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BDS, Arab Land and the Custodian of Absentee Property

The 2005 call by more than 170 Palestinian organizations, both within Palestine and without, to boycott Israeli products and services, divest from companies that support and sustain Israel and sanction the Israeli state and its agencies is one of the most important and potentially one of the most effective strategies to end the injustices perpetrated […]

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Iran vs the Empire: Fighting dollarization

The West’s attempts to destroy the Iranian economy through heightened sanctions—including most imports, oil exports and use of banks for trade operations—is having its affect. According to Johns Hopkins University Professor Steve Hanke, Iran is facing hyperinflation, with a monthly inflation rate of nearly 70% per month and its national currency, the rial, plummeting in […]

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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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EU sustains illegal Israeli Settlements

EU drinking in the Last Chance Saloon, warns report

Peace or perpetual struggle in the Holy Land? The window of opportunity for peace between Israel and the Palestinians “is closing before our eyes”, warns a hard-hitting report by 22 well-known and highly regarded NGOs from nine EU member states and from Norway and Switzerland. Read report: Trading Away Peace These humanitarian, human rights and […]

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Response to ABC’s “Tick, Tick, Boom” and What’s with Jonathan Cook?


In  Iran – Tick, Tick, Boom!, ABC correspondent Trevor Bormann admits, “As well as killing some scientists and urging others to defect, the CIA and Mossad are making the working lives of Iranian nuclear scientists utterly miserable. “Israel has long recognized the power of nuclear know-how in this most volatile of regions and ruthlessly defends […]

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A Modest Proposal

  This piece by the Irish-born author of Gulliver’s Travels (1726), is rightly held to be one of the finest pieces of satirical invective ever penned.  In Swift’s day the printing industry was well-established and the political and religious controversies of the age were conducted mainly by the publication of pamphlets and satirical verses.  Swift, […]

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Shockingly Brutal Hate Crime

This is a shocking video, filmed by a customer who happened to be in the convenience store in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods of Manhattan in the early hours of Sunday when the crime occurred. Viewers may easily recognize the victim in the video as none other than Lloyd Blancfine, the Chairmana and Chief Executive […]

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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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“Gentlemen, our souls are not for sale”

A salute to one of history’s unsung heroes: Pakistani patriot, organizer, pro-Palestinian intellectual and a statesmen of the highest calibre: Pakistan’s first Prime Minister; The Honourable Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan, martyred on October 16th, 1951 by assassins of the extremist Jew controlled, Anglo-American-Israeli crime gang. A Founding Father of the Islamic Republic, Liaquat Ali Khan was […]

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(October 13, 2012) - The local Tibetans refused to hand over his body to Chinese authorities and they took his body back to his home. As a mark of respect, they then gathered to pay their last respects to Tamdrin Dorjee and offered traditional scarves to his body. Photo: The Tibet Post International

55th Tibetan Self-immolator Dies in Protest Against China’s Rule

Dharamshala: – A Tibetan man set himself alight and died today, Saturday afternoon in Tsoe city, Malho county of Amdho region, north-eastern Tibet to protests against China’s repressive policies targeting Tibetans in their homeland, according to a latest information received by The Tibet Post International (TPI), an independent news agency based in Dharamshala, India. “Tamdrin […]

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Lebanon’s coming election: women demand civil rights

Lebanon’s coming election: women demand civil rights  Franklin Lamb Beirut Graphics by Alex   Tehran and Washington are employing competing strategies via their political allies in Lebanon to win 70 seats in next years June 2013 parliamentary election, should they actually be held which is looking doubtful to this observer. Their efforts are designed to […]

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Fall Semester brings new hope for Lebanon’s Palestinians

  Franklin Lamb BeirutAl-Manar As fall semester begins this week for colleges and universities, Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian camps and 12 campuses, continue to swelter under unseasonably high temperatures and heavy humidity with no early relief in sight.   Yet, there is finally some excellent news for college age Palestinians in Lebanon where a record number […]

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Vanunu Responds to Gunter Grass and My Question to SECURITY

The International Press and in particular the Israeli Media have been buzzing all weekend regarding a new poem by German writer and Nobel laureate Gunter Grass, in which he calls Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower, Mordechai Vanunu, a “paragon” “modern-day hero” and a “righteous man, who has remained loyal to his country the entire time.” Vanunu […]

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Blind Reading the Blind: Review of Beinart’s “Crisis of Zionism”

With apologies to those who are reading this as braille or audio, Beinart’s entire thesis depends upon overlooking the fact that Israel is a product of one of the great ethnic cleansing projects (or if you prefer, genocides) of its century. Beinart’s case is therefore that if the initial ethnic cleansing in 1948 was relatively […]

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Interview for the Release newsletter, “TalkingDrugs”

An inter­view I did on behalf of LEAP this week for the news­let­ter of the UK cam­paign, Release. Release, run by the indefatig­able Niamh East­wood, does excel­lent work provid­ing legal advice about drug issues, and cam­paign­ing for fairer and more com­pas­sion­ate drug laws. The inter­view appeared in the campaign’s news­let­ter, “Talk­ing­Drugs”. Here’s the link, and here’s the text: […]

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New Delhi: - September 22, 2012, at Jantar Mantar, Indian police taking away one of three indefinite Hunger Strikers, Mr Dhondup Lhadar, TYC Vice-president. Photo: Deliberation/Yeshe Choesang

Indian Police Forcibly Take Away TYC Indefinite Hunger Strikers to Delhi Hospital

New Delhi, 22nd September, 2012: The TYC Indefinite Hunger Strike faced its dark day today, when around 1pm this afternoon the Delhi Police came with their medical officials to have a check up done of the three fasting leaders. On checking their vitals and getting the readings, the medical officials had a discussion with the […]

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30th Anniversary of Sabra-Shatila Massacre: New Challenges

30th Anniversary of Sabra-Shatila Massacre: New Challenges Franklin Lamb Shatila Camp Al-manar Graphics by Alex The Sabra-Shatila Massacre: it seems like a dozen weeks, not 30 years ago.  This year American citizens received messages to stay away from Beirut and the  annual commemoration of the Israeli facilitated Massacre at Sabra-Shatila from  their State Department and […]

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Exclusive Leaked Copy of Free Speech Reduction Guidelines

  The California State Assembly has created an important precedent in protecting students from excessive and dangerous free speech. HR-35, a resolution passed with Israel sympathizers in mind, aims to assure that campuses that still allow criticism will at least avoid offending such students with speech and information that might reflect negatively on Israel. Since […]

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Anna Ardin’s Police Statement

If Assange is ever extradited to Sweden, the danger is that the evidence against him will be held entirely in secret. ALthough published in Sweden, the evidence so far has not been published in the UK except for some extremely selective quotes designed to damage Assange as much as possible. This is (in translation) the […]

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Radio Free Palestine: A Wake-up Call

Irrepressible Palestinian children… But smiles of happiness may turn to tears of frustration when they grow up to find their dreams dashed in a country ravaged by decades of military occupation… where lands and resources have been stolen, education curtailed, freedom cancelled and travel made almost impossible. How will they build a career or raise […]

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More drone than debate: Newsnight loses track of issues at hand

This article by Jack Serle was orignially published on The Bureau Of Investigative Journalism website under a Creative Commons License * * * * The military drones that maraud the skies from Afghanistan to Somalia are increasingly catching the public’s attention. The US’ supposedly secret war rarely seems to leave the news pages. But are […]

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Tibetan Teens Set Themselves Alight In Tibet To Protest China’s Rule

Dharamshala, India: – Two Tibetans have set themselves on fire Monday morning at around 08.30 am, August 27, 2012 (Tibet Time) in Ngaba county, north-eastern Tibet (Chinese: Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province) to protest agianst China to ends its repressive policies in Tibet. There were no immediate details of the two self-immolators who have […]

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Gaza: Mursi Disappoints

Gaza: Mursi Disappoints “The situation of the crossing under Hosni Mubarak was better. The situation today is somewhat chaotic.”  Iki is surprised by “Hamas’ silence regarding this decision.” “Hamas does not want a tense relationship with Egypt’s rulers, the MB. It knows that if it loses its relationship with the MB, it will lose an […]

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In Fond Remembrance of Riad

Several years ago, a friend told me about The Palestine Children Welfare Fund (PCWF), an organization dedicated to helping the children of Palestine, especially orphan or sick children, and also “typical” Palestinian children whose childhood is made hell by the Israelis, who go hungry, live in improvised housing, learn in bombed out schools in open […]

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Message To: DNC and Zionists of America From: An American Patriot

Patriotism means to stand up for one’s homeland. It does not mean to stand up for any political party, politician or any other another state. The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has called upon the Democratic National Committee to rescind its invitation to former President Jimmy Carter to address the upcoming 2012 Democratic National Convention […]

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Grim Reality but also Hope for Lebanon’s Palestinians this Eid al Fitr

Grim Reality but also Hope for Lebanon’s Palestinians this Eid al Fitr Franklin Lamb Al-Manar   Remarkably, this Ramadan holiday season in Lebanon designees from both the Shia Higher Islamic Shiites Council and the Sunni Dar el Fatwa, figuratively speaking, pointed their binoculars deep into the eastern sky and in almost unheard of unison, proclaimed […]

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The Proper Procedure for Killing Unarmed Civilians

An Israeli military spokesperson announced Sunday that an Israeli soldier referenced only as Staff Sergeant “S” would serve 45 days in prison for killing Ria Abu Hajaj and her daughter Majda during the January, 2009 invasion of Gaza code-named “Cast Lead”. The sentence was the result of a plea agreement. I was able to locate […]

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The UAE: holding back the tide

This article by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen was originally published on Open Democracy under a Creative Commons License. * * * * As a deeply-tribal and largely homogeneous society that has also engaged heavily both in state-branding and institutional partnerships in recent years, the security crackdown in the UAE holds particular resonance, calling into question the […]

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Palestinian Asylum Seekers

by Lauren Booth & O. Qashoo On the 21st, 27th and 29th of June, three asylum seeker vessels heading from the port of Pelabuhan Ratu on the south-eastern coast of Java – a popular embarkation point on the Australian coast disappeared. The boats were overladen with men, women and children desperately seeking a new life, […]

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FIFA-fo-fum: I hear the din of the racism drum

For fans of European football, July is pretty much downtime until mid- to late-August when the UEFA, German, Spanish and other supercups officially conclude the previous season. After the excitement of the Champions League and European Football Championship (EURO 2012), the spotlight shifted to transfers and lower-key international friendlies, which help clubs prepare for their […]

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Mr. Win’s Solution for the Rohingyas of Burma is a recipe for Fascism

Last week, I came across Mr. Kanbawza Win’s article – “Killing two birds with a stone or a Win, Win Situation” (Eurasia Review, July 19, 2012) – discussing his thesis for solving the Rohingya crisis in western Burma. As a global citizen who has worked for decades to make our world a more inclusive one […]

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Has Assad Ordered Mass Rapes?

Has Assad Ordered Mass Rapes?  Russ Baker, WhoWhatWhy, Jul 24 2012 A growing refrain out of Syria is that widespread rape is taking place—and sanctioned by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. But when WhoWhatWhy examined the allegations, it found that well-intentioned women’s groups trying to document and prevent such abuses may be falling victim […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Rohingya Muslims

Asked whether the estimated 800,000 Rohingyas in Myanmar are considered Myanmar nationals, Nobel Peace laureate and parliamentary candidate Aung San Suu Kyi replied, “I do not know. We have to be very clear about what the laws of citizenship are and who are entitled to them.” In an effort to provide such clarity, this reporter […]

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67 Minutes of Shame: Homophobic Hate Crimes Go Unnoticed

“Africa your silence is loud! Speak out against patriarchy, homophobia and transphobia.” So reads one of the many sloganed T-shirts worn by LGBTI rights protestors at the “Say No to Hate Crimes” picket at the Library Gardens yesterday. Other’s read: “My Sexuality, My Choice”, “Phansi Holomisa!” and “Zuma – your silence is killing our brothers.” […]

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Cologne, Germany | Dramatic Court Ruling Against Circumcision Uphold by German Government

Germany Upholds Court Decision: Circumcisions Illegal

Germany’s Jews and Muslims will not be punished for breaking the law- Angela Merkel On July 13, 2012, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said that Germany’s Jews and Muslims will not be punished for breaking the law if they carry out circumcisions on young boys. This unusual phrasing recognized the legality of an earlier court ruling. […]

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The Shameful Alliance Deepens

While the UK media focused on bunting, NATO announced the substantial deepening of its most shameful alliance with the vicious Uzbek dictatorship. As long prefigured in this blog, NATO is forced to retreat from Afghanistan through Uzbekistan, after cutting yet more deals to support the World’s most vicious torture and slave labour regime. The irony […]

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An Innocent Man: Abdelbaset Ali Mohammed Al-Megrahi (1952-2012)

December 21st 1988: PanAm flight 103 is blown up in mid air over the southern Scottish town of Lockerbie, all 259 passengers and crew on board are killed in the bombing, with debris from the blast claiming a further 11 lives on the ground. Framed for the terrorist attack, Libyan national, head of security for Libyan […]

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Mother of three dies in Tibet

A mother of three has died after setting herself on fire in Tibet. Rechok, who was in her mid-30s, died at the scene. She set herself on fire in front of the Jonang Dzamthang monastery in Barma Township. Her body is currently in the monastery and many Tibetans have gathered for her cremation. Tibetan protest […]

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Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal Day 3

The American government has issued an arrest warrant for American citizen Yonas Fikre, 33, who is seeking asylum in Sweden. This comes, after the Ethiopia-born resident of Portland, Ore, publicly alleged illegal detention and torture while in the United Arab Emirates – carried out at the behest of the FBI. The FBI response is predictable; […]

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