Middle East Conflict
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The lesson addresses influences and impact of colonial powers. Students will begin to gain clarity into the real and perceived conflicts in the Muslim world, specifically the Middle East. Assigned reading material along with the teachers’ guidance students will learn and understand the economic and political motives of the European powers and the effects on the social, cultural and religious structure of Imperial Muslim World.
Major ethnic minority groups include the Kurds (in Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria) and Berbers (in North Africa).
Death of Yasser Arafat - Following the death of Yasser Arafat a new era began in Palestinian history and in Israeli-Palestinian relations. Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) was elected President ("Rais") of the Palestinian National Authority with a comfortable majority in free and democratic elections.
President Eisenhower gave these remarks to Congress on January 5, 1957.
If you don't know where you're going, the old saying goes, any road will get you there. The conventional wisdom on Syria has it that the external actors to the tragic drama playing out these many months don't know what to do, have no end game, and are thus incapable of acting alone or in concert to end the killing and create an effective transition to the post-Assad era.
Renee Montagne talks with Professor Joshua Landis about the Alawite sect in Syria. The minority group is the power base for President Bashar Assad's government.
Speaker: Margaret MacMillan, Warden, St Antony's College, University of Oxford Presider: Richard N. Haass , President, Council on Foreign Relations Introductory Speaker: Rita E. Hauser, President, The Hauser Foundation, Chair, International Peace Institute March 30, 2012 Council on Foreign Relations
In this interview, Benoit Challand, a visiting professor from the New School for Social Research, outlines the landscape created by the recent revolts that rocked the Arabic world. He points out that potential crises, such as in Syria or Iran, could put a full halt to any regional democratization, and comments about the misinterpreted role of the youth in the Middle East. Can you give a general overview of the Arab Spring, one year later?
Good PowerPoint overview for Israeli and Palestinian perspectives by Apr 12
The argument over which side to blame for the Six Day War goes on, but all of the parties acknowledge that Israel's dramatic victory altered the face of the Middle East and established the boundaries--literally and figuratively--within which the quest for an Arab-Israeli settlement has been conducted ever since. Territories /In the 1967 war, Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria, the West Bank including East Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt.
Parallel Realities - Resolution 242 And The Aftermath Of 1967 | Shattered Dreams Of Peace | FRONTLINE
Reading 2 from Shattered Dreams of Peace by Apr 4
I.F. Stone, the legendary iconoclastic journalist of the 1950s and 60s, once wrote that "Stripped of propaganda and sentiment, the Palestine problem is simply the struggle of two different peoples for the same strip of land." Well, yes, that's so.
"Masada shall not fall again." "Tell Shamir, tell Rabin; we are the sons of Saladin." The first declaration above is a solemn oath taken by all inductees to the Israeli Defense Forces.
To see how borders in the region have changed over the years click through the maps below:
History of Middle East through maps by Apr 12
The old city of Jerusalem The old city of Jerusalem contains sites holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians. The Christian holy sites in Jerusalem include the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (believed to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ), the Church of John the Baptist and the Via Dolorosa.