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The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist Jihad (ISIS): different ideologies, different methodologies

This article is the third of our series on The Brotherhood vs. ISIS: MEMO reopens debate on contemporary political Islam. Read the first one here and the second one here.

It is almost certain that any unbiased individual looking into the modern history of Islamic movements will not be able to overlook the reality under which these groups were formed. This reality included a decline in Islam's political role, especially after the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century and the Western colonisation of Arab and Islamic lands. All the indigenous people could then do was resist this colonialism and drive it out of their countries, in the belief that by doing so they would gain their freedom. They discovered, though, that their home-grown leaders were the ugliest of oppressors supported by the West as long as they benefitted Western interests, even when such leaders contravened democratic norms and human rights by their actions.


The war against ISIS: what happens next?

Since the United States and its Arab allies initiated their first airstrikes against the "Islamic State" (ISIS) in Syria, the people of that troubled land, neighbouring countries and global observers have yet to see a clear strategy regarding the intervention. It remains uncertain how the Obama administration plans to proceed with the offensive against the group. As the Tomahawk missiles struck their ISIS targets, the question, "what happens next?" was asked around the world.


Saudi Crapshoot in Yemen

There is a sign on French level crossings for those who consider themselves to be vigilant. It reads "One train can hide another". This is sound advice should be erected in Oval Office and Downing Street. Only it should read: "One intervention can hide another."


Israel, America and the combined aggression strategy

Israeli airforce fighter jetsNo two people would ever disagree on the strategic nature of the relationship between Israel and successive American administrations over the course of the past six decades. Not only does Israel play a strategic role that is aligned with American interests in the Middle East but the true extent of that relationship also became even more evident during Israel's recent offensive against the Gaza Strip. Any observer could have seen the true nature of this relationship through the Obama administration's position on the massacre of civilians in the occupied territory, which confirmed that the US-Israel partnership was unshakable and clearly defined.


Voters want a fair policy on the Middle East

The Middle East has provided successive British governments with their fair share of challenges over the years. The current coalition government has been no different; from Syria to Palestine to Iraq, there have been numerous battles in the region that have been replicated in the House of Commons. As the Middle East continues to dominate the headlines, there are few signs that the troubles in the region will abate in the coming months, so how political parties respond to them will be all the more important in the run-up to the general election next year.