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LIVE BLOG: Foreign and commonwealth office questions

Foreign and commonwealth office questions

MPs will ask the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond and his team, questions on international affairs

We will be live blogging throughout the session.

This live blog will begin from 11:30am BST on July 22, 2014

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Book Review: Deception in High Places

Deception in High placesAuthor: Nicholas Gilby

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: Pluto Press

ISBN-10: 0745334261

Review by Alastair Sloan

To say the international arms trade is corrupt is much like asserting that water is wet: it was peculiar then to hear Prime Minister David Cameron speaking at the Farnborough Airshow this week, that he would be "taking action to sustain our thriving defence industry, as part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for hardworking people."

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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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LIVE BLOG: Parliamentary debate: The Middle East and North Africa

Parliamentary debate: The Middle East and North Africa

Live updates on the parliamentary debate, 'The Middle East and North Africa', in Westminster Hall

We will be live blogging throughout the parliamentary session.

This live blog will begin from 1:30pm BST on July 17, 2014

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Palestine and Palestinians in the 21st century

Palestine and Palestinians in the 21st century Editors:Rochelle Davis & Mimi Kirk
Published:1 October 2013
Publisher:Indiana University Press
Paperback:292 pages
ISBN-13:978-0253010858

Review by Ramona Wadi

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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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