencing as time served, and the authorities are now calculating how much time, if any, he still has to serve. He will likely go free.

Demonstrations against the verdict have rocked university campuses around the country. The state media tend to blame the Muslim Brotherhood for all demonstrations these days, but secular supporters of the 2011 uprising are also taking to the streets.

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November 29 2014

From MEI Editor's Blog Sat Nov 29 2014, 20:39:00

The verdict today acquitting Husni Mubarak on the murder and other serious charges that were facing him seems to drive the final nail in the coffin of the January 25 Revolution. But before one assumes that this is theend, note that there have been only limited improvements in the economy and the "stability" promised by the government is anything but in evidence. the next explosion may be far less peaceful than what happened in 2011, when most of the violence came from the Mubarak side. (Though now that everyone charged with killing protesters has had charges dropped, perhaps they all died some other way?)

I'm sure I'll have more to say in coming days.

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From MEI Editor's Blog Sat Nov 29 2014, 20:39:00

The verdict today acquitting Husni Mubarak on the murder and other serious charges that were facing him seems to drive the final nail in the coffin of the January 25 Revolution. But before one assumes that this is the end, note that there have been only limited improvements in the economy and the "stability" promised by the government is anything but in evidence. the next explosion may be far less peaceful than what happened in 2011, when most of the violence came from the Mubarak side. (Though now that everyone charged with killing protesters has had charges dropped, perhaps they all died some other way?)

I'm sure I'll have more to say in coming days.

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