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A new Saudi 'project' for the Middle East: Exclusive interview with Jamal Khashoggi


"The Saudis [want to] bring stability back to the region, and [they want to] stop Iranian intervention. That is the larger picture; that is the larger aim."

Never one to shy away from controversy, Saudi journalist and commentator Jamal Khashoggi has long been known within Saudi Arabia for his somewhat liberal views and his attempts to push at the boundaries of Saudi political and social discourse from within the confines of the mainstream press. Hailing from one of the Kingdom's wealthiest and most influential families, Khashoggi recently suffered a set-back when the Al-Arab news channel, of which he was director, was shut down just hours after its launch after broadcasting an interview with a Bahraini opposition activist. But despite such crackdowns, the Saudi reporter is optimistic about his country's prospects and about its increasingly influential role in the Middle East.


What does the trial of Hissene Habré mean for Egyptians?

MEMO commentaryFrom 1982 until 1990, he ruled his sub-Saharan desert country with an iron fist. Twenty-five years after he was overthrown, the ex-president of Chad, Hissene Habré, is being tried before the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture. His trial undoubtedly marks a watershed moment for justice on the African continent.


Che Guevara in Gaza: Palestine becomes a Global Cause

Che Guevara in Gaza: Palestine becomes a Global Cause

Che Guevara's visit to Gaza in 1959 was the first sign of transforming the Zionist colonization of Palestine from a regional conflict to a global struggle against colonialism. The trigger was the Bandung conference in 1955 and the resulting Non-Aligned Movement, whose members has just recently shaken the yoke of foreign domination. The stature of Nasser, as a world leader in the struggle against Imperialism and colonialism, brought world leaders to see for themselves the devastating results of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, clearly demonstrated in Gaza refugee camps.


MEMO Profile: Hafez Al-Assad (12 March 1971 - 10 June 2000)

Hafez Al-Assad'The corrective movement': Hafez Al-Assad, President of Syria

Of the five members of the Ba'ath Party's Military Committee who seized power in Syria in 1963, Hafez Al-Assad went the furthest. Of the other four, one took the blame for Syria's loss of the Golan Heights during the Six Day War and was pushed out of politics; one committed suicide; a third was assassinated; the other died in prison after 25 years.


Lecture: Where now for Palestine

Ronnie KasrilsDelivered in May 2015 in London, this was the second annual Abdelwahab Elmessiri Memorial Lecture.


The illusive peace: the legacy of Oslo 20 years on

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Briefing Paper: The illusive peace: the legacy of Oslo 20 years on

In 1993, the Oslo accords launched a transitional process that was supposed to end in May 1999 with a Palestinian state in all of the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Twenty years on, this transitional period has become a permanent fixture on Palestine's political landscape. All that remains for the proposed Palestinian state is 42 per cent of the West Bank, and even that is fast diminishing due to Israeli settlement expansion.


Notorious massacres of Palestinians between 1937 & 1948

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Notorious massacres of Palestinians between 1937 and 1948FACT SHEET

According to hundreds of Palestinian, Arab, Israeli, and Western sources, both written and oral, Zionist forces committed dozens of massacres against Palestinians during what was called the 1948 "war". Some of these are well-known and have been published while others are not. Below are some of the details of the most notorious massacres committed at the hands of Haganah and its armed wing, the Palmach, as well as the Stern Gang, the Irgun and other Zionist mobs.



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