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Women in burkinis and men in suits

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Letters To The Guardian Newspaper A woman wearing a burkini paddles on the seashore in Marseille, southern France.   Monday 29 August This display of men controlling how women dress (Armed French police pictured ordering woman to remove burkini on Nice beach, 24 August) reminded me of my humiliation at an open-air pool in Ruislip […]

Celtic fans defy threat by hugging Palestine tighter

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Liam O’Hare The Electronic Intifada 22 August 2016 Fans hold up Palestine flags during Glasgow Celtic’s match against an Israeli football team on 17 August.   Glasgow Celtic fans have launched a fundraiser to match any fine that Europe’s ruling football body, UEFA, will give the Scottish club for an expression of Palestine solidarity at […]

Staying on side

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Rumour and referendum in Egypt By M.R. | CAIRO  15 Jan 2014 THREE hours’ drive from the clamour and crush of Cairo, a quiet village has not been spared the political shockwaves emanating from Egypt’s capital. With its residents politically polarised between a minority that supports the Muslim Brotherhood and a majority that backs the […]

Egypt’s bogus democracy doesn’t deserve U.S. aid

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By Editorial Board  14 Jan 2014 EGYPT’S MILITARY regime is taking a major step this week toward installing an autocracy more repressive than any the country has known in decades. Citizens are being summoned to the polls to vote on a new constitution that exempts the army, police and intelligence services from civilian control and allows these […]

New Evangelical Movement Seeks Split From Pro-Israel Line

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Dissent within the fold. “This message is resonating with the rising generation,” says Brog. By McKay Coppins  14 Jan 2014 WASHINGTON — Figures with deep roots in America’s religious right have launched a quiet effort aimed at pushing evangelical Christians away from decades of growing loyalty to Israel and toward increased solidarity with the Palestinians. The campaign […]

The United States’ bloody messes in Yemen

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By Hooria Mashhour 14 Jan 2014 Hooria Mashhour is Yemen’s minister for human rights. December 12 was supposed to be a day of celebration for the al-Ameri family. A young bride traveled to her wedding with her relatives in Bayda province, Yemen. But in a few dark seconds their celebrations were eviscerated. A U.S. drone fired at the […]

Ariel Sharon: A personal perspective

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By Mira Bar Hillel   13 Jan 2014 Sharon deliberately deceived his Cabinet. He devastated Beirut, leaving 300 dead in a day and looked on approvingly as fascist militias entered refugee camps to rape, murder and torture thousands of Palestinians In February 1983, a judge-led Commission of Inquiry found Ariel Sharon, then the Israeli defence […]

Egypt’s Crackdown on Islamist Charities

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By Steven Brooke   27 Dec 2013 Since Egypt’s July 3 coup, its new rulers have used arrests, police and military raids, and intimidation to try to shape the country’s post-Mohamed Morsi political order. But more quietly, yet no less vigorously, the government is also engaged in an attempt to repress the social and charitable […]

Half-Million Iraqis Died in the War, New Study Says

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Household survey records deaths from all war-related causes, 2003 to 2011. By Dan Vergano   15 October 2013 War and occupation directly and indirectly claimed the lives of about a half-million Iraqis from 2003 to 2011, according to a groundbreaking survey of 1,960 Iraqi households. The violence peaked in 2006 and 2007, say public health […]

Egypt: getting away with murder

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By Brian Whitaker  5 Oct 2013 The Raba’a massacre and Operation Schmooze On August 14, hundreds of Egyptians died when security forces  violently dispersed sit-in protests against the military takeover that ousted President Morsi. One week later, hundreds of Syrians died in the chemical attacks near Damascus. Both these massacres were on a similar scale, and […]

What Happened to Egypt’s Liberals After the Coup?

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Precious few political parties have spoken out against the military or its assault on the Muslim Brotherhood.  Sharif Abdel Kouddous  1 October  2013 Khaled Dawoud worked hard to remove Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, from office. As the spokesperson for the National Salvation Front, a loose coalition of non-Islamist parties and groups formed […]

Zac Goldsmith Attacks Daily Mail’s ‘Nazi’ Links, Defends Ed Miliband

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By Mehdi Hasan   1 Oct 2013 Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith has launched an outspoken attack on the Daily Mail for its founder’s support for “the Nazi cause”, in the wake of the newspaper’s relentlessly hostile coverage of Ed Miliband’s late father. Speaking at the Huffington Post UK’s fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Tuesday, the […]

Muslim Women Don’t Care If You Feel Uncomfortable

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By Shaheen Sattar  30 Sept 2013 And neither should anyone else who decides to dress in a way that is subjectively unnerving to another person. The ridiculous subjugation of the veil as a cloth of oppression and regression truly highlights that Muslim women are not taken seriously in contemporary society. They are recognised with their […]