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Sporting chance for Palestinian Olympians

Sporting chance for Palestinian Olympians By [Msc student] Lana Asfour and Randa Swift Amman and Ramallah 2 June 2012 After struggling to pursue sport for years because of the impact of the conflict with Israel, Palestinians now have a rare chance to celebrate success. Maher Abu Rmelleh, a judoist, is the first ever Palestinian sportsman…

Aboul-Fotouh: A New Path for Egypt?

SOAS MSc student Abul-Hasanat Siddique on the Egyptian presidential elections and the rise of a former Muslim Brotherhood member, Abdel Mone’im Aboul-Fotouh. Egypt is set to hold its first free and fair presidential elections, as the Arab world’s most populous nation seeks to shift away from military rule and to a civilian elected government. Following the…

Hazardous Sovereignty: Why Uranium Enrichment Matters

Shirin Shafaie speaks about Iran’s continuing enrichment of uranium. We are now at a decisive juncture with regard to Iran’s nuclear issue and its decades-long standoff with the West. Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (known as the P5+1 Group) met on April 12, 2012 in Istanbul…

Peace v. Justice: The ICC and Its Alternatives

Can you explain the “peace versus justice” debate and what you think is at stake in it? The debate is [centered on] questions of causality and timing. What does it take to get a lasting peace that is normatively desirable? And does justice yield peace dividends, or is justice built on the back of political…

An Arab Spring south of the Sahara?

Phil Clark discusses why the Arab Spring has so far failed to spread south of the Sahara – but suggests there are still good reasons why some African leaders should be looking over their shoulder. When the so-called Jasmine Revolution rolled eastward from Tunisia to Libya and Egypt in early 2011, many commentators – not…

Video: Professor Charles Tripp on Art and the Arab Uprisings

Charles Tripp, professor of middle east politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, explores the power of art and its relationship to non-violence and political pluralism in the Arab Spring.  

The selective implementation of the Sudan CPA and today’s crisis along the North/South border

South Sudan

Sudan and South Sudan today are at war, and so is Sudan with its own peripheries in Darfur, East, Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan States while insecurity never stopped in some areas of South Sudan since 2005. To call it otherwise is political blindness or else convenience. What is happening today in Sudan is no…

Iran, Netanyahu and the Holocaust

Netanyahu

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam and Abbas Maleki Would a nuclear Iran cause another Holocaust? If we are to believe Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and his supporters, then yes. In his recent speech to AIPAC, Netanyahu once again referred to the Holocaust in order to make a case for war against Iran. ‘Some commentators would have you…