Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Rise of Hamas-Gaza

Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement which controls the Gaza Strip, recently held internal elections. The polls were for the Gaza Political Bureau and Shura Council, often described as the movement’s parliament. Hamas holds its votes in secret, and tries to … Continue reading

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Syrian Kurdish dissident: ‘Break Syria into Pieces’

Jerusalem Post 16/05/2012 Sherkoh Abbas, a veteran Syrian Kurdish dissident, called on Israel this week to support the break-up of Syria into a series of federal structures based on the country’s various ethnicities. Speaking from Washington, Abbas was also critical … Continue reading

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The Transforming Fire: review by Joseph Morrison Skelly, 9/5

The Transforming Fire: The Rise of the Israel–Islamist Conflict by Jonathan Spyer (New York: Continuum, 2010), 227 pages Reviewed by Joseph Morrison Skelly Treasurer, Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa / US Army Reserve “People walked … Continue reading

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The Killing Grounds of Idlib

Jerusalem Post, 4/5. Human Rights Watch released this week a report that offers a devastating picture of the activities of the Syrian regime in suppressing the revolt underway against it. The report also stands as an indictment of the impotency … Continue reading

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