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Trump and Putin: Is Presumed Empathy Enough?

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Alastair Crooke, (republished on Consortium News as ‘Deep State vs. Donald Trump’), 28 January 2017 President Putin has said it often: the door to co-operation

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Challenging perspectives on Islamism and politics in the Middle East

Conflicts Forum aims to shift Western opinion towards a deeper, less compartmentalised understanding of Islam and the Middle East.
By examining problems in terms of differences of thinking, language and intellectual and metaphysical traditions, we attempt to frame differences as more than simple struggles for power. Although not a particular focus of our work, reconciliation is sometimes an outcome of what we do.
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18/10/2009 Article

Nukes Aside, the Real Problem with Iran

It might seem counterintuitive to most Americans and Europeans, but Ahmadinejad’s advice might be worth pondering.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Disarmament, Iran, Obama administration

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Published in the Christian Science Monitor, the LA Times and Council for Foreign Relations (USA). Distributed by Tribune Media Services. The country is emerging as

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18/10/2009 Article

Political Islamic and Jihadi Movements

Here we are, today, facing three different classifications of Islamic movements: traditional institutions; political Islamist movements; and the Islamic resistance movements.

/ Sheikh Chafiq Jaredah

Tags: Political Islam

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Director, Institute for Sapiential Knowledge for Religious and Philosophical Studies, Beirut In His name be He exalted It is appropriate to adopt caution, and to

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14/10/2009 Article

Will Fatah – as Much as Israel – be the Target of the next Intifada?

A seriously aggravating factor in Fatah’s internal crisis has been the failure of the peace process to deliver even minimum Palestinian rights.

/ Ben White

Tags: Fatah

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For the best part of half a century, Fatah dominated Palestinian politics. Israeli attempts to extinguish the movement failed; rivals were co-opted or sidelined. But

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09/07/2009 Article

Tehran Troubles

The troubles that followed the Iranian Presidential elections have been misread by the Western press and policymakers.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Iran

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An edited version has been published by the LA Times syndicate and also appears in The New York Times. The troubles that followed the Iranian

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07/07/2009 Article

Meshaal Delivers Speech on Obama’s Position on Peace Process

/ Khalid Meshaal

Tags: Hamas, Obama administration

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On June 25, Khalid Meshaal, head of the Hamas Political Bureau gave a televised speech in Damascus and said, in part: “… The Obama administration

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20/06/2009 Article

Liberty Leads the People, Even in Tehran

America did not elect Obama simply because we hoped he would be a realistic president. We elected him because he talked in ideals.

/ Mark Perry

Tags: Democracy, Iran

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Bitter Lemons, June 18, 2009 We in the “the West” have a special place in our traditions for anniversaries. We celebrate two important ones just

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