20/01/2009 Article

A Return to Square One

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Hamas, War on Gaza

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Article posted on The Guardian, January 19, 2009 On Saturday evening, Israel announced not a ceasefire – in the sense of an agreement between the

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17/01/2009 Article

The Middle Ground is Eroding Fast

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Hamas, Islamists, War on Gaza

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Posted on London Review of Books, January 15, 2009 ‘We have to ask the West a question: when the Israelis bombed the house of Sheikh

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15/01/2009 Article

Questions for Barack Obama

The hallmark of liberal societies is that they require obeisance to the same principles they are, in extremis, loathe to adopt. The respect for human life is one of these.

/ Mark Perry

Tags: Democracy, Israel, Middle East, Obama administration

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Bitter Lemons, January 15, 2009 We await the arrival of Barack Obama. Some believe he will work wonders. Others aren’t so sure. This uncertainty has

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14/01/2009 Article

Gaza: A Pawn in the New ‘Great Game’

As Europeans watch the humanitarian disaster in Gaza unfold, many may wonder why this crisis seems to have left their governments groping in such apparent disarray.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Hamas, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, War on Gaza

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Article posted on Asia Times, January 14, 2009 As Europeans watch the humanitarian disaster in Gaza unfold on nightly news bulletins, many may wonder why

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12/01/2009 Article

The War in Gaza: A View from the Arab Street

The searing images have long since undergone a subconscious transfiguration: from originally being about Hamas they have metamorphosed into an archetypal image of Israel attacking the Gazan people.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Hamas, War on Gaza

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Royal United Services Institute, January 12, 2009 Article posted on the RUSI web site. The round of international diplomacy that has just concluded has left

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11/01/2009 Article

Why the Gaza Calm Crashed

Some may read into this decision the cynicism of a movement that prioritises resistance; but this misreads how Hamas analyses their situation and understands the nature of resistance.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Gaza, Hamas, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, War on Gaza

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Many have asked in the wake of Israel’s attack on Gaza, how Hamas, if it saw the consequences of ending the ceasefire — and Hamas

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