'Middle East' Category

  • Israel BDS Event

    February 11, 2012

    The recent debate on boycott, disinvestment and sanctions against Israel at SOAS was an interesting event, attended by a couple of hundred people. It was a very civilised discussion compared to a lot of Israel-Palestine debates and there were lots of good points made from the floor. For me, the debate among the panel was […]

  • Debate on Boycott, Sanctions and Disinvestment vs. Israel

    January 20, 2012

    On 30 January I will be part of a panel debate entitled “Is BDS working? Exploring the impact of boycotts, divestment and sanctions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”. The debate has been organised by the SOAS Israeli Society and starts at 5pm in B102 (Brunei Gallery) at SOAS. More details here, and the Facebook event page […]

  • Libya and the LSE

    March 4, 2011

    After intensifying pressure and days of media speculation, the director of the London School of Economics, Sir Howard Davies, has finally resigned over his institution’s controversial links with the Libyan regime. He was doubtless right to go, having made grave errors of judgement that severely damaged the LSE’s reputation, seeing it branded the ‘Libyan School […]

  • Cartoon Jihad – redux

    June 30, 2007

    When I wrote about the ‘Cartoon Jihad’ some time ago, I posted this cartoon: Incredibly, there is now a bona fide news story to go alongside it, as Hamas’s ‘Furfur’ character, a Islamist rip-off of Mickey Mouse, has been beaten to death by an ‘Israeli soldier’. This is apparently what passes for kids’ TV in […]

  • Gaza

    June 18, 2007

    Check out the analysis piece written in the Guardian today by one of my colleagues Karma Nabulsi, now Fellow of St Edmund’s Hall, Oxford, formerly of the PLO, for the simplest and best analysis of the conflict so far. The current situation in Palestine is a damning indictment of Western interventionism and a clear example […]

  • UN Resolution on Lebanon

    August 12, 2006

    The UN Security Council finally decided to pass a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Lebanon, a month after Israel’s ferocious attacks on that small country first began. What will get the biggest headlines will undoubtedly be the aspects that relate to Lebanon-Israel relations, such as the requirement to cease fire, withdraw to borders, etc, […]

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