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Keep Your Eye on the Wall: Palestinian Landscapes

Keep Your Eye on the Wall: Palestinian LandscapesEditors: Olivia Snaije and Mitchell Albert
Publisher: Saqi Books
Published Date : 16 September 2013
ISBN: 978-0863567599

Review by: Amelia Smith

Whichever direction you face in Qalqilya there is concrete. The entire town is surrounded by Israel's Apartheid Wall which blocks the view, restricts access in and out of the city and generally makes the lives of Palestinians there a misery.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Abraham's Children

Abraham's ChildrenAuthor: Heather Shroud
Publisher: The Other Press
Published Date : 4 September 2013
ISBN: 978-9839541823

Review by: Jessica Purkiss

Heather Shroud introduces us to a whole host of characters in her novel Abraham’s Children. We first meet the affected young Fida as she embarks on a trip to Palestine. With her Palestinian father absent from her life, her roots have been shrouded in mystery and, after her mother’s death, she decides to leave the comfort of London to go to the West Bank, and eventually on to Gaza confronting many personal battles on her journey.

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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).

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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.

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