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JMD on TRT: Israel kills dozens of displaced Palestinians in Al Mawasi

 An Israeli attack on the south of the Gaza Strip on Saturday killed dozens of people according to the health ministry in Gaza, while an Israeli official said the offensive targeted the head of Hamas' military wing Mohammad Daif according to the Israelis. To watch, please click here

Walking a tightrope, Netanyahu struggles to maintain his balance

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Out in August! By James M. Dorsey To watch a video version of this story or listen to an audio podcast click here . Thank you for your support and loyalty. For Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the Gaza ceasefire negotiations are an exercise in playing both sides against the middle. Raising hopes that a durable truce may be on the horizon nine months into the war, US and Israeli officials praised Hamas’ reply to new language put forward by the Biden administration in the three-stage ceasefire proposal announced in May by the US president. In response, Mr. Netanyahu’s office said the prime minister had authorized the Israeli negotiating team to engage in further talks in Qatar with US, Qatari, and Egyptian mediators. Credit: The White House President Joe Biden’s proposal calls for an initial six-week ceasefire during which Hamas would swap 33 of the 120 dead or alive Israeli and foreign hostages it holds for Palestinians incarcerated in Israel. The ceasefire would b

Geopolitical Contest over ‘Moderate Islam’

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The past few decades—since 9/11 in particular—have seen the increasing prominence of ‘moderate Islam’ in the public sphere. But who gets to define what this term means? How are these different definitions projected to wider Muslim, and non-Muslim, audiences? And what are the political implications of these varied versions of ‘moderate Islam,’ whether locally or internationally? In this episode, we focus on three major players in the geopolitical competition to define ‘moderate Islam,’ namely Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Indonesia, while also bringing in Qatar, Turkey, and Iran. By paying special attention to Indonesia—and its huge civil society organization called Nahdlatul Ulama—we see how Asian Muslims are becoming increasingly important arbiters of Islam for the twenty-first century.   Nile Green talks to James M. Dorsey, author of The Battle for the Soul of Islam: Defining the Muslim Faith in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2024). Please click here to l

Widening rift with the military puts Netanyahu in a tight spot

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 By James M. Dorsey Out in August! Thank you for joining me today. I am grateful to those who have become paid subscribers. I need some more to enable me to continue cutting through the fog of kinetic and information wars and offer fact-based analysis. No doubt, you will have noticed that The Turbulent World has no sponsors and no advertisers. This guarantees the column and podcast’s independence. Instead, The Turbulent World depends on the support of its readers and listeners to cover the cost of producing the column and podcast. You can contribute by clicking on Substack on the subscription button at  http://jamesmdorsey.substack.com  and choosing one of the subscription options.  To watch a video version of this story    or  listen to a   n audio podcast    click    here .  Thank you for your support and loyalty.  Anarchy in Gaza. Credit: Haaretz Imagine Gaza if Israel were to agree today to a permanent ceasefire and a complete troop withdrawal from the Strip. One of two things woul

New soccer stadium seals marriage between Gulf capital and Egyptian crony capitalism

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Out in August! By James M. Dorsey Thank you for joining me today. It’s with a heavy heart that I am introducing a paywall, something I have resisted for the past 14 years when I first launched the column. You will have noticed The Turbulent World has no sponsors and no advertisers. This guarantees the column and podcast’s independence. Instead, The Turbulent World depends on the support of its readers and listeners to cover the cost of producing the column and podcast. The paywall helps me achieve that. To watch a video version of this story or listen to an audio podcast click here . Thank you for your support and loyalty A one-time revolutionary Egyptian force, the storied Egyptian soccer club Al Ahly FC is today the latest Emirati trophy in regional competition between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and a potential symbol of Egyptian crony capitalism . Al Ahly's engagement with Saudi Arabia initially and more recently with the UAE is a far cry from its foundi

Palestine is a double-edged sword for Egyptian President Al-Sisi

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 By James M. Dorsey Out in August! Egyptian general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, much like his predecessors, would like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be a lightning rod that distracts from mounting frustration and anger at his regime. To be sure, Mr. Al-Sisi has to tread carefully. To read further, please click on  https://jamesmdorsey.substack.com/p/palestine-is-a-double-edged-sword  It’s with a heavy heart that I am introducing a paywall, something I have resisted for the past 14 years when I first launched the column. You will have noticed The Turbulent World has no sponsors and no advertisers. This guarantees the column and podcast’s independence. Instead, The Turbulent World depends on the support of its readers and listeners to cover the cost of producing the column and podcast. The paywall helps me achieve that. Paid subscribers have access to the full column as well as the video and audio podcasts. They also have access to the archive, my latest e-book, The

Islam vs. Soccer

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 By James M. Dorsey Out in August? Thank you for joining me today. It’s with a heavy heart that I am introducing a paywall, something I have resisted for the past 14 years when I first launched the column. You will have noticed The Turbulent World has no sponsors and no advertisers. This guarantees the column and podcast’s independence. Instead, The Turbulent World depends on the support of its readers and listeners to cover the cost of producing the column and podcast. The paywall helps me achieve that. Paid subscribers have access to the full column as well as the video and audio podcasts. They also have access to the archive, my latest e-book, The Turbulent World, and will receive an electronic copy of my forthcoming book. The Battle for the Soul of Islam, which is scheduled for publication in July.  To watch a video version of this story or listen to an audio podcast click here . Thank you for your support and loyalty. In a recent sermon, ultra-conservative Egyptian religio