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/ 3 November 2006

A cacophony of fundamentalism

Gilbert Achcar: When Arab nationalism, Nasserism and similar trends began to crumble in the 1970s, most governments used Islamic fundamentalism as a tool to counter remnants of the left or of secular nationalism. A striking illustration of the phenomenon is Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat. He fostered Islamic fundamentalism to counter remnants of Nasserism after he took over in 1970 and ended up being assassinated by Islamic fundamentalists in 1981.

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/ 22 July 2004

The rules of disengagement

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains a prime mover of Middle East chaos and suffering. But an impasse-breaker isn’t beyond reach. As Ariel Sharon battles for some form of Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, Noam Chomsky appraises the chances for an option, long available, that might lead to Israeli-Palestinian peace.