Estelle Cooch

Palestine: the end of isolation?

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The Arab revolutions threaten to break the networks of control erected by the US and Israel. This has particular significance for Palestinians, whose oppression has been enabled by the collaboration of Arab regimes with Israel. Estelle Cooch asks whether Palestine's isolation may be coming to an end

On 15 May each year Palestinians have commemorated Nakba Day, "the catastrophe", the day of Israel's establishment in 1948 that oversaw the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes.

Another despot falls

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What does the London School of Economics (LSE) have in common with Mariah Carey?

Last month both were exposed as recipients of £1.5 million and $1 million respectively from the Gaddafi family. One can only hope that Carey, like former LSE director Howard Davies, will also be forced by popular pressure to step down from her job.

The downfall of Davies, who called British undergraduate students "loss-making" and international students "high-margin products", has been something to relish.

The Way Back

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Director: Peter Weir; Release date: out now

The Way Back is an exhilarating film based on the memoirs of Slavomir Rawicz, a former prisoner in a Siberian gulag. Rawicz, who died in 2004, claimed to have escaped from the gulag during the Second World War and walked over 4,000 miles through the Gobi desert, Tibet and eventually over the Himalayas down into India.

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