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A Comparative Study of Terrorism in Southwest Asia 1968-1982

A Comparative Study of Terrorism in Southwest Asia 1968-1982

Date: August 1990
Creator: Zonozy, Nassrullah Y. (Nassrullah Yeganeh)
Description: This study assumes that political terrorism results from conscious decision-making by groups opposing a governing system, policy or process. The kinds of terrorist activity employed depend upon such factors as the philosophy, goals, objectives, and needs of the terrorist group. This presents a comparative analysis of three types of terrorists in southwest Asia: Palestinians, Marxist-Leninists, and Muslims. The first section summarizes and compares the three groups' motivational causes, philosophies, histories and sources of inspiration. The second section compares their behavior from four perspectives: trends and patterns, level of violence, tactical preferences, and lethality. The third section identifies and categorizes socioeconomic, political and military variables associated with tactic selection and acts of terrorism.
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GEO Year Book 2006: An Overview of Our Changing Environment

GEO Year Book 2006: An Overview of Our Changing Environment

Date: 2006
Creator: United Nations Environment Programme
Description: This publication describes major global environmental issues and policy decisions during 2006.
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GEO Year Book 2007: An Overview of Our Changing Environment

GEO Year Book 2007: An Overview of Our Changing Environment

Date: 2007
Creator: United Nations Environment Programme
Description: This publication is an overview of major global environmental issues and policy decisions during the course of 2007.
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The Metamorphosis of the Arabian Ba'th Socialist Party

The Metamorphosis of the Arabian Ba'th Socialist Party

Date: December 1976
Creator: Al-Sabah, Ebtesam K.
Description: Chapter I of this study of the Arabian Ba'th Socialist Party discusses the evolution of Arab nationalism and concludes that Ba'th was a natural outcome of this evolution; two intellectuals supporting Arab nationalism were Party co-founders Michael Aflaq and Salah Bitar, Part One of Chapter II summarizes their lives to facilitate understanding of their thought and its impact on Ba'th; Part Two examines the Party's first convention (source of the Ba'th constitution), the reasons for it, and the necessity of establishing Ba'th; and Part Three outlines Ba'th ideology and organization. Chapter III analyzes Ba'th's promotion of Syrian-Egyptian union and that union's resultant adverse effect upon Party cohesiveness, The Conclusion discusses the groups into which Ba'th split after 1961 and their new interpretations of Ba'th ideology.
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The State of Democracy in the Arab World

The State of Democracy in the Arab World

Date: December 1995
Creator: Al-Olimat, Muhamad S. (Muhamad Salim)
Description: This comparative study assesses the state of democracy and examines the process of democratization in the Arab World between the years 1980-1993. It addresses shortcomings in the mainstream democracy literature that excluded the Arab World from the global democratic revolution on political cultural grounds. To fulfil the objectives of this study, I employ both the qualitative and quantitative research approaches to test a number of hypothesized relationships. I hypothesize that transition to democracy is negatively associated with economic development, militarism, U.S. foreign policy, the political economy of oil, and dependency. I contend that emerging civil society institutions so far have had no significant effect on democratization in the Arab World. Finally, I hypothesize that the level of democracy in the Arab World is influenced greatly by the issue of civil rights. In order to investigate the hypothesized relationships, the following data sets have been used: Gastil's Freedom House Data set, "Repression and Freedom in the 1980s" data set, and Vanhanen's 1990 data set. The findings of this study support the aforementioned hypothesized relationships. I find that Arab countries, in general have made modest progress toward democracy, making the Arab World part of the global revolution.
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Tunza: The UNEP Magazine for Youth, Volume 3, Number 1, 2005

Tunza: The UNEP Magazine for Youth, Volume 3, Number 1, 2005

Date: 2005
Creator: Lean, Geoffrey
Description: Tunza is a magazine published by the UN Environment Programme about environmental issues from a youth perspective. This issue is about transportation, urban planning, waste management, and ecology.
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