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Egypt’s distrust of Hamas strains Palestinian ties

Could Egypt be doing more to broker a peace deal between Israel and Gazan militants? Rachel Williamson, freelance journalist in Cairo, says although Egypt used to support the Palestinian cause, its fear of Hamas has caused it to take a step back.

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Jake Lynch: my year of fighting anti-Semitism charges

Shurat HaDin took Associate Professor Jake Lynch to court to claim he was an anti-Semite. Now that the case has collapsed, Lynch explains the strategy of Israeli “lawfare”.

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‘The children cry and scream’ as violence in Gaza escalates

The murder of three Israeli teenagers and the retaliatory killing of a Palestinian teen have sparked a crisis in Gaza, with rocket and mortar attacks and a ground invasion possible. Freelance writer Nigel O’Connor talks to people on the ground.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MIDDLE EAST | 10

Is East Jerusalem ‘occupied’ or ‘disputed’? Media organisations split on Israel/Palestine

George Brandis doesn’t like seeing the term ‘occupied’ used to refer to East Jerusalem. Where does that leave the nation’s journalists? Australia’s major media organisations are split on the issue.

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As Iraq collapses, where will Syrian refugees go?

Iraq is home to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. But with ISIS destabilising Iraq, where will they go? Crikey intern Rachel Clayton reports.

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Egypt wants to silence Peter Greste, but you can listen to him here

Australian journalist Peter Greste has been imprisoned for seven years for spreading “false news”. See for yourself the evidence on which he was convicted.

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‘A very bad day’: Greste’s shocking verdict

On-the-ground observers say Peter Greste’s Egyptian trial was bizarre and incompetent, and his seven-year prison sentence has brought international condemnation. Freelance writer Rachel Williamson reports.

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Rundle: as ISIS strengthens, the age of empires ends

Iraq is a shambles, a legacy of a failed imperialism. But it’s not just the Middle East — everywhere you look, empires and contrived states are falling apart.

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In isolated Egypt, foreigners get a taste of local justice

There has been international condemnation of Peter Greste’s seven-year sentence handed down by an Egyptian judge, but that hasn’t stopped the United States from sending millions of dollars in military aid.

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The Egyptian Government on why it jailed Greste

Egypt’s Office of the Public Prosecutor has provided foreign journalists with translations of two statements about the verdict of the Peter Greste case, which has seen 18 journalists and other defendants jailed for broadcasting material deemed to have “defamed Egypt”. The full statements are below. Unofficial translation of statement issued by the Egyptian Ministry of […]

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Crikey Clarifier: what is ISIS (or ISIL) and what will it do to the Middle East?

The United States faces quite the dilemma in Iraq: either intervene and become embroiled in another Iraq war, or throw support behind Syria’s brutal regime.

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The deadly cast of characters in Iraq’s lethal ISIS game

What is Turkey’s end game? What with the European Union do? Crikey’s writer-at-large introduces the motivations behind the stakeholders in the current crisis in Iraq.

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Iraq insurgency revives shuffling zombie neocon army

The chaos in Iraq is another chance for neoconservatives to push for Western intervention — a course that will again make us less safe from terrorism.

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Crikey Clarifier: what is Shurat HaDin and why is it suing a Sydney Uni academic?

Shurat HaDin, a pro-Israel law centre, is taking legal action over an Australian academic’s support for the boycott, divestment, sanctions movement against Israel. Juris doctor student Michael Brull takes a look at the case.

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In Palestine, a question for Australia: are we on ‘the right or wrong side of history’?

Australia has decided to stop referring to Palestinian territories in East Jerusalem as “occupied”, which has won it friends in the Israeli government but has outraged Palestinians. Freelance writer Nigel O’Connor reports from Ramallah.

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‘Tolerance and reconciliation’: Sisi outlines wish list for Egypt

Abdel Fattah al- Sisi is the latest military strongman to take over Egypt’s presidency. He has outlined a vision for change, but freelance journalist in Alexandria Vickie Smiles asks: will it change for good?

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After the songs, sweets and pyjamas: what now for Egypt with Sisi in charge?

Egypt’s new president, military strongman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has handily won the election, but voter turnout was much lower than expected. Are Egyptians losing faith in him? Journalist Vickie Smiles reports from Alexandria.

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Rundle: politics keeps it simple, stupid in global shift to outrage

Outrage is sweeping the world. But it’s more complicated than a rightward push. Crikey’s writer-at-large examines Turkey, the UK Independence Party and nationalism abroad.

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Follow Friday: @LaurenWillgo, an adventurer through Syria

Australian journalist Lauren Williams gave up the easy beat of Sydney for the Middle East, arriving just in time for the Arab Spring. She talks about her adventures and Twitter.

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‘They’re going to attack us’: Al Jazeera on the front lines of Egypt’s revolution

Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt faced particular danger reporting on the revolution. From his new book, Scott Bridges reports on one hairy encounter with protesters.

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Algeria, Egypt, Syria … the end of the Arab Spring?

Hope can only get you so far, as participants in the Arab Spring are beginning to realise.

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Running from war to create a new Palestinian narrative

Palestinians ran for peace in only the second Palestine Marathon on Friday. Kim Wilkinson, a Middle East academic, reports from Bethlehem on an event that makes a peaceful protest.

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Follow Friday: @ClaireBerlinski, talking Turkey in Paris

Writer, academic and ex-Istanbullu Claire Berlinski watches events in Turkey with a heavy heart but little surprise. To those interested in the region, she’s a leading voice on Twitter.

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Egypt’s jailed journalists: Aussie behind bars paves the way for Sisi

Peter Greste’s case is far from isolated — Egypt’s regime has jailed dozens of journalists and activists. Egyptian-Australian journalist Myriam Robin says Sisi is sending a message.

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Syria’s peace deals, made under threat of starvation, coming undone

Syria’s government has negotiated numerous ceasefires with rebel groups, but they seem to be short-lived. Freelance journalist Lauren Williams reports from Beirut.

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