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Appeasement won’t work

Topical and Current Affairs

By Michael Volpe General Director of Opera Holland Park in London. Since Brexit I have been hearing lots of talk about “listening” to and “understanding” swathes of white working class people who voted for leaving the EU. It has accelerated since Trump won and it is becoming increasingly hysterical and alarming. The narrative is this; […]

‘The day I killed my rapist’

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A young Tunisian woman was photographed naked by a friend of her father’s. He then used the images to silence her – until one day she snapped and took a bloody revenge. This story is part of the BBC’s Shame series, which examines a disturbing new phenomenon – the use of private or sexually explicit […]

How Israel aims to redefine ‘ethnic cleansing’

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Netanyahu’s controversial comments have thrown another obstacle in the way of Palestinian statehood, analysts say. Nazareth – On one level, an incendiary video posted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend looked suspiciously like an own goal. In it, Netanyahu argues that a Palestinian demand to dismantle Jewish settlements amounts to the “ethnic […]

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 […]