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Power’s world: Palestine and the war of civilisations

By Jonathan Power  

It’s just what Barack Obama doesn’t need as he prepares to take his oath of office as the 44th president of the USA: another Israeli/Palestinian war inflaming passions anew all over the Arab world—and much of the Muslim world outside too, from Iran to Indonesia. What will his middle name, Hussein, count for in this intense firefight?

Well, maybe something, but only if he moves rapidly to change the long-standing American emphasis on supporting, by both word and deed,…

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