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Exclusive interview with former US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford

Robert FordFormer US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford 'Syria needs a national government that has popular support and can mobilise the population to reject and fight extremism'


A perfect gift for Egypt's failing regime

MEMO CommentaryThe callous murder of 21 Copts in Libya over the weekend was a welcome gift to the military-led regime in Egypt. Like the senseless killings in Paris, it offered an opportunity for the government in Cairo to present itself as a deserving and credible partner in the great "war on terror".


MEMO profile: King Hussein of Jordan (14 November 1935 - 7 February 1999)

King Abdullah [left] with the then US President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, signing their historic treatyKing Hussein of Jordan is said to have survived at least seven military coups and 12 assassination attempts. In his 1962 autobiography, Uneasy Lies the Head, he wrote: "sometimes I feel like the central character in a detective novel." He weathered the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War and the Persian Gulf War. Not bad for a British-installed monarch who ruled throughout Nasser's Arab nationalist sentiment and who shares a border with Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Israel.


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.



Israel denies its Occupation of the Palestinian Territory

The Guardian Weekend Magazine published a map under the title 'Welcome To Northern Israel' depicted a map of Israel encompassing the whole of historic Palestine including the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

As part of Israel's Ministry of Tourism systematic campaign of distorting facts, the misleading map implies that the entire area is Israel and that the Occupied Palestinian Territory including the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem are part of Israel.


Day 22 - IOF intensify bombardment and shelling in residential towns and cities

Taha Mosque completely destroyedSaturday, 17 January 2009- DAY TWENTY TWO

IOF continued their offensive against the Gaza Strip for the 22nd consecutive day, attacking UNRWA shelters, as well as medical, civil defense and media crews; white phosphorous continued to be used against residential areas. In the northern Gaza Strip, an IOF warplanes bombarded a water well of the Municipality of Beit Hanoun in Abu Ghazala quarter in the east of Beit Hanoun, and the al-Karama apartment buildings and Taha Mosque in Jabalya.


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