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New Horizon Conference: Meeting of minds in Tehran

The 2nd conference “New Horizon: the International Conference of Independent Thinkers” was held in Tehran, September 29–October 1 2014, including over 30 journalists, writers and academics from around the world presenting papers and arguing issues of world geopolitics, with a focus on the Middle East. I represented Canada, along with University of Lethbridge Globalization Studies […]

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Effects of colonialism and dictatorism on Tibet’s past and present

Dharamshala: – The challenge of Human Rights campaigners around the world is to reflect on the commitments of past generations who worked so hard and sacrificed everything to bring Democracy, freedom and human values to the people of today. Tibetans in their own home country have become victims of deep-seated prejudice. Carefully created hardline policies […]

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The Gaza Medical Aid Scandal

The Gaza medical aid scandal: Suffer, little children…. What do our clueless politicians care? The indifference shown by Messrs Obama and Cameron to the slaughter and unimaginable destruction that Israel – the self-styled “only democracy in the Middle East” with “the most moral army in the world” – inflicted on Gaza a month ago is […]

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The Wandering Who – FULL

I thought it’d be interesting to resurrect this chat with Gilad Atzmon, three years after I edited it, and see how many of the themes discussed have grown in relevance since 2011. The pernicious role of zionist lobbies and their appetite for war. Another Gazan massacre. Palestinian statehood – and possible access to international tribunals. […]

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Let us See through Our Victims’ Eyes

Western culture prides itself on its civilized behavior, its distaste for vulgarity, its abhorrence of horrid violence, its protection against pornographic disquieting images and, consequently, seeks to hide such unpleasant, uncivilized behavior by blurring disquieting images, removing the vulgar with omissions of letters or blocking the uncultivated or the smutty or the risqué with bleeps, […]

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Not Silence but Gloating over Galloway

WHY THE SILENCE OVER THE ASSAULT ON GEORGE GALLOWAY? – asks Peter Oborne in an article in The Telegraph. British MP George Galloway was recovering on Saturday after being attacked in the street in Notting Hill, west London, and taken to hospital and treated for a suspected broken rib and bruising to his head. He had been posing […]

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Ukrainians — Who Blinded Them?

This is a very affecting video filmed in Novorossiya. Ordinary people lining up to get humanitarian aid sent by Russia and bread, some elderly, people who have lost family in the attacks by Poroshenko’s army, whose houses, hospitals and schools have been destroyed and who are left without water and electricity, ask their attackers: WHY? […]

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The Holocaust™/Anti-Semite© Card

The Holocaust™/Anti-Semite© Card, Don’t Leave Home without it!   Adverts occasionally sneak into blogs disguised as comments. We realize what they are and simply scroll over them. I found this one, posted by someone who signs ‘LeseMajeste,’ appended as a comment to the Holocaust Triptych article initially published elsewhere. I realized immediately that it actually […]

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Do not be fooled by China’s propaganda on Tibet and Tibetan people

  Dharamshala: – As Tibetans and peace loving people, we realize that there is a Chinese propaganda waged to capture the hearts and minds of Tibetans. It is now waged using not only their modern weapons, but also their state-run television, radio and other types of media. While we fight using the method of freedom, […]

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Human Rights in Our Name

Human Rights in Our Name Clive Hambidge Under international law all parties involved in a conflict, must whether state or non state armed actors, respect international humanitarian law. The aim of which is to regulate conduct during hostilities and respect for human rights law. bilgrimage.blogspot.com “The Human Rights Act 1998 is an Act of Parliament […]

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War of the Shia – Iran gags Shia scholars in Iran –

Written by Catherine Shakdam – While western media, or rather corporate media have faced harsh criticism over the past weeks on their bias coverage of Gaza in keeping with their network’s political discourse and affiliations, it so happens that Iran has conducted a comprehensive media repression campaign against Shia media outlets that are independent from […]

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Palestinian Life under Israeli Occupation

Palestinian Life under Israeli Occupation

The Private is a short movie, the debut of  Italian director Saverio Costanzo, superbly acted by Hend Ayoub and Mohammad Bakri, describing a few days in the life of a Palestinian family whose house, near a ‘settlement,’ is occupied by IDF soldiers. It is the stuff of everyday Palestinian life under Israeli occupation. And this […]

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A wish-list for the brave Palestinians

What more horrors are in store for Gaza? A wish-list for the brave Palestinians I wonder what Hamas and Israeli leaders are thinking as they survey the devastation in Gaza and review the death-toll and casualty figures? Or course, neither has to live among the ruins and clamber over the devastation. Neither has the stench […]

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Britain dies of shame

Britain dies of shame as Her Majesty’s Government plays the useful idiot to Israel’s crazed ambition Today in London crowds are gathering to vent their anger in a mass demonstration and march to Parliament to “stop the massacre in Gaza” and call for an arms embargo against Israel. This follows last weekend’s huge protest outside […]

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The Lancet: Leading doctors and scientists denounce Gaza violence

Read the full letter in The Lancet [Ed note: Readers are urged to read the full letter and circulate widely as possible to everyone and anyone who has some influence to speak up for Gaza such as Politicians, press, institutions, professional groups, activists, concerned friends] More than 20 leading doctors and scientists* from the UK […]

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It’s the new ‘self defence’

Carry on slaughtering the men, women and children you illegally occupy and daily humiliate… It’s the new ‘self defence’ Britain’s newly-minted foreign secretary Philip Hammond has lost his shine already. A few days ago he warmly welcomed Egypt’s bogus Gaza ceasfire proposal which hadn’t even been shown to Hamas. Yesterday he was asked three times […]

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Disproportional Response?

The Israeli military assault on Gaza is frequently referred to in the mainstream media as a ‘disproportional response’. It is not. It is a deliberate act of war, strategically planned to undermine the fledgling reconciliation taking place between Hamas and Fatah. It is the homemade rockets from Gaza that are the ‘disproportional response’ because they […]

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Dear PLO… Take your case to the ICC

As I write, the Israelis have slaughtered 160 Palestinians in their latest mad-dog military adventure, the vast majority being civilians including 35 children. 934 others have been wounded, including 280 children. And still the mighty international community shuffles and mumbles. The Israeli onslaught has brought a flurry of press releases from the Palestinian authorities. One […]

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Save Gaza Today

Reading Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich’s plea to the world reminded me of what has bothered me in recent days about the protests held in the US against the Israeli criminal onslaught against the people in Gaza. The photos showing demonstrators in New York City, like the one below, show too many Arab/Muslim/Middle Eastern faces. Where are the […]

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Dead teenagers: Netanyahu’s criminal settlement policy put them in harm’s way

The BBC, that paragon of broadcasting, repeatedly fails to give the necessary context when reporting events in occupied Palestine. The rest of the mainstream media are equally guilty but we still tend to look to the BBC as the standard setter, a lofty position from which it has slid a long way recently. In its […]

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Breaking the wall of corruption in Yemen – It takes a village …

Written by Catherine Shakdam – Earlier this month Eurasia Review published a report on Mogib Hassan, a rights activist and journalist working with AWAM, the body charged with investigating and recuperating Yemen Looted Funds. Mogib, who was appointed AWAM international relation and coordination officer in 2013 fell victim to a plot to discredit his work […]

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