The US role in supporting Israel’s military assault on Lebanon falls into a pattern of imperial tyra
<strong>Taken from the <em>New Statesman</em> archive, 11 June 1982.</strong>
Sometimes it seems t
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Who are they? What do they want? All too often, we just label them "Islamists" and leave it at that.
<strong>Taken from the <em>New Statesman</em> archive, 16 August 1919.</strong>
This conflict was
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