02/03/2017 Article

What US Foreign policy? Actually, Trump’s Domestic Policy is his Foreign Policy


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Trump’s Embattled ‘Revolution’ Alastair Crooke, Consortium News, 25 February 2017 Pat Buchanan – perhaps the US politician with the greatest feel (as a thrice-times former

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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.


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


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


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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12/06/2009 Publication

Why the Saudi Shiites Won’t Rise Up Easily

/ Leo Kwarten

Tags: Saudi Arabia, Shiites

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Shiite citizens face considerable religious, political and social discrimination in Saudi society. In the 1970s and 1980s, this situation has instigated bloody street protests and

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11/06/2009 Article

The Essence of Islamist Resistance: A Different View of Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, Islamists


Article posted in New Perspectives Quarterly, June 2, 2009 Most Western analysts of political Islam make the same mistake. They instinctively assume that conflict with

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