Picks of the week, 2-8 February

Gideon Levy, The death of the Israeli left, Middle East Eye, 4 February 2015.
David Hearst, Hanan Ashrawi: Oslo Accord left Jerusalemites at mercy of Israel, Middle East Eye, 4 February 2015.
Matthew Barber, After Burning of Muaz al-Kasasbeh, Jordan & al-Azhar’s Gestures of Vengeances Will Not Heal, Syria Comment, 6 February 2015.
Nour Samaha, The Battle for the Qalamoun Mountains, Foreign Policy, 6 February 2015.
Imen Blioua, Ennahda MPs defend party decision to join new government, Tunisialive, 6 February 2015.
Michael Knights, Phillip Smyth and P.J. Dermer, The Fight Against ISIL: Shiite Militias and the Coalition Effort, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 6 February 2015.
Mohamed Eljarh, Libya’s Geneva Talks and the Search for Peace, Atlantic Council, 6 February 2015.
Mike Giglio, Remembering Shawkan, An Egyptian Journalist Left Behind, Buzzfeed News, 6 February 2015.

“Israel has practised the ‘cruellest measures’ against Jerusalemites” (via Middle East Eye)

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Picks of the week, 26 January-1 February

Andeel and Habiba Effat, A quick look back at the revolution’s internet sensations, Mada Masr, 27 January 2015.
Robert Mackey, Egypt Condemns Western Outrage at Fatal Shooting of Protester, The New York Times, 27 January 2015.
Joas Wagemakers, Jihadi-Salafi views of the Islamic State, Monkey Cage, 27 January 2015.
M. Steven Fish, Why is terror Islamist?, Monkey Cage, 27 January 2015.
Jack Khoury, Reuters and Nidal al-Mughrabi, UN suspends Gaza reconstruction due to stalled donor payments, Haaretz, 27 January 2015.
Michael Axworthy, Is it time to make Iran our friend and Saudi Arabia our enemy?, The Guardian, 28 January 2015.
Aaron Y. Zelin, The Islamic State’s model, Monkey Cage, 28 January 2015.
Marwan Muasher, Jordan Caught Between Two Bad Situations, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 28 January 2015.
Mark Valeri, Simmering Unrest and Succession Challenges in Oman, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 28 January 2015.
Mostafa Hashem, A Generational Battle Among Brothers, Sada, 29 January 2015.
Nour Samaha, Hezbollah-Israel: No war for now, Al Jazeera, 29 January 2015.
Ashraf al-Falahi, Islah’s Houthi Gamble, Sada, 30 January 2015.
Adam Goldman and Ellen Nakashima, CIA and Mossad killed senior Hezbollah figure in car bombing, The Washington Post, 30 January 2015.
Khalil al-Anani, The ISIS-ification of Islamist politics, Monkey Cage, 30 January 2015.
John Hutchinson, Meet the flower men of Saudi Arabia, Daily Mail, 30 January 2015.
The great Kuwaiti cat-meat scandal, BBC Magazine Monitor, 31 January 2015.
David D. Kirkpatrick, Sisi Blames Muslim Brotherhood for Bombings in Sinai, The New York Times, 31 January 2015.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says that Egypt’s fight against terrorism will take years (via The New York Times)

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Picks of the week, 19-25 January

Bethan Staton, The deep roots of the Palestine-Israel conflict, Al Jazeera, 21 January 2015.
Julian Pecquet, Congress torn between Europe, Israel on Iran, Al-Monitor, 22 January 2015.
Madawi al-Rasheed, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia obituary, The Guardian, 22 January 2015.
Karl Sharro, The Confused Person’s Guide to Understanding Yemen, Karl reMarks, 23 January 2015.
Egypt Cancels January 25 Revolution Celebrations, Egyptian Streets, 23 January 2015.
Hussein Ibish, How King Abdullah Set Stage for Saudi Reforms — and Opening to Israel, The Jewish Daily Forward, 23 January 2015.
Yassine Majdi, Le Maroc, un acteur important de la luttle contre le terrorisme?, TelQuel, 23 January 2015.
Robin Wright, Postscript: King Abdullah, 1924-2015, The New Yorker, 23 January 2015.
Lina Khatib, The Regional Impact of Saudi Succession, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 23 January 2015.
Ian Cobain, Revealed: how Blair colluded with Gaddafi regime in secret, The Guardian, 23 January 2015.
Nicky Woolf, American Sniper: anti-Muslim threats skyrocket in wake of film’s release, The Guardian, 24 January 2015.
Merrit Kennedy, Libyan Extremist Group Says Leader Has Been Killed, Associated Press, 24 January 2015.
Uri Misgav, Israel’s centrist parties should unite to defeat Netanyahu in the election, Haaretz, 25 January 2015.
H.A. Hellyer, Power, the January 25 revolutionaries, and responsibility, Mada Masr, 24 January 2015.

Mourners gather around the grave of Saudi King Abdullah following his burial in Riyadh
Mourners gather around the grave of Saudi King Abdullah following his burial in Riyadh (via The Telegraph)

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Picks of the week, 12-18 January

Abderrahim Chalfaouat, Morocco’s complex media politics of anti-Sisi rhetoric, Middle East Monitor, 12 January 2015.
Ahmed Rashi, Waking Up to the New al-Qaeda, The New York Review of Books, 12 January 2015.
Ali Mamouri and Pascale Menassa (translator), Shiite leaders forbid insults against Sunnis, Al-Monitor, 13 January 2015.
Vera Mironova, Loubna Mrie, Richard Nielson and Sam Whitt, Syria’s Democracy Jihad: Why ISIS Fighters Support the Votes, Foreign Affairs, 13 January 2015.
Living in the Shadows: Jordan Home Visits Report 2014, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 14 January 2014.
Richard Spencer, Revealed: Saudi Arabia’s ‘Great Wall’ to keep out Isil, The Telegraph, 14 January 2015.
Daniel Wagner, Bahrain’s Daesh Dilemma, The Huffington Post, 15 January 2015.
Brian Fishman, Jihadis Are Not Only Attacking the Media; They Are Using It, War on the Rocks, 15 January 2015.
Alon Ben-Meir, Netanyahu’s Policies Are Fueling Anti-Semitism, Your Middle East, 15 January 2015.
Aaron Stein, Turkey’s Proxy War in Libya, War on the Rocks, 15 January 2015.
Sandro Lutyens, The making and unmaking of a Tunisian Salafi, al-Araby al-Jadeed, 16 January 2015.
Winter storms bring tragedy and loss to Palestine refugees across the region, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), 16 January 2015.United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), 16 January 2015.
Heba Afify, 30 hours of train trauma, Mada Masr, 17 January 2015.

Tunisian Salafis
Salafis in Tunisia have increased in number since 2011 and become more vocal (via al-Araby al-Jadeed)

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Picks of the week, 5-11 January

Raphaël Lefèvre, Lebanon’s Dar al-Fatwa and the Search for Moderation, Carnegie Middle East Center, 5 January 2015.
Liz Sly, The rise and ugly fall of a moderate Syrian rebel offers lessons for the West, The Washington Post, 5 January 2015.
Beya Othmani, Qui sont leszommes, Le Monde Afrique, 6 January 2015.
France ‘ready’ to bomb rebels on Libya border, Al Jazeera, 6 January 2015.
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, ISIS is Losing Its Greatest Weapon: Momentum, The Atlantic, 6 January 2015.
Old diseases return as Syrian doctors warn of ‘medical disaster’, The Daily Star, 6 January 2015.
Brian Whitaker, Saudi Arabia is right to be anxious over its ideological links with Isis, The Guardian, 6 January 2015.
Asmaa al-Ghoul, Islamic State rejected Gaza jihadists’ offer of allegiance, Al-Monitor, 7 January 2015.
Simon Henderson, Royal Roulette, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 7 January 2015.
Kareem Fahim, Violence Grows in Yemen as Al Qaeda Tries to Fight Its Way Back, The New York Times, 7 January 2015.
Ayah Aman, Egyptian town welcomes ban on Jewish festival, Al-Monitor, 8 January 2015.
Josh Rogin and Eli Lake, Iran-Backed Militias Are Getting U.S. Weapons, Bloomberg View, 8 January 2015.
Robin Wright, A Saudi Whipping, The New Yorker, 9 January 2015.
Zvi Bar’el, How Arab world media responded to Charlie Hebdo attack, Haartez, 9 January 2015.
Joe Sacco, On satire — a response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, The Guardian, 9 January 2015.
Karl Sharro, Charlie Hebdo and the Right to Be Offended, The Atlantic, 10 January 2015.
Mohammed Fadel, ISIS, Islamophobia and the End of Sunnism, The Islamic Monthly, 10 January 2015.
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Isis has conquered the media. It’s not doing as well on the ground, The Spectator, 10 January 2015.
Annie Robbins, ‘With God’s help, the journalists at Haaretz will be murdered just like in France’: Death threats follow publication of cartoon in Israeli newspaper, Mondoweiss, 11 January 2015.

Joe Sacco: On Satire – a response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks
Joe Sacco: On Satire – a response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks (via The Guardian)

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