The enduring fact of the failure of peace in the so-called Holy Land is a royal spring of misery from which bitter tensions flow, with mournful consequences for the entire restive middle-east region, already strained by wars and rumours of wars.
The main ring road that runs through the city of Jerusalem and past Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residency has, for a little over two years, been home to Noam and Aviva Shalit, the distraught and disheveled parents of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad.
“I can still scream free Pale*****”, raps Mic Righteous on Fire In The Booth, Charlie Sloth’s hugely popular hip-hop showcase on BBC Radio 1Xtra. As the smashing glass effect proved, Mic Righteous was wrong; on the BBC, the words ‘Free Palestine’ are not allowed.
Divide and conquer. One of the oldest methods of colonialist powers. Sow seeds of division amongst the people you are there to “civilise”, in order to weaken their resistance against your occupation of their land.
Since 2006, when democratic elections in Palestine led to the victory of Hamas, and the subsequent US-backed Fatah attempted coup to [...]
Last week, scores were killed in Gaza after renewed Israeli air strikes. Initial rumours of plans to launch an ‘Operation Scorching Summer’ seem to have been dispelled, although it was another bloody week for the battered yet resilient people of Gaza.
If soon to be ex-President Ali Saleh thinks the Yemeni people can be tricked so easily, he really has “lost it”. He will leave by the end of the year he says! Wasn’t it going to be by the end of his term, in 2013, a few weeks ago? The continued strength of the people [...]
How should journalists report disasters and humanitarian relief operations? What is the right balance between stirring the sympathies of viewers and readers, which will increase contributions to the response, and pointing out the problems and the gaps? Between compassion and complexity? That was the subject of a recent symposium, organised by NGO Plan UK, with [...]
An uprising that was sparked on Valentine’s Day; how romantic? Not so for the people of Bahrain. As a tide of resistance continues to sweep across the Arab world, protestors in Manama, the country’s capital, were met with the brutal force of the Bahraini security forces; an assault which left up to six people dead, and many more injured.
They say that the relationship between a dictator and the people of his country is like that of a lion tamer and a lion; the lion tamer knows that the lion could eat him at any point. In fact, everyone knows that the lion could eat him at any point, apart from the lion itself. Yesterday, the Egyptian people awoke from a lion’s slumber.
It feels strange to spend time over the Christmas period in a quiet Yorkshire village with family; this time last year, I was on my way to the Gaza Strip. It was the second time I had travelled to Gaza; the first time was in March 2009, just a few months after Israel had launched [...]
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