Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 22 November 2020

Unveiling the contours and contrasts of an ever-changing Middle East landscape
Reliable reportage and insightful commentary on the Middle East by seasoned journalists from the region and beyond


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Reach for the Stars

Israel preparing to send its second astronaut into space

By David E. Kaplan

From Ilan to Eytan. Close friends and colleagues, Eytan Stibbe (l) continues where Ilan Ramon (r) left off.

Go in peace and return in peace” was President Rivlin’s message to  Israel’s second astronaut, Eytan Stibbe set for lift off in 2021. The writer revisits his interview with Rona, the late widow of Israel’s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, who perished with the crew of Columbia 17 years ago and muses over the pursuit of a nation’s dream.

Reach for the Stars

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The Year of “Awokening”

By Rolene Marks

Can It! An exasperated reaction to the tidal wave through every facet of western culture of ‘Wokeism’.

If coping with a Corona pandemic was not crazy enough, we have also had to contend with another bizarre global epidemic – ‘Wokeism’! As much a fashionable buzzword as a set of forever changing set of values, the writer tries to break it down and make sense of it all.

The Year of “Awokening”

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The Arab Voice

Arab writers from the Middle East opine on Sudan’s advantageous deal with Israel and on the perceived danger to the region of Erdogan remaining president of Turkey.

The Arab Voice

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LOTL Cofounders David E. Kaplan (Editor), Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche

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