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Shukran, Israel

Ismail Haniyeh [right] met Muslim Brotherhood leader in Cairo at the start of his tour around the Arab world [EPA]If Islamist movements come to power all over the region, they should express their debt of gratitude to their bete noire, Israel.

Without the active or passive help of successive Israeli governments, they may not have been able to realize their dreams.

That is true in Gaza, in Beirut, in Cairo and even in Tehran.

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Hamas and the Arab Spring

unityby Larbi Sadiki

On a "win-loss" scale, Hamas features more as amongst the "winners" not "losers" of the Arab Spring. Ismail Haniyeh's current diplomacy "shuttle" around several Arab capitals is designed, amongst other things, as a declaratory policy embracing the Arab Spring.

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Bulent Ecevit, Former Turkish Prime Minister

Bulent Ecevit, Former Turkish Prime Minister Follower of Geeta and Interpreter of Geetanjali
A Tribute From Ambassador’s Journal

Bulent Ecevit, five times Turkish prime minister and a key political player for almost half a century died on 5 November, 2006, aged 81 after a long illness. Apart from 1974, he was twice premier; from 1977 to 1979, with his last stint from 1999-2002. Representing the coalminers of Black Sea coast town of Zonguldak, as labor minister he gave the Turkish workers the right to strike for the first time in Turkish history.

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Gaza: Remembering Cast Lead

Cast LeadDecember 27 marks the third anniversary of Israel's lawless war on Gaza. Without provocation, three weeks of terror bombing and invasion devastated the Strip.

Missiles, bombs, shells, and illegal weapons were used against defenseless people. Mass slaughter and destruction followed.

Read more: Gaza: Remembering Cast Lead


Congress, Obama Codify Indefinite Detention

Indefinite DetentionIn yet another reversal of his professed commitment to the rule of law, President Obama says he will sign the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which formalizes his authority to imprison terrorism suspects indefinitely without charge or trial.

Read more: Congress, Obama Codify Indefinite Detention


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