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Archive for the 'World Civ-Middle East' Category

Pro-Con.org on Israel-Palestine

Monday, July 18th, 2011

At the risk of being reductive, Pro-Con.org attempts to succinctly summarize both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

What The Arab Spring Means For Israel And Palestine

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Robert Malley is a lawyer and conflict resolution specialist. From 1998 to 2001, he was the special assistant to President Bill Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs. During that time, he helped organize the 2000 Camp David Summit.

He discusses the impact and potential impacts of the Arab Spring on Israel and Palestine with Terri Gross.

Heart of the Rev

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

“heART of the revolution” is an online exhibit displaying art from around the world in support of the recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East. Website presented by elev8. elev8 aims to educate and empower through the arts.

Dynamic Map of Middle East

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

5000 years in 90 seconds. What might we infer from this display?

Dirk Vandewalle on Gadhafi’s World

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Dirk Vandewalle, an associate professor of government at Dartmouth College, gives an inside look at Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his 42-year rule. Vandewalle has studied and written about Libya since the 1980s. In 1986 he lived in Libya for 14 months, the only Western scholar there at the time.

Note: sorry about the 10 minute discussion of Gadaffi’s wardrobe. But it is kind of interesting insofar as his attire is symbolic of his self perception and eccentricity.

Guided questions are here.

The Arab uprisings v. European revolutions

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Here is a comparative analysis of 1848 Revolutions and 2011 Arab Revolts from Anne Applebaum at Slate.

And then the New York Review of Books offers a similar comparison

Andrew Sullivan could hardly resist blogging about this tempting comparison.

The Israel Lobbyin the US

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Documentary critical of the U.S. Israel Lobby

Video of a heated round table conference

Video–Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Kingmakers is the story of how the modern Middle East came to be, told through the lives of the Britons and Americans who shaped it. Some are famous (Lawrence of Arabia and Gertrude Bell); others infamous (Harry St. John Philby, father of Kim); some forgotten (Sir Mark Sykes, Israel’s godfather, and A. T. Wilson, the territorial creator of Iraq); some controversial (the CIA’s Miles Copeland and the Pentagon’s Paul Wolfowitz).

All helped enthrone rulers in a region whose very name is an Anglo-American invention. Co-authors Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac elaborate on these ideas and take questions on their book.

Watch it here (70 minutes)

Learning to Live With Radical Islam

Monday, March 30th, 2009

The militants are bad people and this is bad news. But the more difficult question is, what should we-the outside world-do about it? That we are utterly opposed to such people, and their ideas and practices, is obvious. But how exactly should we oppose them? In Pakistan and Afghanistan, we have done so in large measure by attacking them-directly with Western troops and Predator strikes, and indirectly in alliance with Pakistani and Afghan forces. Is the answer to pour in more of our troops, train more Afghan soldiers, ask that the Pakistani military deploy more battalions, and expand the Predator program to hit more of the bad guys? Perhaps-in some cases, emphatically yes-but I think it’s also worth stepping back and trying to understand the phenomenon of Islamic radicalism.

Read on from Fareed Zakaria and respond to these Qs

Primary Sources of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Israel’s Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Principles of Self-Government

The Camp David Accords

Clinton’s Letter to Arafat

G.W. Bush’s Middle East Speech

Rabin’s Last Speech