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A Talk with Avi Shlaim – Part 2

This is the second part of a three-part interview with Avi Shlaim, professor of International Relation at the Middle East Centre, Oxford. Iran and International Organisations – some legitimate, some less legitimate – were discussed. An important point to note is Israel’s behaviour towards Iran. The Iranian nuclear program is not an Israeli issue: it’s […]

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Israel PR manager Hillel Neuer goes too far

On 10 June 2013, Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Professor Richard Falk, delivered his report at the Human Rights Council. In the interactive dialogue, Israel PR manager Mr. Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Israel lobby Human… er… Rights NGO UN Watch, had this to say (video below). […]

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Saudi Arabia and Bahrain: the Arab springs mainstream media chose to minimise

<The violent crackdown on protesters by Saudi-backed police have started again in Bahrain last week, in a repeat of the aggressive reaction the Gulf island state had deployed against the previous street protest, organised by the Shiite majority, on 23 December. On that occasion, the crowds had taken to the streets demanding the resignation of […]

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The wrong way to exercise your rights

In a shining example of leadership in the struggle for respect and fulfilment of Civil and Political Rights, the United States successfully pushed for a Human Rights Council Resolution on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association at the UN in Geneva last month. Granted, the title itself is a bit of a mouthful; however, in […]

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Paolo Pinheiro

Syria C.o.I. Reloaded

To mark the beginning of his extended mandate, the lead investigator from UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry Paulo Sergio Pinheiro summarised the situation in Syria before the Security Council four days ago. However, some of the points he reiterated from the Commission’s previous report, namely the abuses committed by the Free Syrian Army, the presence of […]

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