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    Book Review – ‘Britain’s Pacification of Palestine: The British Army, the Colonial State, and the Arab Revolt, 1936–9’ by Matthew Hughes

Book Review – ‘Britain’s Pacification of Palestine: The British Army, the Colonial State, and the Arab Revolt, 1936–9’ by Matthew Hughes

by Ian Black
The 1936–9 Arab Revolt against British rule in Palestine, and its suppression by the British army, was a precursor to the devastating war against the nascent Israeli state that the Palestinians lost a decade later. Matthew Hughes’s extensively researched new study shows how, with a ruthlessly effective combination of brutality and ‘non-lethal oppressive collective punishment’, the British quelled the revolt and […]

The Spring of the Caudillos

by Youssef Cherif

The recent uprisings in Algeria and Sudan have been celebrated as an Arab Spring 2.0. It is a nice metaphor, but these events are not exactly that. The closest comparison would be Egypt in 2013, when the army establishment exploited a popular uprising to consolidate its power and confiscate politics. The Arab world has entered a new era […]

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    Housing, Rubbish, Walls and Failing Infrastructure in East Jerusalem

Housing, Rubbish, Walls and Failing Infrastructure in East Jerusalem

by Manal Massalha

Palestinians in East Jerusalem live in compromised housing conditions, subject to racialised planning and zoning policies, and treated as foreign immigrants in their own city: automatic revocation of their residency rights applies if they fail to prove that Jerusalem is their centre of life.

Their numbers grew from about 69,000 in 1967 – when Israel occupied and annexed East […]

Algeria Has a Legitimacy Problem

by Benjamin P. Nickels

Political scientists sometimes distinguish between performance legitimacy and personal legitimacy. Certain regimes remain in power thanks to what they provide: things like security and order, economic growth, clean streets. Think Singapore or Rwanda. In other countries, a shared culture and history determines who has the right to rule, whether or not that ruler performs well. The […]

  • Permalink LSE Middle East Centre workshop on 1 March 2019. From left: Bronwen Manby, Alenka Prvinšek, Ann Livingston, Solange Valdez-Symonds. Gallery

    Preventing Statelessness among Migrants in North Africa and their Children: Birth registration and ‘legal identity’

Preventing Statelessness among Migrants in North Africa and their Children: Birth registration and ‘legal identity’

by Bronwen Manby

“Legal identity” is all the rage in international policy circles. From the target set by the Sustainable Development Goals to “provide legal identity for all, including birth registration” by 2030, to the World Bank’s initiative on “Identification for Development”, commitments related to identification are multiplying. Amidst anxieties about migration and refugee flows, the Global Compact on Migration […]

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