Middle East

Russia is withdrawing from Syria - and the U.S. should follow suit

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War on Terror
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War & Pacification
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Article
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Oxfam / Photo credit Oxfam @ Flickr According to the TASS news agency, Putin said he hoped the withdrawal “will become a good motivation for launching negotiations” and “instructed the foreign minister to intensify Russia’s participation in organization of peace process in Syria.”... Read more

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Las claves de la expansión del Estado Islámico

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Conflicto en Oriente Medio
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Guerra y Pacificación
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In the media
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Según investigaciones de NDR, WDR y el Sueddeutsche Zeitung, dentro de la milicia del EI se ha establecido seguro médico, asignación por matrimonio y pagos de apoyo a familias de luchadores muertos o prisioneros. Además, existen informes personales sobre terroristas suicidas. ¿Se podría hablar de Estado en este caso?... Read more

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Bye-bye peace process: Palestine comes to the UN

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Middle East Conflict
Just Solutions
Just Solutions
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War & Pacification
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Article
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Take away the crass political motives, and what is left in the U.S. plan to veto Palestinian membership in the UN can be summed up in one word: chutzpah. The U.S. is threatening to veto a resolution aimed at achieving something Washington claims it supports — a Palestinian state [truncated, still-occupied, demilitarized and divided but nominally independent] side by side with Israel — because... Read more

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September 11th Didn't Change the World. September 12th Did

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Military Bases
Middle East Conflict
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War & Pacification
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Article
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“The horrific attacks killed 3,000 people, left hundreds of thousands mourning. But that enormous crime did not – could not – threaten U.S. survival, and it did not destroy U.S. democracy,” said Phyllis Bennis, Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and author of Before & After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis. ... Read more

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Headlines or Not, the Iraq War is Not Over

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Military Bases
Middle East Conflict
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War & Pacification
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Article
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With so much attention and so many billions of our tax dollars shifting from Iraq to the devastating and ever more costly war in Afghanistan, it is too easy to forget that there are still almost 50,000 U.S. troops occupying Iraq. We are still paying almost $50 billion just this year for the war in Iraq. And while we don't hear about it very often, many Iraqis are still being killed.... Read more

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Many little streams make a mighty river – the 1 per cent solidarity levy

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Collection: 
Democratic Public Services
Public Public Partnerships
Public Public Partnerships
Water Justice
Suites: 
Water Justice
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Water Justice report from World Water Week Day 2
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Article
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Presumably few Europeans would oppose one percent of their water bill going to international solidarity projects to help people who don’t yet have accesses to safe water and adequate sanitation. And as the Swedish proverb says, many little streams make a mighty river: the combined sums can make a real difference. In some countries a 1% solidarity levy is already common practice. It is... Read more

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Understanding the Arab Spring

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Arab Spring
Arab Spring
Arab Spring
Middle East Conflict
Democratisation
Democratisation
Democratisation
Just Solutions
Just Solutions
English
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War & Pacification
Subtitle: 
TNI Fellows Meeting 2011
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Multi-media
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In June 2011, TNI brought together its Fellows and other activists and engaged academics to discuss critical global issues including the Arab Spring, the global resource grab and the Green Economy.... Read more

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Is the Arab Spring a Black Swan?

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Collection: 
Arab Spring
Democratisation
Just Solutions
Just Solutions
Suites: 
Public Alternatives
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Article
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Understanding the Western response to the Arab Spring, a colorful designation of the democratizing movements of varying character that have rocked the foundations of the Arab world, is an ongoing process. These movements are also seen as posing possibly serious threats to the structure of economic and strategic interests associated with long standing American and European influence in the... Read more

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How has military intervention in Libya shaped the Arab Spring?

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Arab Spring
Arab Spring
Arab Spring
Middle East Conflict
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War & Pacification
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TNI debate, 5 April 2011
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Article
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TNI Director, Fiona Dove: Good day and welcome to this debate. I have two TNI fellows with me today, Dr Kamil Mahdi and Phyllis Bennis -- both specialists on the Middle East, to discuss the Arab Spring, Libya and the bigger region. Perhaps we can start with the question: What is the difference between Libya and Iraq as regards the military intervention? Kamil Mahdi: Clearly the intervention is... Read more

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Egypt Now: Revolution and Counter-Revolution

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Speaker(s)

Amy Holmes**

Date: Thursday, 21 April 2011
Time: 17h30 - 19h30

Direct from Cairo, Dr Holmes will talk about the internal and external dynamics that led to the collapse of the Mubarak regime in Egypt, as well as the current period characterized by military rule. While the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has stated its intention to lead the country in the transition to democracy, the outcome of this transition is anything but clear. After assuming power on February 11, the SCAF has adopted a heavy-handed approach: Military tribunals of civilians have become commonplace. On March 23 a law was passed that outlawed demonstrations and labor strikes.The military has also been accused of torturing demonstrators and forcibly conducting virginity tests on detained women. Furthermore, there remains the possibility of a putsch, as a group called “Officers for the Revolution” are openly mobilizing against Field Marshall Tantawi, the Head of the SCAF. While it has become commonplace to refer to the "Egyptian Revolution" - it is not at all clear that what has happened in Egypt can be considered as such, especially as counter-revolutionary forces are currently gaining momentum.

** Dr. Holmes has lived in Egypt for three years and was in Cairo throughout the uprising. She is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo and a documentary filmmaker.

This event is being organised by the Transnational Institute. Light refreshments will be served. To confirm your participation please e-mail Brid Brennan: bridbrennan [at] tni.org For further information telephone: 020-662.6698

How to reach TNI: Take Bus 22 from in front of Central Station – Get off at Nassauplein-cross the street at the Traffic lights – this brings you to de Wittenstraat.

For Media enquiries: Please contact TNI Office, at emailtni [at] tni.org, or telephone 020-6626608

Date: 
Thursday, April 21, 2011
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Arab Spring
Middle East Conflict
Military Bases
Democratisation
Just Solutions
Just Solutions
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War & Pacification

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