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The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A very short introduction

 The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short IntroductionAuthor: Dr Martin Bunton
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Published Date : 29 August 2013
ISBN-13: 978-0199603930

Review by: Ben White

This book is part of a large series covering a wide range of topics, but it is the first in the Oxford University Press' "Very Short Introduction" collection to address the question of Palestine-Israel. Responsibility for the task was given to Professor Martin Bunton, an academic based at the University of Victoria, Canada.


LIVE BLOG: UK Parliamentary Debate - Palestine & Israel

UK Parliamentary Debate:

Palestine & Israel

Shazia Arshad, our Parliamentary & Press Officer, as well as our staff writers Amelia Smith and Jessica Purkiss will be live blogging the debate at the British Parliament on recognising the State of Palestine.

The live blog will begin at 3.30pm (BST) on October 13th, 2014, and will continue till the end of the debate.

Read up on the debate: UK set to vote on recognition of Palestinian state, A historic vote on Palestine in the British Parliament and Recognising Palestine: Six critiques of the PLO's Internationalisation Strategy.


Egypt's lost power: the hidden story of Egypt's oil and gas industry

Clayton Swisher with Yossi Maiman"Whenever you have mutual interests between even two enemies and they agree on how to deal with it so they both profit that's perfect, that's exactly what you want because people like money and money talks," Edward Walker, former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, told Al Jazeera on how to use gas to tie Egypt and Israel together and create a relationship of interdependence.


Monthly Media Digest - April 2013

One of this month's biggest pieces of news was the resignation of Western backed Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. There were widespread hunger strikes in Israeli prisons in protest against the death of an inmate suffering from cancer who had also faced medical neglect by the Israeli authorities, while hunger striker, Samer Issawi, ended his hunger strike following a deal struck with the same authorities.

Writing about the resignation of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, NYT columnist Thomas L Friedman described it as "very bad news". Unelected Fayyad, you see, "was the 'Arab Spring' before there was an Arab Spring". This was a prime example of the conundrum facing Western liberals who want to export democracy but only if the right people win elections.


Lineages of Revolt

Author: Dr Adam Hanieh
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Published Date : 14 November 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1608463251

Review by: Ben White

A number of books have now been published in light of the so-called "Arab Spring", covering different aspects of the uprisings that took place across the Middle East since late 2010. Adam Hanieh's book is distinctive, and a must-read. Lineages of Revolt offers the reader a serious, yet accessible, study of the region as a whole, its political economy, and an understanding of recent, unfolding events, beyond simplistic narratives.


LIVE BLOG: Liberal Democrats Party Conference

Party Conference:

Liberal Democrats

Follow our live updates of Middle East events at the 2014 Liberal Democrats Party Conference in Glasgow.

Our Parliamentary & Press Officer Shazia Arshad will be live blogging from 5.30pm on Sunday (October 5th), until midday on Wednesday (8th October).


Film Review: Abu Haraz

Abu HarazWhen the Merowe Dam was built on the Nile in Sudan, life for the villagers of Abu Haraz would change forever

In the small village of Abu Haraz in northern Sudan, life appears to continue as normal. A fisherman negotiates his way between palm trees on the River Nile, women make flat bread on an open oven and siblings fight by the water.