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Adam Ramsay is co-editor of OurKingdom.

The role of Palestinian women in resistance

Despite fighting deeply rooted patriarchal structures, for decades Palestinian women have played an integral role in resistance. Without the prioritization of the emancipation of women, national liberation will not be achieved.  

This week's window on the Middle East - April 14, 2014

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Contempt and humiliation greet the Pope's visit to the Holy Land.

Foreign aid: development or 'de-development'?

Foreign aid has only incapacitated Palestinians and made them ever more dependent on the west. The aid industry must choose between either blindly subsidizing oppression or recognize what is actually taking place and cease its support. 

Contempt and humiliation greet the Pope's visit to the Holy Land

Just weeks before Pope Francis’ first official visit to the Holy Land, a number of Christian holy sites in Israel and Palestine have been targeted in ‘price tag’ attacks by the radical Israeli settler movement. These attacks have been increasing since 2008.

One century after World War I and the Balfour Declaration: Palestine and Palestine studies

To hug one's identity in an age of globalisation is a global phenomenon witnessed in the break-up of states and devolution movements worldwide. The one-staters run counter to this trend. The veteran Palestinian historian explains how students of this history can best counter a woeful tale of hubris.

Internalised oppression

Palestinian officials too often assume the role of oppressor, condemning spontaneous reactions to Israeli violations and promoting meek submission in its stead. They cast the Palestinian people in the roles of suspect and offender. Such attitudes only feed into the occupier’s spin on reality.

This week's window on the Middle East - March 20, 2014

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, The continuous battle against sexual harassment in Egypt.

Pressuring FIFA

FIFA may be forced to take action as something must be done to stop the relentless targeting of Palestinian footballers in Israel.

This week's window on the Middle East - February 18, 2014

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Photojournalism in the Palestinian Territories.

Photojournalism in the Palestinian Territories

Young photographers are risking their lives to show the outside world the reality of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, challenging military hegemony. Where mainstream media has lagged behind, social media has stepped in.

Washington’s military aid to Israel: fake peace process, real war process

Will Americans ever acknowledge their government's active role in destroying the chances for a just and lasting peace between Palestine and Israel?

This week's window on the Middle East - February 10, 2014

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Bulgaria's 'chilly welcome' to Syrian refugees.

The perils and pitfalls of patriotic history

War is said to be too serious a business to be left to the soldiers. By the same token, military history is too serious to be left to the politicians. When politicians pontificate about the past it is rarely in the disinterested pursuit of a complex truth.

"Rehearsing the revolution": theatre in Israel-Palestine

In Israel/Palestine, former combatants are using the Theatre of the Oppressed to move towards an end to the occupation. Recently London theatre group Cardboard Citizens invited a former Israeli officer to share his experience of making theatre for peace.

Middle east peace: it’s not the economy, stupid

Corruption and inequality in the Palestinian territories are a significant factor behind public scepticism and cynicism about economic plans. Palestinians are well aware of corruption in business, and their negative views are exacerbated by socioeconomic divisions.

This week's window on the Middle East - January 31, 2014

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Is Israel building up for an offensive against Gaza? 

Is Israel building up for an offensive against Gaza?

Gazans fear another Israeli military offensive is imminent, as Israel flexes its military muscle and Egypt joins the band, beating the drums of war.

Hamas’ response to the Syrian uprising

Are we now witnessing a third phase in Hamas’s response towards the Syrian Uprising?

This week's window on the Middle East - January 17, 2014

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Corruption in Bahrain.

Ariel Sharon’s legacy

Sharon was the unilateralist par excellence. His main aim when he came to power in 2001 was to eliminate the two-state solution and to determine unilaterally the borders of Greater Israel. Five years later, he had gone some way towards achieving this aim.

The fourth destruction: stolen land and childhood

A visit to the Jordan Valley to see the actual conditions and latest developments on the ground, places the initiative of John Kerry’s team in context. What kind of negotiations are these?

No shortage of international complicity with Israeli occupation

Aid to Palestine is essentially palliative, intended to maintain a status quo. From that vantage point, aid seems to be remarkably complicit with continued Israeli occupation. How can funders and recipients break the cycle?

Israel/Palestine: trapped by our own narratives?

This tragic historic clash - the product of centuries of virulent European antisemitism at home and rampant imperialism abroad, crowned by double or, in this case, treble dealings - is the root of the conflict. Almost everything else has been grafted on retrospectively.

This week's window on the Middle East - December 18, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week: Water, water, everywhere.

Water, water, everywhere

Nikita Malik

Jordan, Palestine, and Israel struggle to reap benefits from a groundbreaking water agreement.

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