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Obama Is Wrong That ISIS Is ‘Not Islamic’

/ Alastair Crooke

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Huffington Post, 18 Sept 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/obama-isis-not-islamic_b_5843830.html?utm_hp_ref=world “We are fighting an ideology, not a regime.” - U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry     “Now let’s make

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08/07/2007 Interview

Hamas Briefing

Tags: Fatah, Hamas, Mecca Agreement, Palestinians

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On security in Gaza, Palestinian democracy, the National Unity Government, and the kidnapping of Alan Johnston The following is an edited and annotated transcript of

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06/07/2007 Article

CNN’s Image Fetish

/ Mark Perry

Tags: Hamas, Media

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Thursday, July 5, 2007 was a fairly typical day for the world. In Iraq, two American soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb, while the

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05/07/2007 Article

Hamas is the Address for Doing Business

/ Mark Perry

Tags: Gaza, Hamas

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The voice of Usamah Hamdan comes over the cell phone groggy, exhausted. It is five in the morning in Beirut, but Hamdan — one of

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01/07/2007 Interview

Video: Middle East – Behind the Conflict

Tags: Fatah, Hamas, Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria

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Avi Lewis, from the Canadian television international affairs analysis program, On The Map, recently interviewed Conflicts Forum director, Alastair Crooke. The broadcast aired on CBC,

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28/06/2007 Article

Our Second Biggest Mistake in the Middle East

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Fatah, Gaza, Hamas, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mecca Agreement, Palestinians

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London Review of Books, June 28, 2007 ‘The situation in Gaza is dangerous, and the danger is that Hamas will take over and turn Gaza

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18/06/2007 Article

The Palestinian Question: What Now?

/ Mark Perry

Tags: Bush Administration, Fatah, Gaza, Hamas, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mecca Agreement, Occupied Territories, Palestinians

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In “Gaza: Another Mess Made in U.S.,” Rootless Cosmopolitan’s Tony Karon likens the defeat of Mohammad Dahlan’s U.S.-backed Preventive Security Services to an earlier American

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