When Sara Ishaq returns to Yemen after ten years abroad reconnecting with the Scottish half of her roots she finds the country she grew up is on the brink of a revolution. It's 2011 and the infectious spirit of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt has reached the peninsula – the people want an end to corruption.
Film Review: The Mulberry House
- Amelia Smith
- 25 February 2014
Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel
- Ramona Wadi
- 17 February 2014
Published:1 Oct 2013
Book Review by Ramona Wadi
Departing from the atrocities committed during Operation Cast Lead, Max Blumenthal's book "Goliath: life and loathing in greater Israel" depicts the settler-colonial state through a narration that captures the crude normalisation of violence and its absorption by Israelis. Through insights garnered from frequent visits to Israel , violence, racism and Israel's preoccupation with demography are propelled into prominence not only within the realm of political discourse, but also through the institutionalised acceptance, endorsement and commitment to violence against Palestinians and African migrants.
Egypt's coup and its aftermath – the discussion
- Middle East Monitor
- 04 December 2013
EXCLUSIVE IMAGES & VIDEO
A panel discussion at the University of London chaired by Peter Oborne of the Daily Telegraph brought together a range of critical views on the events in Egypt since the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi in a military coup on 3 July. Oborne was joined by Dr Maha Azzam of Chatham House, who was recently appointed as coordinator of Egyptians for Democracy; Nadia Abou El-Magd, a leading journalist and foreign correspondent; Jamal El-Shayyal, a producer at Al-Jazeera English; and Ayman Moheyldin, a correspondent for NBC news.
Monthly Media Digest - April 2013
- Ibrahim Hewitt, Zulaikha Abdullah and Samira Quraishy
- 06 May 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.
Film Review: Return to Homs
- Amelia Smith
- 20 February 2014
Homs, the Capital of the Revolution
Abdul Basset Saroot, goalkeeper of the Syrian national youth football team turned armed opposition fighter, is now classed as a terrorist by Bashar Al-Assad. The army raided his neighbourhood to find him, killing his older brother and destroying his family home when they refused to surrender.
Roots Run Deep: Life in Occupied Palestine
- Ibrahim Hewitt
- 16 December 2013
Author: Hamde Abu Rahma
Published: 31 July 2013
Paperback: 86 pages
Availability: click here to visit author's site
Book Review by Ibrahim Hewitt
I came across a little gem of a book last night which my wife brought home from a ladies-only dinner for Interpal. Roots Run Deep: Life in Occupied Palestine is a collection of photographs taken by Hamde Abu Rahma, a Palestinian, a photojournalist who, he tells us, "left my work and studies to move back to the West Bank to help my people and document the truth about our struggle against the illegal occupiers of our land". The book is dedicated to Abu Rahma's cousin, Bassem, who was shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces during one of the weekly demonstrations at Bi'lin, captured so brilliantly in the Oscar-nominated Five Broken Cameras.
BICOM: Giving peace a chance?
- Middle East Monitor
- 08 November 2013
Last night MEMO launched The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre: Giving peace a chance? report at the House of Commons in Westminster. Hosted by Sir Bob Russell MP, speakers at the event were investigative researcher Tom Mills, professor of sociology at the University of Bath David Miller, writer and researcher Tom Griffin and researcher and writer Hilary Aked.
- Monthly Media Digest - March 2013
- Film Review: Abounaddara collective shorts from Syria
- The Zionist Bible
- Live Blog: Conservative Party Conference
- Monthly Media Digest - February 2013
- Film Review: Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom
- The Red Minaret: Memoirs of Ibrahim Ghusheh (Ex-Spokesman of Hamas)
- Middle East at the Labour Party Conference