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Schizophrenia, Tokenism and Feeling 'Good' About Palestine

Dr Philip LeechIt is unlikely to have escaped anyone's attention that, after being somewhat overshadowed by events of the 'Arab Spring' and the various permutations of Syria's Civil war; Palestine is back in the headlines of Britain's International and Middle East news pages. And what's more, there has been something of a return to more positive language of peace and hope. We should not get over excited.


When silence means monkey business in high office

Yvonne RidleyBritish Prime Minister David Cameron, his opposition number Ed Miliband and Middle East Peace Envoy Tony Blair are among those who have roundly condemned the head-chopping, limb-cutting activities of the self-styled Islamic State. No sane observer of the Middle East would disagree with them.


Egyptian students begin new revolutionary year

Dr Walaa RamadanSaturday October 11 signalled the start of the new academic year in Egyptian universities, delayed this year by the authorities from September to mid-October to allow them time to prepare their security forces for the expected demonstrations. The new academic year compares with the preceding year by the heightened reign of power and influence by the military coup regime, which has used nothing but brute force to attain this stronghold.


Lobbying the Lancet: how Israel's apologists smeared 'doctors for terrorism'

Richard HortonOver 50 days in July-August, the Israeli army subjected the 1.8 million residents of the fenced-in, blockaded Gaza Strip to an unprecedented assault. 2,131 Palestinians were killed, including 501 children. At least 142 families lost three or more family members in the same incident. Israel's attacks left 11,231 injured, including 3,436 children – many now have permanent disabilities.


What is Ayatollah Biden apologising for?

Jamal KhashogjiThe apology offered to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey by U.S. Vice President Biden is unimportant. What is really important is what he said disclosing that our view of the Syrian situation is still completely different from the American view. This can be summed as follows: Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates are of the opinion that the continuation of the Syrian regime is the problem and that it has to be brought down by means of supporting the Syrian revolution so that one of the most important reasons for the birth of ISIS, the subject of the current coalition, is no more. The Americans see things differently. That simply means "the continuation of the Syrian regime". Consequently, it is essential to reconsider the Jedda coalition against ISIS so as to specify its objective before being dragged behind the American vision, which – if we assume it is based on good intention – may just be blurred, or if the intentions are otherwise, may have a different agenda altogether.