Iraq’s New PM, Like Maliki, Defined by Years of Sectarianism

Abadi Pushed De-Ba’athification Measures, Opposed Reconciliation by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com    August 19, 2014 Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s eight years of failed rule were defined by hostile sectarianism and centralization of power. Everyone is desperately hoping his successor, PM-designate Hayder Abadi, breaks that trend. But is it a reasonable hope? A cursory look at […]

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It’s a French woman’s duty to wear a bikini, says ex-minister

John Lichfield Independent    Tuesday 19 August 2014 It is a French woman’s duty to wear a bikini on a beach, says the former minister for families, Nadine Morano. Ms Morano, 51, has provoked a political row by complaining that she had seen a Muslim woman sitting on a French beach in headscarf, long-sleeved tunic […]

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Why Latin American leaders are standing up to Israel

The frostier their relations are with the US, the more likely they are to sympathize with the Palestinians by Laura Carlsen Laura Carlsen is the director of the Americas program of the Center for International Policy in Mexico City. She is a frequent commentator on Latin American relations and an international consultant on gender and […]

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Max Blumenthal : Gruesome tales surface of Israeli massacres against families in Gaza’s Shujaiya neighborhood

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author. Mondoweiss     on August 18, 2014 As the five-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on August 15, residents of Shujaiya returned to the shattered remains of their homes. They pitched tents and erected signs asserting their claim to their property, sorting determinedly through the ruins […]

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The Guardian rejects Dershowitz ad on ‘human shields’ in Gaza

Harvard University professor, whose ad questioned claims that Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, accuses paper of anti-Israel bias. By Haaretz    | Aug. 18, 2014 The British Guardian newspaper rejected an ad written by Harvard University Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, JNS.org reported over the weekend.The ad, titled “The Empty […]

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Simphiwe Dana: Don’t wish the rainbow on Palestine

Simphiwe Dana is a performer and writer Mail & Guardian Online     15 Aug 2014 00:00 Consider the myth of South Africa’s happy transition when hoping for a peace pact in Gaza. I have always suspected that most South Africans do not understand what racism is. There is a disconnect between what happened in the past […]

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Why the African National Congress is still reluctant to cut ties with Israel?

by Affan Sosibo African National Congress Youth League It is still less than a week since the former President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki made headlines. Local and international media outlets reported that the former President has suggested that all South Africans must boycott Israel goods in order to ensure that Israel “pay a price” […]

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