Kansas Jayhawks vs. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles Picks: 2010 NCAA Football Betting

Kansas Jayhawks
(1-1, 1-1 ATS)

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
(1-1, 0-2 ATS)

The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles will be making a very familiar showing on ESPN’s Friday Night Football betting action, as they play host to the up and coming Kansas Jayhawks.

The Jayhawks had to feel like they were left for dead in the water after the loss to North Dakota State in the home opener two weeks ago. They came out last week and changed all of that, though. Whatever HC Turner Gill said to his troops was fantastic, as Rock Chalk probably ended the National Championship hopes for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets prematurely. GT was knocked off 28-25. With QB Kale Pick sent to the bench, Jordan Webb came in and played well, throwing for 238 yards with three TDs and an INT. The win for Kansas stopped a whopping eight game losing streak in which it went just 1-7 ATS. This could be the best defensive showing that the Jayhawks have shown in quite awhile, as this is a big change from the 92 combined points that were allowed in their final two games of the year last season.

For the Golden Eagles, it had to feel great coming home and beating FCS Prairie View A&M last week. They were simply run over by the South Carolina Gamecocks on the opening night of the year two weeks ago and badly needed a confidence boost before this game, which should act as a good litmus test for just how good this team really is. Southern Miss will be led by QB Austin Davis once again on Friday night, as he looks to shine on the national spotlight. So far this season, Davis has thrown for 416 yards on 68.9 percent completions with just one TD and two picks. The Golden Eagles are averaging 434.0 yards per game though, which is one of the best marks in Conference USA and good enough for 41st in the country. The defense still needs some work, but holding A&M to just seven points and 211 yards of offense was a good start.

These two teams hooked up last year in what amounted to be a fantastic game. The Golden Eagles might have lost 35-28, but they never had a trouble of sticking within the 11.5 point NCAA football lines on the day. Davis had one heck of a day, going 28-of-42 for 331 yards with three scores and a pick, while WR DeAndre Brown had four catches, 85 yards, and a TD. Brown, Davis, and the crew should be able to build off of that game in a big way, as the Golden Eagles should hand Rock Chalk another choke of a loss. KU is just 2-6 ATS in its L/8 NCAA football betting battles against Conference USA. Make it 2-7 after Friday.

Selection: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles -5.5

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A People’s War.(Book review)

The Middle East Journal January 1, 2010 | Robinson, Glenn E.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A People’s War, by Beverley Milton-Edwards. London and New York: Routledge, 2008. 205 pages. Chron. to p. 209. Bibl. to p. 222. Index to p. 228. $140 cloth; $39.95 paper.

There is an extensive list of books designed primarily for university classrooms to introduce readers to a broad historical overview of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Included in this long list are commonly used textbooks by Charles Smith, James Gelvin, Benny Morris, Ilan Pappe, Mark Tessler, and Avi Shlaim (among others).

Beverley Milton-Edwards’ newest contribution to this literature has advantages and disadvantages when compared to its competitors. On the positive side, it is short (205 pages), accessibly written, and without major mistakes or problems. She focuses on how the conflict has impacted the lives of those who live it, and gives a bit less attention to discussing broad geostrategic debates. Milton-Edwards lived and worked in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory as a journalist in the late 1980s, and so has a great deal of empathy and insight for how the conflict has played out in people’s lives. She has returned many times since. go to web site israeli palestinian conflict

The most significant shortcoming of the book is the lack of historical documentation, a regular feature of most classroom texts on the subject. Given her people-focused approach, this omission is perhaps not surprising, but does detract from the classroom usefulness of the book. There are no startling new revelations or novel analytical contributions in the book, but she does succeed in her goal of offering some alternative perspectives. The language can be too cute at times (e.g., “Sheikh, rattle and revolt”).

The book is organized chronologically, beginning in the late 19th century as the Zionist movement was beginning to stake a claim to Ottoman Palestine. It ends with the ill-fated Annapolis conference in the waning months of the second Bush Administration. The British Mandate period, the creation of Israel, the birth of the Palestinian refugees, the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza following the 1967 war, both Palestinian uprisings and the Oslo peace process, tucked in between, are all covered admirably. Throughout, Milton-Edwards is more interested in domestic politics inside Israel and the Palestinian community than the high politics of Great Powers. She tackles issues that some authors avoid, such as the problems and tensions of Israel being a self-defined “Jewish state,” or what Israeli scholar Oren Yiftachel has referred to as “ethnocracy.” Her unblinkered analysis of the dynamics of occupation is spot on, probably because of her years of living it and reporting on it. website israeli palestinian conflict

Milton-Edwards stresses that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is truly global in its reach. She discusses how it plays out in domestic politics in Europe and especially the United States. More important, she correctly notes how this conflict has been fundamental to the spread of radicalism in the Middle East. Too often the conflict is presented as though it is separate from domestic political currents elsewhere in the Arab world. We know from 9/11 and the rise of al-Qa’ida (as just one example) that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays a lead role in the radicalization and recruitment of young Arab men into violent politics, and in how they frame their resentments to the rest of the region and world.

This book is recommended for classroom use, primarily at the undergraduate level, and in particular for classes that focus on the human dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

DOI: 10.3751/64.1.3 Glenn E. Robinson, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California Robinson, Glenn E.

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