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"We reject blackmail and it is no longer possible for us to accept the occupation of Palestinian land." - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

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The Middle Eastern Eye to The Inquisitive Muslim

Hello everyone!

It seems, for reasons I do not know, The Middle Eastern Eye is suddenly picking up readers.

As happy I am that people are finding it, TMEE  isn’t actually active anymore, and hasn’t been for over a year. Instead, there is a new blog which all of you are more than welcome to follow. The author (me) remains the same:

www.theinquisitivemuslim.wordpress.com

The Inquisitive Muslim has a larger readership and is the primary blog now. It addresses global Muslim issues with a pinch of humour, and will not doubt interest the same people who decided to follow The Middle Eastern Eye in the first place.

Many thanks and I look forward to seeing you all at The Inquisitive Muslim!

 

 

Hamas and Fatah sign historic agreement. Why is Israel shaking its head?

Palestinian flag (image copyright BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Today, Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah finally signed a landmark reconciliation pact to form a unified government. Will this unity bring peace and prosperity to Palestinians? And why has Israel rejected this historic agreement so rigorously?

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The sound of classical music reaches Gaza: Israeli maestro conducts rare performance in solidarity with Palestinians

Israeli maestro Daniel Barenboim (image via New York Times)

With international performances usually rare in Gaza, hundreds of Palestinians gathered today in Gaza’s al-Mathaf Cultural House for an extraordinary concert conducted for the first time ever by multi-award winning Israeli maestro Daniel Barenboim.

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Is this the part where we bomb Syria (as well)?

A picture of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad is burnt. (Image copyright Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

The Syrian government has brutally cracked down on opposition forces, a move that has cost over 500 lives, as well as taking more than 400 men from their homes and detaining at least 2500. Now, the government has  given the protestors an ultimatum to surrender within 15 days. But activists are still planning fresh anti-government demonstrations. Are we heading towards a new Libya and if we are… are we going to bomb it?  

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Don’t expect to see dance moves in this flick: Saddam Hussein debuts in Bollywood

Saddam Hussein at trial before he was sentenced to death (photo via gdb.rferl.org)

Typically known for its vibrant songs, extravagant settings and classic boy-meets-girl story line, Bollywood has entertained people across borders, including the Middle East. But the multi-billion dollar industry is taking a bold move by bringing a certain (dead) dictator to the screen.

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Osama bin Laden is dead. Now what?

Osama bin Laden is dead (image from freddyo.com)

The long, grueling search that plunged the US in economic deficit, caused the death of soldiers and civilians alike and changed the landscape of foreign policy and international relations has come to an end. Osama Bin Laden has  been killed. The news has been received with jubilation worldwide, by leaders and people alike . But what happens now? Has Al-Qaeda been forced on its knees and is this the end of “the war on terror”?  And what about the mystery surrounding the death? Read why things may not be as simple as they seem.

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Revolutionary Art – Part 1 “The word on the streets”

Anti-government protestors display their hands and arms while chanting slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen (copyright The Big Picture/ boston.com)

The Arab Revolt produced some creative, provocative and inspirational art;  drawings, graffiti, banners and street art. This first part of the two part series on Revolutionary Art will show you some of the art that was featured during the demonstrations.

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Why Saudi Arabia isn’t immune to the Arab Revolt

Saudi woman protesting - Copyright HAMAD OLAYAN

With one of the most conservative political  systems in the region,  there are doubts  of any revolution the likes of Tunisia and Egypt taking place in Saudi Arabia. But if the Middle East was a biological cell, then Saudi Arabia would be the nucleus. It’s therefore not surprising that the oil-rich and equally controversial nation has started to feel uneasy about the Arab Revolt. Read why change in The Kingdom is not merely a dream, but a reality.

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Pride, power and oil: The Gaddafi Cocktail

People burn pictures of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi - Copyright REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Unlike Egypt, the media’s fascination goes beyond the pro-democracy protesters and to the man on the throne the people are trying to topple.  What makes Gaddafi so different from other Middle Eastern authoritative leaders?  And most importantly, if the people on the streets of Tripoli and Benghazi fail to bring down Gaddafi, what will it mean to the Great Arab Revolt?

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“What’s next for Egypt and its neighbours?” Recap of Frontline Club debate

Protest in Cairo (copyright boston.com)

 

The Frontline Club  hosted a fully booked emergency meeting to discuss the next steps for Egypt and its neighbours. The panel was chaired by Paddy O’Connell (BBC Radio 4) and consisted of Lindsey Hilsum (Channel 4 International Editor for News), Peter Beaumont (Foreign Affairs Editor for The Observer), Dr Omar Ashur (author of ‘The De-Radicalization of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements’), Dr Maha Azzam, (Associate Fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House) and Ahdaf Soueif via Skype (author of the bestselling The Map of Love). The debate was heated and brought many questions to the table.

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