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In this e-book we ask whether to try and curb this descent into chaos the time has come for policy makers to start dealing with the moderate Islamist opposition, rather than wait till later when there is no one left but the extremists - or alternatively, whether dealing with moderate Islamist groups now risks just switching the Arab Shahs we have now to Arab Khomeinis in the future.

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The following discussion was spurred by the exhibition “Sea of Stories: Voyages of the Palestinian Archives,” originally presented at Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture in Beirut from October to November 2016, as part of the Qalandia International (Qi)’s third edition “This Sea is Mine.”  Samar Kanafani converses with curators Ahmad Barclay and Hana Sleiman, posing questions about the meanings of the archive and the processes of narrative building.

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I am a Palestinian from my father’s side of the family and this month, I moved to Palestine. I was educated in France, worked in international organizations in a European and then an East African country, and also have lived in South America. Many of my colleagues, friends and acquaintances have no ties to the Holy Land. But they care and fantasize about it too. Therefore, during the many friendly discussions with people around me about why I was moving there, what it meant, how it would be, I found myself answering the same questions over and over again prompted by candid and genuine curiosity.

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