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Reconsidering The People’s Army

18 Iyyar 5772 – May 10, 2012
The Knesset factions are pursuing legislation that will institute an equal draft into the IDF – but something is fishy. The New Israel Fund’s propaganda has made inroads, and it looks like the upcoming elections will focus on haredi-bashing.

Egyptian Justice Ministry suggests minimum 10 year sentence for intentionally misquoting Koran

17 Iyyar 5772 – May 9, 2012
Parliamentary committee approves tougher punishment for 'distorting' Quran.

Women’s Rights in Egypt

11 Iyyar 5772 – May 3, 2012
Islamist Members of Parliament in Egypt are trying to deprive Egyptian women of their basic rights by introducing several controversial draft laws that, if passed, will bring Egypt back to the Middle Ages.

Netanyahu, Liberman, Prepare for Election Day Battle Over Haredi Draft

9 Iyyar 5772 – May 1, 2012
After the Israeli Supreme Court struck down the Tal Law, which sought to encourage over time the inclusion of Haredim in military service, the court, for all intents and purposes, has required the state to draft some 60,000 Haredi youths this August. As Knesset factions are preparing for new, early national elections, Haredi enlistment will likely serve as the battle field where many voters' choices will be made.

100 Ultra-Orthodox Would-Be Soldiers Not Drafted in 2011

24 Nisan 5772 – April 16, 2012
An officer close to the issue told the Jewish Press: "It is not that we turned away 100 soldiers - had they come to us we would have taken them anyway. But we were told to stop our Haredi outreach efforts which would have netted more recruits. The Tal Law is the big story though. If a new law does not pass we will be in a position to draft 60,000 Haredi soldiers in August."

Assad Declares Referendum on New Syrian Constitution

22 Shevat 5772 – February 15, 2012
On Sunday, President al-Assad received a copy of the new draft constitution from the head of the National Committee charged with drafting a new constitution for the Syrian Arab Republic.

UN Security Council Debates: Syria

9 Shevat 5772 – February 1, 2012
Western and Arab efforts to pass forceful Security Council resolution hampered by Russia.

Syria on the Brink: Arab League Suspends Mission, Shifts Focus to UN

6 Shevat 5772 – January 30, 2012
The Arab League suspended its observer mission Sunday after government violence this weekend resulted in the deaths of approximately 200 civilians.

Arab League Suspends Mission in Syria; Syria Condemns

5 Shevat 5772 – January 29, 2012
The Arab League decision comes in the wake of the uptick in government violence over the weekend.

Islamists Win Over 70% of Egyptian Parliament

27 Tevet 5772 – January 22, 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party wins 235 seats; the ultra-conservative Salafist Al-Nur party wins 121 seats.

France: Russia’s New Syria Draft Resolution Inadequate

23 Tevet 5772 – January 17, 2012
French foreign ministry spokesman: Russian draft "very far from the reality of the situation in Syria."

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