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Book Review of “Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly”: The Limits of Tunisian Exceptionalism

How different is Tunisia when compared to other Arab countries? The answer, according to Safwan M. Masri in his 2017 book on this northern African country, is that Tunisia constitutes “An Arab Anomaly”. December 2018 will see the eighth anniversary of Mohamed Bouazizi’s immolation in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. Such an act of sheer desperation, whose Continue Reading

Book Review of “Workers and Thieves”: A Bottom-Up approach to the Arab Spring Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt

“Workers and Thieves” is the most recent book by Joel Beinin. At the same time, it is an attempt (mostly successful) to explain the specific experiences of Tunisia and Egypt within the context of the so-called “Arab Spring” in an innovative way. Beinin makes a twofold contribution to the vast literature dealing with this historical Continue Reading

Palestinian history is the story of Palestinians, a Book Review of “The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story”, by Ramzy Baroud

Palestinian history is the story of Palestinians. This is the deep conviction that motivated Ramzy Baroud to write “The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story” (Pluto Press, 2018). Baroud’s work is without a doubt an extraordinary exercise in people’s history, as Professor Ilan Pappé  stresses in the foreword of the book. At the same time, however, Continue Reading

Death Penalty in Iran: What Role For Rouhani?

Iran’s former justice minister, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, was quoted in late October 2016 as saying; “These last years, the quantity of executions has not been effective. As a result, there must be a revision of the death penalty law”. It was not the first time an important member of the Iranian bureaucracy expressed this same opinion. However, a senior Continue Reading