Intifada or Not, Tension Rises in the Middle East

Oct 20, 2015

Throughout October, Palestinians and Israelis have seen the most violence since the end of the Second Intifada in 2005. Is a full-blown uprising coming? With Israel and Palestine, there are no guarantees aside from the continuation of conflict. In the past two weeks, the slow simmer of tension...

Palestinians Must Launch a Third Intifada, But Not Against Israel

May 02, 2015

After a failed statehood bid at the UN, the tragic Gaza debacle and Netanyahu’s re-election, what now for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza? First, there was the disastrous Gaza campaign launched last August by Hamas against Israel. That resulted in the deaths of more than 2,000 Gazans...

Islamist Movements: The Arab Intifada in Perspective

Mar 03, 2013

The following is an extract from George Joffé’s essay, “The Arab Intifada in Perspective,” as he discusses the role of Islamist parties in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco. To appreciate what has actually happened in the Arab world as a result of what in the West is called the...

Iran, the Arab Intifada and the End of the ‘Middle East’

Nov 13, 2011

The ongoing Arab uprisings signal a ‘second coming of independence’ and a ‘non-colonial order’ throughout Western Asia and Northern Africa, argues Arshin Adib-Moghaddam. Once upon a time there was a United States naval officer who invented a region he called the...