Category Archives: politics

An Arab Renaissance against all odds?

A pan-Arab mentality is manifesting itself in the world of business.

Arab reaction to Obama’s Middle East policy

Faced with a barrage of messages from the US administration, Arabs are reacting in various ways

A Palestinian State? Interpreting Netanyahu’s Speech

“I think Netanyahu would be astounded if Abbas agreed to these conditions, particularly those in relation to Jerusalem and the right of return.”

On King Hussein and the Search for Peace: An Interview with Nigel Ashton

“When the King pressed hard for a broader peace settlement, his approach did not find a receptive audience in the region.”

The Monarchical Democracy of Lebanon

Many of the political acts of inheritance were brought about after spates of assassinations that have marked Lebanese history.

Will the West Boycott Netanyahu?

The treatment of Hamas from January 2006 is a study in Western hypocrisy.

Size Matters: Why Arab Parties in Israel Were Banned, and More

The country seems untroubled by its increasing international isolation, an attitude perhaps born out of 60 years of making it work underneath improbable, impossible circumstances. If we’ve made it this far, goes the thinking, who the hell is going to stop us?

Plumb and Plumberer

Why Joe the Plumber and the increased democratisation of the media can only signal a further decline in journalistic objectivity.

Yes We Can: A Letter to Obama from an Arab-American

Like my T-Shirt reads, one must hope. We hope that the day will come when our just cause will follow others and when our people will overcome their struggle.

If I Were An Israeli…

Just before Ehud Barak was elected Prime Minister of Israel, he was asked by Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy what he would do had he been born Palestinian. Barak replied frankly: “I would join a terror organization.”