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04/05/2016 Article

Tu quoque, Brute, fili mi! (And you too, Brutus, my son!)

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 22 April 2016 “Fall, Caesar, fall”. Caesar (Obama) has yet a few months before, finally, he ‘falls’; but the knives are unsheathed,

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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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19/02/2009 Publication

New book out now — Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution

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Tags: Islamists

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Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution By Alastair Crooke Pluto Press, February 2009 Available at bookshops in the UK, at Amazon (UK) and Amazon

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07/02/2009 Article

Imagined Affinities, Imagined Enmities: The Strange Tale of Iran and Israel

Ben-Gurion evolved the concept of the “alliance of the periphery” aiming to balance the vicinity of hostile Arab states.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Iran, Israel, Middle East

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Le Monde diplomatique, February, 2009 The early Zionists never believed they would be accepted in the Arab world and pinned their hopes on the non-Arab

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01/02/2009 Publication

Arab Christians in the Levant and their Relationship with Muslims

/ Ghassan Shami

Tags: Christians, Middle East, Salafism

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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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